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Zhu Zhu Pets Get Unsafe Ratings From Good Guide

Will You Still Hunt For a Potentially Harmful Hairy Hamster?

The Zhu Zhu craze may be over just as quickly as it started. While many shelves are empty and parents are frantically hunting for the furry "it" toy of the year, a new report reveals the Zhu Zhu Hamsters aren't as safe as one might hope. The Good Guide rates their toys on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being the best. According to the site's testing, the virtual animal earns a higher rating of 5.2 due to high levels of antimony and tin, which can have adverse effects on a child's immune and nervous systems and have been linked to cancer, lung and heart problems. Some may ignore the rating and continue to track a hamster down while others may bypass the popular toy in hopes of finding something easier and safer. Will you still be on the hunt for the hamster?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Yeah, there was a local story run around here that spoke to people waiting in line from the wee hours. Most of them didn't even have kids, they were just waiting in line during times parents wouldn't be able to, so they could sell them for more.. kind of disgusting in my opinion. Sucks for the people who had kids who wanted it. They run these things every time something big is sold/happens, and they were saying the parent/gouger ratio was much higher this time. I'm sure thats inflated, but either way its pretty obnoxious. There's no reason you shouldn't be able to purchase a gift, espeically such a low cost gift, for your child just because its become an "it" toy. I didn't stop liking LOTR just because it exploded in popularity. Sometimes things get huge because they're just plain likable.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
I don't get this craze so I won't buy it for more than the actual price. I think the safety thing is too over the top. There is probably some tin inside, I don't believe it would harm my child.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
Yes........ people are buying these zhu zhu pets from places like Target for about $10.00 and then they turn around and try to sell them for anywhere between $ 40.00- $110 .00 . I was just on Amazon last night and that was the going price. It's insane......
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
People are buying this thing for $110?? Just for a kid to play with it a few times and get sick of it? That is crazy!
vmruby vmruby 7 years
No I won't be purchasing this so called "it" toy. First off and most importantly because of the unsafe ratings and second because I saw it on Amazon for 110.00..........
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I won't be buying it for the antimony and tin, and I also won't be buying it because I find it incredibly creepy!
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