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Check Out Line: Holiday time in Toyland

September 30, 2009

Check out Toys R Us hiring 35,000 for the holiday season.
dinosaurs-treeThe toy store giant said it would keep its U.S. store hiring plans at the same level as the last two years, even though industry watchers expect a relatively bleak winter.

Toys R Us, the New Jersey-based chain with nearly 70,000 permanent associates around the globe, is preparing for what it expects will be “another busy holiday shopping season.”  Besides hiring about 35,000 for the season, current Toys R Us employees will also be given the chance to work extra hours, the company said.

So far, we haven’t seen any must-have toys, but the battle has clearly begun.
Also on Wednesday, Walmart unveiled its plans to cut prices on toys once again this holiday season.  The world’s largest retailer said it would have a $10 toys section in all U.S. stores today, offering more than 100 toys at that price.

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(Reuters photo)


As a young liberal American, I was always led to believe Walmart was the root of all evil. And yet, as times get tougher, it’s deals like this that will drive ridiculous sales come this holiday season. Is that really a bad thing? Also, where’s the video game discounts? That’s what kids are playing with these days, not toy trains.


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