Please be careful when trying to get your hands on this years must-have toy…
I am releasing a Hatchimal warning as there are far too many scams going around which could end up leaving you without a Hatchimal or charged hundreds of pounds by a scammer! If you haven’t heard of a Hatchimal then you must have been living under a rock! It is THE toy to have this Christmas and most children have them on their Christmas list.
Unfortunately Hatchimals are like gold dust and are a struggle to get hold of. I know this only too well after many nights of not sleeping because I was panicking I wouldn’t get one, I signed up to every stock alert going too.
In the end I decided to get up at 3am and try my luck! I finally got my hands on one 4 hours later. I still have the stock alerts running and every time they came in stock I’d buy another until I had 20 in total and I am giving them ALL away in a number of competitions of the next few weeks (click here to enter).
As soon as Hatchimals come in stock I post them on my Facebook page, Ashleigh Money Saver, so make sure you keep an eye on my page if you want to know when they’re back in stock.
However, there are some dishonest people in the world who could leave you out of pocket and/or leave your child disappointed this Christmas.
These two examples are something that seems to be happening a lot at the moment and it is worth being aware of…
Buying a Hatchimal from a random person rather than a retailer
Yes some people are genuinely selling Hatchimals after they have bulk bought, they are going for higher than the RRP but they can do this due to the high demand. However, some people don’t actually have Hatchimals for sale but advertise they do. I have had a few messages from people on my Facebook page, Ashleigh Money Saver, these last few days asking for my advice after being scammed.
They would see on local selling pages that people were selling Hatchimals, they would pay that person via bank transfer or PayPal then the seller would delete their profile and the Hatchimal hasn’t arrived.
Be VERY careful buying from a stranger, if you have done this and been scammed then please contact your bank.
Entering competitions when they don’t have stock
If you are giving away this years must-have toy then you would proudly show it off in a photo with your company/page logo behind it, after all it is free publicity when it is shared. However some groups and pages on Facebook are simply taking photos of Hatchimals from retailers websites and saying they have one to give away.
I would avoid entering the competition because if they don’t have stock and they can’t get hold of one before Christmas for you then you could be left disappointed.
Even entering ‘just incase’ could still see you being scammed. Some pages rely on people liking and sharing their posts to help grow their pages – that page owner can then see your profile details. If you have your phone number on your profile then they can access that and sign you up to premium rate text messages which have seen people charged hundreds of pounds in less than an hour.
So when trying to get your hands on a Hatchimal this year only buy from reputable sellers and only enter competitions where you can see they really do have a Hatchimal there for you to win.
These photos of my Hatchimals include my family and I to prove we have the prizes in stock.