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(The Sun)   Family goes bankrupt after spending £65k on. A) Charities. B) Cancer treatment. C) Beanie babies   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 111
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2013-07-25 02:51:35 AM  
CraicBaby:I did a quick Google search and someone is trying to sell the Princess Diana one for $100K on eBay. Good luck with that.

Ah, that purple Princess Diana bear.  I remember seeing news items about how each store only got 12 of them per shipment, and hundreds of people would show up on the day of the delivery.  Most stores would sell tickets and raffle them off.

During the middle of this craziness, I went into a Finnegan's one day with my dad.  There were their twelve super-desirable Princess Diana bears lined up on the shelf.  So I walked up, grabbed one, took it to the counter and bought it.  The next day on the news, there was yet another story about people mobbing a store to buy one of these so-rare bears.  I laughed and laughed.

Don't know what ever happened to that bear.  Can't really bring myself to care, either.
 
2013-07-25 02:56:30 AM  

Lachwen: CraicBaby:I did a quick Google search and someone is trying to sell the Princess Diana one for $100K on eBay. Good luck with that.

Ah, that purple Princess Diana bear.  I remember seeing news items about how each store only got 12 of them per shipment, and hundreds of people would show up on the day of the delivery.  Most stores would sell tickets and raffle them off.

During the middle of this craziness, I went into a Finnegan's one day with my dad.  There were their twelve super-desirable Princess Diana bears lined up on the shelf.  So I walked up, grabbed one, took it to the counter and bought it.  The next day on the news, there was yet another story about people mobbing a store to buy one of these so-rare bears.  I laughed and laughed.

Don't know what ever happened to that bear.  Can't really bring myself to care, either.


Here's the link. There's some others listed below it. It's funny because there's one with a Buy It Now price of $30K, and then immediately below that one is one going for $9.95. There are a lot of delusional people out there.
 
2013-07-25 03:05:22 AM  

Fano: Dwight_Yeast: TastyEloi: They probably WILL make a comeback and vintage Beanie Babies will be worth a fortune--exactly six months after this family has tossed all theirs in the garbage can.

Unlikely; some  things were just so heavily over-sold that they'll never be worth money.  Look at the collecting crazes of the 1970s (beer cans, vintage bottles, "collectible" plates) and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Basically, anything specifically marketed as "collectible" is going to bubble and become valueless.

Want to put your money into something that will increase in value?  Buy something common today that no one saves but everyone will want in a couple decades.

Collecting for profit is a suckers game. Collect things you like and be pleased when you collection turns out to be worth something.

People collect the insulators off telephone poles, for Pete's sake


My grandma collects those, and R.S. Prussia sugar bowls.
 
2013-07-25 03:10:24 AM  

CraicBaby: Lachwen: CraicBaby:I did a quick Google search and someone is trying to sell the Princess Diana one for $100K on eBay. Good luck with that.

Ah, that purple Princess Diana bear.  I remember seeing news items about how each store only got 12 of them per shipment, and hundreds of people would show up on the day of the delivery.  Most stores would sell tickets and raffle them off.

During the middle of this craziness, I went into a Finnegan's one day with my dad.  There were their twelve super-desirable Princess Diana bears lined up on the shelf.  So I walked up, grabbed one, took it to the counter and bought it.  The next day on the news, there was yet another story about people mobbing a store to buy one of these so-rare bears.  I laughed and laughed.

Don't know what ever happened to that bear.  Can't really bring myself to care, either.

Here's the link. There's some others listed below it. It's funny because there's one with a Buy It Now price of $30K, and then immediately below that one is one going for $9.95. There are a lot of delusional people out there.


Hahaha!  Oh god...oh god, I cannot stop laughing.  You are right, there are some  seriously delusional people out there.

I think the funniest are the ones being touted as having "RARE VINTAGE PVC PELLETS."  If the internet had smell-o-vision, I'm pretty sure that link would reek of denial and desperation.
 
2013-07-25 07:58:06 AM  
They seem sane compared to Cabbage Patch Kids nutjobs.
 
2013-07-25 08:44:32 AM  
At first I felt compelled to apologise for the stupidity of my fellow countrymen, but now, fark 'em, idiotic wankers.
 
2013-07-25 10:23:20 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: TastyEloi: They probably WILL make a comeback and vintage Beanie Babies will be worth a fortune--exactly six months after this family has tossed all theirs in the garbage can.

Unlikely; some  things were just so heavily over-sold that they'll never be worth money.  Look at the collecting crazes of the 1970s (beer cans, vintage bottles, "collectible" plates) and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Basically, anything specifically marketed as "collectible" is going to bubble and become valueless.

Want to put your money into something that will increase in value?  Buy something common today that no one saves but everyone will want in a couple decades.



Like a 110 camera......
..... WITH flash!
 
2013-07-25 10:24:31 AM  

CaptSS: Hopefully they will be able to sell them all and get enough money to buy some limited edition Franklin Mint dinner plates.


Remember: Not all plates go up in value; some go down.
 
2013-07-25 11:10:33 AM  

rfenster: Probably this girl's boyfriend.....

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Wow. You either are an 11 year old girl, have an 11 year old girl, or date an 11 year old girl.

/I'm the middle one.
 
2013-07-25 02:44:45 PM  
I don't blame this guy. It was the predatory Beanie Baby Sellers who are at fault.
 
2013-07-25 10:04:00 PM  

serialsuicidebomber: Like a 110 camera......
..... WITH flash!


Sadly, no.  I see even century-old Brownie box cameras go for nothing these days.

Now, if you were to set out to collect every 110 camera ever made, you may end up with some that are actually worth some money.

Along similar lines, there was a nurse who collected vintage bedpans (which are likewise generally impossible to get rid of).  She collected them because no one else did, and ended up with a couple thousand different examples. When she finally went to sell the collection, there was a lot of interest in it, as no one else had ever amassed such a complete collection of bedpans.
 
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