Beanie Baby boom really shines
For the past several years, Beanie Babies have set the doll collector’s world on its ear. Despite having no intrinsic value — and slightly irritating names — these unremarkable beanbag playthings command huge sums on the collectibles market.
Why are they such hot tickets? Ty Toys, makers of Beanie Babies, have created a perceived value for these toys. Periodically, the company releases a new toy, creating a flurry of buying activity. As well, when the company decides to retire a toy, its demand and price skyrocket. Buyers will pay hundreds of dollars for a retired, mint condition Beanie Baby.
Judging by the prices, it’s obviously not kids who are buying Beanies. In fact, don’t bother looking in children’s playrooms for these things. Most parents won’t let the little ones anywhere near these valuable items — any sign of wear can dramatically reduce the Beanie Babies resale value
Here are some facts on the fad:
- The official Beanie Babies web site, www.ty.com has received over 2 billion hits.