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Parents Are Spending Thousands On Crappy Frozen Toys After Convenient ‘Doll Shortage’

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limited edition frozen dollsFrozen mania has officially taken over the United Kingdom and people are going freaking bananas with excitement. In fact, folks are so stoked, that a recent “doll shortage” of Frozen merchandise at incited a bidding war on the products. Don’t these people know that “Limited Edition” is usually just advertiser-speak for “Buy our over-priced crap NOW, suckers”? It’s a well-known sales method that anyone who’s ever watched Mad Men should be familiar with. Yes, there are only a hundred dolls in this particular product release, but trust me, a month from now you’ll be able to fill a cheap hotel swimming pool with these dumb things for less than the price of a VCR.

Yet according to The Daily Mail, posh U.K. parents have ended up paying up to three times the already-outrageous retail prices for the “Limited Edition” Elsa and Anna dolls and doll sets. And Harrods isn’t the only store cashing in on Frozen hysteria. The official U.K. Disney Store website has around 25 listings for Frozen merch, and eBay’s U.K. version has almost 40,000 (with more than 2,600 Elsa dolls alone). One ballsy eBay seller is asking $11,000 for their questionable-looking, Limited Edition Frozen dolls. I would call him delusional if there weren’t already five “watchers” waiting to see how the sale goes. If, so help me god, one of these assholes spends that much fucking money on a fucking toy, I am going to sell all my stuff, pack up the kids and move to Mars.

limited edition harrods frozen elsa and anna

I wish I were making this up (Photo: eBay.co.uk)

You gotta wonder: how many of these supposed buyers are legitimate collectors and how many are actually parents with more money than brains who would rather pay thousands than make their precious little Quinoa or Chevron wait a second longer than absolutely necessary for the latest Frozen toy?

Newsflash! Your child won’t die if they aren’t the first kid in the universe to have whatever bullshit, over-priced toy Disney is shilling next. And you won’t die either.. It might feel like you’re dying, as their high-pitched screams pierce your eardrums, but I promise, it’s temporary.

(Photo: eBay.com)

32 Comments

  1. Karen

    July 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    And earplugs would be so much cheaper!

  2. Ursi

    July 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I truly do not understand this mentality if it’s the parents buying them for demanding kids. There are a billion toys in the world. Your kid will want something new in a week. Wait it out. They don’t have long memories for possessions, people.

  3. JessBakesCakes

    July 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    This kind of stuff makes me SO GLAD I don’t work at a toy store anymore. Up until January, I was working as a customer service person at a toy store to supplement grad school. The amount of complaints I got about how I “know it’s popular, so there should be more!” and “My kid’s birthday is TOMORROW and I PROMISED her an Elsa doll!” were ridiculous. And don’t even get me started about collectors. We had collectors waiting in line for the door to open every morning. Every. Single. Morning. There were some that would sweep the store, looking for new items and demand to know when more would be shipped. Whether it was Frozen, Skylanders, Doc McStuffins, Hot Wheels, Furby, Zoomer… ugh.

    I could write a War and Peace sized novel about parents/kids in toy stores. But I will refrain.

    Wanting to get your kid something he/she genuinely wants is one thing. Feeling ENTITLED to it is another. And it’s a good lesson for the kid. I remember hoping for specific things for Christmas, or whatever, and not getting them. But as an adult I don’t remember what any of them were. I remember going “Oh, well, I have new crayons, it’s all good.”

    • koolchicken

      July 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Believe it or not I do remember a few of those items I desperately wanted but didn’t get. Granted it’s probably because my grandmother and great aunt were those crazy people hitting the stores at dawn. So I always had the hot item, and when I didn’t get it it really sticks out. But you know what, I grew up fine. And to this day I still remember when after months of trying my Nan finally managed to get me that Furby. It was Spring! And she was so excited to give it to me, and something about that made it even more special. I kept that thing well into my adult years. So no kid will die if they don’t get that special toy on a certain date. In fact the waiting and understanding what the gifter has gone through to get you that toy is a good thing.

  4. AugustW

    July 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t get it. I mean, it was a good enough movie, but are kids really freaking out this much about it? You can tell when you watch it that they hadn’t planned on it being such a Big Thing, because parts of it….feel unfinished almost.

    • rachel

      July 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      … which means there must be a sequel! I’m 26 years old and hoping for one, haha. My 2-year-old boy loves the movie but hasn’t asked for any dolls/toys. He doesn’t know they exist. Wasn’t that hard.

    • Seriously?

      July 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Seriously, parts of a massive Disney production feel unfinished? Because they didn’t plan on it being such a big thing? Come out from under that rock, fresh air is nice.

    • Guest

      July 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Weird response. What do you mean exactly?

    • WTF?

      July 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      It was really weird. Like, don’t take things so personally.

    • AugustW

      July 6, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Nothing I said required you to be such a dick.

  5. Katherine Handcock

    July 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    This is about to be weird, because I’m about to defend Disney: they’re not getting any advantages from this shortage of merchandise. Those ludicrous prices are going to people who are essentially scalpers – they don’t care about having the product, just reselling it. Disney and Harrod’s and all the other stores running short only got the original profit margin for the retail price. Granted, that may be already fairly substantial, but they’re not making more money than they would have without the shortage.

    Believe me, Disney/Harrod’s/etc. would rather that there weren’t buying wars going on for eBay listings. What they would MUCH prefer would be to have exactly enough stock for everyone who wants one, but no extras.

    • JessBakesCakes

      July 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Having worked at a toy store, I totally get that. I remember hiding a Frozen doll at the customer service desk for not even 15 minutes while a mom and her daughter shopped (the mom was getting it for the daughter, she just didn’t want her to see… and not buying it at that moment would be trouble). The mom slipped it to me, went to hand her daughter off to her husband, and said she’d be right back with her wallet. Well, there were collectors (I know they were collectors because they came in every day trying to buy 20 of something) hovering around the customer service desk trying to convince me to sell it to them instead. One actually complained to my manager because I refused to sell him the doll that the woman “took her hands off of”. It was terrible. The mom came back and I sold it to her right in front of them.

      So, that rambling story is all to say, I agree. Totally not Disney’s fault. It’s definitely the outrageous parents/collectors I internally rage at.

    • JJ

      July 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Your lucky those collectors didn’t just jump you for the doll right in the store. Given how people behave around black friday and all the rage years ago for Tickle me Elmo I wouldn’t be surprised if someone of them had been pathetic enough to do that. Luckily they didn’t.

    • JessBakesCakes

      July 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I am lucky, definitely! I’ve had that happen before, just not at that particular moment. Ugh.

    • koolchicken

      July 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      I worked in retail, in a drugstore. I totally get people going insane for something dumb. You would think there’s not much to fight over in a CVS, but you’d be surprised. I’ve literally seen elderly people go at it with canes. A cop who happened to be there had to break them up. Needless to say I no longer work retail…

    • JessBakesCakes

      July 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Ugh, yeah, nothing shocks me anymore when it comes to crazy retail stories. I knew toy stores were crazy around the holidays, but once a guy jumped over the counter and tried to hit me because I wouldn’t give him a cash refund without a receipt, I was looking for a new job! I have so much respect/sympathy for retail workers!

    • koolchicken

      July 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Oh I’ve been spit at, sworn at, had things thrown at me, and sooo much more. It just wasn’t worth anymore it at a certain point. I loved my boss and many of my co-workers (in fact I’m going on vacation with one of them next month!). But my sanity and safety were worth more to me. And they were seriously in jeopardy in that store.

    • Raquel

      July 6, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      I know I shouldn’t, but the image of elderly people fighting with canes made me burst out laughing.

    • koolchicken

      July 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      You may as well. The ridiculousness of it is so over the top. And what’s worse is I have seen such altercations on more than one occasion. We also had a lot of people forget their canes at the register too, so I suspect they didn’t all exists solely for walking.

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  6. shorty_RN

    July 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    If you are so unable to say “no” to your child that you are willing to shell out 11,000 fucking dollars for a stupid doll, it is time to re-evaluate your parenting skills.

  7. GuestyGuest

    July 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Eh, this happens every year though usually it’s more around Christmas instead of summer. But it happened with Tickle Me Elmo, Furby, Beanie Babies, ZhuZhu Pets, etc. There’ll always be parents who prefer to shell out $1000+ on a $12 toy than just tell their kid that they couldn’t get it. More money than sense, as they say. Every year the rest of us just scratch our heads.

    • JessBakesCakes

      July 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Or if you’re a toy store employee, pull your hair out! Some of those parents can be vicious!

  8. 2Well

    July 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I think at least two of those watchers are just as curious as you are.

  9. JJ

    July 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    It’s a toy. A freaking toy. People are practically selling their damns souls for these toys to satisfy their kids. Look I know people love their kids dearly and want them to get that special gift but sometimes life doesn’t always give you what you want. I worry for the kids whose parents are so materialistic they are willing to fight someone and I mean physically fight someone over a toy be it Frozen dolls, Tickle me Elmo or Cabbage Patch dolls. Nothing says I’m a materialistic asshole quite like practically selling your family for the honour of getting an overpriced Disney doll likely made in China that cost way less to make then what they are selling for in the store or on ebay. I wanted a lot of things as a kid to but you know what? I didn’t always get them and I got over it and I’m not seeing a therapists or having a mental breakdown because I didn’t get the right Ariel doll from Little Mermaid. Your kids will to crazy parents of the world. Please don’t skip bill payments or fist fight someone over a plastic toy its not worth it.

  10. koolchicken

    July 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    It’s so dumb, especially considering you can get this stuff for retail. You just have to be willing to go in as soon as the mall opens on shipment days. Although I was in store recently and they actually had dozens of Anna dresses (in every size) and an Anna doll AND a singing Olaf. This was mid-day on a Saturday. So it’s coming back into stock.

    Also WDW’s Summer Frozen event has just started and they promised to be well stocked. I’m headed there this month and plan to buy my kid (and myself) a bunch of stuff. Sure Chicken Little would have loved an Olaf doll sooner. But it won’t kill him to wait a month or so.

  11. Amber Leigh Wood

    July 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Frozen dolls are still readily available in most stores here in aus….. Maybe I should go buy some and put them on eBay for $11 000…. Start my own business

  12. NoMissCleo...JustMe

    July 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Good news is….Zulily is having a Frozen mercy extravaganza tomorrow.

  13. ted3553

    July 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I really feel like a lot of times with this stuff, it’s not the kid that is actually driving this, it’s the parents. The kid would really like that doll but they would really like 100 other dolls too and would be completely fine if they never got the Elsa doll but Mommy and Daddy have to have a drawn out story they can tell others about how committed to their kid they are

  14. Mousegirl

    July 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    *sigh* Ok, my paycheck comes from the mouse so an insider’s perspective:

    1. The pictured dolls are NOT toys. They were legitimate limited edition (total manufactured was, I believe, in the thousands) released with the movie and retailed at something like $199. So not toys, not even at the start.

    2. Disney does these collector dolls regularly. The second Storybook collection will be out soon and those go for ~$100 and are often sold in the first few hours they’re listed. Once they’re gone, that’s it. It’s how they do things. They’re separate from the “classic” (barbie-sized) dolls which retail at stores for $14.95.

    3. Disney would LOVE to be able to sell an Elsa doll to each and every child. LOVE IT. However they only have so many factories and their magic doesn’t extend to being able to suddenly and unexpectedly manufacture massive amounts of something and have it appear in the stores the next day. There’s usually a dead minimum of 6 months between order and receiving. Disney made it 5. And to do that we’ve been shorted in other areas. There’s other classic princess dolls I haven’t seen in months because that factory isn’t making them – they’re making Elsa and Anna dolls instead. Same with costumes.

    4. Should Disney have anticipated the demand? Maybe. But Brave merchandise (including Merida dolls) went to clearance before selling. Same with Rapunzel. The merch for Frozen was actually larger than for those two so they DID anticipate a larger demand. However, for once, they didn’t dream big enough. They’re trying to make up for it. Encouraging ebayers to help limit the supply further by buying at inflated prices isn’t helping at all. Support etsy crafters and their knock-offs if you’d like but not the ebayers. Please.

    5. Let. It. Go. Please. For all our sakes.

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