stop toying with me
This morning's Indianapolis Star reports that toys are no longer topping kids' wish lists this Xmas, having been edged out by various electronic gadgetry.
Toys -- real toys -- the ones without computer chips and technohype, are fighting an uphill retail battle this holiday season.
When children ages 6 to 14 were asked what they wanted most for Christmas, 34 percent said electronics, 31 percent said money and 18 percent cited toys, according to a survey by KidzEyes.
The International Council of Shopping Centers predicts toys likely will take third place in 2002 -- lagging behind electronics and apparel in total dollars spent.
I'm not surprised, given how hard it is any more to find toys that don't have some kind of electronic sound or voice chip embedded. For cryin' out loud, Fisher-Price even has an electronic version of its classic corn popper toy! (Our toddler uses the old-fashioned kind.)