Board game sales surge 62 per cent on Bargain Max as customers shop for isolation entertainment

The online discount toy store, Bargain Max is reporting a 62 per cent surge in sales of board games, with data suggesting that it has become a go-to hobby for those in self isolation or working from home across the UK.

The retail platform has told ToyNews that it has seen year on year board game traffic increase by a whopping 162 per cent, while traffic to board games on Tuesday, March 17th alone was up 234 per cent year on year.

Based on Bargain Max’s data from the last seven days, the top five most popular selling board games right now are:

  1. Scrawl Game, where gamers are asked to doodle their way to disaster

  2. Santorini, a board game first introduced 30 years ago

  3. Countdown

  4. Logo Best of TV & Movies Board Game

  5. Logo Best of British

However, the retailer has suggested that it’s not just board games being snapped up, and as schools have officially been made to close as of this coming Friday, many parents and shoppers are also purchasing other toys to keep younger ones entertained during this time.

The barbie Dreamcamper play-set, Nerf N Strike Longstrike Blaster, My Little Pony magic Everypony Collection, and the Paint Station 5 Colour Pods Paint Set have all been named in Bargain Max’s top 10 most popular toys overall.

The full list reads as follows:

  1. Barbie Dreamcamper Playset

  2. Nerf Nstrike Longstrike Blaster

  3. My Little Pony Magic of Everypony Collection

  4. Paint-Station 5 Colour Pods Paint Set

  5. Barbie Dreamtopia Sparkle Lights Mermaid Doll

  6. Hot Wheels Car And Mega Track Pack

  7. Luvabella Blonde Hair Interactive Doll

  8. Scrawl Game

  9. Fisher Price Colourful Carnival Baby Bouncer

  10. Crayola DreamWorks Trolls Colour & Sticker Book

A spokesperson at Bargain Max said: “We have seen a sharp rise in the sales of board games, especially since March 13th where demand has rocketed, reflecting the demand of the public looking for home entertainment whilst self-isolating.

“Whilst we do not know how long this ongoing tricky situation will last, we are pleased to be able to provide a variety of options for those looking for entertainment at home. From today, all orders made online will be free of all delivery charges, which we hope will help families keep both costs down and children entertained.”

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Robert Hutchins is the editor of and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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