No, it's just taking advantage of an opportunity. They take the risk that somebody will buy the product just the same as a shop, market stall, or online shop etc. If people are then daft enough to pay over the top if the price is higher, then more fool them.
Obviously it’s true that things are worth what people will pay. But taking advantage of people who don’t want their child to be disappointed on Christmas is quite mean. People will say oh it’s a life skill. But children are only little for a short time and they grow up all too quickly and discover the reality of life.
Some children (like mine) have limited interests. And the ‘must have’ toy is the only thing they really wanted.
Plus it's easy saying 'you can see what the must have toys are and Hager them early but me for example, I have to do park vouchers to pay for Christmas. I get them about Nov 7th which means the 'It's toys are already oos everywhere by the time i can buy them.
It depends on if you are soft enough to buy the toy though. I wouldn't go over the top for a toy, even with limited interests. Surely you'd use Christmas as a time to nurture and encourage other interests, rather than give in and pay over the top. Buying early/ at the same time as those willing to charge over the top for toys is the way to go.
Nope. If people are willing to pay x+y, then that becomes market value. If you bought a house for 200k would it be unethical to sell it for 300k if someone was willing to pay. If you were selling a car and someone offered 3k would you say 'no can't possibly, it is only worth 2k'
‘My colleague KNOWS full well that these presents aren't treasured by these kids’
I’ve seen LOADS of threads on mumsnet where posters say they always wanted a Mr Frosty but didn’t get one. I think children do appreciate it if you get them what they asked for. Actually my daughter never usually asks for must have toy. She does have ASD so I feel I have to get what she asks for tbh as she won’t forget!