Toys R Us offering expanded layaway, wish lists

by James


Geoffrey must see the handwriting on the wall this Christmas and he’s pulling out all the stops to get parents in the stores to get those must have toys be under the tree come Christmas morning. So much so that they’re expanding both their layaway programs and their in store wish list registration in order to make it easier, and more affordable to get those hot toys this holiday season. Here’s the details …

Originally, layaway was limited to big ticket items like bikes, swing sets, dollhouses, etc. But starting this weekend, shoppers will be able to put any toy they find in the stores on layaway – no matter how small, no matter how cheap. Now course, nobody is going to layaway a $6 action figure, but they may put $300 of toys on layaway and as such, Toys R Us is being smart in expanding their program.

The program will be at all 600 Toys “R” Us stores nationwide, but not for online sales. Additionally, there will be a 20% down payment, plus a $5 “service fee” (oh, come on) and shoppers will have until December 4th to pay off and pick up their layaways.

As for wish lists, TRU will be launching a new quiver of Wish List tools – including smartphone apps and holiday scan guides, to make gift-giving easier. And for evrey wish list created, TRU will be donating a $1 in Toys“R”Us Gift Card up to a maximum of $50,000 . The donations will go to the Make a Wish Foundation to go along with the $275,000 TRU has given through their Toys R Us Children’s Foundation. For more information, check out the Toys R Us Make a Wish website or “like” their Facebook page. That’s doin’ the Lord’s work, I tell you.

Hat Tip – Toy Book and AFI

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Tara Atchison Says: October 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm

We were just at a Toys R Us store today on 10-18-2011, and we asked the cashier about layaway, and she told us that so far their store is only doing big item layaway, but the article says every store will be expanding. When can we expect for every store to start this program?

Thanks,
Tara Atchison

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