Why The Hottest £14.99 Christmas Toy Is Selling For Over £600 On eBay

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But people will apparently do anything to get their hands on them, shown by the fact that some eBay listings display the toys being sold for staggering prices - one listing hoped to sell for a whopping £675.83. The owner of the listing is from Arkansas in the US, and describes the toys as "100% authentic WowWee Fingerlings."

While this is an extreme example, other listings of the toys show that they are being offered for somewhere around £100.

And, as with every popular toy, knock off versions have started to appear. Similar looking toys in familiar packaging with names like "Finger Monkey" and "Baby Monkey" are popping up, in the hopes that parents will be fooled into forking wads of cash from their wallets for an original.

Last week, over 2,600 counterfeit Fingerlings were seized at Heathrow Airport after there was no documented proof that the items met safety standards.

The country's watchdogs have had no choice but to issue safety alerts regarding the fake versions of Fingerlings, though many people have already been hoodwinked into buying them.

"These copy and counterfeit versions could have issues with the safety of the product and its use."

In a Facebook post, Norfolk Trading Standards commented:

Parents are being advised to research what they are buying and look out for signs that one of the toys may be a fake.

To avoid being duped, you should look out for things such as: the wrong name of the toy being used on the packaging (e.g. "Fun Monkey" or "Baby Monkey"), the name of the toy being spelled wrongly on the packaging, and grammar mistakes found on the print.

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