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Hot Toys Already Selling Out

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FAYETTEVILLE — The day after Thanksgiving used to bethe day that marked the big rush to shop for Christmas, but these days,retail outlets begin marketing for the big holiday right after Halloween.With only 49 shopping days left many arefinding that the toys most in demand are already hard to find.

In years past such items as Cabbage Patch dolls and Power Rangerstopped the list of scarce Christmas toys. This year has its own hot itemsthat are disappearing from store shelves as quickly as they arrive.

The new Nintendo 64 has retailers around the country seeing big dollarsigns. The sophisticated video game features three-dimensional graphicswhich gives players the impression of moving into the screen.

Store browser Aaron Marquis says the new Nintendo has a lot to offerthe avid player.

The main system is priced at about $200 at a Fayetteville Target store.You can count on paying about $50 for each game cartridge. One clerk saysthe game systems are so popular, customers are practically buying them offthe delivery trucks.

Shopper Lauren Parisi says she's not buying yet, but she's beginning tofeel the pressure.

Action figures are also expected to sell well this year, although theyshould not be too difficult to find. The same goes for most Barbie dolls,but the $35 Holiday Barbie could pose some problems. One store gets 3-to-5cases of the popular dolls each week, but is already selling out within acouple of days.

Store manager Pete Key says chances of getting one of the dolls asthe holiday approaches are slim.

Sales have been picking up over the past week throughout the store andthose who know say it's only going to get busier. Contributing to theearly shopping start is the fact that there is one less week betweenThanksgiving and Christmas this year than there was last.

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