Dec. 11, 1996: Edmonton shoppers hunt for Tickle Me Elmo
An Edmonton Zellers store had a strict one-Elmo-per-customer rule
The hot toy for Christmas, Tickle Me Elmo, had parents searching local stores to find the elusive red plush animal.
The policy helped Barb Wilkinson pick up an Elmo for her son.
At the same store, one desperate parent offered a worker $200 for the toy.
The Tickle Me Elmo frenzy never saw the violence as the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 1980s, but kids still wanted Elmo under the tree that year.
These days, Tickle Me Elmo is making a bit of a comeback with a redesign. The new Elmo sells for around $25 and is in stock at most stores.
In the video, CBC's Rosalind Robertson catches up with shoppers looking for Tickle Me Elmo in a local Zellers.