People across the country are spending serious cash for this Christmas' hottest toy

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Hatchimals are breaking out as the must have toy this Christmas.

"The hottest toy on the market right now has been our Hatchimals. They are flying off the shelves," said Sam Murphy, Target manager.

The egg hatches into a little furry friend that your child has to care for. With store shelves empty and Christmas quickly approaching, employees at Target say there is a chance you could land one.

"What we have been telling our guests or parents who come in wanting these for their children is, it's honestly on a first come first serve basis. So if they want they can stand in line outside of the store before store hours. They just wait out there first come first serve," said Murphy.

That's right, people are waiting outside before the store opens. The store has been giving out tickets to those who wait in line.

Fresno grandmother Sylvia Esquivel said her granddaughter wants one.

"If I run into it yes, but I'm not standing in line in the morning."

All this hype about the Hatchimal can also bring some danger.

"We've seen a lot of traction online about people getting scammed from Hatchimals. They're finding them on these party sites like Craigslist and LetGo. They're sending their money to these people and not getting them in return so they're getting scammed out of almost $350 a Hatchimal," said Kayleena Speakman, BBB.

Hatchimals are for sale in the $100 and even $200 range on Craigslist.

Speakman offers a word of warning to eager buyers who buy in person.

"Meet them in a public lit place or a coffee shop like Starbucks that's in the middle where you live. Never give out our address. Never wire any money and when you meet in public I would recommend paying in cash and getting some form of receipt."

Speakman said if it is too good to be true, remember it probably is.
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