Overpriced Items For Kids

As a Mother of a sixteen year old daughter I’ve been through all of the stages of Christmas shopping; baby toys, toddler toys, books, Barbies, play kitchens, dress-up clothes…you name it. Now as I look back during my last-minute Christmas hustle, I remember there were items I paid too much for. But as a Mom, “too much” doesn’t exist sometimes. I always thought, “well I can not get my daughter anything cheap!” Geez! Why not? I mean just because it is priced lower than the $300 collector’s Barbie, just because I am paying $10 for a dress-up gown instead of $30, that doesn’t make me a bad Mom.

I ventured out for a few hours running around like a chicken with no head. But let me tell you my head was put back on when I noticed some of the prices on toys. If the Grinch ever stole these toys he wouldn’t have to come back for a long time. These overpriced toys are outrageous. What’s even more unsettling is the companies who made these toys know exactly where to hit the soft spot. Don’t fall for it! Here are some of the overpriced toys I gasped over.

(1.) LEGO Star Wars Death Star

Recreate the action and adventure of the Star Wars movies with the ultimate Death Star play set. This incredibly detailed battle station features an incredible array of minifigure-scale scenes, characters and accessories from episodes IV and VI on its multiple decks,moving parts,  rotating turbo laser turrets, hangar bay with TIE Advanced star fighter, tractor beam controls, Emperor’s throne room, detention block, firing laser cannon, Imperial conference chamber, droid maintenance facility and the powerful Death Star super laser, plus much more.

Plus much more? How about $400? What?! No.

Yes, $400. That’s a mortgage payment! In my opinion, that price is out of this world. (Pun silly, but intended) There are LEGO extremists and I think LEGO knows that the Trekkie/LEGO combo will make people buy this. Overpriced!

 

(2.) Justin Bieber Tour Bus and Concert Stage

The people behind this bright idea knew exactly where to hit the jackpot. This “hot” item is what’s buzzing this Christmas. I can just hear the little girls, ‘Mommy, please! Dad, Mom said NO! Daddy, I love him, I’ll be good!!” Oh baby, baby, baby it’s Ohhh-verly priced. Why is this Bieber bus $80? The bus opens and transforms into a stage complete with lights, a spinning floor and an mp3 dock with speakers, so fans can play their favorite tunes through the sound system. There’s also a special backstage lounge that converts from dressing table to media room. The flashy description sounds like something even I could have fun with (minus the Justin Bieber part), but the reality of it? It’s a light switch, a small wheel in the stage that (your sold-separately) doll can spin in circles with and an MP3 plug-in. Placing a speaker in this overly priced toy doesn’t impress me. I know it’s all about the kids! But if you think about it, you can probably see Justin live for the price of this bus. Nope. Overpriced!

 

(3.) Spike the Ultimate Dinosaur

If you have a dinosaur loving child in the home, you’ve heard of  Imaginext T-Rex. Well, this Fisher-Price dino-put a sore in your wallet is $40 more. Why A remote control. To boot, the less expensive dinosaur has more armour. The only bell and whiste is the remote. Nope. You’re paying the ultimate price for a remote control in my opinion. Overpriced!

Krysten is originally from northeast Pennsylvania and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Krysten spent nearly 17 years working in commercial radio as a disc jockey before moving to L.A. Krysten's life-long passion in life has always been writing and music. Her greatest love is her teenage daughter. Krysten is also the proud owner of a 2-year old Basset Hound. Krysten says " I feel as long as I have the ability and brain power to write, there should be no reason to hold back. Though I am not a licensed therapist, I share my wisdom through what I have endured in my life. L.I.F.E is better than any PhD when it comes to having a talk with people."
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