My short input wasn't meant to nag, I'm sorry that some may have responded that way...Personally, i believe that ranting, regardless if its done online or in person, still has an effect on ourselves and those around us.
But i think this excerpt from the journal Lillipoh, (Fall 2010) adds an interesting perspective to this conversation.
"Her story reminds me that it is easy to make value judgments about certain toys without paying close attention to the significant, unique meaning and value they may have for the child...helped by the imagination, manufactured toys can and do serve as useful objects for the child. A colleague, Janet Klaar, spoke of her four year old granddaughter's use of a pink plastic toy mobile phone, which had been bought for her as a gift. It had a noisy buzzer and a tinny voice, which rattled-off a series of prerecorded responses when it first arrived. Naturally, it captivated the child. Some time later, with Granny's help, the batteries wore down. At the this point, the toy gained new life. One of the child's conversations to the now silent, but infinitely more interesting phone, went as follows:
Now can you tell me which is the fastest light bulb in the world?
(pause as she listened for the answer)
And the time here is half past eleven nine ten.
Like her mother, she carries her phone around everywhere and uses it frequently...it remains a manufactured replica of a real thing but is no obstacle to her fantasy. She has made it her own and turned it into a very satisfactory toy.
What we see and what the child experiences may be two different things and when a child turns up in a kindergarten with an 'undesirable' toy, it is important to be able to see beyond what the toy is and what it has become."