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Christmas Toy Shopping Series #3

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Online Shopping Safety is Number One It's always important to shop safely no matter what you're buying online. When it comes to popular toys, you might have to be even more careful. Here are a few tips: • Always check the recommended retail price before buying from a third party seller. Although you might expect to pay more when toys go out of stock, sometimes the markups can be crazy! • If you are buying from a third party seller, stick to safe places with buyer protection in place (e.g. Amazon and eBay). • Ensure that any collectibles are shipped inside a brand new box (to be safe, only buy from trusted merchants) • Make sure you check reviews of any retailer you buy from if you've never shopped from them before. • Make sure the website is secure if you're entering sensitive financial data. A ba...

 


Christmas Toy Shopping Series #9

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Pay Attention to the Returns Policy Unfortunately sometimes we just don't get it right with our kids' gifts, so it's important that you buy from a store that has a good returns policy. If there's a fault with the toy then all stores have to take it back, but they might not do so if you're simply returning it because your child doesn't like it. Thankfully most of the well-known retailers have solid returns policies in place around Christmas time, often extending the returns period until after Christmas. This is why buying from third party sellers is a lot more risky, as they often won't accept any returns at all....

 


Christmas Toy Shopping Series #8

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Give it a Once Over Nobody wants a faulty gift, but this is even more of a big deal when you're a child. To avoid disappointment when they open their gifts on Christmas day, open them up beforehand yourself to check that everything is working as it should. If it's a toy that needs to be assembled, this means checking that all the parts are included in the box. You might even want to assemble the toy yourself before Christmas day to make sure it's all ready to be played with. If it's an electronic toy, get it out of the box, add in some batteries and make sure it all works properly. Although it might seem like overkill, it's always worth a few minutes checking beforehand to avoid a lot of tears afterwards! Do it early and it also means you've got time to send an item back and get a refund if you need to....

 


Christmas Toy Shopping Series #6

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Fast, Free Delivery & Returns If possible, try to shop from places that offer free delivery when you order a certain amount. Delivery prices can really add up if you're not careful, so this will save you money right away. Some bigger retailers will even offer free returns - meaning that you won't need to pay the postage costs yourself. This is especially handy when it comes to gifts for kids, since you never know when they won't be happy with what you've bought them!...

 


Christmas Toy Shopping Series #7

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Remember These Strategic Bargain Days Although it's always a good idea to shop for toys early - especially to make sure they're still in stock - there is one reason you might want to wait and that's to time your Christmas shopping for the best deals. Here's a guide to the best sales in the run up to Christmas Day. Halloween - Early November: This is an excellent time to shop if you're organized. The retailers are already thinking about Christmas, even if most of us aren't, and they will often have sales running for those who are ready to take advantage. It may not be anything obvious, but it's well worth keeping your eyes and ears open to see if anything comes up. Black Friday/ Cyber Monday: The biggest shopping days before Christmas come right after Thanksgiving. Traditionally this was something that only really applied to b...

 


Christmas Toy Shopping Series #2

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Get Ideas From Online Lists of Hot Toys If you're shopping for your own child, they've probably already dropped some hints about what they're after. But if you still want to buy more, or if you're buying for a child who hasn't given you much to work with, then the holiday hot lists are a good place to look. What are holiday hot lists? They are predictions put out by a number of retailers on what toys they expect to be most popular this year. Of course, part of this comes down to them wanting to sell you the most popular toys, but it's also based on what's currently popular with kids. Although these hot lists do typically include some big-ticket toys, they also usually include some pretty affordable items too. Have a browse and see if you can get some inspiration from these lists....

 


Christmas Toy Shopping Series #1

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Shop Early For Popular Toys No matter who you're buying for, it always pays to start your Christmas shopping as early as possible (with the exception of waiting for some big sales - see below). This is even truer when it comes to kids. Unfortunately some toys become so trendy and sought-after that it can be very hard to find them in stock the nearer it gets to Christmas! And, when you do find them in stock, you may find that third party sellers have jacked up the prices because they know that desperate parents will pay anything. None of us want to disappoint our kids, so start your shopping as early as possible and as soon as you know what they'd like. We have some tips for making an educated guess on what they'd like if they haven't been clear (see below), and as long as the store you're shopping for has a good returns policy...

 


Christmas Toy Shopping Series #10

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Batteries Not Included? Last, but certainly not least, don't forget to make sure you have some batteries on hand for Christmas day! There's nothing more frustrating for a child than to open their favorite gift but to realize they need batteries to use it. If you don't have any in the house, the chances are that the store won't even be open on Christmas day! So avoid their sad little faces and check whether batteries come included with any electronic toys you buy. If the toy has a charger instead, charge it up ready for Christmas day so that your child can get playing right away. We hope you've enjoyed our series to help you get all the christmas toys you're looking for.....happy shopping!...

 


Christmas Toy Shopping Series #5

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Watch Out for the Spoilers When you have found the perfect gift for your child, it's such a joy to see the surprise and happiness on their face when they open it! This is why you want to make sure you don't spoil the surprise before the big day. Unfortunately, some toy items (usually larger products) are often shipped in their original packaging. This will totally give it away if it shows an image of the product on the box! Thankfully many companies, such as Amazon, will ship items in inconspicuous packaging. Parents will also often leave a comment in the reviews if the box gives the game away or not. And, if you're still in doubt, simply give the retailer a call to ensure the package will be discreet. Another option is to pay a little extra to get the company to deliver the toy already wrapped. This is an excellent choice for...

 


Christmas Toy Shopping Series #4

Shopping for toys is easy, right? Well, not always. We know that if you want to get the very best toys for the holidays, then it really pays to keeps a few things in mind…. Get the Best Deal by Shopping Around If you want to save money, then never stay loyal to just one store. Amazon might have the best prices on one toy, and then Toys R Us might have better prices on another. There really are no rules so it does pay to do your own comparisons. The good news is that there are a number of comparison sites and reviews sites that will do the hard work for you, and give you an automated list of where to go to get the best prices. Remember to factor shipping costs into comparisons - some sites will offer free shipping when you order a certain amount, whereas others are going to charge....

 




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