So here is an interesting thought when considering a big toy purchase.
How to you calculate value for money.
Is it their actual price ie is a 59.99 dollhouse better value than one at 134.95. Is it the relief from the ongoing pestering. Is it the beauty, cuteness or design.
As a parent and toyshop owner I reckon its cost per hour of play.
Let me explain my approach. We have a brood of 4 children. Ages 13 to 5 who have standard toy tastes.
Last week, as the 3 of them were jumping away on our 2 year old 14ft trampoline (yes we are bad parents allowing 3 in at the same time) - I got to wondering how much the trampoline costs per hour of play.
Three of them are in that trampoline at least 20 minutes each per day (now that the weather is drier) and 10 minutes during the winter.
If we call each season 180 days - then hours per season would look like this for Summer
180 X 3 X 20 mins or 180 hours of play
….and for winter
180 X 3 X 10 mins or 90 hours.
Together 270 hours per year.
Lets take in the 2nd year of play. Thats 540 hours of play.
A long lasting tough 14 foot Trampoline costs 490 from http://www.mimitoys.ie/category_20160_Trampolines.html - lets say 500.
So that works out at 92c per hour of play.
Do the same maths on a long lasting Dollhouse that we do eg The Deluxe Townhouse http://www.mimitoys.ie/product_5228_Kidkraft-Deluxe-Townhouse.html at 169.95
Thats a play environment normally for 1 child. Perhaps 15 minutes per day over 2 years. Thats 180 hours in total.
Which is Euro 1.05 per hour - cheapere in price but more expensive in cost per hour of play.
So if you have a few chislers then a toy that grabs everyones interest, makes the most value for money sense.
And a long lasting trampoline is one of the few toys that does grab the undivided attention of children.