HOUSTON - Reselling holiday toys isn’t something new, but it’s always been seen as a questionable act.
In the '80s, it was Cabbage Patch Kids, Tickle Me Elmo in 1996 and Furby in ’98.
This year, it’s Hatchimals, and tracking them down in stores has been difficult for parents who are now turning to Craigslist.
KHOU 11 News started working to find out why parents are buying Hatchimals for $50 at stores and reselling them online for $150. After two phone calls, we found a father willing to sell and explain his unexpected reasoning for selling.
“I went to the Toys 'R' Us, and I got there at 2:00,” Thomas DiSalvio said. “I was the first person to arrive, and I also brought a little sign that I made.”
The sign read, "The line for Nintendo & Hatchimals Starts HERE!!!"
With an easel and a chair, DiSalvio waited 18 hours for a pair of Nintendos and a set of Hatchimals, one of them for his 11-year-old daughter, Leia.
“I went ahead and listed the Nintendo, both of the Nintendos and the other Hatchimal on Craigslist for sale,” DiSalvio said.
DiSalvio’s business model proved profitable. The father is putting the proceeds toward life’s most precious gift.
“I love my daughter, and I would do anything for her,” DiSalvio said. "So she needs this surgery. And it has to happen now. When you have scoliosis, the way your spine curves, your internal organs are crushed.”
The fluffy friends aren’t selling for the thousands it will take to correct Leia’s spine. However, every dollar still counts.
“The surgery that she needs is off-label surgery. So It’s not covered by insurance,” DiSalvio said. “So basically we’re selling everything and going to use all the money in the IRA and have this surgery done as soon as possible.”
Leia's first doctor visit is coming up soon in New Jersey.
After expecting to buy a Hatchimal from someone gaming the system, we learned an important lesson. Before judging someone this Christmas, remember that you never know what kind of battle someone else is fighting.
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