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Do giveaways make you more likely to buy stuff?

McDonalds row

Your comments on Mcdonalds row

A woman in America is taking McDonald's to court because she thinks the fast food chain shouldn't put free toys in its Happy Meals.

She says the toys unfairly target kids and encourage them to eat junk food. But McDonald's says it's not doing anything wrong.

So what do you think? Does getting a free toy encourage you to eat junk food?

Or do giveaways generally make you more likely to buy stuff? Maybe you're more likely to buy a magazine if it has a giveaway...?

Whatever you think, let us know...

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Your comments

"I think it is a bit of a ploy to put toys in McDonalds food because younger children find it more appealing. It is quite a nice treat to get a toy with your meal, but it is only good to have it when you eat it as part of a balanced diet."

Katrina, 11, Hampshire, England

"I think it's great to have toys in your meal. And your parents don't let you go to McDonalds every day!"

Matthew, 10, Yorkshire, England

"I do like going to McDonalds for a treat, but not because of the toys, I think they are trashy."

Eleanor, 9, Leicestershire, England

"Who cares what this mum says, I don't really care if a happy meal doesn't have a toy, it's the food which counts!"

Amber, 9, Bristol, England

"Who cares if they are giving away toys to make everyone eat McDonalds? I LOVE MCDONALDS!"

Hayley, 11, Lincolnshire, England

"I think it's silly because McDonalds is just a treat!!"

Grace, 9, Hertfordshire, England

"I think that woman is wrong, if she doesn't want the food then don't eat it! How could someone be so selfish?!"

Courtney, 10, Derbyshire, England

"I think McDonalds is yucky and the toys are just pieces of plastic!!"

Dotty, 11, London, England

"If parents don't want their kids having happy meals they should tell them no. She shouldn't take McDonalds to court, what is the point in it?!"

Jessie, 11, Surrey, England

"I think McDonalds should be banned!"

Zona, 12, Suffolk, England

"Yes it does, but McDonalds is a wonderful treat, especially the toy!!

Zamzam, 11, Manchester, England

"No one even likes the toys in McDonalds!"

Cam, 11, Liverpool, England

"She should just go away - it is up to the parents!"

Jack, 10, Surrey, England

"I don't bother with the toys, I just give them to my neighbour. I would like to have a colouring pack instead, but kids should be eating more healthy food."

Rachel, 11, North Ayrshire, Scotland

"I think that this lady is angry because her kids bug her to buy them happy meals - right?!"

Ethan, 10, New Hampshire, USA

"No I don't think they should be banned because people don't just go there for the toys!"

Andy-Jay, 12, London, England

"When I realised how bad the food was for you, I never wanted to go there again. The toys are just plastic rubbish."

Maddie, 11, York, England

"When I was little I used to love the free toys, but as I grew older they seemed less exciting."

Ellie, 13, Swansea, Wales

"The food is great and I don't eat it just to get a silly toy!"

Sophie, 11, Hertfordshire, England

"I think that the toy is just to tempt younger kids! My cousin loves McDonald's, but likes the toys better!"

Corey, 14, Huddersfield, England

"Well I strongly disagree because a plastic toy does NOT make people want to buy McDonalds!"

Charlee, 12, Southampton, England

"Why make a big deal of it, the toys are rubbish anyway."

Patrick, 11, Bradford, England

"I don't buy Happy Meals because of the toy, I buy them because I'm hungry!"

Ross, 13, Scotland

"I think it's really nice to sometimes have a treat and the toy is always a bonus."

Faye, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I don't buy happy meals for the toys. I buy them because I want something to eat! The toys are terrible anyway!"

Tom, 12, Cheshire, England

"It depends on what the free gift is. If it was something I like, then I would buy it."

Ryan, 11, Oxford, England

"I have no interest in the stupid toys but I could be persuaded to buy a magazine for the free gift."

Charlotte, 11, Shropshire, England

"Well, to be honest the food is a treat and the toy is just something to keep kids occupied while they're having their meal."

Rebecca, 12, Stoke, England

"I don't like the free toys or giveaways in Happy Meals. I only like to eat the food and not play with the toy that is included with the meal. However, I do buy magazines when they have something rare inside!"

Callum, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"No, I buy a Happy Meal because they're really nice!"

Shannon, 13, Midlands, England

"I think the only reason why they give free toys is so that they make more money!"

Anna, 10, Derby, England

"It doesn't encourage me to eat junk food, because I don't really care if there's a free toy inside the food."

Emma, 13, Wolverhampton, England

"I don't really care for the free toys, I just like the food!"

Eva, 11, Edinburgh, Scotland

"No, I don't buy a Happy Meal just for the toy!"

Zara, 8, England

"I think it's awful that they offer free toys to try and attract kids to eat junk food. I hate junk food and would never buy it because of there being a toy inside!"

Martha, 11, London, England

"I think that giveaways are generally going to make you buy the food and will encourage you to eat junk food."

Flora, 12, Northumberland, England

"I think that the toys in the Happy Meals are very appealing for younger children as a collection!"

Ellie, 11, Bristol, England

"No way does the toy encourage kids to buy Happy Meals. They're all very lame and only fun for a day or so."

James, 13, Sussex, England

"I don't buy McDonald's because of the toys, but it is fun for younger kids!"

Laura, 12, Manchester, England

"No, not for me! The toys are cheap and rubbish!"

John, 9, Cardiff, Wales

"Sometimes I like the free toys, but I don't just go to McDonald's for that. I like the food too. Anyway, I only go there about two to three times a year as a treat."

Grace, 9, Colchester, England

"No way!"

Theo, 10, Norfolk, England

"No, because I enjoy McDonald's as a treat and I always lose the toy about 2 hours later!"

Molly, 11, Bristol, England

"I do not buy Happy Meals because of the toy! I buy it because the food is amazing! What's the point in going to court over a disagreement?"

Elise, 11, Lincolnshire, England

"Yes it definitely does, but it shouldn't be banned!"

Paddy, 9, Brighton, England

"I think she had no right. Why can't you just be grateful for what you've got. There are kids out their who don't have anything!"

Sammi, 9, York, England

"Not really, since all the toys are rubbish! When I was little I never even cared about the toys."

Anna, 13, Reading, England

"The toy has nothing to do with the meal. I throw mine away because all I want is the food!"

Georgia, 12, Surrey, England

"I absolutely LOVE Happy Meals!"

Rebecca, 12, Lancashire, England

"I think it's ridiculous the woman is taking McDonald's to court. The toys don't even encourage people, they are just a bonus!"

Eleanor, 10, Clapham, England

"I think young children nag their parents or carers to get a Happy Meal so they get the toy."

Ella, 10, Coventry, England

"No! Even when I was younger I never bought happy meals for some cheap toy!"

Sabeen, 11, Oxford, England

"I think giveaways make you want to buy stuff, because the sellers want you to buy it. Nothing wrong with that!"

Simon, 11, London, England

"I don't buy Happy Meals because they give away free toys. I think that the toys are pretty rubbish!"

Alexandra, 11, York, England

"They are just encouraging young children to eat unhealthy food."

Yash, 13, London, England

"I remember we were outside McDonald's once and I screamed at my mum for not letting me have a happy meal. All I wanted was the toy and now I feel ashamed... sorry mum!!"

Ben, 11, London, England

"McDonald's should go to court because they're encouraging children to eat unhealthy food."

Rowan, 11, Scotland

"I do buy magazines for the free gifts. I get big macs now but I used to get Happy Meals for the toys and my little sister still does. We don't eat it all but it is very fatty."

Chloe, 14, Lancashire, England

"Toys don't make me want to buy happy meals any more than I would want to anyway. My dad works at McDonald's and it would be bad for our family if they banned toys because he might lose his job. Not many children are allowed to have McDonald's very often anyway."

Charlotte, 10, Liverpool, England

"I think that McDonald's toys encourage little people there, but that's how they sell their food."

Anna, 9, Kidderminster, England

"I don't have happy meals in McDonald's but sometimes the free gifts on magazines make me want to buy them."

Amy, 12, Bristol, England

"We should not be encouraging junk food. The thought of getting a new toy makes the child want it, and this is how McDonald's makes money. The child might not even eat the food but just get the toy. If there was a magazine with a make-up set or a toy, then I would buy it. McDonald's is bad for your heath but you have to love it!"

Sophie, 11, Surrey, England

"When I was little I would always ask to go to McDonald's to get a happy meal, just so I could play with the free toy. My mum would normally say no. I think it's the parents fault if their kids are eating McDonald's because they let them have it. They can take them somewhere else where they can eat something healthy, even if their kids throw a tantrum."

Ava, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"My friend always eats junk food. The free toys should be banned because they encourage children to become overweight."

Antasar, 10, Stockport, England

"I think she's right because I know people who go to McDonald's twice a week to get the toys!! I go about once a month to get a Happy Meal and don't use the toy. Most of my friends throw them away too - it is a waste to the environment!"

Ruby, 11, Cheshire, England

"Yes! When I was younger I used to think 'Wow I've always wanted an R2-D2 toy!', but now I'm older, I think 'Wow, a piece of plastic!'"

Aidan, 10, West Sussex, England

"When young children eat Happy Meals they want to get the whole collection of toys and end up nagging their parents to buy more. As they get older they get fatter - this happened to me and now I'm 7 stone. So yes, giveaways do make you more likely to buy Happy Meals!"

Rebecca, 10, Bedfordshire, England

"I think the small, pointless and cheap toys encourage kids to eat the fat-filled food. I am a McDonald's lover myself but I don't see the point of the company trying to attract children even more by giving away cheap toys."

Aimee, 14, Bristol, England

"I don't really buy happy meals because they don't fill me up, but when I was younger I did. I didn't buy them because of the toys, I bought them because they were small portions and cheap, the toy was just a one-off treat!"

Amber, 13, Yorkshire, England

"When I was little and used to have Happy Meals I used to just keep the toy for a couple of days and then get rid of it."

Endrit, 12, London, England

"No, I don't think it does, all it does is give children an extra treat!"

Kyle, 13, Doncaster, England

"Why are some people so BORING?! I love McDonald's, it's so nice for a treat. That woman needs to get a LIFE."

Alex, 10, Warrington, England

"I don't think it makes any difference - a toy is a toy, when I was little I never really used to care."

Alex, 12, Jersey, UK

"Yes they do!"

Rosie, 13, Bridgend, Wales

"Well I do think it's bad, I threw tantrums in the past because I wanted the toy in McDonald's, and I feel ashamed of myself now, but I grew out of Happy Meals long ago. I do sometimes buy magazines for the free gift though."

Emily, 11, Plymouth, England

"I think it does make you buy things more, but they're not doing anything wrong, they're just trying to make a trade."

Adam, 11, Kent, England

"Well, if I really want something I will use the giveaway to persuade my parents to buy it for me! But otherwise I wouldn't be more likely to buy something, even if there was a chance of getting something free with it."

Faduma, 11, London, England


Len, 11, Bradford, England

"I think that including toys in meals appeals more to younger children. Although, doing that isn't very good because then the younger generations are learning bad things!"

Hanna, 12, London, England