36-Pack Silly Bandz Rubber Bands – Alphabet Shapes is now available from our website: www.cmdstore.com.
They are the hottest new products catching the attention of school children. Available in all shapes and colors, kids just can’t get enough of them, sending parents everywhere into frantic search mode. Clever parents might use them as bribery in return for good grades or chores. Perhaps you intend to use them as party favors or as a little gift to your nieces and nephews when you go home to visit. Whatever your reason for purchasing Silly Bandz, rest assured that there are a variety of suppliers eager to help provide you with your colored bracelet fix.
Most supermarkets, convenience stores, toy stores, and malls have Silly Bandz available for sale. The rubber bands’ ascent in popularity, however, have given rise to such demand that many stores quickly run out of the product. One novelty shop storeowner reported running out of the bracelets within a mere five hours of receiving them. Silly Bandz are on backorder in many locations. If you intend to buy these bands locally you may want to consider calling stores ahead of time to see who has them in stock and who doesn’t. Storeowners can also tell you when their next shipments are to arrive and even which Silly Bandz packs will be included in them. By calling ahead, you will save time driving from store to store in search of this coveted merchandise.
Another great resource for Silly Bandz seekers is the internet. Even if every store within 50 miles of you is sold out of the hot new accessories, you can always find them for sale online. You may want to go straight to the source to buy the unique bracelets. At Cmdstore.com, you can find all the different packs available at $4.95 to $5.95 per pack of 24. You can also buy it from Amazon. There are varieties of the bands on Amazon.
You can also get Silly bandz at some Walmart stores. Walmart hasn’t caught up with this trend yet. Since not all Walmart stores sell this band, you have to ask their sales associate (to save you time) to see if they sell the bandz.
Silly Bandz are a brand of silicone rubber bands with shapes including animals, objects, and letters. They are distributed by BCP Imports and are generally worn as bracelets by middle school, highschool, and elementary students.
The toys come in dozens of shapes, colors, and themes, and can be used as a regular rubber band. On someone’s wrist, they look like a regular bracelet, and when taken off they revert to their original shape. They are often worn many at a time, like sleeves, and are traded like other collectibles.
Children playing with Silly Bandz wristbands
The idea was inspired by shaped silicone office products that were created with the hopes of being a green product. They did not work as companies did not want to spend that much on rubber bands. They were then made larger to fit as bracelets and re-branded as Silly Bandz by Robert Croak. The toys are sold in packs of 24 for about $4.95 to $5.95. A number of competing manufacturers make the product. BCP Imports, located in Toledo, Ohio, supplies Silly Bandz.
Silly Bandz were first sold on-line in November 2008 then gained popularity in Birmingham, Alabama stores in the fall of 2009 and were widespread across the south by October 2009. They then moved up the east coast of the United States, reaching New Jersey, Long Island, and Staten Island in November the same year. As of April 2010, Sillybandz sold the bracelets to 8,000 stores across the U.S., and seven spots on Amazon’s April 22 list of best-selling toys and games were occupied by the bracelets.
One parent attributed the toy’s success to being easily lost and broken, and said that, “If your friend has the princess kind, then you have to have the princess kind, too.” Seth McGowan, a toy industry analyst for Needham & Company, said it is refreshing that the “lowest of technologies” is appealing to children. Silly Bandz have been banned in many classrooms for being too distracting.
According to a Boston Globe article the bands are so popular (and distracting) that some area schools are taking action. In Milton, the principal of the lower school of the St. Mary of the Hills School asked students to stop wearing the bands after teachers reported that some kids were crying over lost bracelets or playing with the bands instead of listening in class.
The TOP selling Silly Bandz theme is:
Princess Shapes Silly Bandz:
The 24-Pack Princess Shapes includes: Tiara, Diamond Ring, Glass Slipper, Princess, Majestic Castle, Magic Wand. This pack has shapes in six assorted colors to be collected, worn, or traded with friends. They can be treated as traditional rubber bands and worn as bracelets but spring back into their original shape when not in use. Buy the Princess Shapes Silly Bandz for $4.95 now.
Rock Band Silly Bandz
The 24-Count Rock Bandz Shape Pack of colorful silicone bands includes Guitars, Rock Hands, Mic Stands, Drums, Jumping Rockers, and Rock. This pack has shapes in six assorted colors to be collected, worn, or traded with friends. They can be treated as traditional rubber bands and worn as bracelets but spring back into their original shape when not in use. Buy the Rock Band Silly Bandz for $4.95 now.
Spring Time Silly Bandz (it has been Retired/Discontinued):
The 24-Pack Spring Time Shapes includes: Butterflies, Bees, Tulips, Umbrellas, Kites, and Chicks. This pack has shapes in six assorted colors to be collected, worn, or traded with friends. They can be treated as traditional rubber bands and worn as bracelets but spring back into their original shape when not in use. Buy the Spring Time Silly Bandz for $5.95 now.
Fantasy Shapes Silly Bandz:
The 24-Pack Fantasy Shapes includes: Mermaids, Unicorns, Fairies, Dragons, Phoenix, and Genies. This pack has shapes in six assorted colors to be collected, worn, or traded with friends. They can be treated as traditional rubber bands and worn as bracelets but spring back into their original shape when not in use. Buy the Fantasy Shapes Silly Bandz for $4.95 now.
We got quite overwhelmed with the success of Silly Bandz even before we really knew what they were all about. Today they are the hottest product on the market for kids, and this is because they can’t only be used as toys, but they provide a nice and cool way for anyone to get closer with their friends. Kids are engaged in exchanging these nice little colored shapes with each other, and the one who has the coolest Bandz, is always the most popular kid in town. It is so popular in school that it has been banned in certain school districts because they have been a distraction.
One of the best things about these nice shapes is that they are made completely from rubber, and you don’t really have to worry about their durability since they are pretty sturdy. However, I have seen some break. They are designed for boys or for girls, and there are all types of wire shapes that you can get. Since the selection is so huge and variable you can get anything for anyone depending on their interests.
Basic Silly Bandz
These are basically just a nice packet of 24 different basic shapes. You will get anyhting ranging from a woman, to a dollar sign. Here is a complete list of the shapes that are included.
- Dollar Sign
If these aren’t enough for you then there are tons of other packages available, and I strongly suggest that for a kid, you get a few different ones since they are quite cheap – you will have a happy child with little costs.
Pet Silly Bandz
If you have a child that is really in to animals then this is something that you should get for them. Buying this will not only make them happy, but also give them something nice to learn from new animals of which they haven’t heard of before. It also develops their preceiverence since they can look at these small shapes and try to really figure out what animal is this! Here is what comes with the Pet Pack.
You can also get something more exotic if you purchase multiple animal packages. Remember that you can buy cheap silly bandz from amazon and in most cases you will get some sort of discount from the normal retail price.
Sea Silly Bandz
This is a great extension to the animal package, since this way your child will also get all the sea creatures and thus play with them naturally in the water also! This will like the pet package help your kid to learn and identify shapes that are related to different sea creaturs. This is what you get if you buy Sea Silly Bandz Online:
- Sea Horses
In my opinion it is a great thing that they have also included a lot of animals from different parts of the world. Most kids don’t ever get to see dolphins, or penguins for that matter. This way they will learn how to recognize them earlier.
Rainforest Silly Bandz
This package is a great addition to all the other Bandz that are on this page, since it completes the animal collection of any child If you are looking to get the best price for all of these silly bandz then I suggest you have a look at Amazon
for the best deals. In this rainforest rubber animal shape collection you will get 24 Bandz that come in the following shapes:
- Tree Frogs
These are all a little bit more exotic, and for your kids these are great to learn new animals, but also they are really interesting because they can use their imagination and think how these look in real life. If you are looking to buy Silly Bandz Online, then why not have a look here for the best prices!
Article by Tara George, NY Times.
At Michael Casaren’s toy store in South Orange, children from elementary to high school are coming in every day with their wrists and forearms wrapped in a jumble of silicon bracelets, desperate to buy more.
The bracelets are called silly bandz, and they are today’s kid fad. Sold in packs of 12, for about $2.50, or 24 for about $5, they are organized according to theme: animals, princesses, alphabet, Western, for example. Kids stack them on their wrists and trade them. The coveted ones glow in the dark. On a child’s wrist, they look like brightly colored rubber bands, but laid on a lunchroom table for inspection, they revert to their original shape.
“It’s definitely an obsession,” said Mr. Casaren, whose store, Sparkhouse Kids, has sold out and is awaiting a new shipment of 16 cases.
If Sparkhouse Kids is like other stores throughout the region, those cases will also sell out soon after they land on shelves. Kids call stores wanting to know if new bands are in. Parents ask to be put on waiting lists, or even offer to pay more for first dibs on new arrivals.
Teachers have “sillybanned” them from their classrooms for being a distraction. At the After School Program at Tuscan Elementary School in Maplewood, for instance, students were told they couldn’t trade them any longer because the bands were causing arguments and a few children without them were sneaking them away from those with an abundance of them. But like any good craze, interest among the kids only surged when the toy became contraband, or in this case, “contrabandz.”
“It’s totally viral,” said Wendy Bellermann, a mother of three elementary-school children in Maplewood. “It’s the perfect fad from a retail point of view. They are eminently losable. They break.” She added, “If your friend has the princess kind, then you have to have the princess kind, too.”
The Silly bandz craze was first noticed in Birmingham, Ala., late last year, according to one manufacturer, and has steadily spread up the East Coast. Parts of New Jersey, Long Island and Staten Island first started seeing them in November, and those areas are now gripped by the craze. So far the fad has not erupted in the rest of New York City, but one distributor estimates it will in a few weeks when the large toy stores start selling them.
Though they are referred to generically as “silly bandz” by their young collectors, the same product is made by a handful of competing manufacturers and marketed under the names Silly bandz, Zanybandz, and Crazy bandz.
They are popular with boys and girls alike. Students from kindergarten all the way up to high school collect them. There’s a Facebook page with over 83,000 fans and a whole genre of silly bandz videos on You Tube in which kids show off their collections. eBay hosts a lively online auction of the bands where sets can be snapped up at a discount.
The appeal of Silly bandz lies in their perfect combination of being affordable, collectible and tradeable, says Jackie Breyer, editor in chief of The Toy Book, a magazine based in Manhattan. She said they are reminiscent of the Kooky Klicker pens that were popular last year, as well as the Beanie Babies and Webkinz crazes of yore.
“They’re cool to trade, to collect and fun to play with and everyone is, like, going crazy about them,” said Kaitlin Thomas, 8, of Maplewood, who owns between 70 or 80, some of which were bought with money from her piggy bank. “The penguin and golden retriever are my favorites because everyone says the penguin is rare and I think the golden retriever is cute.”
James Howard, president of Oklahoma-based Zanybandz, said he came up with the idea for the bands in the summer of 2009 when he was visiting China, where he manufactures silicone kitchen products. While there, he noticed some shaped silicone bands that were made as office supplies. He said he figured if he made the shapes “cuter,” his nieces and nephews would love them. They did, so he started manufacturing them.
He says the craze took off in Birmingham, where the Learning Express stores started to sell them. Sales quickly went from 25 packs a month to 7,000 a month.
“Pretty soon we were banned in six school districts there, and after we were banned in the first one there was no looking back,” he said. “Getting banned fuels the craze like a five-gallon can of gasoline on a campfire.”
Mr. Howard saw demand hopskotch from Alabama to Florida, then New Jersey and parts of New York. He now sees it heading West. He said his main rival, Silly bandz, was developing the product simultaneously. Their manufacturer, Brainchild Products, based in Toledo, Ohio, could not be reached for comment.
“We’re in about 10,000 stores now,” Mr. Howard said. “We’re hiring eight people a week (to take orders.) The phones are ringing all the time. We have to remind ourselves that we’re selling rubber bands, not body parts for surgery. So if that person doesn’t get their shipment immediately it’s not the end of the world.”
Joel Schreck, whose company, On The Road Reps, is the East Coast distributor for Zanybandz, says the craze is “every bit as big as Webkinz.” He says in 28 years in the business, he’s seen crazes come and go, but what’s unusual about this one is how intense interest suddenly erupts in pockets in one state, rather than spreading uniformly throughout.
Mr. Schreck noted that enthusiasm for a hot product like this can burn out as quickly, so to keep the kids interested, Zanybandz will be bringing out a new set of themes: Circus, Hollywood and A Day At The Beach, which should be available after April 26.
Sean McGowan, an analyst who tracks the toy industry for Needham and Company, said in a high-tech era when children want iPods and iPads and Wii games, it’s refreshing to see something as simple as this get their attention.
“This is the lowest of technologies,” he said.
What’s a Silly Bandz,’ you may ask yourself (pausing slightly afterwards to check if your grammar is correct.) Well let me tell you, these things are quite silly but in the best way possible. They are shaped rubber band(z)! These bandz come in the shapes of princess stuff, western stuff, rock ‘n’ roll stuff, the alphabet, underwater animals and so on. They’re really heating up in the states so we figured we’d bring them in to show everyone! Come have a look, ’cause when your kid asks for one, you’ll have a one-up on them and actually know what a Silly Bandz is.
You can buy them from our two retail stores:
Toys on Fire (Montreal)
1539 Van Horne Ave
Outremont, QC H2V 1L4 Canada
Toys on Fire (Ottawa)
130 RioCan Ave, Unit 3
Nepean, ON K2J 5G4 Canada
What?? You don’t live near those locations….then you can always buy them from our online store at www.cmdstore.com.
We have a fresh new batch of Silly Bandz in our store. These Silly Bands rubber bracelets are all the rage in the USA.
Toys on Fire (Jouet en Feu)
1539 Van Horne Ave
(Metro Outremont on the Blue Line)
Ph: (514) 948-2627
Hours of Operations:
Monday to Thursday 11am to 6pm
Friday 11am to 7pm
Saturday 11am to 5pm