And my wife is in charge of figuring out what to get the girls for Christmas. Kids in bed, downstairs she shouts, “Oh no. I forgot about that Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll!”
A couple of days later. Same problem. My wife hoped the girls would just forget about the Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll altogether, but there we were at Dave’s Christmas Wonderland. And Santa’s there. Emma and Esther are sitting on Santa’s lap and Santa asked what they want. Emma responds (of course) that she wants the singing Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll. Then that little parrot Esther says “Me too.” Laura and I looked at each other....great.
When panic occurs she turns to me. I figure o.k. let’s type it in google and see what they sell this thing for. “Wow it’s even on sale at Toys R Us.” From $39.99 down to $29.99. My biggest concern was which daughter we would give this too. I’m not one of those parents that wants duplicates. I think it’s good for them to learn to share and even barter at times. Back to Toys R Us. I see a big red button, “e-mail me when available.” Great. I can’t click on ship to home or store pick up. Tis the season to be jolly! Well let’s try Target. O.K. it’s a little bit more. $34.99... Wait, you have to be kidding me! Out of stock online. Walmart has it. Great. Great price too. $28.88. My wife makes me call Walmart. I’m put on hold. Then they hang up on me. I call back. It’s 9 at night. I’m transferred to electronics. They’re out and have been out for over a month. Then why is it still listed online?
It’s 9:30 at night now and I’m on the phone with my mother-in-law. She’s trying to buy online at Walmart too. She adds to her cart and proceeds to checkout. It waits to the very end of the transaction before she’s told they’re out of stock as well.
Suddenly I found myself calling every store under the sun. I was ready to take the hour drive to the Brockport, NY Walmart except they ran out of the Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll’s too.
So we turn to Ebay. Bad idea. My mother-in-law has one for $41 and is hoping to be outbid at this point because something crazy has occurred. It’s 3 p.m. and my wife goes online to look for the Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll, and guess what. Five Targets in the area say they have them in stock. 5! She doesn’t believe it at first then starts looking up the numbers to call to see if it’s true. I’m using both cell phones (I’ve been put on hold) and she’s on the home phone and we’re dialing away.
So far 0 for 3. But wait. Good news! The Target near Walden Galleria has 2 left in stock. Even better, right now the sale at Target is buy one, get one toy for 50% off. Great. Can they be saved for us, we’ll be there in less than 15 minutes? “No” they say, “we’re not allowed to reserve Frozen stuff”. My wife throws the keys at me shoves me out the door. “Run Tom, when you get to the store, you need to run!”...and drive fast.”
Leaving the store, my phone rings. It’s my wife. “Did you get one?”
“No, I respond. I got two I scream”! We both scream. And celebrate. And then I call my mother-in-law. She’s excited for us too except is stuck with that $41 Elsa doll. Later that night, I text her. Yup. She won the auction. But she emails the seller and they agree to let her off. Nice. We’re all happy. So much for no duplicate presents.
And did I have a Cabbage Patch kid when I was Emma’s age? Yes again.
shhh. Don't let the girls know what they're getting for Christmas. :)
So how’s your shopping going so far this year? Online shopper or in store? How far are you willing to go to get a certain item or save a few bucks? Fan of free shipping like us?
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