Coles Little Shop fanatics have been warned to keep their cool during the upcoming Swap Day or they risk being banned and losing their collectables.
Until Tuesday 28 August, Coles is giving away the mini collectables for every $30 spent on groceries.
The promotion has gone down incredibly well with many shoppers, meaning that some of the miniature items have become highly sought after.
With a total of 30 items to collect, a swap day has been scheduled for Saturday 11 August to provide a forum for shoppers to trade their collectables and help them complete the full set. However, locations are limited and Coles has already warned shoppers that only two full sets will be made available at each store to trade by Coles staff.
At each participating store, Coles will allow customers to swap collectables directly with them and other shoppers.
Each Coles store will have just two full sets to trade – 60 collectables in total – and staff will swap with customers on a one collectable for one collectable basis.
The collectable presented by the shopper for swapping must be in a good, clean condition, Coles says.
There is no limit to the number of swaps that customers can perform with Coles on the Swap Day, but the company says it won’t be able to accept any swaps for a Coles exclusive mini red hand.
On its website, Coles says “attendees and participants in a Swap Day shall be solely responsible for their actions in relation to the Swap Day”.
In addition, Coles retains complete discretion regarding what to swap and who to swap with on the Swap Day and may implement additional terms and conditions at any time.
Coles may have attendees removed from its premises who act in a manner that is “offensive, unlawful, obscene, threatening, harassing or otherwise any other inappropriate manner”.
Coles also has the right to withhold collectables from that customer and prevent them from attending any other Swap Days.
“To the extent permitted by law Coles shall not be responsible for any damages, loss, claims, expense, illness or death, or any other liability arising from or in connection to a person’s attendance at or participation in a Swap Day,” Coles states in the T&Cs.
All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult in order to swap collectables with Coles staff.
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Shoppers cashing in on collectables
According to Coles, Little Shop collectables cannot be bought or sold for cash or consideration of any kind. However, this hasn’t stopped numerous sellers from trying to cash in on websites like eBay and Gumtree.
You can find the full set being sold for $999.99 online, while individual items are going for as much as $50. The rare Coles red hand is priced as high as $400, plus postage.
Meanwhile, nearly 10,000 people have already signed up to various Facebook groups dedicated to swapping the tiny toys.
Parents going wild over Coles’ new collectible miniature toys https://t.co/EiCBIiEigj
— Daily Mail Australia (@DailyMailAU) July 20, 2018