Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

November 14, 2009

They’re sure to sell out soon

Zhu Zhu pets — fuzzy, battery-operated hamsters on wheels that sell for less than $10 in most places — may be the hottest toy this Christmas season. But it appears the toys will be hard, if not impossible, to find.

Retailers report selling out of the toys as soon as they hit the shelves. And online retailers like Amazon also are seeing the product sellout. If you can find Zhu Zhus on Ebay, it is often with highly inflated prices. The pets come with a dozen accessories, including a carrying case, a house with a kitchen, connecting tubes and an exercise ball and wheel. There are even Zhu Zhu cars.

Toys”R”Us recently released its list of “hot” toys this holiday. Among the offerings are Disney Netpal; Disney Princess: Just One Kiss Princess Tiana Doll; Wii Sports Resort; Mindflex; Laugh & Learn Learning Farm, and Star Wars Fan’s Choice Anniversary Edition Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser. A related story about Christmas toy shopping appears on page 1E today....

By the way, Christmas is just 40 days away today. And for those who like the warmer weather and thoughts of spring, Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers will report 96 days from today and spring officially arrives 125 days from now....

While the economy is beginning to look up, the recession will last another year for West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, according to economists at West Virginia University.

A report on the outlook for Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties was presented in Martinsburg last week. It shows residential construction in the region during the first eight months of 2009 fell by 86.6 percent from its peak level during the same period in 2006. The report predicts the region’s unemployment rate will be 8.5 percent in 2010 and then decline to 6.5 percent by 2013....

A Cumberland native was one of five new aldermen elected by Frederick voters last month. Carol (Mullen) Krimm won the seat running as a Democrat candidate.

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