Utilitarian toy hamsters

I’m trying to get my head around this one. According to an Irish Times report, shoppers availing of the post-Thanksgiving shopping sales in the United States have, as the report puts it, maintained a ‘utilitarian focus that has replaced bubble-era excess since last September’s Wall Street crash.’

That’s good to know. And what, therefore, are they buying? DIY manuals? Home oil-changing kits for their cars? Cookbooks for meals under $10? No. What’s flying off the shelves, the same report tells us, are ‘Zhu Zhu pet robotic hamsters‘. Yes, that makes perfect sense.

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  1. Jilly Says:

    I won’t hear a word against the Zhu Zhu hamster: I have my eye on one as a Christmas present for my cat…

    Btw, apparently they’re utilitarian because Americans are buying them for their children instead of real hamsters, so they don’t have to clean up after them, feed them, etc. There was a NYT article about it last week. Clearly some portion of the US population has completely failed to grasp the concept of having a pet, but there you are. As a present FOR your pet, though, they’re going to take some beating…


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