Shoppers mocked for QUEUING outside Aldi to buy Kevin the Carrot toys as eBay sellers try to flog them for £950
The toys sold out online within just a few hours again this year, so customers decided to try their luck in stores, with queues out of the door from 6.30am.
Aldi tried to prevent a repeat of last year's scramble for Kevin and Katie Carrot – which once again featured in this year's Christmas advert – by limiting customers to two of each toy per person this year.
But photographs from inside and outside Aldi stores on social media this morning reveal that the limit hasn't stopped desperate shoppers from piling into shops.
The most sought-after toy this year is a one-metre tall Kevin the Carrot plush doll.
Shoppers lucky enough to buy one online or in stores in the UK and Ireland paid £19.99 for the giant toy – but they're now being flogged on eBay for as much as £950.
It's unlikely the toys – which are part of Aldi's Specialbuys range – will actually sell for that price but it shows how sought-after the dolls are year after year.
Eager shoppers waited until midnight to try and buy some of the merchandise, which starts from £2.99, on the Aldi website.
Some said it took them 45 minutes for the website to load and complete their purchase.
Others missed out as they said the website kept glitching, which meant toys kept disappearing from their virtual shopping basket.
They sold out in a matter of hours.
An Aldi spokesman said: "Demand for our Kevin the Carrot toys has been exceptionally high.
"To avoid any disappointment, this year we increased the range by adding new characters such as Pascal the Parsnip, as well as the amount of soft toys available in each store.
"We also limited purchases to two variants per customer so as many people as possible had the chance to buy these products.
"As with all our Specialbuys products, these are only available while stocks last."
In stores, long queues formed for the toys, which shoppers mocked on Twitter.
But lucky customers who managed to buy the cute and cuddly accessories snapped photos of themselves grinning with their haul.
Many bought one or two of all eight Kevin the Carrot products on sale this year, including Kevin and Katy plush Christmas decorations and a cuddly version of new character, evil Pascal the Parsnip.
Most of the toys as well as a decorative mug have sold out online, but you can still pick up Katie the Carrot toys for £3.99.
The traditional £3.99 Kevin the Carrot plush toy comes in the size of 25cm x 7cm x 9cm, while Katie the Carrot is slightly smaller at 22.5cm x 7cm x 9cm.
The giant Kevin the Carrot measures 100cm x 40cm x 30cm, meaning it's a perfect size for the little ones to cuddle up next to.
Kevin's and Katie's offspring – the family of Jasper, Chantenay and a baby – comes in the size of 5.5cm x 5cm x 3.5cm for the parents and 3.5cm x 3cm x 8cm for the little baby.
Or if your little ones like the villain in the advert, the festive toys range also includes Pascal the Parsnip at 30cm tall.
All plush toy stars, apart from the giant Kevin the Carrot and Pascal the Parsnip, are wearing cute Christmas jumpers, making the toys all the more festive.
Aldi brought back Kevin the Carrot to star in this year's Christmas advert featuring a Coca-Cola-inspired truck.
In the first advert, the star was almost doomed after he teetered on a cliff edge following a crash with the vehicle.
But fans were delighted as the supermarket later released another advert showing the star alive and well – and defeating the evil, rotten parsnip called Pascal in a fairytale-inspired story.
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