Fidget Spinners are fast becoming the must-have toy of the year – and are tough to get ahold of
Fidget Spinners, also known as Fidget Rollers and Finger Spinners, are fast becoming the must-have toys of the year.
The stress-relieving gadget was first invented back in the 90s, but has gained some serious popularity within the last year.
Forbes proclaimed Fidget Spinners “the must-have office toy for 2017" ahead of Christmas – sending the popularity rocketing, and stock levels dwindling.
Fidget Spinners like the Torqbar designed by MD Engineering, which retail between $129.99 to $259.99 – roughly £100 to £200, are now selling for an eye-watering $400 on eBay, some £310 converted, because of limited availability.
And these pocket-sized gadgets aren't simply being marketed as a stress reliever for office workers, school children are also buying the toys by the truckload, with some schools now banning Spinners completely.
Dozens of different manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon, offering the nifty toy (which spins almost indefinitely thanks to the ball-bearing system in its centre) from £1 or less online.
UK buyers are desperately searching for the must-have toys, with high street retailers out of stock.
Smyths and Toys 'R Us are both out of stock – with the next batch of Fidget Spinners not scheduled until as late as mid-July.
Thankfully, it is possible to still get your hands on a Fidget Spinner in the UK.
Toys 'R Us is one of the superstores selling the uber-popular handheld toys
Smyths sells two different Fidget Spinner models, one with two branches and another with three.
Both marketed as SpinZipz Fidget Spinner, the gadgets are currently out of stock and available for pre-order.
The two-armed Spinner, which boasts built-in motion-activated LEDs that light up when spun, is expected to ship May 15th and May 22nd.
Meanwhile, the three-armed variant won't ship until July 6th and July 26th.
Toys 'R Us
High street favourite Toys 'R Us does have some Fidget Spinners in stock, but not for delivery.
The store does offer customers the ability to reserve some of the toys for free and pick-up later in store.
Availability is dependent upon your location.
Some Fidget Spinners are sold-out until mid-July
Unfortunately, Argos does not have any Fidget Spinners in stock at the moment.
Express.co.uk has approached the company to find out whether the UK store will be getting the stress-relieving toys in stores soon.
Amazon has a wide selection of Fidget Spinner-style toys from a plethora of different manufacturers.
Prices range from £1.65 for the Ubitree made Hand Spinner Fidget Tri Spinner in a choice of nine different colours, while the Infinspin Running clocks in at an eye-watering £4,833.
Fidget Spinners are in-stock, but it really depends on what manufacturer you pick.
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