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NOTE FROM COLLIN:

Similar to how we do our Try Me Tuesday posts with product recommendations, I thought it would be also fun to do basically the complete opposite. With that said, I introduce “Waste of Money Wednesday!” 😂 This post will be exactly that – the Hip2Save team will be sharing products that they aren’t happy with, products they feel are a waste of money – basically product UN-recommendations.

Hello everyone! It’s Mary, one of Collin’s sidekick!

Like Bryn, I also had a difficult time coming up with an item for today’s post, mainly because if there’s a product I don’t like or wouldn’t recommend, it’s likely NOT still sitting in my house. However, as I was walking by our front room the other day, I looked down and knew immediately what my post would be about…

This past Christmas, my 9 and 11 year old boys (now 10 and 12) really wanted Swagtron hoverboards as they supposedly were THE thing to get from Santa, according to them. BUT, I hate to admit that these expensive scooters have NOT been used over the year nearly as much as I hoped they would.

We purchased two of these Swagtron Urban Rider Self Balancing Scooters at Best Buy for around $250 each and they were a fun toy during the holiday break. But once they went back to school, these hoverboards have been sitting in the corner of our front room and have only been used a handful of times, including a few crazy rides around the kitchen and living room whenever I’m not looking. 😳

Although these hoverboards have amazing reviews and your kids may spend hours each day on them, unfortunately, they were a waste of money for us as we just have not used these as much as I hoped. However, I admit that the excitement and smiles on Christmas morning were pretty great though. 😀

Are your kids asking for a hoverboard for Christmas this year? Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself before forking out a couple hundred dollars on a hoverboard…

  • How often will the recipient use it (or be able to use it)? Note that they are illegal in some states and banned in shopping malls, all airlines, colleges/universities, theme parks, etc.
  • Where are you buying it from? Be sure to buy from a company with a good return policy in case you have any issues and need to return it.
  • Why does the recipient want one? Are they wanting one because everyone else has one? Or because they are hoping for an easier, more stylish way to travel to their friends house?
  • Do you know anyone that already owns one? Consider asking a friend or family member who already owns one if you can test theirs for a few days before investing in your own.
  • How long is the battery life? If you’re not wanting to constantly charge your hoverboard, you’ll want one with a decent battery life (at least 5 hours) to really have any fun on it.
  • Is the recipient quick to learn? There is a learning curve to riding a hoverboard and you’ll need to practice a lot of balancing skills and possibly be willing to get a few scrapes and bruises from falling. If the recipient gets frustrated easily, possibly consider a different item.
  • Are you OK with the cost? Keep in mind that hoverboards range from $200-$600, so they are not cheap. If you don’t think the recipient will use it for a long time, it may not be the right gift.

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Comments 49

  1. Ben

    If you decide to sell them, please let me know.

    Ben

  2. Steph

    I don’t have any experience with this particular type of hover board, so I can’t comment on this style. However, we live out a lightly travelled dirt road, and my boys have the ‘off-roading’ hover boards and they absolutely love them! They were a bit more expensive than the regular ones. But they were worth it. They ride them everyday.

  3. 3babiesmommie

    I also bought 2 of these 2 Christmas’s ago for my two children, same brand. We spent $1000 for both. They were recalled shortly after and this company has been impossible to deal with! We still have them sitting in our garage unused much because their is a risk of exploding batteries, and fire. The charging housing fell apart on one of them and its unable to be charged. My son broke his wrist the day after Christmas to add to the nightmare. We have been unable to get return packaging since last November, with no record of calls placed previously. Last week we received 10 empty boxes delivered by FedEx to return our TWO Swagways.. At this point I don’t feel confident that we would ever receive a replacement. They only offer a replacement battery in each or a $200 credit towards a new one. I don’t want either!

    • Monika

      Did you try returning it thru your credit card company because normally your credit card company will deal with everything if the company gives you the run around?

      They are pretty much illegal in NYC, so it’s not as used. You can’t take them on the train, so I barely see kids with them. If they aren’t being used in a city where everyone walks I can imagine the uselessness in other places.

      Good luck and I hope you get your money back.

    • Tiffany Rhodes

      Hi i was planning on purchasing my daughter a new hoverboard. Was wondering if anyone has purchased from hoverboards.com.? And if so how was your experience. As my daughter uses her old one to push me around the block in my wheel chair. I thought a newer one would be great.

  4. Robin

    I would buy it again. We restrict its usage to inside (we have the room) because they can be dangerous. But so far she has not had an accident and although she doesn’t have the time to use it everyday, we have had it a couple years and I found it out of its box and being used yesterday . She likes it a lot.

  5. Jess

    YES! My daughter has only used her’s a handful of times also since X-mas. I really might sell the thing and use that money towards birthday gifts 😬

  6. lisa

    Hi Steph..what brand are your off road hover boards?

    • Steph

      Hey Lisa, they are EPIKGO all-terrain.

  7. Tiffany

    There was a family in our neighborhood whose house burned down because of a hover board. Not worth that risk in my opinion.

  8. Michelle

    My son really wants a mini Willy Jeep that run about $1800 or more… adults can use them too… they are a step up from a go cart but still really expensive to say the least… my son is a middle child and the only boy so he is really playing the sympathy card… I’m so torn cause my oldest will need a car soon and this cost as much as one… I’m like most parents in that we want to make our kids happy but will these use it?!?!?!?

    • Jo28p

      Wow That’s more than my house note. You middle child will need a car too someday so don’t let him guilt you bc your older one gets a car. His day will come. And $1800 this year…what’s next year lol?!

      • Michelle

        Trust me this is not an easy decision… my kids rarely get anything that isn’t on sale or clearance or nearly free… my son got about $500 worth of legos last Christmas and I only spent $100… we don’t have cable or expensive cell phones and our cars are old… my kids know not to ask for something unless we have a coupon… soooo this is a tough one since everyone could drive it and have fun… I’m always caught between “they are only kids once” and on being frugal… parenting is not for the weak… lol

        • Jo28p

          You’re not joking! My daughter wants this num num fingernail polish deal. She wants it bad and it’s only $50. But the reviews are horrible. I’ve been debating on getting it but finally said hey what if I buy 9 nail polishes (which I already have bc they were on clearance) and two packages of num nums. Fortunately this worked (she’s young)! I honestly was afraid I would have caved though if it didn’t! I know $50 doesn’t even compare to $1800 but I understand the pressure too!

    • Daniela

      Wow if I lived in a more rural area, I would totally get one! Those look fantastic. Super cute, I am not a mother, but my suggestion? Make him pay for part of it with chores, time, errands, anything. That will make you feel a bit better about the cost, esp since multiple people will be using it. When I was a teenager I wanted a car but my mom didn’t want to put out money right so she put together a spreadsheet of errands and jobs around the house and their point value. Once I hit 5000 points, I got a used car. His name was Marvin and I loved him 🙂

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Oh neat – that looks like fun! 🙂

  9. Jess

    Who spends $500 anyway? That’s what my rent costs.

    • todd

      People who feel they need to buy their kids love.

      • Natalie

        Nice. 🙄 People who can afford those buy them and there is nothing wrong with that. Everyone has different priorities.

      • kim

        A bit judgemental, aren’t we?
        Not your money – Not your business!

      • Amanda

        Really??

    • rebecca

      your comment doesn’t make any sense — you are saying the price of your rent should arbitrarily be the cut-off for everyone else’s spending on anything else? or are you saying you should be the decider on what is worth that cost to other people because your rent is $500?

      • C

        Yes yes yes so much love for this.

    • Jennifer

      Your rent is only $500?! Holy cow that’s cheap.

  10. MarMar

    Mary, I can totally relate! I bought one from best buy in April for my 9 year old son’s birthday. Mine was a little over $350 It was the one thing he wanted the most. The excitement when he opened it was priceless. A few days after the excitement was gone. He used it a few times around the house and never got on it again. Complete waste of money for me. I’m thinking about re-gifting it to him for Christmas 😉

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Haha love the regifting idea! 🙂

    • lisa

      Let me know if u want to sell

  11. Cassandra

    My kid would break his butt on it!

  12. csranno

    Do not buy these. My tenant bought one for her son. She left it plugged in and left the house. She almost burnt down our house. It was uninhabitable for 6 months.

  13. Michelle

    We purchased a Swagtron For Christmas last Christmas for our 11 year old son. We got a great deal on it at target (thanks to hip2save 😁). He was so excited when he got it but it sat around during the winter months being unused. When the weather broke him and all his friends at our campground, that we go to every weekend, ride them all the time.

  14. Pam

    We had 2 local house fires within months of each other with major damage and worst part is one kid brought it to a sleepover and it nearly burned their house down.

  15. todd

    Thats one of the reasons why kids are fat nowadays, because instead of walking around, they ride these stupid things.

    • Michelle

      Actually riding these is in itself a workout. Using your core to balance and you learn feet to steer is using your leg muscles. It’s not an easy thing to do.

    • rebecca

      if you have never ridden one before, you wouldn’t know how much of a workout it is.
      at least kids riding it are going outside to play, and often socializing with neighborhood friends. their faces aren’t just pointed at video games or their phones, ignoring what’s going on around them.

  16. karen

    Yeah can we go back to regular waste of money things like the mascara.

  17. Pilot

    Our neighbor had one of these in their basement that fire department determined had exploded even though it wasn’t plugged in resulting in the interior of the house to be nearly completely destroyed and killed their dog. We will never have one of these in our home.

  18. Joanna

    So my teenage daughter wanted a hover board but I wouldn’t allow her to spend her hard earned money on something so foolish with car and insurance looming….so she bought one from Walmart…..on sale for 175, different color lights/ Bluetooth and she rides it all over the neighborhood (down to lifeguard at our pool on the road)…works great. We had a problem with original charger, reached out to company (through Walmart website) they emailed back and sent new charger right away. Don’t waste hundreds of dollars!! Just saying!

  19. Michelle

    Those of you talking about the fire hazard of these. I researched a lot before I bought. I made sure to buy one that was UL 2272 certified. The hover boards without this certification were prone to exploding or catching fire. Plus I never leave on charger for more than the recommended 2.5 hours.

    • rebecca

      thank you for pointing this out.
      people should not be making broad generalizations. the comments about fires are only relevant if the commenter is CERTAIN the manufacturer and specs of the models that started the fires are the same as the ones in this post.
      if my neighbor had a terrible house fire started by a toaster, i wouldn’t say, “well, i’ll never have a toaster in MY house.”
      or if someone has a fire started by faulty electrical wiring, would people say, “no one should have electricity”?

      • Pilot

        There’s a reason hover boards are banned from commercial flights, however, last time I checked, toasters weren’t prohibited. These indeed pose a very real and dangerous hazard

  20. mamasweetpea08

    My DD received a hoverboard for Christmas as a joint gift from grandparents and us. I researched and got one that was fairly priced, had good reviews, and had all the safety certifications so we do not need to worry about fire. She has not ridden it outside, but both her and her sibling enjoys riding it in the house. She got to play with one at a sleepover and had been asking for one. We had her sibling use bike helmet and protective gear when first learning to ride/maneuver/balance on it. overall, it has been a fun one for us and continues to be used.

  21. Kate

    My son doesn’t have this brand, I bought one on a black friday deal at Target last year for around $240. However he uses his all the time outside and around the neighborhood. I would imagine if you only use inside it would be a waste. It’s been a huge hit at our house with my boys and friends.

  22. Kelly

    My daughter wanted one so bad, I told her I would pay $100 for Christmas present, and she would have to come up with the rest if she really wanted it. She saved and saved, asked to do chores, etc, did the research on the best prices, and now she uses it all the time. I don’t think she would have used it as much if she didn’t have to work for it.

  23. Deidre

    We lived in military housing and it was an indoor 8 floor tower. Our friends daughter used hers ALL the time running errands to many neighbors and just playing in the halls and outside. It seems she had an appropriate time and place and maybe many who buy then don’t?

  24. Ariston gjoka

    Hello i am a boy who live in Albania. I dont havent money. My friends give me a telephone for free three years ago and i have alredy. For this chrismas I really really want a hoverboard but as I say I havent money. Plz plz plz can you give me one plz plz plz plz plz plz 1000 time plz. If you want give me the bad hoverboard plz plz plz. It was pleasure tontalk with you😭😭🙏🙏🙏🙏

  25. Tiffany Rhodes

    Hi i was planning on purchasing my daughter a new hoverboard. Was wondering if anyone has purchased from hoverboards.com.? And if so how was your experience. As my daughter uses her old one to push me around the block in my wheel chair. I thought a newer one would be great.

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