For many youngsters, the chance to walk out onto the pitch with their football heroes is a dream come true.
Indeed many clubs tell parents the package is the “ultimate gift your child will never forget”.
Yet while many of the biggest clubs in the country, including Premier League champions Manchester City, do not charge for the opportunity, others are cashing in more than £700 per child.
Well, the larger clubs can afford to, with what they can charge for tickets. Not so the smaller clubs.
Martyn James, of consumer website Resolver, said: “It’s absolutely outrageous that some richer kids can effectively buy their way to the top of the mascot list.
“When I was younger, being a mascot was a reward for super loyalty or for having been through a great deal.
“Charging any money for these packages is unacceptable – and it’s pretty unknown too.
“It makes a mockery of all the things that our national game is supposed to represent.”
I thought it was supposed to represent poor sportsmanship, obscene salaries for utter scum and hooliganism, so a little bit of naked capitalism is actually a nice change!
Are the consumers unhappy with their deal?
Claire Blake, of Penarth, arranged for her eight-year-old son Cian to be a mascot before the Bluebirds’ game against champions Manchester City as a birthday gift in September.
“We were lucky to get such a big game but I’m not sure we would be happy paying the same amount for games against other teams,” she said.
“Cian got a kit, signed photos and met Neil Warnock and had a great time, but the seats were poor and it was a bit rushed meeting the players.”
Season-ticket holder Tracy Morgan paid for her eight-year-old son Leo to be a mascot.
She said: “It was very expensive but it was worth every penny to see my son’s face – and my husband’s.”
Ryan Moore bought a mascot package as a Christmas gift for his six-year-old son Niall.
He said: “It’s free for some big clubs like Liverpool but a money-making scheme at others and there are so many mascots that it dilutes the experience.
“But we were pretty happy with the whole day. Niall loved it – apart from the team being hammered 4-1.”
They seem OK with it. So what business is it of Martyn?