They've always said imitation is the greatest form of flattery, right? Well, Fingerlings should consider themselves very flattered as there has been a surge of companies starting to sell knock-offs of the popular toy, just in time for the holidays. If the top item on your child's Christmas list is a Fingerling, you'll want to know how to spot the fakes so your kiddo isn't disappointed on Christmas morning. Here are the Fingerling knock-offs — be wary of online resellers trying to sell discounted Fingerlings or even camouflaged ones. They're not the real deal.
As you shop online for Fingerlings, there are a lot of red flags you can be looking for that will alert you to the knock-offs. First, you'll want to keep in mind what authentic Fingerlings look like. WowWee representative Alexa August tells Romper, "We have been producing some new characters so it's good to be mindful of the legitimate products being introduced!" This Facebook post from the company also helps clarify the situation with counterfeit products and provides a graphic containing hints of how to ensure you are buying authorized product.
As a rule of thumb, if you're about to click "purchase" on a camouflage Fingerling, that is definitely a fake as the Fingerling company does not make a single camouflage Fingerling at this time.
Additionally, you'll want to make sure you're buying from a reputable seller. Fingerlings are only sold by a few retailers, like Target, Amazon, Toys "R" Us, and Kohl's. There are third-party sellers who scooped up a bunch of real Fingerlings when they realized they were going going to be the top toy for Christmas this year. If you're going to take a chance on a third-party seller (and pay the mark-up), you should do so from a site like Amazon or even eBay, rather than a site with a strange name and few other real products.
If you're shopping online today, beware of these likely knock-off Fingerlings.