Invasion of the Zhu Zhu Pets

On the evening before Black Friday, it’s clear what this years popular toys is going to be for Santa. Watch out for the Zhu Zhu Pets invasion


The popular fuzzy robotic toy hamsters are in such great demand, that the toy will probably get sold on eBay for a significant mark up when it’s gets sold out in the stores on Black Friday. A mark up of 5x is not strange for the Zhu Zhu Pets to be sold for. If you really want to be sure you get these, there is no price too high for the hamsters.

Explosion of Zhu Zhu Pets Searches

Towards the holidays shopping season, the number of people searching for a sweet deal on Zhu Zhu Pets is al too clear in the search volume on eBay. The number of searches on eBay for Zhu Zhu Pets is peaking in the run up towards Black Friday. Below is a graph of the # of searches on a 7 day moving average basis.image

In comparison with other popular Christmas gifts which probably will be on the hot products list, Zhu Zhu Pets leaves these far behind. The Iphone, the Wii, and the Xbox 360 are again this years hot products.


The value of the shopping search data is enormous. Google insights does not show a similar trend. Probably because the typical search on a search engine is not only shopping related, but contains more searches with a different intent. However, even on Google product search the sharp surge in Zhu Zhu Pets searches is not visible when combined with iPhone, Wii and Xbox 360.