As forecast in our list of Top Christmas Gifts for 2016, Hatchimals (by Spin Master) are continuing to sell out across the country and are arguably the most in demand Christmas toy. We’re already seeing these self-hatching critters selling regularly for over $200 on eBay and Craigslist with some private sales reaching over $1,000 for the most in-demand colors.
“It’s Cabbage Patch Kid Fever all over again”, says Michael Dunbar, an investment Analyst. “Every once in a while a toy comes along that catches the consumer’s interest and supply is unable to meet demand. Companies are reluctant to manufacture too many units of a new toy out of fear they may not be able to recoup their costs; however, the flip side of this is not being able to meet demand for a hot toy release and lose out on potential sales which is a boon for resellers in the secondary markets.”
While people are understandably excited about Hatchimals, there are many critics of Hatchimals who argue that the toys are overrated and not worth even the suggested retail price (MSRP) of $60. A quick scan of online reviews on sites like Amazon reveal many unhappy customer complaints about Hatchimals not actually “hatching” by themselves and simply not living up to their advertised promises.
Regardless of whether or not Hatchimals are worth the premium price or even MSRP, they’re shaping up to be one of the most popular toys this holiday season. For more information on our Christmas gift recommendations, check out our age appropriate Christmas gift guides on the right hand side of the screen.
Good luck with you Christmas shopping, and good luck finding a good deal on a Hatchimal if you find one on your Christmas shopping list.