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I buy up popular kids toys & make thousands selling them at Christmas by hiking price – I’m actually helping other mums | The Sun
FROM PlayStations to Furbys, there's always that one gift on every child's Christmas list that parents frantically scramble to get their hands on.
When demand outstrips supply, it creates the perfect opportunity for 'toy touts' to make a killing, fuelling a 'black market' as desperate mums become willing to pay over the odds.
Just last month greedy shoppers snapped up Aldi’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar toys for £8.99 – then flogged them online for up to £255 – nearly 30 times the price.
Remember the frenzy for Buzz Lightyear back in 1996, with hundreds queuing through the night to get their hands on one?
More recently in 2016, kids went wild for Hatchimals, causing a worldwide shortage, and the following year the LOL Big Surprise toy and Luvabella doll were the in-demand present.
Stressed-out parents have resorted to buying stolen goods so they don't let their child down, with one mum telling The Sun she bought a stolen PlayStation for her son because she was so desperate and felt like she "had no choice".
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Some have even got into physical fights in toy stores while trying to get their hands on last-minute toys.
Like many parents, Hayley Upton, who lives in Leeds with her two kids Faye, nine, Leo, four, has clamoured to buy sold-out gifts at huge expense at Christmas in the past.
The maintenance coordinator, 34, now buys popular toys when they’re in supermarket sales, and sells them on at Christmas for profit.
She has over 1,400 items, including hundreds of toys, on Vinted, and has made thousands over two years.
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