Have Zhu Zhu Pets replaced living breathing pets?
If the sales being reported this Christmas are anything to go by you could be forgiven for thinking so.
The big toy retailers like Walmart and Toys R Us are having trouble keeping shelves stocked over night as the in-demand toys fly off the shelves.
These furry little robots make all the right noises, and move around like cute little hamsters, but are they as much fun as the real thing?
There is certainly not the responsibility attached to owning a robot, and the cost of feeding them will be much lower, not to mention vet bills. So there are many pluses with families in a recession.
But I can’t help but think that we are missing out on teaching our children some valuable life lessons with these new and improved pets.
What do you think?
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