#109 Our Ty Beanie Babies Still Aren’t Worth Sh*t.

The folks at ty really had us fooled when they convinced us that our assortment of small, stuffed animals would someday be worth a fortune. Whether you were an avid collector or had no interest in the dolls, you likely owned at least two Beanie Babies, based solely on the fact that they were everywhere. In toy stores, in grocery stores, at McDonalds being given as gifts and being collected by fanatics, it was simply Beanie Baby Fever. The fascination with these things is hard to understand because they really didn’t do anything noteworthy. They didn’t light up, they didn’t make noise and because of their lack of size they didn’t even make good cuddle buddies — which is kind of the purpose of stuffed animals. Regardless, they were massively popular and everyone was led to believe that one day, their Beanie Babies would be worth a fortune. It wasn’t until about 1999 that the hype died down and people realized they’d spent too many years and too much money investing on this fad obsession with these undersized, overpriced plush beanbags. Any unfortunate 90s kid who still owns a Beanie Baby collection may as well hold onto them at this point and simply hope that one day, for some unforeseeable reason they’ll be worth more than 50 cents at the Swap Meet. Until then, let them gather dust on your shelves along side your Pokémon cards.


21 responses to “#109 Our Ty Beanie Babies Still Aren’t Worth Sh*t.

  1. I saw this coming and nobody wanted to hear me out. Well I told you so.

  2. My mother still collects these things to this day. it’s really funny because the 2 that I had were simply freebies, and it really didn’t seem like any more then just some cute thing to collect.

  3. I still have a bin of them. I still love them, they’re fun for me to play with. And that’s worth something to me. 🙂

  4. Still have a ton, but most are in boxes. I put a few out for decoration sometime. I know I should get rid of them, but I just can’t bear to part with them.
    Sad, but true.

  5. I think the Yankees still have a “Beanie Babie Day.” It’s amazing the worthless toys we got hyped up over in the 90s.

  6. Haha. I’m a college sophomore and I still have a shelf of Beanie Babies in my room. Last summer, I actually organized them….and wiped the dust off them. Hah.

  7. haha great post i lost money on domain names, here is a funny joke I saw about the beanie babies collectables market, http://ponderingstuff.com/2011/11/09/governmentand-collectors-market/

  8. My Aunt would give me it each month. She also gave me the Princess Diana Beanie Babies. I still own them but there in storage container.

  9. Let’s not forget that we had to keep the tag in their ear, otherwise they wouldn’t be worth anything ;D

  10. I have loads of them and some really rare ones. I remember how expensive they were to buy when I was collecting them so I don’t understand how they can be worth so little now? Can anyone shed any light on this?

  11. I was honestly unaware of the whole collectors craze in general, especially with Beanie Babies. I wasn’t a huge collector of them, but I did get a few here and there, mostly from McD’s and as gifts from relatives but some I bought or asked for. I just liked the way the beans felt and thought they were kind of cute. I used to play with them along side my Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers action figures. They weren’t bad replacements form Foot Solders and Putties.

  12. They are worth nothing because everyone that wanted to collect them got them. The nature of collection value is that there are items that no one had a chance to have or that people loved as kids and can not find them now… everyone has a beany baby… that is what makes them worthless. Pick an item that everyone has but that falls apart easily and you have an item that nostalgia will encourage people to purchase from you.

  13. My sister and I wanted to play with our beanie babies, but didn’t want to decrease their value by bending or ruining the tags. Then, we had the brilliant idea to cut the tags off of them and keep them in a box. Even if our beanie babies were worth anything, we destroyed any possibly value.

  14. I still have all mine, they are in a giant waterproof box in storage xD. Idk, i just don’t want to get rid of them, i had so much fun playing with them and keeping them looking new. I don’t care if they aren’t worth anything, cool if they are, cool if they aren’t. 🙂

  15. Funny beanie story. We always would decorate the house for Easter with all of our beanie babies that were appropriate for this holiday, primarily colorful bears and bunnies. We had two colorful bears that’s tags said “Eggs” and “Eggs 2” as their names. I always wondered if there was a thirs bear of that kind. The 90s were well over when a friend of ours had given us a beanie baby that they had received as some party favor. It seemed like a purple version of Eggs and Eggs 2. Surely enought, it was the third Eggs I always thought about!

  16. I don’t get it. If so many people still love there Beenie Babies why aren’t they a big deal anymore? Who says what comes back in style? Do they still make Beenie Babies? And if so one would think if they aren’t making them anymore then they would be worth a little something considering people cant buy them. Maybe I just don’t understand how collectibles work.

  17. Why has the value dropped off of these items? Well, first think about why collectibles such as coins, paintings, carved ivory, gold, and diamonds are rare and precious to begin with. Gold and diamonds are valuable because not only are they rare, but they also have beneficial uses in areas such as the manufacturing industry and the electronics industry. A rare painting can show how much a talented artist can uniquely convey an emotion through colors. Rare coins will have history attached to them, along with the fact that they are probably made from a rare precious metal.
    Then contrast those types of items with a beanie baby. Beanie Babies are nothing more than ordinary stuffed animals full of beans. Ty told the public that these were collectibles (like the Franklin Mint does with their worthless coins) and maybe 1 out of 100 people fell for it. The other 99 people were shaking their heads because we knew they were nothing more than simple stuffed animals. Nothing more.
    Why would an ordinary stuffed animal that is made out of a few cents worth of ordinary cloth and beans come to be worth hundreds of dollars? Its simple…it won’t. Unless someone out there wants to buy it because they think it will rise even more in value. But those stuffed animals have no intrinsic value unlike valid collectibles. THAT is why they aren’t worth anything today. Some people did get rich, though…stockholders of the Ty company!

  18. that.is.so.disappointing :(..my mom still has my collection

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