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Desirable toys for undesirable prices

If you have a child I am sure you have come across a situation where they request a specific toy that you can not find. I am currently dealing with this very situation. My son wants more than anything a Transformer Rescue Bot named "Blades" however I can not find a store locally that has him in stock. I even contacted Hasbro about purchasing him online. This transformer costs approximately $12 retail - however I know I can purchase him for $80+ on Amazon on eBay from hungry re-sellers.

So here in lies the question...do you think it's right to sell a current child's toy as a re-seller for so much more than the retail price? I can understand selling collectibles or vintage items but to clear shelves in your area and re-sell at a much higher rate I think is unfair.

What's your take?

DIY Transformer Rescue Bots Pinata

I am going to share my pinata making experience because I had never done this before and searched all over for references.

OK birthday boy requests Transformer Rescue Bots party theme which is to include a pinata (Optimus Prime from Wal-Mart is apparently unacceptable). So I set out to make it. Shouldn't be so hard, right? Searched around the house for stuff to use and decided to use a Coca-Cola 12pack box. Why? Because we seem to always have 1 around. Cut it apart using the side structures and started to fold and tape a general logo.
Once the general shape was done I taped a piece of heavy art paper to one side to bear the weight of the paper mache strips. Now time to get messy! I tore strips of newspaper and tossed them into a small container and mixed up some glue. I couldn't recall the goo recipe so I googled and found a super easy one. It was one part flour to 2 parts water; easy enough. My kiddo wanted to help once the mixing started (he likes to stir things). Then it was …

Transformer Rescue Bots Birthday Party

OK so this year I had birthday party #4 under control. We were going to splash and play at a local spray ground (Creekside Playground & Sprayground) so our theme would be "Splish Splash"...or so I thought. After months of planning and discussing with my soon to be 4yr old, he informed me that "Splish Splash" would not work. Are you kidding me!? Seriously - I only have like 4 weeks until B day and I have been working & researching this theme for months (thank you Pinterest)!  OK so what would you like the theme to be son? Mom, I want Rescue Bots at my birthday party. Hmm OK so I go off in search of Transformer Rescue Bots.

HAHAHA jokes on me - there are NO such ready made decorations for Rescue Bots. *sigh* NOT AGAIN! Last year he wanted a theme that was not readily available for purchase in the stores (online orders only) and I vowed that I would never again allow this to happen. It stresses me out.

But anyone that knows us knows that what the prince wants …