Hatchimals are the hottest toy this year! They super hard to find, unless you want to spend a couple hundred dollars for one from Amazon. You could luck up on one while shopping, but most of the major retailers who advertise Hatchimals sell out as soon as they hit the shelves. Spin Master (the maker of Hatchimals) has released the following statement:
The consumer response to Hatchimals has been extraordinary, exceeding all expectations. Some of our first shipments have already sold out. While additional product will hit retail shelves in November, we anticipate this inventory will also sell out quickly. We have increased production and a whole new batch of Hatchimals will be ready to hatch in early 2017. This is a special season and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed, nor do we support inflated prices from non-authorized resellers. We are working on creative solutions to help kids and their parents withstand the wait. In the interim, some retailers are developing pre-sale and/or rain-check programs for redemption in January. We will continue to update with program details as they become available.
If they are on your kids’ wishlists, they may be a little disappointed Christmas Morning when they wake up to find no Hatchimal. It is possible to find a Hatchimal (I found one!); it just takes a little creativity and looking at stores most people don’t think about shopping at.
Barnes & Noble.
Barnes & Noble had Hatchimals listed in their Black Friday sale paper. Select stores do carry Hatchimals and carry them in store only (you cannot buy them online). If you have a Barnes & Noble in your area, it’s worth checking out to see if your local store will be getting another shipment before Christmas.
It has been rumored that Kohl’s has Hatchimals in store only! If you have Kohl’s cash from all those hot deals during Black Friday, you might be able to score one for FREE! Just check your local Kohl’s to see if they have any Hatchimals in stock.
Although Kmart is a big retailer, it’s not as big as Walmart and Target, which means it is often forgotten about. If you have a Kmart in your area, check in store to see if they have any Hatchimals. If you have Shop Your Way points, or toy coupons, you can use them on Hatchimals to lower your out of pocket cost!
Instead of driving all over town, try calling the stores in your area to see if they have any Hatchimals in stock. If they do have them in stock, see if there is any way they can hold one for you and leave right away. If they do not have any in stock, politely ask them when they receive shipments each week. If they tell you the day, write it down and check back weekly.
I know it’s hard to find a Hatchimal online; however, you can check to see if there are any in stock at your local stores when you go to Target.com and Walmart.com (or search via the apps on your phone). You can always pay a little more and purchase one from Amazon or ebay.
Ask the Grandparents.
If your parents or grandparents do not live in the same area as you do, see if they can check stores in their area to see if they have Hatchimals in stock. I have been checking online retailers and using my grandparents zip code as my location to see if I can find a Hatchimal in their town.
My parents live in the same area I do, so I’ve asked my mom to keep an eye out while she is out and about. Her and I end up running errands on different days, which means we have doubled our chances of finding a Hatchimal just by looking on different days!
If all else fails, you can always wait until January. I know that you want to give it for Christmas, so I have a FREE printable for you from Santa on why the Hatchimal is not under the tree on Christmas morning. Print it here.
Have you found a Hatchimal? Where did you find one at?