I have major guilt when I can’t get my kids the stuff they have been asking for Christmas. Now, I don’t know if that makes me a good or bad parent, but all I know is that I try to do whatever it takes to see my kids happy. One Christmas struggle many parents are facing this year is finding Fingerlings toys. After dealing with the NES and Hatchimals fiascos last year, parents may be not be in the mood to stand in the cold for hours to find these elusive toys and want to know how to find Fingerlings in stock, even if it costs a little more than they would expect.
The sure fire way to find a Fingerling is to get one from Ebay. Resellers have tons of Fingerlings in stock in all different colors and characters. The trouble is, you will be paying almost double or triple the $15 retail price depending on which one you want and where it is shipping from. While it may feel a little unfair, paying a higher price may be the only way to land a Fingerling for now.
But if you are in the proximity of an Amazon Book store, you might be in luck. Amazon now actually has brick and mortar stores in seven states across the country, including California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Washington, and Oregon, with three more coming in Maryland, Texas, and Washington D.C. A representative for Amazon Book stores tells Romper that they do keep Fingerlings in stock, but they sell out quickly due to their high demand and popularity. If you are near an Amazon Book store, it’s definitely worth calling or checking to see if they have any Fingerlings stock.
Another way to keep an eye on where and when Fingerlings become available is to set up alerts on stock tracking websites like BrickSeek, Zoolert, or NowInStock. These sites continuously update inventory of Fingerlings stock from all over the web, and if you are quick enough, you may be able to nab one. It can be difficult, however, due to people running software made to buy up popular toys called “bots”. According to The New York Times, these bots are programmed to find and buy popular items with inhuman speed, so that they can be resold at a higher price.
If searching and hunting on the internet isn’t your jam, you can always check or call your local Toys "R" Us, Walmart, or Best Buy stores because they occasionally have Fingerlings in store. You just have to find out when so you can be there early enough to get one. You can also check out your local Craigslist listings to see if there are people selling Fingerlings in your area.
Some exclusive Fingerlings, like Gigi the Unicorn, Kingsley the Sloth, or glitter Fingerlings may be harder to find than the original Fingerling monkeys: Bella (pink), Boris (blue), Finn (black), Mia (purple), Sophie (white), and Zoe (teal). But if your kid isn’t particular as to which Fingerling they want, pick up the first one you can get. All Fingerlings do pretty much the same thing, minus a few variations in the sounds they make. Otherwise, all Fingerlings are interactive, robotic toys, that can cling on to a finger (or any other clingable surface) and respond to touch, motion, and voice with 40 different sounds and animations, including giggling, blowing kisses back to you, burping and farting, and snoring when you gently rock them to bed.
So while it may be hard to find Fingerlings in stock, it’s definitely not impossible, especially if you’re willing to spend the extra bucks. And be sure that this isn’t the last toy that will send you on a hunt, because when you are a parent, hunting for toys is just an occupational hazard you have to get used to.
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