Webkinz- The New Craze

If you have a young child or are a grandparent of a young child then chances are you’ve heard of Webkinz. I had never heard of them until the little girl that I provide respite care brought over a Webkinz Persion Cat last month. Webkinz are the hottest things since Beanie Babies and Cabbage Patch dolls.

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For those who don’t know a Webkinz is a plush pet. Each Webkinz plush toy comes with a secret code in the tag that gives access to the online website Webkinz World.

Children then go online to Webkinz World and get a virtual pet.

At Webkinz World children can care for their virtual pet, answer trivia, play games and earn KinzCash.

Children can chat with other Webkinz owners using Kinzchat.

According to surfnetkids.com instead of typing a message children choose from pre-typed messages.

This seems like it would make KinzChat chatting perfectly safe.

Perhaps not! Surfnet kids addresses what you need to know about Webkinz chat rooms. I suggest you check it out of you have children who use the service.

Need to Know: Webkinz Chat Rooms

Webkinz were released by the Ganz gift company in 2005.

In November of last year, 1.1 million visitors stayed an average of 154 minutes on Webkinz.com, according to Nielsen/NetRatings. In May Webkinz attracted 4.1 million visitors. The market research firm NPD Group reported that Webkinz brought in more than $1 million (USD) in US retail sales in 2006.

If you are looking for a Webkinz, eBay lists thousands of discontinued models. A webKinz currently has a bid of 140.51. A retired Webkinz Cheeky Dog & Cheeky Cat sold for $995 on eBay.

Currently “Webkinz” ranks in the top 100 searches at Yahoo so it wouldn’t really hurt you to blog about this new craze. According to Wordtracker keyword suggestion tool the top five searches for “Webkinz” are webkinz, webkinz cheats, webkinz charms, webkinz recipes and webkinz world.

Webkinz has several other products like lip gloss, body spritz, charms, mouse pads, purses and trading cards.

With the holiday season around the corner I see parents everywhere shopping for a Webkinz.

Letters to Santa will read:

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a Webkinz.

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