Top 20 Christmas Toys On eBay UK - AuctionLotwatch

November 30, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Free Auction Tools provider announced today its annual predictions for what will be the most popular Christmas toys on eBay UK this year. Based on industry source predictions & current searches the list highlights some past favourites.

With concerns voiced as to whether toy manufacturers & retailers have misjudged the amount of toys required this Christmas, shoppers are expected to be buying earlier this year. The BBC reports that there may be limited stock on some of the popular items this Christmas due to delays in ordering sufficient quantities in time. In Scotland parents have already started to panic as shops start to sell out of this years "must have" toys.

Stuart Grant, of the Toy Retailers' Association, said: "Retailers and manufacturers have definitely been too cautious and the problems will really emerge at the start of December."

This is further backed up by Hm Revenue & Customs who said stores imported £5.5billion of toys in the first nine months of this year - half the £11.2billion of the same period last year.

The success of toys such as Go Go Hamsters has taken many by surprise with around a million being sold a week in the United States, but Britain has been allocated just 450,000 for the whole year. Old favourite Lego is also in the top toys list with a couple of new variations that are attracting high demand. Rubik's 360, the latest puzzle from the makers of the famous cube, and Monopoly City, an updated version of the board game, are also said to be selling well but are in short supply.

The top toys are predicted to be:
1) Go Go Pet Hamsters;
2) Transformers Movie 2 Voyagers Figures;
3) Sylvanian Families Caravan;

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A recent survey by eDigitalResearch and IMRG reported that 93% of consumers are planning to do at least some of their shopping online this Christmas. 71% of those who responded are planning to buy more than half of their gifts on the web.

"With eBay launching a big Christmas ad campaign both on the TV and online it will continue to be a prominent venue for shoppers looking for an early bargain" says Managing Director Steve Durkin

The advice from the industry specialists therefore is clear - to avoid disappointment make sure you do your Christmas shopping early.

The full Top 20 list is available here: