PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The commercial makes it look like so much fun.
The Wubble Bubble Ball is a giant bubble that you are supposed to be able to play with, without fear of it floating away or popping. The company claims it can hold up to a lot.
Denise Cunningham and her kids saw it on TV, and they wanted one.
“You can’t break them. They are indestructible. You can sit on them, play with them anywhere, so we ordered them, thinking they would be fun,” Denise told KDKA-TV news anchor/Does It Really Do That reporter Jennifer Antkowiak.
That’s what Denise thought after watching the commercial, anyway.
The ordering alone caused a problem. Denise and her kids were excited to get the toys, but they ended up waiting and waiting.
“Two weeks later, we got another email saying it would be another four to six weeks. It ended up being about five weeks before the Wubble Bubble Balls arrived,” she said.
And, when they did get there, Denise saw something that concerned her right away. It was a notice that said, “Although the Wubble Bubble Balls are awesome, they are not indestructible.”
Denise’s frustrations didn’t end there; it took nearly an hour to blow up one bubble ball.
The kit comes with a battery-operated pump and an adapter that is supposed to make it easier to get the pump into the hole of the bubble ball to blow it up. Denise wasn’t happy with how it worked.
Once you do get it set up, it inflates quickly and is ready to go. The kids were eager to play with them.
We didn’t have any popping problems, but when they played with theirs at home, three broke within a few hours. There is a lifetime guarantee, but replacement isn’t free. The company sends an envelope with instructions to send a portion of the broken bubble ball and a check for $6.99 to get a new one.
Denise ended up paying $52 for four Wubble Bubble Balls, and she wasn’t sure she wanted to invest any more money for replacements.
Did the kids have fun?
“Yeah, they’re fun. You can do a belly flop on them, you can sit on them,” they said.
But, if you ask Denise does it really do that? It’s a quick, “No.”
“The aggravation just in filling it alone was not worth it. It’s ridiculous just trying to fill it,” she told Jen.
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