Want To Buy A Hatchimal? Target And Walmart To Restock This Weekend

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Target stores and Walmart are the latest retailers to announce a major new shipment of Hatchimals, this season’s hottest toy.

Sunday morning, Dec. 4, Toys”R”Us stores had between a dozen and 30 Hatchimals in stock at most stores, according to parents who lined up for them hours in advance. At some stores, there were not enough on shelves for everyone who was waiting.

Target’s Plan

Target has released this message about new shipments this Sunday, December 11:

“Starting this Sunday, Target stores nationwide will begin receiving dozens of Hatchimals, included the Target exclusive Bearakeet…  Stores will also be receiving Hatchimal-themed Gift Cards (these do not reserve a Hatchimal), available in any dollar amount.”

So if you don’t get an actual Hatchimal, it appears you can get your child a gift card with a picture of a Hatchimal on it. OK, I’m sure little Suzie will love that.

Walmart’s Plan

Walmart has issued a statement saying “Walmart will be restocking Hatchimals at 1,700 select stores across the country. The retailer has received tens of thousands of Hatchimals and each of the select stores will be receiving dozens of Hatchimals per store. Just $48.98 at Walmart.”

Walmart says the toys will arrive on various days between December 8 and 19. It does not say what time they go on sale. You may want to stop by or call a store and make nice with a clerk or manager to learn more details about if and when your store will have them.

If you don’t get one, be prepared to pay over $200 from third party sellers on Amazon or try your luck on eBay.

The same applies to the suddenly red-hot Nintendo NES Classic, the new video game console that looks like an old NEWS system from 1990. Stores are also sold out of those, with prices skyrocketing on eBay,

Why Do You Need One?

By now every parent of a young child knows a Hatchimal, this year’s Furby-Tickle Me Elmo-Cabbage Patch Doll, is ridiculously impossible to find. But does your child really need one?

Seems every 7-year-old girl in America wants a Hatchimal, which you help hatch out of its shell, and then care for it.

Moms everywhere are going crazy trying to find one.

One mom, Heather Waugh, told me a couple of weeks ago she was stunned by asking prices. “On eBay it was anywhere from $178 to a high of $600,” she said.

Some Parents Say “No”

But some moms are blogging they’ve decided Santa will not be bringing one, one saying “My kid’s not getting a Hatchimal and she’ll survive.”

They say most children will understand the short supply, if you explain it. Other parents, who managed to get one, are posting disappointing reviews.

One British mom’s Facebook review has gone viral, after she said “It’s not worth the money: It has a few games that are boring, that kids don’t want to play again.”

She said her daughter was bored and done with her Hatchimal after just 3 days.

Doesn’t That Stink?

If that happens to you, after you spend hours trying to locate one, you’ll say “doesn’t that stink?”

Bottom line: If you really want one be prepared to visit  stores every morning, or spend $200 dollars on eBay.

Or you can give your child a rain check and look again in January, and determine if they even want one by then, so you don’t waste your money.


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