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      16.11.2008 19:30
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      Beanie babies and more banies babies!

      used to collect beanie babies and have well over 200 sitting in boxes in various rooms. I stopped collecting them about 5 years ago, I just lost interest and I had no-where to store them. I used to spend ages, making lists of beanies I wanted and I had so many favourite's. I even hunted high and low for a beanie that was born on my birthday, (I did find one eventually!).

      ***WHAT ARE TY BEANIE BABIES/HISTORY***
      A beanie baby is a small soft toy stuffed with polyurethane beads. They were created by a man called Ty Warner & his company Ty Inc. His company was founded in 1986, but it wasn't until 1993 that the first set of 9 beanies were created.

      These beanie were called: Brownie (a brown bear), Chocolate (A moose), Patti (Platypus), Flash (Dolphin), Pincers (Lobster), Legs (Frog), Splash (Orca Whale, Squealer (Pig) and Spot (Dog).
      These original 9 beanies are highly collectable and sell for much more than their original purchase price.

      Beanies were collected by adults and children and although they were mass produced, they were initially only available in limited supplies.

      Some designs were very limited creating panic amongst collectors who couldn't bear to have a gap in their collection.
      Each beanie baby has a heart shaped swing tag attached to it, giving details such as birthday, name of the beanie and a little poem/rhyme about the beanie itself, and which generation it is from.

      If the tags were lost or cut off, this would significantly reduce the vale and price of the beanie. The beanies also had a tush tag which was a smaller at which had the name of the beanie and washing instructions.

      ***FAKES/COUNTERFEITS***
      There are a high number of fake beanie babies around today and some are very hard to tell from the original. Signs that it might be a fake may include, colour difference on the heart swing tag, printing errors or mistakes, the toy may not be the correct colour, it may be over-stuffed and might have incorrect stitching, there could also be incorrect of spacing of the eyes.

      ***CAN I STILL GET HOLD OF BEANIE BABIES?***
      Yes, ty beanie babies seem to be sold on ebay for a very good/cheap price than what they used to be. You may also find them in other toy shops, some as little as £2.00 each, which is quite distressing for collectors who paid high prices to get their hands on a special/rare beanie for their collection.

      Beanie babies were once valued collector items but they aren't named as such now. They are more known now as a toy for children to play with.

      ***SELLING MY BEANIE BABIES***
      I have over 200 beanies, some which were at least £30 each when they first came out and were rare. Now these once used to be rare beanies, no longer sell at this price, unless your lucky. I have looked on ebay at selling my collection, but I can't really compare to others, when they seem to be selling 10 beanies for about £3.00, or other shocking, cheap prices. Beanie babies, are really not very valuable anymore. I have sold a few of my beanie babies on ebay, but I am still left with hundreds!

      You may find a shop or retailer, which may buy them off of you, if they are of course in mint condition. Mint condition would be no colour fading, swing tag still attached in brilliant condition, Dust free, smoke free, Tush tag still attached.

      ***OVERALL OPNION?***
      These are great, cute little beanie toys for children and are great for collectors. Although as they aren't really worth anything any more, (not even some of the rarest ones), I personally wouldn't spend a fortune on collecting these toys and then being disappointed by how much your collection is or isn't worth.

      I have over 200 beanie babies, and I got them all valued, bear in mind some beanies I paid over £20 each for them, and my collection was only worth about £180, which isn't a lot, considering I have collected these for over 3 years and looked especially for rare and unusual beanies.

      i would recommend this product to people to buy their children as a cute little toy, but I definately wouldn't recommend people spending a fortune on them, just to collect them. They are good value for money now as you can get them very cheap.

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        27.12.2003 21:11
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        getcollecting.com I wish to recommend the above site (USA based) to members of dooyoo considering buying Ty Beanies on-line. The site itself is a joy, colourful, interesting and easy to use. It features other collectable toys as well as Ty Beanies - well worth a look round and quite educating! The site offers Ty Bears usually offered for sale in a particular country, ie America Bear etc and also runs promotions on bundles of Beanies such as the "Jingle" collection or easter collection. I'm no Ty expert but wanted to buy for a friend who is and so was delighted to be guided to "rare" bears etc so I knew I was buying something that would be appreciated. My main reason for recommending this site is their customer service. I unfortunately received an incorrect bear (America instead of USA). I dreaded returning incorrect item all the way to the states and trusting they would replace. No such problem - my email was responded to within 24hrs and I was told to keep the incorrect item to compensate my inconvience and the correct item had already been despatched! Wonderful. True to word the bear arrived within 3 days - not bad for crossing the Atlantic! Try them - with service like this they deserve to do well. Marg

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          21.04.2002 04:22
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          I have been collecting Beanie Babies for just over a year now. Actually, I bought my first two (Roxie black and red nose) just because I thought they were sooo adorable. They have to be my favourite beanies. Then, somehow - don't ask me how it happened, I bought Nipponia. Before I knew it I'd started collecting. I got caught in the trap. When I first started collecting they were all the rage and the current ones were quite cheap in the high street stores. They were quite cheap on the internet too (providing you know good honest websites). Recently though, the prices of beanies (current ones) has risen. Retail stores now sell them at £5.99, some more. Maybe they've caught on. There are still a good number of honest stores though that still sell them for a fiver, like Toymaster and Animals. Some card shops near me also sell them for a fiver. One of them also had the complete collection of Champion World Cup bears (different countries) for a fiver each! Well, I took advantage of that, after seeing a certain shopping channel selling them for nearly £20 each! The quality of beanie babies seem to have improved over the last few months. Maybe this is why they are mostly now £5.99 rather than £5. Officially, a current beanie baby should not be sold for more than £5 according to Ty. So if you see a beanie baby that is CURRENT, for example Champion bear now, it should not really cost more than five quid. Those who sell it for far more are unscrupulous apparently. There are sometimes beanie fairs (advertised in Bean Bag Monthly magazine) where you can get beanies for reasonable prices, but beware!! If there is an exclusive or brand new bears, they tend to take advantage of the price. When I attended such a fair, they had Addison bear on display. I didn't even know at the time that it existed. They wanted £100 for it!!! Then, he came to retail shops and they started selling him for £20. Al
          so, when the birthday bears first came out, they wanted a tenner for each one! They are only £5 in the shops. Another example is Mr and Mrs. They were £15 each. Now they are around for £15 (or less) for the pair. So, when new bears come out beware of the prices when it is not in a retail shop, because the fact that the traders get hold of them before the retailers, means the traders raise the price because they know you can't get them anywhere else yet. My dad went to Malaysia and got Bunga Raya for £4.99. Over here on the internet at that time, they wanted £85! Then it went down to £54, then ££35. So, if you wait, eventually the price will come down. For exclusives you are better off looking around various honest websites for their lowest price. If you lucky, some retail shops have them. I know a retail shop who got inPops the USA exclusive father's day bear and sold it for £5.99. The only drawback was you had to buy a normal beanie first, and they only had a limited number, so it was first come first serve. One more piece of advice is when you buy, particularly from the high street, they don't care about its collectable quality, they just want money in the till. When choosing a beanie from the shelf, make sure the tag is not damaged - and that there is one on! Once I picked up Curly for a fiver, got to the till and realised the tag was totally creased up to the eyes. Also one on display had no tag at all. In addition, make sure the sales assistant doesn't just throw your beanie in the bag, because this could damage the tag. If they sell hang tags, buy one and put it on straight away.

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            13.01.2002 07:24
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            Beanie Babies, love them or loathe them, I doubt many can have failed to notice their popularity. They will probably go as a phenomenon of the late twentieth century. There are many types of beanies, so I am going to concentrate on what for me is the cheapest of all the beanies, the ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ . The miniature ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ were first produced for McDonald’s children’s promotions but now even TY has cashed in on this miniature gold mine range with small beanies on a little bit of gold cord that attaches to your Christmas tree. The Jingles Collection was born! In the shops there are nine ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’: Twigs, Peace, Holiday 1998, Holiday 1999, Halo, LoOsey, Quackers, Holiday 1997 and Rover. There are the Happy Holidays, the four Clubby Bears Collection too (around £25.00). **History** ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ are small versions of the beanies and were available as promotions at McDonald’s from 1997 until 2000 with ‘Happy Meals’. (Australia was the only country with a 2001 promotion of ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’). The ‘Teenie Beanies Babies’ are miniature forms of very desirable Beanie Babies. Each year the collections grew, with up to twelve ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ in each set. ** Reasons for collecting ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’** Teenie Beanie Babies have many advantages, including easy storage due to their affordability, small size and ready availability. A complete collection of Beanie Babies or Beanie Buddies can cost thousands of pounds but most people can afford to start collecting ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’. Not only can you buy versions of some of the most popular common beanie babies, but McDonalds has also made available tiny versions of some of the most rare and desirable beanie babies such as Bronty, Chilly, Humphrey, Rex, Royal Blue Peanut a
            nd Steg. ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ allow many of the expensive bears, even a country exclusive including Britannia, Erin, Libearty and some other tiny versions of country exclusives to your collection for only a few pounds. **Where to find them** I tend to get mine from Charity Shops. It is worth looking in the toy boxes as you can pick ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ up for as little as 10p. Yes 10p and they can still come sealed in their original packaging. I can be a cheap and yet affordable way for children to start collection TY Toys. You can also pick them up in junk shops too. Try talking the owner into saying you any that come into the shop too. You may be able to strike a deal in order to get the ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ at bargain basement prices! Some specialist shops and websites, such as www.ryebypost.com often have ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ for sale. Look out for special offers on this website. You can often pick them up for 75p (in mint condition!). Look out for the 1997 ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ as they are rare and will potentially produce a good return for you collection! For a complete checklist of the TY Teenie beanies, try visiting http://www.smartcollecting.com/teenie-beanie-babies-all.asp where there is a printable list available. I find this a great way to keep track of what I have in my collection, as at www.ty.com the McDonald’s ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ are not included. **Cost** ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ from specialist collector’s shops can cost from £1.00 to £9.00 depending on the item. (Do check the Internet before spending £9.00 on a ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ as you can often find it cheaper). **Tips for Collecting ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’** 1) Try to buy them in perfect condition and still in their original sealed packaging, as this
            is the best way to get a return from your investment. 2) If you buy ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ out of their packets, ensure they have their tags insitu. Use a miniature tag protector to protect the heart shaped card label. ($3.00 for 50 from collector’s shops). 3) Store away from sunlight to prevent fading. 4) Most importantly, enjoy your newfound, yet very cheap hobby! **Tip for the Future** The 2000 collection, which included a special Millennium bear, the Dinosaur Trio (boxed set of American Trio (Lefty, Righty and Libearty), Bronty, Rex and Steg), International Bears II (Osito, Germania and Spangle), Legends (Chilly the polar bear, Humphrey the camel and Peanut the royal blue elephant) and The End bear, is an ideal set to look for. They come in boxes rather than bags. You will need to go to specialist collector’s shops or look on the Internet, as they were not release in Britain. ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ are a great way in which to start a collection. I love looking round charity shops for mine. I now have around forty yet have never brought a McDonalds Happy Meal or spent over a pound on any ‘Teenie Beanie Babies’ either. Happy Collecting!

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              15.08.2001 02:28
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              I own over 100 beanie babies and i am still collecting. They are great things for kids, adults and to collect. there are many series of beanies and they all will probably be worth a lot of money in the future especially if they're rare ones. Collecting Beanies is a great hobby and keeps you entertained for a long time. There are so many that you could never possibly have them all. A lot are rare ones that aren't being made any more so these are very hard to get hold of. There are a lot of sets of beanies and they all come together to make a fantastic collection. Some of the sets are listed below. Zodiac Beanies; This are special beanies born in certain years. They are the specific animal for the specific year. For example, 1988 and 2000 are the Dragon in the zodiac so for that year there is a beanie baby of a dragon. There are laods of these around and they are quiet easy to get hold of. They are great for presents. Beanie Bears; These are normal beanies but in the shape of bears. there are loads of them around and they can be worth up to £1000 or maybe even more. There are special ones for the year 200 and some you have to collect tokens for. These are exellent beanies and one of the best sets. Those are only two of the many sets. Beanies can be worth a lot of money and however devoted you are to collecting them you can never have all of them. Beanies are a great hobby and it will be guarenteed to keep kids happy. If you give them one they will want to collect them. I love collecting beanies and am still looking for more. It is an exellent hobby so it is worth having a try at collecting them. I love it and so should you.

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                12.08.2001 05:03
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                I love Ty Beanies. They are small cuddly toys, filled with beans and come in a variety of different shapes. Each one, apart from a few, has a date of birth and a short poem in its hang tag, or swing tag, they also all have a name. They were first made as toys, but have now become collectable thanks to Mr Ty Warners’ idea to make each “model” for only a set length of time and then “retire” them and bring out some more. I have collected more than 150 in just over a year and as there are always new ones coming out, I am sure that I will collect even more over the years to come. The beanies come in a variety of animals, the most well known being the bears, but also birds, cats, dogs, wild animals, fish, and farm animals. My newest beanies are “Mrs.” The Bride Bear, “Mr.” The Groom Bear, “Dizzy” the Dalmatian, “Midnight” the Black Panther and “Frills” the Horn Bill (which Hubby got for our Anniversary). To give you some idea as to the little poems in the Hang Tags the one in Dizzy says “ Black and white is just a bore, I can’t stand it anymore, Purple, green or maybe blue, I think I’ll see what I can do!” © Ty Inc., Ty Canada, Ty Japan, Ty Europe. Dizzy’s birthday is October 7th, 2000. As I am a collector, I keep mine on shelves out of the children’s reach and keep the Hang Tags protected with little plastic covers. However, I did get the children one each for Christmas, and they do play with them. After all if you buy something as a toy for a child, you can’t stop them from playing with it! So are they toys, or collectibles, I think that the answer to this is - it depends on whom you are buying for. As with all collectibles, you shouldn’t collect them for what they will be worth, but because you like them. That way if they don’t gain value, it doesn’t matter, bu
                t if you need to sell them and they have gained value then you can make a killing. Buy and Play, or, Buy and Collect, it doesn’t matter which.

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                  14.06.2001 05:49

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                  I've only been collecting Beanie Babies for about a month now and I have over 30 because my boyfriend will not stop buying them! I think he really likes them for himself! But they're really sweet and so well made...a good investment too!! Dunno what I'm gonna be doing with them when I'm 25 though! I think they're a great investment because I already have several which are worth a lot of money and their value is always increasing. Plus, there are always new ones coming out and many retire each month, making them a lot more valuable. I can't get enough of them! My favourites are Peanut the Royal Blue elephant (worth £2000 now), Nanook the huskey and Midnight the Panther. I also love Halo and Halo II bears and of course, Issy. I have Issy Nevis at the moment. I love Beanie Babies because they are a lot of fun and brighten up any room! My mom doesn't really agree though!

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                  Beanies.Are they worth collecting? Many people will say that beanies are a waste of money and that TY Warner milks money from people's pockets. Over 800 different beanie's have been produced, such as buddies, classic and teeny beanies. Most of these beanies have been reanimated in different sizes. Storage Storage is needed to keep the beanies clean and tidy. The problem is that the boxes cost from £3.99 - £5.99 for the official boxes depending on the place where you buy it from. Other companies make these boxes, but the quality of them is not so good. For 200+ beanies it would cost a lot of money to buy boxes for all of them. Again TY makes millions out of these boxes. Tag Protectors 2 years after beanie babies came out I started to collect them. This is when tag protectors were brought out to prevent the hangtags from getting bend as this effects the value of the beanie. First off, some flimsy cheap tack protectors were brought out costing £2.99 for 10. The tag protectors were over priced and did not do the job right. The protector did not support the tags and one of them ripped my tag. I sent a letter in to the company explaining how the tag protector had ripped one of my tags. I received a letter from them and they said that many collects had complained about the price of the tags for what they did and that a new design was under way. When the new ones came out the price had come down by £1.00 and they were a lot stronger. Designs Every year new beanies are brought out; they usually bring out bears each time. The bears have good shape to them, but too many have been brought out. More than 60 of the same shaped bears have been brought into the shops each a different colour or has a badge sewn onto it. I am addicted to buying these bears even though they all look the same. I advise who do not collect the beanies not to start. 1st and 2
                  nd generation tags The beanies with these first tags on are worth more than the ones, which are been brought out nowadays. Only a few were brought out in these styles of tags. Present day tags Nowadays the tags been brought out have a shiny transfer on a star with either beanies or 2000 in the middle of the star. There has been some confusion between people over these two new tags. Many people thought that the tag with beanies wrote across the front would be rare and hard to find. At first it was until another load was shipped into the country. People are lead into buying these beanies as they suspect that they are rare. As soon as the thousands of people have bought the full set of supposedly rare beanies, they ship in another few thousand and restock the shelves. Exclusive beanies Every year TY brings out about 6 exclusive bears. These are the bears, which look exactly the same. These bears are only brought out in certain countries. E.g. Britannia and Buckingham bear are U.K. exclusives. These bears are brought out in some shops or on the internet for around £60 + then after a few months, the price and value of these beanies rapidly drop to around £30. TY is making people pay all this money extra when in a few months time the price will be less than half price. Buddie Bears The beanie bears are brought out in a bigger size than usual. These are called buddies. Not all of these beanie bears are brought out, only the ones, which were popular, when they were in the shops before. On the tush tags on the bottoms of the bears it gives the logo and says that the bear is made from tylon. The material in which they are made from is no different to the fur on other toy bears so why is this company aloud to make its own name up for a material which they have not made. This week another 8 beanies have come out.I have looked on the rye by post web page and the beanies look t
                  he same as past beanies. e.g. Mellow the bear is the same as last years Holiday 2000 bear. Mellow is a tye dyed multicoloured bear, where as Holiday 2000 bear was all white. Conclusion Do you think that Ty Warner is milking money from us collectors? Do you think this is not fair? Add your opinion to this article

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                    26.03.2001 02:37
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                    BEANIES Our whole family collects Ty Beanie Babies. We are totally hooked! It all started just over 3 ½ years ago. One of my email friends in America wanted a Britannia beanie baby. I did not know about beanie babies at the time and said that I would keep an eye out for them. About 6 months later, our daughter wanted to spend some of her Christmas money on some beanie babies. We popped into a Ty retailer’s shop in Southampton and there were rows upon row of beanie babies. She decided to choose Roary, the lion. I on a ledge of beanies behind the shop counter and there was Britannia! I asked if I could buy if for my friend, but was politely told that to get Britannia I had to buy 20 other beanies (non-bears). I asked why, and she said that all bears could only be purchased on a multi-buy scheme. You had to buy 10 ordinary animal beanies to be able to buy one bear. The first bear could not be Erin (Irish Bear) or Britannia (UK exclusive bear). We were recommended Mary Beth’s beanie baby magazine (now called Mary Beth’s beanbag Magazine, after legal action by Ty Inc.). This magazine highlighted all the different beanies and their values. Quickly flicking through, I found Britannia and its value… was £200 (now worth £25-£35 now though)! All I could see were pound signs and the noise of cash registers! A bit of mental calculations worked out that we could have 20 ordinary beanies plus 2 bears for about £112. We could then get multiples of Britannia and quickly flog them to our American cousins for £200 and make a tidy profit. We collectively decided that we would start collecting beanies – each having different motives! My girlfriend because she thought they were cute and adorable whilst mine was purely financial gain. When we finally managed get Britannia, I was told that I was not allowed to flog her! At that point in time, we were all, including the kids, hook on collecting. Ask the children to go for a walk or into shopping in to
                    wn, it would be “Ohhhhh…do we have to?” Ask them to go on a beanie hunt and you could walk them for miles! HOW MY COLLECTION STARTED I still remember my first beanie (sounds like the worther's advert) it was the end bear, £5 from roys of wroxam and ever since then I have bought at least 45/50 my step-mom is a trader so therefore they are easy accessible for me although aren't any cheaper (unfortunately). I recently purchased Ariel, U.S.A bear and Cashew. From rye-by post which I have mentioned previously in my other opinion. The bears I think are great to collect if you can find them in your local shops because they will only set you back at around a five a throw it's when they retire that they hit the big money and that is a big shame because a lot of beanie collectors are not in it for the money (at least I’m not anyway) and I think it's sad when you have kids who have their heart set on a bear that was £5 and all of a sudden it's worth £40. For those of them that are in it for the money then you have to be very careful not to damage the tush tag on the top of the bear, even a slight crease will devalue it by 70%, crazy really. Its a shame when I think back and all those missed opportunities that I had, to buy really rare ones like, the old bears and suchlike, I know that I came across them and wondered what they were, as I used to collect steiff bears I didn't pay a lot of attention to them but when the stieff bears got too dear I switched to TY beanies. Although this has almost proved just as pricey. Oh well nevermind I love them and that is all that matters to me. Winnie the pooh Disney bean bags I am a collector of winnie the pooh bean bags and enjoy collecting them I like the way there are new ones every week although this can be costly but that’s not the point. The colours are very nice and bright they also
                    have great detail to them. BUT MY ADVISE IS TO GO TO A CAR BOAT AND BUY THEM CHEAPER AT SECOND HAND Tag protectors There is only one kind of tag protector u can find for the beanies but there are two problems about this one is that the protectors are very dear and cost sixty pence each witch if u buy of the internet go up for postage and package. The other is that the tags change shape and size a lot so if u bought some then the tags changed there would be no point having them and this would be a waist of money. This is a great problem which I am shore is being sorted out as u read this. Boxes There is the same problem with boxes as tag protectors the sizes of the beanies vary so the boxes would be a waist of money unless u bought some that were quite big this would solve the problem. Boxes also cost a fortune but if u go to local car boat u would be shore to find some very cheep ones. If u would like any information or like to ask any question contact me at (kimberley_2k@hotmail.com)

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                      I have to admit that it was good old Ty that got me into this Internet world. About four years ago I saw a local news article regarding the Princess beanie baby and its connection with the late Princess Diana, and thought it was a lovely gesture. My mum collects bears, and I thought she would like a princess to go in her cabinet, and kept an eye out for the beanie babies when I went shopping. I went to Meadowhall one day, and there in a shop window was Princess! I ran in and they had some others too, so I bought two of each, as I had taken to them also. I then had to buy the magazine, as I didnt really know too much about the collecting side, and was startled to find how much these toys were worth! A few days later, I saw a poster in a local store advertising a local beanie fair, I just had to go! With beanies in hand me and my mother went along, excited as we hoped to find some of the rarer ones we had seen in the magazine. We weren't dissapointed! By this point we were truly addicted, and ina few months we were standing outside shops at 7:00 in the morning, stamping our feet with cold and trying to keep our place in the queue that was forming behind us ( all adults!) as we had heard a rumour that the shop was getting a delivery. This seemed quite normal behaviour to us at the time, looking back I guess we must have seemed quite mad to the shop assistant opening the doors! I then happened on a local Internet cafe, and soon found out I was a very little fish in a very big pond of like minded addicts! I started swapping my beanies with people all over the world, USA, Germany and Canada mainly, as these had beanies that we couldnt get over here. Then Ty made his big announcement, he was retiring all his beanies! Horror! What were we going to do??? The rumours started to escalate out of all proportion on the Internet ( by this time I had bought my own computer
                      and had square eyes!) and people were starting to get a little put out by Ty's way of dealing with the 'retirement'. It was then put to a vote by the collectors on the Net wether he should continue making beanie babies or not. Alot of collectors felt it was fixed, and even if it wasnt, who was going to pay to vote against making them? So Ty continued to make his beanies, but alot of collectors had finally seen the light. The only person truly getting rich on this 'collectible' was ty himself. As he made more and more, their value dropped and people got fed up, as they only wanted to collect somthing that was going to be of value in the future. I have stopped collecting them as I used to, I now only have the beanie kids and the odd beanie that they bring out that takes my fancy. I think as long as you only buy what you really really like, and are not interested in making money in the future, then enjoy your collecting. But if you are wanting to get rich quick, be careful. Many of the 'Limited editions' and other products sold as 'collectibles' are being manufactured in their thousands, and kept in pristine condition by thousands of collectors, so in years to come their will be thousands available in mint condition, and they will never become 'rare' or 'valuable'. The only reason things from the past are so valuable today is because children played with them and most got destroyed, the few which survived ( escpecially pre-war) are rare and deserve the prices that they fetch.

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                        I'm sure by now everyone has heard of beanies, almost everybody knows someone who collects them, or more importantly a child who treasures their favourite beanie, which has been put through the wash, and has that well loved look about it! OK! I admit it! I collect beanies, and do you know what? I enjoy it! In fact it’s almost an addiction - there was one stage back there where I just had to say "Enough". See, the thing is, I don’t collect just any old beanies, I collect the TY beanie baby bears, and if you have ever seen them for sale in the shops, you will know what I mean when I say "Ridiculous prices". Something which started off being toys for kids has now become a massive money making scheme for many adults, preying on those of us who just have to have that one for our collection. So what makes these little things so valuable? Well, the initial 9 beanies that were released are now worth an absolute fortune, as are the first 6 bears. This is because TY only made a small number of them and released them in the USA, this was before they became so popular. Over time, people decided to collect beanies and as the popularity grew, so did the prices. If you have a beanie, you will know that there are two tags - the hang tag and the tush tag. Both must be in "mint" condition for people to buy them, unless they are very hard to find beanies, and then people will accept them without hang tags. The tags can tell us a lot about the beanie - It's generation and consequently, it's worth. The older the beanie, the more you are likely to get for it. The older tush tags were just plain with the bears name on it, the more recent ones have holograms on them to reduce the number of counterfeits that are currently flooding the market. The latest hologram is heat sensitive. The hang tags are different for each generation, some have small stars in the corner, w
                        ith different things wrote throught them, eg. beanie babies, 2000 etc. The inside of the tag names the 3 main suppliers of beanies, and there will be a little poem specific to the bear, and a "birthday", making them ideal presents for anyone! Ty also releases "exclusive bears" to each country that they are sold in. This usually means that they sell on the internet for large amounts of money, as they cannot get them in their own country. Another thing that increases the price of these bears is if they are "retired". This means that the company will no longer make them to be sold, meaning that they are a lot harder to find. Sometimes they "retire" quickly, other times they are left on the shop shelves for months on end. Every so often, Mr Ty will release a new set of beanies and the rush is on to get the new ones. Some people just have to be the first to have them - aren’t there people like this in every walk of life? Then there are people like myself who have learnt to wait. In the end, the prices drop. Let me give you an example. Ty released a German exclusive bear called Germania. Now while Germans were meant to be able to buy this little thing for £5, many claimed that they could not find one for this price in the shops, but suddenly there was this lovely little bear sitting on e-bay, email trading lists and yahoo auctions for £60 +. I resigned myself to never getting germania - he was totally out of my reach, I would never pay that amount for a bear no matter how addicted I was. Gradually, ever so slowly his prices started to drop. People were stuck with Germanias that they couldn’t get rid of! In January of this year, I finally became the proud owner of a Germania bear for £10, so now I have a gorgeous bear, for 1/6th of the price some people paid for it. See this highlights one point of beanies, a bad point. There are people out there who ar
                        e willing to exploit others just to earn a quick buck. There have been many times that I have seen new releases in shops, rushed to the ATM to get some money to buy a special little bear, to come back to the shop and find one of three things has happened:- 1. There is a "buy six regular beanies to be allowed to buy the bear" offer on - this means £35 in total for a bear and six disgusting beanies that no one wants. 2. All of a sudden the bears have disappeared! Hmmm… out the back door most likely to the highest bidder. 3. The shop sells to the people that suck up to them enough, i.e. the people who have enough money to suck up! It got to the stage that just out of pure amusement that I would go into particular shops to ask what they wanted for them. I have found that it is much cheaper to buy from email lists where you can build up a good circle of friends who will help you find what you want for a decent enough price. Now, if I don’t get a bear, I don’t worry, there’s no way I will be able to afford them all, until people wise up and realise that they really are only pieces of material filled with little plastic balls. The most I will pay for a bear now is £20, and it would have to be a pretty impressive one at that! I bet that there are some people sitting there reading this, thinking "she’s either very sad or very crazy!", well maybe I’m a little bit of both, but it is something that I enjoy and they are something that I can keep, and with the constant new releases we are going to be kept on our toes for a while yet!

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                          10.12.2000 16:55
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                          It all started innocently enough... We went to visit a friend who had just moved into a new flat. Her home was situated next door to a sci-fi shop, so my other half went in for a wander and cash shortage lament. While waiting outside, I noticed a stack of cuddly toys sitting rather innocuously amongst the Dr. Who books and Star Trek figures. One of them appeared to be looking straight at me. Teddy bear lovers will know what I mean - that strange feeling when you go in a shop, and one particular toy seems to be mentally stretching out to you, begging you to take it home. Believe me, in a heap of apparently identical bears, you will find YOURS - one with a certain expression or twinkle in its eye... Anyway, don't worry about me, I'm getting help for it ! <grin> So, there was this cuddly dog which looked a lot like my pet dog, Katy, who is a Jack Russell / Chihuahua cross (= playful + noisy > annoyed neighbours + phobic postie). I went into the shop and looked at the toy, which was a TY beanie called Tiny the Chihuahua. Checking the price tag, I saw it was only £4.99 - so went over to find my other half admidst sparkly Daleks and flashing Police Boxes. After much eye fluttering and veiled threats, said other half opened Superglued wallet and parted with hard-earned cash, to make love of his life very happy and eternally grateful. So a new hobby was born and a new overdraft limit was smashed. The next beanie I got was called Slowpoke, this was a gift from my other half - aww, how sweet, I thought - the opened the tag to discover it was a SLOTH !! Okay, I admit it, I would not be nominated for Super-Housewife of the Year (decade / century), but a sloth ! Huh !! He made amends on Mothers' Day, April 2nd. My three daughters presented me with three beautifully wrapped TY Attic Treasures - a lovely old-fashioned looking jointed bear, a cat in a velvet jumpsuit, and a b
                          ear in a swimming costume complete with rubber ring ! By then, I was just so slightly addicted. Let's just say, I am familiar with all the TY retailers in the south-west ! A trip to see a Steps concert in Manchester became a 'let's visit all the motorway service stations to look for this beanie', as did a visit to see my baby sister in Lincoln, adding an extra hour onto the journey ! Eleven months after beginning this hobby, I have over 230 TY products in my collection. Is there no hope ? Probably not. Okay, sorry for the interruption, back to the original review ... TY beanie babies are a wonderful thing to collect, as there are many different ranges you can buy, which cover a wide price range and are suitable for any ages. The beanie babies are usually around £5 each, covering various animals, but with the bears being the most collectable. There are new beanies being introduced regularly and plenty of older, rarer ones to try to get hold of, as well as beanies that are exclusive to certain countries. There are also beanie Kids (soft dolls) and TY Gear (outfits for them), beanie buddies (larger cuddly toys, around £10 each), Attic Treasures (older looking soft toys, often wearing costumes and jointed) and Baby Ty for babies, which are soft, large animals with a rattle inside for around £10 each. It is a lovely hobby which can involve all the family. It is great value for money too, as the toys are very well made and look lovely on display, but children can cuddle them too and there really is something for everyone.

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                            28.11.2000 18:04
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                            Beanie babies have become in recent years highly collectable toys, with some fetching prices in the £1000's. Beanies are the creation of Ty, they are small animals and bears which are filled with small beans. Their authenticity is identified by two different tags: · a tush tag - a small label style tag on their bum · a hang tag a heart shaped tag hanging from the ear or head Beanies are widely available, and can be found in toyshops throughout the UK usually at reasonable prices. However most of these shops only sell recent Beanies and getting hold of retired beanies can be more of a problem. On Clerk Street in Edinburgh there is a shop, which sells many retired beanies at reasonable prices. Also you can buy online through auctions, shops The cost is dependent on the individual toy, the most widely available beanies can be picked up for as little as £4 - £5 and the most expensive will cost anywhere up to £3000. One of my favourite beanies is Humphrey the Camel, unfortunately he would cost me around a £1000 to buy. If you are buying beanies as collector's items it is important that you look after them. It is important that the tag remains intact and undamaged otherwise there value will be greatly reduced, tag protectors can be purchased from Ty shops. You can also buy display cases for them or you can place hang tag covers on them. A final word of advice is not to let your other half know the value of your stuffed toy collection, if like Me you collect beanie babies because you love them and have become quite attached to them with no intention of selling them? This can cause annoyance amongst boyfriends.

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                              21.11.2000 08:28
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                              Well, I was an active buyer of Beanie Babies and I almost became addicted to those little furry animals.I always seem to buy two of the same kind of animals, one Ty and one generic brand for my little girl to play with. Some Beanies we're way to expensive to let little ones or anyone play with them.They are the ones you put up in storage.I never thought I'd be that way towards plush animals.But I kind of got attached to them. One of my favorite collection of Beanie Babies are my Harley Davidson Sets.They have real leather jackets and boots and just adorable.I have whisper the deer and many, many more that I have acquired over the years. The only bad thing about collecting high price ones you need somewhere like a glass case to keep them clean and dust free.That can get pretty expensive if you have very many beanie babies.

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                              04.11.2000 18:54
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                              Yet another way in which to cash-in on the Pokemon phenomenon - and why not! I'm not exactly a fan of this Pokemon thing or th beanie craze either and it is not exactly a surprise that the two should come together in this way and produce yet another outlet for both to cash-in on their popularity. The Pokemon beanies are exactly as you would expect. Soft, cuddly toys which are well made and harmless and your kids will love them. Recently I have seen two of these 'delightful little beasties'(he says with heavy sarcasm) up close - the Pickachu beanie and the Polywhorl beanie. The Pikachu beanie is cute and inoffensive and the kids will love it - in fact they'll love anything Pokemon, but this has the added advantage of being something which is hard wearing and not about to break - or break something else. The resemblence to Pickachu may be somewhat passing, colouration is a little suspect, but then this doesn't seem to matter too much. Buy one of these and your kids will love you for it - and they're cheap too. The only problem is that the Pickachu beanie is one of the most popular so you may have trouble finding one - but then there are loads of others to choose from so where's the problem? Find out your kid's favourites and purchase that one instead. I don't know whether this poliwhirl would be my own personal choice as it looks incredibly strange - more like a target to aim at than a cuddly toy - but if this is your child's favourite Pokemon then so be it. If you buy it they'll love it and they're cheap to so for a couple of dollars you can see their faces light up with joy - unless of course they are that millionth child that actually does not like Pokemon... Overall, they're cuddly toys AND they're Pokemon so you really can't fail to please when you buy one - so erm...buy one...lol.

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