Before Christmas shopping has even started, Zhu Zhu pets are already selling out in stores everywhere. As the Christmas spending kicks into gear, these little robotic hamsters are sure to be as hard to find as they will be desperately wanted by kids all over the world. To save yourself hours of stress and fruitless Zhu Zhu pet hunting, get your early and be the hero when the holiday gifts are tallied. Using the tips in this article, you might even be able to get your Zhu Zhu pets without too much hassle and at an almost reasonable price to boot.
To maximize your chances of finding one of these increasingly rare Zhu Zhu pets, do your shopping online trying these different options:
One of the great things about the internet is that even the smallest niche has an online presence, where small businesses and individuals can import and sell almost anything you can imagine. There will be a slew of small businesses trying to capitalize on Zhu Zhu pets craze this year, and that is good news for you. These small sites can be difficult to find, but a good trick is to simply do a google search for ‘Zhu Zhu pets’ or ‘Zhu Zhu pets in stock’ and instead of looking at the search results, go through the list of google ads on the right side of the screen. Small independent retailers will often buy ads space here to draw in customers. The best part is that these businesses will only have ads up as long as they actually have Zhu Zhu pets available, since they have to pay for every click they receive and traffic is likely to be sky high they will not want to waste money on advertising a product they don’t have in stock. This way you won’t have to chase around the internet from one sold out store to another.
Major retailers online
This might seem obvious, but checking the websites of major retailers regularly you might get lucky and find a Zhu Zhu pet still in stock. You will have to bite the bullet and pay for shipping, but that is probably going to be well worth it in saved aggravation. You can also take advantage of local retailers that doesn’t serve the entire country, and find a online retailer from an area where the Zhu Zhu pets mania hasn’t quite hit fever pitch yet. Create a shortlist for yourself with the websites you want to check regularly, and go through and check a few times a day. Even though competition will be fierce on sites like target.com and walmart.com, it’s still worth checking these sites regularly as their massive sales volumes ensures that they get more frequent supplies than smaller outlets.
Online tracker tools
If you are not to thrilled about going through a long list of websites several times a day, use one of the online stock trackers to keep up with supply at all the major online retailers in one place. Most of them already track Zhu Zhu pets as they are already a very hot Christmas items, but others will let you add your own products to track. Go with one of the sites that already track the Zhu Zhu pets to save yourself some unnecessary work. Some sites will even check for availability based on your zip code and send email alerts when the Zhu Zhu pets become available in your area. Try http://www.nowinstock.net/zhu-zhu-pets/ for a good tracker service.
If you have no luck finding your Zhu Zhu pets online, it could be time to put on your brass knuckles and hit the mall. Avoid toy stores and go for the stores where you don’t expect to find Zhu Zhu pets. Department stores and clothes stores often have small displays where they sell stuffed animals and toys that are very popular. By going where most people don’t, you might be lucky and find a Zhu Zhu pet everyone else has overlooked.
If all else fails, there’s always ebay. If you are willing to pay the premium you can buy Zhu Zhu pets directly from ebay and not have to worry about joining the frenzy. Sure, you will end up paying crazy money, but keeping your sanity might just be worth it. Another way to use ebay is to get a feel for how hard to find Zhu Zhu pets are at any point in time. If you notice the bids slowing down and sales prices going down on ebay, that’s a sign that more supply is available which means it could be time to try your luck out in the real world.
Finding Zhu Zhu pets is likely to be a challenge this holiday season, but using some, or all of these tips could put you ahead of the curve and might increase your chances in trying to find one of these sought after toys.