Guiding consumers since 2009

Stikeez - the craze continues

By Staff Writer

Since the launch of the Stikeez promotion by Pick n Pay on 3 August, the craze has swept through the nation with adults and children alike scrambling to collect all 24 characters before the promotion ends on 20 September.
 
The hunt for these little toys has now moved online with people placing ads either to sell or trade them on Gumtree. At the time of writing there are two ads for people willing to swop/trade their duplicate Stikeez for the missing links in their collections.
 
While, technically, these little toys don’t cost you anything (you get one free for every R150 that you send at Pick n Pay), there are people selling them on Gumtree for an average price of about R10 per Stikeez, according to Claire Cobbledick, head of Gumtree marketing.
 
“The average seems to be about R10 per Stikeez, while completed collections are going for about R200. Many more users actually prefer to swop rather than sell,” revealed Cobbledick.
 
According to Cobbledick the popularity of these characters sees ads being placed on the Gumtree site and removed the same day as people purchase or swop their Stikeez in order to complete their collection.
 
Saving money and time
 
Cobbledick revealed that as a mother, she has experienced her children begging to go to Pick n Pay in order to get more Stikeez. However, having to pay R150 to get just one, and not knowing what the character it is until you open it, means that it can cost you a lot of money to get just a few Stikeez..
 
“Classifieds is a great way to quickly get your hands on that missing Stikeez, without spending the R150 and ending up with duplicates,” said Cobbledick.
 
She added: “[This] is a great demonstration of how you can use the web safely to network and source exactly what you want for less, rather than trudging to the supermarket every day and increasing your basket size unnecessarily. You can still enjoy the fun of hunting for them online, but it’s much easier on your pocket.”
 
This is not the first time that people have turned to the classifieds in order to help them build collections. In the 1990s, the Beanie Babies craze was sweeping through the United States, and saw increased activity on eBay, where people bought and sold these toys, with some of the rarer toys going for over R30 000.
 
However, the question still remains if these little characters are pollutants, gimmicks or worthy collectibles. To read Justmoney’s analysis of these toys, click here.

Recent Articles

Featured Everything you should know about tax auto assessment

In 2019, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) launched a system, which was dubbed an “auto assessment”, to assist taxpayers with their annual tax returns. But what does this system entail, and how will it impact you?

What does it mean to be a registered Financial Services Provider?

You may have noticed that financial institutions state that they’re registered Financial Services Providers (FSP). But what does this actually mean, and how does this benefit you as a consumer?

Should the retirement age change?

Across the world, people are retiring later than they used to. However, retirement products are centred around set retirement ages at which point you’d be able to access your retirement savings. But how applicable is the current retirement age in South Africa?

Everything you need to know about wills

Death can leave a lot of confusion and chaos. What happens to your possessions when you die can have a profound effect on those you leave behind. But you can soften the impact by drawing up a will.

Deals

Get 30% off your gym membership with Absa student account

Price: Available on request
When: Daily
Where: Nationwide

Get 10% discount on Rentalcars.com

Price: Available on request
When: Daily
Where: Worldwide

Get up to R5 back in rewards points when buying fuel

Price: Available on request
When: Daily
Where: Nationwide


Latest Guide

Guide to debt rehabilitation solutions