Monthly Archives: November 2010

When to talk to your kids about Star Wars

Very helpful information on how to handle tricky issues like whether or not Han shot first, how to avoid the dark side of the Force and the evils of Jar Jar Binks.


Fushigi Ball Scam!

Last year on Black Friday, my daughter got her picture taken with Santa Claus.  When he asked her what she wanted, she said she wanted a Zhu Zhu Pet.  What followed was a month-long quest for the hot (and impossible-to-find) toy of the year.  I persevered and our story had a happy ending, but I resolved not to relive the experience this year.

So, I’ve been on the look-out for “hot” toys and started my X-Mas shopping early.  One “toy” I knew my daughter wanted based on the (incessant) commercial was Fushigi.  Let’s look at how the makers of Fushigi are selling their product to kids:

This commercial runs during my daughter’s cartoons so often, I have it memorized.  Obviously, I know this thing doesn’t float on air.  But try to explain that to a 5-year-old.  But I figured based on the commerical that it was relatively easy to learn.

Turns out, not so much.  Thankfully I did my research before plunking down my money!  What I found is horror stories about the makers of Fushigi selling consumer information to other companies and/or taking weeks or even months to deliver product.  And the product itself, no more magical than an orange:

Am I surprised to find that Fushigi is a scam?  No.  But after reading the reports, I am surprised just how brazenly this hoax has been marketed towards children!

There won’t be a Fushigi under our Christmas tree this year.  If you were considering having one under your tree, I would urge you to read up on these things first.  Even if you’re interested in learning the art of contact juggling, it seems to me there are less expensive products that are actually of higher quality.

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