Updated: 5:00 p.m. December 18, 2009
If you haven’t found in Zhu Zhu pet hamsters and you’re getting antsy, get in line. The holiday season’s hottest toy has been as elusive as it is cute.
There’s relief on the way, though. Walmart announced today that starting Monday, it will stock up on the Zhu Zhu pet hamsters and sell them for $8, starting at 7 a.m. Dec. 21-23. Customers will be assigned numbers as lines build. There is a limit of one robotic toy per person, and Walmart said there will be a minimum of 20 sold per day at smaller stores and more than a 60 day in its largest retail outlets.
Additionally, a number of other toys marked for $8, will be further discounted by 20 to 50 percent on Sunday, Dec. 20. Included on the list are Nerf-n-Force Sword and Barbie Fashonista dolls, among others. On Saturday, Dec. 19, the store will have an 8GB iPod nano for $145 that comes with a free $50 iTunes gift card.
Toys “R” Us announced this week that it will have “more than one million” of the popular hamster toys, plus accessories, available in stores across the country. On Friday, Dec. 18, at least 100 were to be available at every location nationwide.
On Saturday, Dec. 19, the four newest Zhu Zhu hamsters — Jilly, Winky, Scoodles and Nugget — will debut at at Toys “R” Us. Individual hamsters and exclusive four-packs will be available. The first 50 customers in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. will have an opportunity to purchase the four-pack, the retailer announced. Sunday, Dec. 20, through Dec. 24, they’ll be available with limited quantities per person.
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