When I was a kid, one year for Christmas I got some special-edition Barbie. I was instructed to put it up on the shelf and not play with it, so that it would increase in value. I practiced excellent self control for several months, even though her dress was sooo pretty. One day, I was bored and decided to open it. The reaming I got for opening that package! I never even got the Barbie out; it was taken away and carefully glued back together before going back up on a shelf.
Ten or so years later, my mother finally sold it. At a garage sale. For $1.
PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.
Yeah. Don't do that.
I first became aware of the Beanie Babies when my DDs were each gifted one (of the same kind, white polar bears.) I dutifully tore off the tags. Giftee was somewhat horrified.
Giftee: You just completely destroyed any possible value by tearing off the tags.
Me: What value? They're toys. I'm not going to give them to the DDs to play with when they still have the tags on them.
Giftee: Well, you really weren't supposed to give them to the DDs to play with.
Me: Then why did you give them to the DDs?
: You don't know about Beanie Babies, do you?
I still didn't get it. You give a toy to a child and don't expect them to play with it? Didn't make sense to me.
Sure enough, when the craze was at it's highest, I saw a price list and this specific polar bear was bidding out at over $1,600.
And "I" had 2. Two very worn out well loved bears without the tags.
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