This isn't exactly the hardest time of year for us to find visually-dramatic sales trends -- in fact, it's almost certainly the easiest. A majority of all two-year Terapeak trends will show peaks and valleys in correlation with the holidays, and there's no better category for that than eBay's Toys & Games
We've seen time and time again how certain toys will blow up for one season (Furby, Tickle-Me-Elmo, Cabbage Patch), while others will continue to sell year after year. Today, we'll look at a few examples from 2009 -- though of course there are hundreds more.
First is Leapster
, an educational handheld game console that teaches kids the alphabet, phonics and basic math (among other things). First released in 2003, there's been a recent spike in demand for Leapster 2, released last year. Here's a 60-day total sales trend for "Leapster":
Next is a classic: Lego
. Dating back to the 1930s, the little building blocks are a big-time seller all year round... but rarely to the scale that the holidays provide. Here's a 60-day sales trend for "Lego" (which, last Sunday, totalled more than $1.5 million in eBay.com sales!):
And finally, here's this year's phenomenon: Zhu Zhu Pets
. You may have read about them already
-- robotic hamsters! -- but if you've yet to believe the hype, check out this 60-day trend for "zhu zhu pet":
It's a prosperous venture, this toy racket. Here's to guessing what next year's craze will be!