Some Woolworths customers are becoming frustrated over the difficulty of collecting a full Ooshies set despite spending hundreds of dollars on groceries to collect the toys.
Shoppers eager to collect the 36 new characters have complained about the barrier that’s keeping them from picking up the full set.
Despite large grocery hauls and being selective with brands they’re buying from, customers have claimed a lack of diversity has left their collections suffering.
Several shoppers have taken issue with the supermarket, raising their disappointment in heated posts to the retailer’s Facebook page.
One shopper claimed on Thursday she spent more than $200 hoping to maximise her Ooshie count and earn different characters to add to her collection, but was unsatisfied at not achieving her goal.
“The cashier had a brand new box, with excitement I thought a broad range, but no, [it was] duplicate after duplicate,” her post read.
“Very disappointed, I am collecting these for my niece and nephew, I don't need this many doubles.”
The woman conceded in the scheme of world issues, her Ooshie dilemma was relatively small, but said the “minute irritation” had ticked her off.
In a photo of her disappointing haul, she showed that out of 14 new Ooshies, she received only four new ones.
Another shopper agreed with her conundrum writing, but someone else suggested the woman was slightly overreacting, saying “it’s a free lucky dip, get over it”.
More customers have reported similar issues, with another asking Woolworths “What’s the go?”.
They said that out of 11 new Ooshies, they received five Anas, four Ariels and two Mickey Mouses.
“Is there no variety in your boxes you send to stores?,” they asked.
A Woolworths spokesperson said the toys were handed out in blind bags so staff were “unfortunately unable to see which character you receive”.
“Additionally, we've forwarded your feedback to our team for their awareness,” they wrote in response to the shopper’s post.
Collectors have been sharing their hauls to social media, with one woman picking up 44 Ooshies on a $72 spend, while another told Yahoo News Australia she scored 30 in a $30 shop.
Both crafty shoppers utilised a lesser-known hack to ensure they could collect a maximum number of Ooshies while not spending more on a regular shop.
A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the Ooshies were fairly distributed across the country.
“The Disney+ Ooshies are randomised and distributed across Australia, so it's easier for customers to complete their set regardless of where they're collecting, but not uncommon for them to receive duplicates,” they said.
“That's why Woolworths has once again partnered with TerraCycle. Customers who want to recycle a pre-loved or extra Ooshie can drop them into any Woolworths store and TerraCycle will turn them into pellets, which are used to help create community park benches.
“We've already seen some customers complete their sets, taking advantage of bonus Ooshie offers which help increase the amount of Ooshies a customer receives.
“There's still several weeks left for customers to complete their collection. Happy searching.”
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