Shopkins are adorable (and seemingly useless), tiny little grocery themed characters. Easily one of the trendiest toys continuing into the 2015 holiday season – and already on the hot toy list, there are three seasons of Shopkins collectibles, accessories and toys available, with a fourth season rumored to be coming out before the holidays. Each season has different colored bags (purple, blue, turquoise) that the Shopkins are held in and can be used for playing.
What are they? Just collectible figures the kids can play with – but they’ve taken kids toys by storm making it on to top ten lists all over the world. Kids are going crazy over Shopkins. Here are some tips to help you find the best price for Shopkins, get the best bang for your buck and help the kids to find those elusive rarer Shopkins.
How & Where to Buy Shopkins
Shopkins 1-pack ($2.49 – $2.99). The one pack foil bag of Shopkins. Skip these ones, unless you’re grabbing them from the dollar store (spotted there recently) as an impulse buy (previous seasons).
Shopkins 2-pack ($5). The two pack of Shopkins is blind, meaning you don’t know what you’re going to get when you open the package. You may find common Shopkins, limited edition and even rare Shopkins. These aren’t going to give you the best bang for your buck, and really, how many baskets does your kid need?
Shopkins 5-pack ($8-10). The five pack of Shopkins includes five Shopkins and five shopping bags and includes limited edition Shopkins that can be found inside the bags within the package. There are a handful of different variations, that usually have different ‘hidden shopkins’ in the yellow bag in each package, where you don’t know what you’re going to get.
Shopkins 12-pack ($14-16) The 12-packs have 10 visible Shopkins, four shopping bags and one basket with two hidden Shopkins inside. These come with at least one special edition inside and are a good bang for your buck.
Shopkins Mega 20-pack ($20) The mega pack includes 20 Shopkins, six shopping bags and one basket. They come in a long skinny package. Only two of the Shopkins are visible from the outside, making this one fun to open but you’re likely to get doubles if you’ve been collecting for a while. There are three versions of this Mega Pack available, so watch for tips below on how to buy these.
Where’s the best place to buy Shopkins? Showcase has the best price for the 12-pack ($12.99) and Scholar’s Choice has great prices for the play sets. Toys R Us has the best price for the Mega 20-packs of Shopkins.
Note: Showcase draws you in with the 50% off ‘sale’. You need to know that these sale prices are the comparable prices to other stores, and never to every pay the full price (almost double of other stores). Only a good price when they’re on sale.
How to Get Rare Shopkins
Shop Playsets. Playsets are one of the most expensive ways to collect rare Shopkins, but it’s one of the only ways to get Exclusive Playset Shopkins. Playsets can be purchased on sale to reduce the regular price of $20-40
Buy 12-packs. There’s a bonus to buying Shopkins in 12 packs – you’re likely to get a limited edition Shopkin in the pack.
Did you know? Finding a rare shopkins can pay off. Showcase (the store) will pay $1,000.00 for specific, rare shopkins. Information can be found on their website.
You can get rare Shopkins through the sets like we mentioned above, or by getting lucky in a small package, but you can also trade. We’ve spotted some trades that have gone for 2-5 common Shopkins, for one that’s a bit more rare. There are also many single Shopkins for sale on eBay if you’re interested in completing the collection.
Build a Shopkins Collection
The Mega pack is one of the most affordable ways to start and build a Shopkins collection. You can buy it for $20 from Toys R Us. There is a limit of 2/customer when you’re shopping online but be careful because if you order two, it’s likely that you’re going to receive two of the same package. Try searching for these ones in-store, or buying only one online.
Use coupons and promotions for stores, or shop the lowest prices. Remember, Scholar’s Choice may have the lowest prices, but using a 40% off coupon for Mastermind toys or other high value promotions can snag you a bargain.
To track the collection there are books, the inserts that come with the small toys and even apps that can be used to track your collection, and trades made. Speaking of trades, the local swaps and trades at Scholar’s Choice and Showcase are a great way to get rid of the doubles. If you want to swap online, there are even Shopkins Exchange Facebook groups, where you can facilitate trades through the mail.
Tip: When we swap the Shopkins, we make sure to remove our ultra-rare ones from our case.