Want a pet that doesn't shed? How about a pocket-size virtual one? Or a cute, stuffed Beanie Baby? VIRTUAL PETS such as Tamagotchi from Japan's Bandai and Tiger Electronics' Gigapets have LCD screens depicting a critter with the same demands as a real pet. Meanwhile, BEANIE BABIES from Ty have become one of the fastest-moving toys ever and the centerpiece of a new collectibles market.

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