Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Give Santa a Hand...Rent Toys!

It could help an overworked Santa and his elves regain a little sanity. The holidays are typically all about hunting down the most popular toys and games for kids – many which sell out fairly quickly, but an alternative exists that could save both time and money. Renting.

Instead of plunking down a huge amount of cash to buy, consider a membership to an online toy or video game Web site. This will give the recipient a chance to get new toys or try different games while you’re still paying the freight.

Two Web sites have toys for young children and video games for the older set.

BabyPlays.com, an online toy rental Web site, features a variety of membership plans that range from three months to a year. Then the parent and child can select as many lead-tested, sanitized toys as they like for their “wish list” which they receive within a few days.

The child can then keep the toys for 30 or 60 days depending on the plan – with no late fees. Ready for new ones? Then pack up the old toys exchange them for new ones with the postage-page shipping labels. Policies about what happens if the toy gets broken is on the company’s Web site.

Gamefly.com rents video games for the most popular systems including Playstation and Wii. Like BabyPlays.com, the gamer add the games they want to try on the their list. The Web site charges a flat monthly fee of $22.95 plus tax, to rent two games at a time, with free shipping, or one game at a time for $15.95 a month. Send back the old game in the postage paid envelope and get a new one.

Helping Families Through the Holidays

BabyPlays.com, announces its program to put toys under the tree this Holiday Season. As families look for ways to save money, BabyPlays has an exciting and economical solution.

Rent toys for Christmas
Rent toys for Christmas
“The cost savings of renting toys vs. purchasing toys has always been one of the six core benefits of being a BabyPlays member,” comments Company Founder, Lori Pope. “However, this attribute takes on even more importance during this holiday season when parents are having to cope a bad economy and shrinking family budgets. We received countless emails and phone calls from parents last Holiday Season thanking BabyPlays for allowing them to put quality toys under their tree for a fraction of their purchase cost, and we are looking forward to the same response this Holiday Season.”

“The cost savings of renting toys vs. purchasing toys has always been one of the six core benefits of being a BabyPlays member.” comments Company Founder, Lori Pope
For as little as $26.99 a month, a BabyPlays member can put five high quality toys under the tree and replace them with new toys every 60 days. This cost is substantially less than what an average American family spends on the purchase of toys - $720 a year for a family with one child and $1,200 a year for a family with two children. On top of the cost savings, BabyPlays’ toy rental plans eliminate the after-Christmas pile up of toys that are not being played with anymore because the toys can simply be shipped back and replaced with new toys.

BabyPlays has been called "The Netflix of Toys" by numerous media sources, and is the world's largest online toy rental company. BabyPlays toys are tested extensively for lead, cadmium, arsenic and other harmful toxins and exceed U.S. Safety Standards.
In addition to saving their members money and providing rental toys that not only meet, but exceed, U.S. safety standards for lead and other harmful toxins, BabyPlays offers its members several other benefits:

  • The opportunity to play with unique and stimulating toys
  • A Green, environmentally friendly, concept – rental toys are “recycled” among members.
  • Less home clutter
  • The convenience of online shopping
Most toys are fully assembled; all come with batteries and all shipping costs are included. BabyPlays.com rents high quality, durable and innovative toys to families with children ages 5 and younger.