#297 – Swap

These electronic toys are neat but would it kill the manufacturers to put a freaking low volume switch on them? There are some that are so loud and easy to trigger that I have no choice but to sabotage them in the night. Maybe they were more tolerable when I was a kid because the sound chips could only hold a second or so of sound. Now they screech on for a full minute at a press.

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10 thoughts on “#297 – Swap”

  1. toadhammer says:

    I’ve heard some of them have magic button combinations that make them quieter….the default is a louder “demo” mode so they compete better for kid attention in the mayhem of a toy store.

  2. andy says:

    well, mine only had pull strings back in the dark ages of the 60’s. I wish I still had that GI Joe that could talk….

  3. boog says:

    Good idea with the dead batteries. We usually just turn the high-volume-only toys off, but our daughter has learned how to turn them back on.

  4. blacktau says:

    I’ve resorted to opening the toys up and packing the speakers with paper napkins.
    They still make a noise but are very muted.

  5. Nathan says:

    Clear tape over the speaker. Instant sound reducer.

    – Source: I have a 3-year old and a 1-year old.

  6. jammit says:

    As an electrical engineer, my first duty as an uncle was to “fix” the volume control of all my nieces toys.

  7. kingklash says:

    What’s worse than a loud toy? When your 4-year-old nephew decides to wake you up with a very loud plastic sword upside the head. You know the ones: a loud metallic “Klang!” when they hit something, followed by generic laser sounds and explosions. The sword was pretty grating, too.

  8. TheOtherDibbler says:

    I was in a store the other day and walked past several toys that must have had proximity sensors or motion sensors or something in them. You didn’t even have to touch them, just walk past the shelf and they’d start making noises. I think if I had something like that in my house at night I’d sabotage it too. D:

    1. kingklash says:

      Never go past the shelves with the newer newborn dolls, if you’re creeped out by robot children. When boxed babies suddenly start to make their noises, it can make your skin crawl.

  9. Tim says:

    Why didn’t I ever think of this?!? I have 3, and don’t need the advice anymore… until the grandkids come…

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