Did your parents go to extraordinary lengths to get you the must have toys? To my knowledge my mother did once, she braved a store to get me a cabbage patch doll. Now, the next thing I am going to say is sure to ruffle some feathers, I didn’t even want it.
I don’t recall EVER asking for a specific toy. I had no clue about what toys to ask for I think. I went to school, walked home and was a latch key kid. I had one friend in my building that I was authorized to call for some play time. She didn’t have a lot of toys, she was the only girl I really played with at home. She had more than I did but didn’t have ’it’ toys. We both had very plain rooms, books, a doll or two, a few teddy bears and posters.
Being a latch key kid I did watch a LOT Of television but I don’t recall any toy ads during them. I do have to admit I would do my homework during the commercials so maybe I was occupied and not paying attention and I didn’t watch kid cartoons. I watched Little House, What’s Happenning, Gilligan’s Island, HBO, etc… I wanted toys in general but not anything specific to my recollection.
As far as what I’d do, I think my response would be: not much.
I can’t imagine going very far to get a toy for my kids. I feel there are enough issues in the world, children without food, etc… If companies don’t make enough toys to meet demand then my kids will have to wait until demand dies down. I would call around maybe, drive an hour or so to pick up if it was really all the hotness.
I’d be much more likely to buy online, especially during a FREE Shipping Blitz! now through August 2, you can shop Hasbro’s Hot Summer Toys and get free shipping! You can trust Hasbro, not one of their toys has been linked to the concerns on lead in children’s toys! Check out Hasbro’s Safety Standards.
I am seriously contemplating the Baby Alive items, Furreal Friends stuff and Monopoly game. If you’d like to read about more parent experiences in toy shopping head on over to PBN. I can’t help but be impressed with Hasbro, for every toy purchased during their Hot Summer Toys Event, they will donate one (up to $400,000) to economically disadvantaged children.