Remember when crazed parents paid up to $1500 for a Tickle Me Elmo doll in 1997? Target and Walmart just released their top toy lists for 2019 in hopes that you’ll start shopping early for the holidays. But it can be difficult to know which toys may actually sell out and which are just hype.
Here are some tips if you’re feeling ready to stare down December shopping already.
1. Use layaway to hold popular Walmart ride-on toys for Christmas 2019.
This is a no-stress way to price hunt. Walmart’s no interest, pre-holiday layaway program runs from August 30 to December 9. You put $20 or 20% down on a toy to truly make it yours (meaning no fighting Sinbad for a Turbo Man) and pay in whatever increments you want.
Walmart gives you 14 days from your payoff date to make a price adjustment (unless it’s a Black Friday price.) Here are some of the higher priced, ride-on toys from Walmart’s Top Trending Toys for 2019 list:
2. Set deal notification alerts for gaming toys in the KCL app.
Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB Forza Horizon 4 Bundle $278 at Walmart
As of the publication date, this same keyboard sells for $278 at Amazon.
Price compare at Amazon; as of the writing of this article, Amazon’s price beats Walmart by thirty bucks.
As of the publication date, this same keyboard sells for $44 at Amazon and $59.99 at Target.com.
3. Track the inventory and price of Walmart toys at NowInStock.net.
Inventory for unboxing toys fluctuates wildly, as items surge in popularity when word gets out what’s inside. Nowinstock.net keeps a close watch on each brand and will send you an email or text alert when something goes on pre-order or comes back in stock. It also finds you the best price online.
Pre-order the Nintendo Switch Lite on Amazon, September 20 at $199
4. Pre-order the hottest 2019 Walmart kids’ toys ASAP.
While most of the toys on Walmart and Target’s top toy lists are useful only as an indicator of what’s likely to be popular this year, some of the items on these lists are those predicted to sell out by toy experts. Hedge your bets by buying them early and price shopping later. (Remember to save your receipt!)
Target and Walmart both allow 90 days to return an item with your receipt. (Electronics returns are subject to a shorter return window.) Be on the lookout for better deals within that time frame and return the items bought at original price if you find a sale!
Target and Walmart both offer price adjustments for up to 14 days after purchase. If the price drops. Amazon’s Price Guarantee means that if the price is lower when the item comes in, the lesser amount will be charged to your card.
Walmart.com and Target.com only carry Pack 1 while Amazon has all 12, but stock fluctuates.
The Barbie Dreamhouse, a popular Christmas toy, sold out in the spring but is back in stock at Walmart and Amazon as of July. It might be hard to find around the holidays.
5. Price compare in store and online prices on the best toys 2019 with BrickSeek.com.
Brick tracks in-store sales and markdowns at over a dozen retailers so you can compare in-store price with online.
According to Brickseek.com, this toy costs about $59 at my local store.
According to Brickseek.com, this toy costs about $29.97 at my local store.
According to Brickseek.com, this toy costs about $79.00 at my local store.
According to Brickseek.com, this toy costs about $24.97 and is an in-store exclusive.