The daughter of a friend of mine is having her 1st birthday party next weekend, so I was out looking for suitable presents for a one-year-old. It's been a long time since I've shopped for one-year-olds.
Not knowing what to buy, I started at Barnes and Noble. A book never goes out of style, right? Well, they also have a selection of items other than books, and I moseyed on over to the infant/toddler section. Holy crap! Talk about ridiculously inflated prices! A plastic "bathtub book" with only a couple of "pages" of colorful duckies or something, $15! Everything seemed like it was 3-5x the price it should have been. I guess they know people will always spend money on young'ins. In economics they'd say that the demand for such items is inelastic, and thus stores can charge whatever they want.
When my own son was born, the hospital sent us home with a bag of goodies--including a Baby Mozart CD. Do you remember that idea, that our children would grow up to be geniuses if we only exposed them to classical music? It's a relatively harmless fiction, and I enjoyed a couple of the songs, so I played it once in awhile. I still have it and just checked the label, and it was compiled and published by a baby milk/formula company.
At least I didn't have to pay for that. Who on God's green earth would pay for these?