Thursday, August 21, 2008

Boycott Blog

No cute little picture for this blog, just a simple rant about the latest irritation!
What has irked me to the point of blogging about it? Toys R Us and the cheap toys they sell!! I have been to Toys R Us 3 times within the last couple months, and 2 out of those 3 times I have come home with toys that are busted, falling apart, and do not operate as they should (and I'm talking about toys that are straight from their packaging and only in my boys' hands a matter of minutes!!). I don't buy the cheap, no-brand items either. My kids are into all the latest characters - Wall-E, Buzz Lightyear, Handy Manny, Spiderman, etc ... and I expect these toys to live up to the price I pay for them.
Want examples?
I bought a Wall-E action toy for Sean last month, got it out of it's package, handed it to Sean and 10 minutes later (definitely not enough time for my 21 month old to destroy a toy) Wall-E's head was laying next to it's body on the floor.
That same purchase, I got a Buzz Lightyear bubble blower machine. Got it home, undid all the twisty ties and other miscellaneous packaging, found the right size screwdriver to open the battery case, inserted the batteries, turned it on, and Buzz's arm wouldn't move up or down to blow the bubbles.
Today, Nana got Maddox a Super Mario Brothers remote control go-kart. We put the batteries in (which by the way we had to buy the special 9 volt batteries), and the thing wouldn't even turn on! Upon inspection, it looks as though one of the wires in the cart was damaged. Aaargg!!! So frustrating!!!
Not only am I mad because of the lack of quality of these toys, but I am so angry at the time and money, and tears (my poor boys who don't understand why their new toys are huge disappointments) spent on this junk! Returning the toys are a hassle - try going to a toy store with 2 small kids and telling them they have to patiently wait in line to return their broken toys they didn't even get to play with AND that mommy won't even let them look for new toys because she doesn't want to have to go through this all over again!!
Needless to say, I am done with Toys R Us! For such a big company, you would think they would stock better quality toys. I am happy to take my business elsewhere - Target, here we come!!


JenWebb702 said...

I have such horrible luck with Toys R Us. All the ones here in town are always so yuck...not necessarily dirty, but just yuck. I have much better luck with Target.

Yankee Wife said...

Oh my word! Patrick & I just went to the remodeled Target and we will definately be Christmas shopping for toys there. We were really impressed with their selection! I'm so glad we have options now.

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