Ridiculous Parents Are Paying Insane Amounts Of Money For Frozen Merchandise

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Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 3.56.53 PMBy now, I’m sure everyone knows all Frozen merchandise has vanished from store shelves, right? Kids are crying. Parents are voicing their outrage on Disney’s Facebook page – the whole world is in turmoil. Okay, I’m exaggerating that last bit. Some parents will get their kids the goods – no matter how much they have to come out of pocket to do it. These parents are ridiculous.

When I heard that all the merchandise was selling out, the first thing I thought was, “Kids still care about this movie?” Doesn’t it seem like this thing should have run its course by now? Is it just me, or has it been all Frozen, all the time for the last few months? Enough already! Apparently what’s caused the jump in sales of merchandise was the release of the DVD in March. The merchandise was flying off the shelves so quickly, the Disney store in Times Square had to institute a two-item limit last week.

So with all of the merchandise disappearing off the shelves, what is a parent who refuses to explain the concept of supply and demand supposed to do? Bid exorbitant amounts of money on Ebay of course! I am so mad I didn’t scoop up some of this merch to sell to these suckers.

From the New York Post:

Maternity-wear designer Rosie Pope says her pal — who works at Disney, no less — recently shelled out $1,200 for an Elsa doll on eBay after she promised her daughter one for her “Frozen”-themed birthday party.

“By this point, she didn’t care about the price,” says Pope. “She didn’t want to disappoint her daughter.”

She “didn’t want to disappoint her daughter?” What? Life is a series of disappointments that ultimately ends in death. Isn’t this a lesson we tell all of our grade-schoolers?

Leslie Venokur’s friend was in such a bind for her daughter’s “Frozen” birthday bash last Sunday that the pal shelled out $150 on a homemade Elsa costume for her child from the crafts site Etsy. “It didn’t even look like Elsa,” bemoans Venokur, co-founder of the Big City Moms site.

She should have just given her daughter a bag of ice and instructed her to throw it at everyone. Some people have no imaginations.

Seriously though, this is absurd. If you are willing to shell out $1,200 for a doll I don’t even feel bad for you because you are the problem. You are also most likely raising an entitled brat that thinks she should be able to get everything she wants, no matter what the circumstance. Congratulations.

(photo: Ebay)


  1. Robotic Socks

    April 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I had to get the standard Disneystore Elsa doll on eBay for my neice recently. Got two for $42 shipped. I’m just keeping the second one for an emergency… or a desperate mother to take advantage of. MUAHAHAHAHA

    • Valerie

      April 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Uncle Socks?

  2. keelhaulrose

    April 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I just got the Anna doll at MSRP off Amazon.
    The Elsa doll is more expensive, but there’s about 150 out there.
    It’s not that freaking hard, people.

    • Valerie

      April 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      My daughter likes Anna better anyway. 🙂

    • Kendra

      April 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      I don’t understand why more people don’t like Anna better! Everything is Elsa, Elsa, Elsa, but seriously, the movie was way more geared toward Anna being the “main character” or whatever. Strange. I’ve decided it must be because she has an awesome dress and the song.

    • itpainsme2say

      April 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      But Elsa is magic and also blond (screw that ginger Anna).
      P.S. Its really because her song was best

    • Iwill Findu

      April 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Elsa was going to be a villain but that song made them switch.

    • SarahJesness

      April 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Elsa also has superpowers. Not a lot of superpowered characters marketed to girls right now.

    • Joy

      April 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Because Elsa has the better dress. I think that is the only real reason, although her dress really is the prettiest Disney princess outfit of all the princesses to date, IMO. I’m 29 and I kind of want to dress as Elsa for Halloween. Is that bad?

  3. Lindsay

    April 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I once knew a parent whose kid couldn’t go on a school trip so she told him it was cancelled and asked us to tell all the kids to lie to him and say it was cancelled so he wouldn’t feel disappointed. We, of course, did no such thing because who teaches four-year-olds to lie? The kid found out and shrugged. The parents were the ones who were really disappointed.

    That being said, Amazon, people.

    • Kendra

      April 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Oh no, that wouldn’t do! That’s MATTEL, it has be DISNEY for these types of crazies.

    • Kay_Sue

      April 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      That is so effed up of that kids’ parents.

    • K.

      April 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      To be fair, my friend’s mom told her when she was little that the ice-cream only plays music when it’s out of ice-cream.


    • Kay_Sue

      April 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      That is logical. I stand by every parent’s sovereign right to lie to their own children. It was enlisting other parents or kids that is disturbing to me. 😉

    • Fondue

      April 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      That’s brilliant!

    • Emily A.

      April 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      I did that. My kids always asked why other kids were running over, if the truck was empty. It was a sad day when that jig was up.

    • koolchicken

      April 15, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      I think a lot of people’s Mums did that.

    • koolchicken

      April 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Oh but don’t you know, it’s not the “right” one. So it’s worth it to spend a bazillion dollars on ebay for the “real” Elsa doll. If it were me I’d be teaching a lesson in delayed gratification (in fact it’s what I’m doing right now). These items WILL come back into stock (I know, I asked), so it’s a matter of being patient. I could get the item I want on ebay for 3 times as much, or I could wait till June, I’m waiting till June.

  4. K.

    April 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    All the more reason to never promise your kid anything for his/her birthday.

    • Lackadaisical

      April 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Agreed. Not only is opening a gift not as exciting if you know what is inside but promising something that I don’t physically have hidden away in the house seems to be asking for delivery problems or some other unforseen circumstance to make me break a promise. I will get a gift for my kids and it will be something they will like but the rest is up to me.

    • whiteroses

      April 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      This. My parents would say, “Well, your birthday is coming up, so tell us exactly where you can get something and we’ll see what we can do.”
      If I didn’t get exactly what I thought I wanted, my mom would get me something equally as awesome. It wasn’t that big of a deal.

    • Katherine Handcock

      April 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Totally agreed! Or, alternately, do what we do: tell them it will be their birthday gift, but won’t necessarily be there on your actual birthday. My son’s only 5 and he gets that idea.

  5. Mystik Spiral

    April 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    It’s almost as if nobody learned anything from Tickle Me Elmo…

  6. Aimee Ogden

    April 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Crap like this is why students when I used to teach thought they should get an A because, basically, they WANTED an A. Thanks for raising a next generation of whiny, demanding tyrants who won’t be able to handle not getting their own way, people.

    • K.

      April 15, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      I had this conversation with COLLEGE kids all the time. It always started with:

      “Well, you gave me a C on my paper and–”

      And I’d stop them and say, “No. You EARNED a C on your paper…”


    • Student of Life

      April 15, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      I think this is why my professors loved me… I was always like, “What can I do to improve my mark?” Teach me oh wise one

    • Rachel Sea

      April 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      My stats teacher was shocked when I said I expected to earn a B in the class, because I worked 60 hours a week, and didn’t have enough time to study for an A. She was so used to people whining that their grades weren’t their responsibility. I think I was her favorite student after that.

  7. journalgal

    April 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Nobody tell my daughter, I’m about to put the Elsa and Anna dolls I bought her up for sale on EBay …

    • Iwill Findu

      April 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Do it you’ll be able to buy her 100 dolls later, or you know college fund.

  8. koolchicken

    April 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    What I would like to know is when the movie was a hit why they didn’t put the purchase limits in place sooner. I mean when someone basically buys out your shelf of Elsa dolls you know what they’re doing. Stop it before it’s an issue. I think people would be less angry at Disney if they put limits in place sooner. Hopefully they’ll start doing this in the future for all new releases. Because this is getting stupid. Between parents who wait until the last minute and (evil) people who pull a Dwight, something needs to be done.

    • Gangle

      April 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      I pretty much think that is what happened – the moment those dolls started being bought up in bulk, they put on limits. Of course, it was too late. It was always going to be too late. But really, people need to get over it. There will be other Disney movies and other dolls – dolls that will end up in the corner of some little girls messy closet 3 months after they are given it.

    • koolchicken

      April 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      That’s why I think these limits need to start being automatic. People are greedy (not all people, but enough of them) that they just can’t resist the temptation. And if you’re dumb enough to pay those insane amounts on Ebay you should be slapped. But not every parent waits until the last minute, and those people are being penalized by these people too too. And I’m also thinking of people for whom this could be a last birthday or holiday and want it to be “special”. So yeah, for the most part these dolls are going to end up abused and neglected on the bottom of a toy box. But it kills me to think that there’s at least one kid out there that should have been given that last “special” doll by the Nana who always came through, but it won’t happen now. Maybe I’m weird for always thinking like that, but I can’t help it.

  9. Emily A.

    April 15, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Today, we went to Goodwill and spent $15 on a blue satin prom dress (our Goodwill is wicked expensive). 45 minutes of tweaking later, it’s an Elsa dress. Think outside the toy store!

    • koolchicken

      April 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      I know right! I plan to make one myself. Now granted Elsa is a bit more tricky (flimsy sheer fabrics can be a nightmare to work with) but it’s worth the effort. Although I can see myself dressing up like her for this next Halloween or even the next, everyone else from kids to adults is going to be her.

  10. Marianna

    April 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I think someone needs to get “Life is a series of disappointments that ultimately ends in death” tattooed on them.

  11. JJ

    April 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Darn should have started to buying those foolish plastic toys months ago so I could sell them for more now. There is always desperate parents how out there how could I have been so foolish? All this time I could have been charging a couple hundred or more for a plastic doll most likely made in China.

  12. Momma425

    April 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Well, these moms are a heck of a lot nicer than me.
    My daughter LOVES Elsa, and has asked me multiple times for the $1200 Elsa dress. My answer? “When it is a reasonable price, if you still want it, I will get it for you.”
    Too bad, so sad. She will just have to make do with her cinderella, snow white, belle, and little mermaid dresses because I’m a giant meanie. :p

  13. Lillibet

    April 16, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Just went looking for merchandise in Australia (to see what people were asking) and discovered a website where the three 12″ dolls are going for the knockdown price of $400 and the special editions are retailing for between $1500 and $3000. I told my partner who shrugged and then a minute later went “Wait…what?”

    Glad that even my nieces don’t care about having merchandise (mostly because their parents would laugh at them if they told them they wanted something like that).

    Just found an Aussie retailer who doesn’t seem to have bought into the hype and is selling stuff at the reasonable price. Maybe I should be cashing in.

  14. Calichick

    April 16, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Well heck, we are moving 29 minutes from Anaheim this summer. Screw getting a “real” job, I’ll just buy Frozen merchandise and sell it on eBay at a huge mark-up! I will probably make more money that way…

  15. JLH1986

    April 16, 2014 at 8:35 am

    The mom who paid $1200 for a dress for her kid because she didn’t want her kid to be disappointed is doing no one, least of all her daughter, any favors. Unless you have gobs of disposable income that’s absurd. $1200 could have fed children, or paid a mortgage or been left in a college fund. Parents can do what they want but I think I would seriously consider ending a friendship if a friend spent $1200 on a freaking dress. That is more than what my WEDDING DRESS cost.

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