Blumenthal calls for ban on ‘Cyber Grinches’

Hatchimals

(WTNH)–Cabbage Patch Dolls, Tickle Me Elmo and Furby. Holiday must haves many people remember chasing down and paying big bucks for.

“You’re always trying to compensate, you’re trying to do the best. You’re trying to be perfect, you want your child to be happy,” said Guna Svendsen of Newton , Massachusetts.

Now more than ever prices on the so-called hot toys of the season can get more out of control than the people trying to buy them. Senator Richard Blumenthal blames cyber bots.

“These cyber Grinches are essentially spoiling the holidays by sneaking through the counter measures of the manufacturers and buying in bulk products that are hot holiday items preventing children from having them because the prices become inflated and unfair,” said Blumenthal.

This year’s hot toy craze being hit hard by cyber bots is the Hatchimal. Online at major retailers they are listed between $50 and $70 but seem to be sold out everywhere. On eBay, Hatchimal auctions seem to run in the mid $100’s with Buy it Now prices in the $200 – $300 range.

Outside of the Toy Chest in West Hartford on Friday Blumenthal announced plans to push legislation that will ban cyber bot technology.

“It would be an unfair and deceptive practice punishable civilly. In certain instances fraud is punishable criminally but this would be an unfair and deceptive trade practice under federal law enforced by the Federal Trade Commission,” said Blumenthal.

As for shoppers, many say it’s up to the public to stop the trend.

“I think in today’s economy you have to be a bargain shopper. Yeah, you stand in line a little bit but it’s definitely worth doing cause I can’t afford it and if it’s too much I’m not gonna buy it,” said Robin Sills of Prospect.

“It’s the law of Supply and demand. If you don’t buy it they can’t sell it and they’ll drop the price,” said Tracy Ruggiero of New Jersey.

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