Toys R Us revives layaway for big-ticket items this holiday shopping season

Toys R Us revives layaway for big-ticket items this holiday shopping season
Toys R Us revives layaway for big-ticket items this holiday shopping season

Toys R Us Inc. has thrown down one more challenge to its rivals this holiday season by announcing it will offer layaway on its more expensive items. That combines two hot shopping trends: the comeback of layaway and the bare-knuckle fight for toy sales.

The privately-owned toy chain, which is being investigated for anti-competitive practices by the FCC, will offer layaway on big-ticket toys such as bikes, dollhouses and gym sets, and electronics such as karaoke machines and televisions. Its Babies R Us stores will also offer layaway on some infant and toddler items such as furniture, car seats and strollers.