Buying items for kids brings a sense of joy to most parents. To see their faces light up with excitement at the sight of a new toy, game, outfit, or technology device is often rewarding. In 2011, the average child received $309 worth of toys, which is kind of a lot of money when you think about it. It equates to around $26 per month. This around the same amount of money we spent on life and personal insurance.
Some of the items we buy for our kids end up being a great purchase. Our kids love the product, they receive some sort of resulting educational value, and it enriches them in some way. These are the types of purchasing decisions we usually look back on without any regret. Many learning products, some technology devices, some clothing, and books often fall into this category.
On the other hand, there are also those products we kick ourselves for agreeing to purchase. Kids may beg and plead until we finally comply, or in some cases they exhibit good behavior or grades, and we just want to reward them with something they actually want. Whatever the reason, there’s certain items we buy for our kids, even though we don’t want to. This list of items parents hate buying for their kids contains products that are often more trouble than they’re worth.
1. Rip Offs
So, you’re sitting in the living room, enjoying a quiet evening of television with your family when, all of the sudden, you hear: “It floats, it levitates, it will amaze you. The magic floating ball will float in mid-air, right before your very eyes.” Then of course, what does your child say? “Can I please have that magic ball?”
You have a pretty good idea that the product won’t work in the same manner in which it appears on TV, but just to be sure, you may decide to go online and check out a few reviews from others who have already purchased the magic floating ball. Nearly all of the reviews are negative. “Doesn’t work,” one review says. “Basically a paperweight,” reads another review.
There are thousands of products out there like the fictional magic ball, where parents know the product is a rip off, but kids still really want it. At a cost of between $20 and upwards of $50 for these rip off products, it’s painful to shell out the money. But sometimes, teaching kids the valuable lesson that you can’t believe everything you see on TV is worth it to some parents.