A livid mum has taken to Facebook to warn others not to ‘waste money’ on this years ‘must-have’ Christmas top toy, the LOL Big Surprise.
27-year-old Ciara Umar bought the festive treat – retailing at £59.99 – for her daughter Elisa as an early gift.
The mega limited edition version of the toy boasts 50 gifts in each ball, but Ciara was left unimpressed by the contents and took to Facebook to warn others not to fall for the marketing ploy.
In the caption alongside a selection of images of the toy and its contents, the frustrated mum wrote: ‘So elisa got the big lol surprise today I would definately not recommend if you don’t want to waste your money the pic on the right is all you get just pre warning yas (bucket not included).’
Since it went up, the post has had over 7,665 shares and 5.7k comments, with a lot of followers tagging other people in it to share the vehement warning.
One Facebook user agreed with Ciara, writing: ‘Oh my god that’s terrible! How can they justify the price! Definitely won’t be getting one if that’s all u get.’
‘That’s crazy I don’t really know what I expected to be inside tho haha I’m glad there out of stock everywhere coz I would of bought 2 of them,’ another admitted, while a third said: ‘Defo not worth the money.’
This grandparent, meanwhile, was outraged that her granddaughter wasted her birthday money: ‘Disgraceful waste of money…. my granddaughter bought one today with birthday money….clever marketing by the people who produce these things and it’s a shame parents are drawn into buying them….such a waste of money.’
‘Saw this the other day it’s a joke think im going to cancel my order xxx’ exclaimed another disappointed Facebook follower.
However others claimed the mum hadn’t shown the full potential of the toy: ‘There is a lot more you get with it, for starters you haven’t done any of the fizz bombs yet which have things inside,’ one explained.
Talking to the Manchester Evening News, Ciara said: ‘I was mortified when I saw the contents.
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‘It’s an absolute waste of money, it’s not even a full ball either, it’s only half a ball as the back is flat.’
Since its release in March the LOL Surprise ball has sold over half a million of the toys in the UK alone.
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