Mum buys ‘adorable’ meerkat statue from Bunnings as the perfect addition to her Christmas decor – but is ‘horrified’ when she sees it at night
- Bunnings is now selling new variations of fan-favourite meerkat garden statues
- Shopper Chantelle bought a $49 meerkat statue wearing a reindeer onesie
- The ornament features solar powered LED lights in the eyes and nose
- But to her surprise the statue looks ‘terrifying’ at night time
A customer has been mortified after buying a ‘terrifying’ festive glow-in-the-dark garden statue from Bunnings Warehouse.
But at night she was petrified by how the product truly looked and shared images to the Bunnings Mums Australia Facebook group with an amusing caption.
‘Thought it would be cute…. damn Bunnings did me dirty,’ she wrote, and the photo shows just how frightening the ornament looks in the evening.
The $49 Christmas meerkat statue from Bunnings Warehouse has left a customer mortified. Chantelle, from Western Australia, bought the product designed with solar powered LED lights in the eyes and nose
But at night she was petrified by how the product truly looked and shared images to the Bunnings Mums Australia Facebook group. ‘Thought it would be cute…. damn Bunnings did me dirty,’ she wrote (pictured: the meerkat statue at night)
Others part of the Facebook group quickly flocked to the comments and shared their amusement at the situation.
‘I looked at these and wondered why they didn’t have any on display, now I know why,’ one woman wrote with two laughing emojis.
‘That’s so funny. I want a whole yard of these staring into the souls of passers by,’ another said.
A third added: ‘Oh gosh they, did do you dirty. I was looking at these and telling my partner how cute it would look in my yard. This has determined that was a lie.’
In the comments Chantelle added: ‘It looks cute when it’s not night time, I might just not let it charge.’
Others described the animal ornament as ‘so creepy’ but might work well at ‘keeping possums away’.
Earlier this year for Halloween, Bunnings released a 60cm-tall grim reaper and a witch meerkat for $39 down from $60 that are also designed with the same LED feature.
Bunnings also released an Aussie meerkat (pictured) with ‘creepy’ LED lights for eyes
Bunnings released the statues after Woolworths first started selling similar meerkat designs in 2020.
The animal ornaments, which are available for just $10 from Woolworths when in stock, have been one of the supermarket’s most popular items.
However, they are more than double the size and price at Bunnings.
Earlier this year for Halloween, Bunnings released a 60cm-tall grim reaper and a witch meerkat for $39 down from $60
Bunnings released the statues after Woolworths first released similar meerkat designs in 2020
Not only are the Bunnings meerkats 38cm taller than the Woolworths statues, they also have solar LED light-up eyes.
With Halloween inching closer, the adorable witch and grim reaper characters are on clearance in stores and online.
One Queensland customer said they were ‘literally jumping up and down’ with excitement after scoring two for $15 each in a post to Markdown Addicts Australia.
The bargain hunter spotted the popular meerkats marked down her local Bunnings in Noosaville marked down to $30.
A staff member price matched the statues after she showed them a photo she had seen online of the statues on sale for $15 at another store.
Many in the comments pointed out, however, that not all Bunnings locations will price match clearance items as they vary from store to store.
‘Bunnings don’t have to price match clearance – and usually don’t – so don’t be surprised if they don’t. Each store has different pricing based on how much they have in store, how much space they have and how quick they want to get rid of it,’ one member warned.
A Queensland customer was ‘jumping up and down’ for joy after a Bunnings worker price matched the meerkats and she got them for $15 each
There is a Christmas onesie meerkat statue as well as an Aussie-themed meerkat complete with board shorts, thongs, and barbecue tongs holding a sausage both for $99
‘I just got a really nice lady who also wanted to get rid of them. She asked if I wanted more than two when we were paying, she was awesome,’ the shopper explained.
The meerkat ornament dressed as the grim reaper is still available in stores and online however the witch is out of stock everywhere.
Those who miss out on the Halloween meerkats, might be lucky enough to get their hands on the two other designs Bunnings has in stock.
For the festive season, there is a Christmas reindeer onesie meerkat statue with light-up eyes and red nose as well as an Aussie-themed meerkat complete with board shorts, thongs, and barbecue tongs holding a sausage both for $99.
Dozens of designs are available in the smaller meerkat garden statues at Woolworths from anywhere between $2.50 and $20.
The cult collectables were re-released by the supermarket giant last month as it predicted around 150,000 to be sold.
Woolworths re-released its fan-favourite meerkats statues in September and estimated around 150,000 meerkat statues would fly off shelves over spring
Last year Woolworths revealed a whopping 60,000 meerkat statues had been sold in less than a month
45 characters are available to chose from including meerkats dressed as a surf lifesaver, pilot, wizard, beach dancer, singer and more.
Last year Woolworths revealed a whopping 60,000 meerkat statues had been sold in less than a month.
On social media, customers have shown off their impressive collections after purchasing nearly the entire range.
Mum-of-two Foodie Mumma Ren shared the news on Facebook and others were eager to rush to the supermarket (pictured: a customer’s meerkat statue collection)
‘The meerkats are BACK at Woolworths. I am sure there will be more designs to be released,’ she wrote online and posted images of the new statues (pictured: meerkat statues from 2020)
The supermarket is also selling a range of over 48 native wildlife ornaments, with 50 cents from each sale set to help native Australian wildlife through the Woolworths and WIRES Food for Wildlife Program.
Last month, shoppers noticed a selected amount of new meerkat statues were released in stores.
Mum-of-two Foodie Mumma Ren shared the news on Facebook and others were eager to rush to the supermarket.
‘The meerkats are BACK at Woolworths. I am sure there will be more designs to be released,’ she wrote online and posted images of the new statues.
‘I want them for the house!’ one person wrote, another added: ‘So cute’.
Last year characters included Olympians, fairies, brides and grooms as well as solar-powered light-up meerkats for $20 and $5 DIY meerkat painting kits
Other previous characters included meerkat princess, fireman, bride, soldier, witch and hero, as the meerkats are designed wearing outfits
In the comments one fan admitted she has bought 157 of the meerkats so far and is keen to extend the collection.
Customers can’t get enough of the cult buy as they are deemed to be ‘adorable’ and ‘cute’.
In 2021 characters included Olympians, fairies, brides and grooms as well as solar-powered light-up meerkats for $20 and $5 DIY meerkat painting kits.
The store had doubled its order in 2020 but still managed to sell the equivalent of 2019’s stock in the first week as shoppers snapped up meerkats in record numbers.
Woolworths CEO previously revealed a whopping 60,000 meerkat statues (pictured) had been sold in less than a month
The quirky garden ornaments (pictured) attracted a cult following after launching in 2020
Woolworths general manager for everyday needs, James Hepworth, previously said the supermarket was ‘excited’ for the restock after the statues enjoyed such ‘huge popularity’ last time around.
‘Customers exceeded our expectations for demand with these meerkats last year, and this year they’ll find a range of new and quirky designs and personalities as a way to get families out of the house and in the garden,’ he said.
Demand for gardening and DIY products has soared since the pandemic began in early 2020, as people spend an increasing amount of time at home.
Several happy customers shared images of the meerkats on Facebook after purchasing the product in store for the first time.
‘How adorable are these meerkat statues currently in Woolworths, lots of different ones,’ one woman said.
‘They’re so cute!’ another said, and a third added: ‘I need to go get some!’