Greedy eBay sellers are flogging Aldi’s sell-out Kevin the Carrot cuddly toys for up to 20 TIMES the retail price as they take advantage of high demand
Aldi’s sell-out £3.99 Kevin the Carrot toys are still being flogged on eBay for as much as £80 – weeks after the plush toys were launched in stores across the UK.
While many shoppers desperately rushed out to buy the soft toy characters which have been known to sell out within hours in previous years, those who were unlucky are still hoping to bag the goods on eBay.
But much to their disappointment, greedy shoppers who managed to get their hands on the cuddly toys have been taking advantage of the high demand by listing them for more than 20 times their original price.
The plush characters all featured in Aldi’s much-loved Christmas advert – including Ebanana Scrooge and Marcus Radishford, as well as new members of Kevin the Carrot and his family.
The most inflated price appears to be a £3.99 Dickensian Kevin the Carrot being paraded for the princely sum of £80, while Ebanana Scrooge, which retails at £3.99 has been listed for £38 – plus an additional £3.20 postage.
One seller who has listed Ebanana Scrooge for the Buy it Now price of £27.99, plus £3.20 postage, has so far got 10 people ‘watching’ the cuddly toy, while a £3.99 Marcus Radishford toy has been listed for £35 (pictured)
Another seller who has listed Ebanana Scrooge for the Buy it Now price of £27.99, plus £3.20 postage, has so far got 10 people ‘watching’ the cuddly toy, while a £3.99 Marcus Radishford toy has been listed for £35.
Elsewhere, another opportunist has listed the Dickensian Kevin & Family Bundle, which includes Kevin, Katie, Chantenay, Jasper and Baby and retails at £11.99, for £99.99 – plus an extra £4.99 postage fee.
Aldi’s £2.99 Cuthbert the Caterpillar toy has been listed for £29.99 with a £3.85 postage fee, making it more than 10 times the retail price, while the £3.99 Spirit of Christmas has been listed for £29.99 and has five ‘watchers’ – despite it being over seven times more than the original price.
It’s perhaps even more shocking because £15,000 from sales of selected Kevin the Carrot products will be donated to Aldi’s charity partner, Teenage Cancer Trust.
In addition, Aldi will be donating £10,000 generated from the sale of Marcus Radishford toys to the charity Magic Breakfast, which provides healthy school breakfasts to over 200,000 children at risk of hunger in disadvantaged areas of the UK.
This year’s A Christmas Carrot advert is a veggie retelling of Charles Dickens’ famous tale to the sound of an instrumental version of Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues, with Ebanana Scrooge playing the cold-hearted character who hates the holidays.
One seller who has listed Ebanana Scrooge for the Buy it Now price of £27.99, plus £3.20 postage, has so far got 10 people ‘watching’ the cuddly toy (pictured)
Set on Christmas Eve, it shows the grumpy banana walking down the street, destroying snowmen with his cane on his way home.
It is revealed Ebanana resents the festive season because he was once left on a plate by himself after everyone preferred to eat mince pies.
As night falls, Ebanana is suddenly awoken by the Spirit of Christmas – which looks a lot like Kevin in a beard.
The spirit takes the fruity Scrooge on a festive tour to show him ‘how magical’ Christmas can be.
He starts by telling Ebanana that the spirit of Christmas is about ‘peas and goodwill.’
Marcus makes his cartoon debut when the Ghost introduces him as Marcus Radishford, who is ‘always helping kids.’
The Spirit of Christmas then takes Ebanana to the ‘Aldi Christmas Market,’ where they fly over a scrumptious Christmas meal with turkey, pigs in blankets, salmon, lobster and more.
The £3.99 Spirit of Christmas has been listed for £29.99 and has five ‘watchers’ – despite it being over seven times more than the original price (pictured)
The family are seen skating and sliding down a cake’s icing with sleighs, and the Spirit of Christmas helps one of the children who’s broken his arm, bringing back a smile to the whole family.
As the journey continues, Ebanana flies over the snowmen he destroyed earlier, before the Spirit of Christmas suddenly drops him into the mouth of an evil-looking snowman.
The villainous character lands in his bed, and realises all the sadness and misery he’s brought to people around him.
This triggers a change of heart, and the next day as Kevin and his family get ready to celebrate Christmas together, Ebanana shows up a their door, and he’s brought dessert.
‘Merry Christmas everyone,’ he says enthusiastically, holding out a Christmas pudding.
‘This is for “pudding” up with me,’ he adds with a sheepish smile.
The advert ends on a heartfelt message, saying: ‘The answer you’ll find is that for you to be happy, you have to be kind.’