questionsdoes there need to be a "hot holiday toy" to fix…

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No toy is going to fix this economy (it can't hurt, though).

Next year will be big with the Wii U coming out.

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Elmo has trouble speaking clearly I doubt he can fix a struggling economy.

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@wnyx585am: Correct but hopefully more in a broad sense of installing consumer confidence.

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The fact that so many retail businesses base their entire make or break book keeping on whether people actually splurge on Holiday shopping is more telling of a larger issue with the economy in general...

Take Circuit City... Epic Fail Sale after they bombed at doing christmas. Same with CompUSA.

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The talking Billack O'bosby. It's the genetic combination of Obama and Bill Cosby...if anyone could save us, it would probably be him.

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If that said toy is made in the USA, then perhaps it'd help. Otherwise, no - it's not going to help ... not in the grand scheme of things, anyways.

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Seems to me HDTVs have been the hot holiday "toy" for the last few years. Since it's something the whole family can use, there's less of a perceived need to get separate toys for the kids.

And considering what people have spent on replacing their TVs, it hasn't exactly set the economy on fire.