The Toy Industry


The $22 billion toy industry is going gender neutral.

According to the New York Times today's target audience isn't paying attention to stereotypes about what boys and girls should be playing with. Girls are dressing up as their favorite superheroes and playing with action figures and boys are taking up sewing and cooking. Now the toy makers and retailers are starting to take notice.  read more »

Christmas Toys


We might be smack dab in the middle of September; but for retailers it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

In an effort to get a jump on the holiday shopping season Toys “R” Us has released its list of the hottest toys for 2014. The annual list of 36 items is determined by the company’s play experts after months of research. While those exact methods of research aren’t clear, the company says it has a successful track record of making sure parents walk away with gifts to satisfy the kids come Christmas day.  read more »

Dangerous Toys


Holiday shopping is underway and there are a few things to watch out for.

Black Friday just kicked off this year’s shopping frenzy but before you cross anything off your list beware of what you’re buying. The consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm has issued their list of the season’s most dangerous toys. And this year it includes things that can puncture, strangle or electrocute users.

The group’s president says over the past year there have been about 28 toy recalls. The group has been producing the list since 1973 and the toys in question can be found in leading retailers as well as small specialty stores.  read more »

Cookies, Candy and Toys No Longer Recession-Proof

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Now We Really Are In Trouble.

Every day you hear about home and stock prices falling still further. Jobs are vanishing as fast as your retirement money. In California, and most other states, you will be paying even higher taxes for far fewer services.

But 3 different business news reports out today prove just how dramatically Wall Street’s decline is changing traditional buying habits on Main Street.  read more »