You know them, you had them, you hated them – Beanie Babies were a craze in the 90s, selling out in Hallmark and toys stores around the world in hopes that one day, they would be a gold mine. At least that’s what the original point of them was. Today, no one really cares about them anymore.
Ironically last month, Ty Warner, the creator of the 90s craze of stuffed animals, was charged with – dun dun dunnnnn – tax evasion. He allegedly kept $93 million in a secret offshore account at the United Bank of Switzerland (because, neutrality?) between 1996 and 2002, at the height of Beanie Baby popularity. In 2002, he failed to pay upwards of $1.2 million owed on the $3.1 million in income made through investments in the Swiss account. The guy has to pay more than $53 million in civil penalties and could also be in the clinker for a max of five years.
Welp. Looks like the Beanie Babies creator isn’t a billionaire like he thought he would be. And neither are the owners of hundreds of BB who had hoped they would be worth a fortune in the future. Now people are just trying to get rid of the damn things that are taking up too much space in their kids’ rooms. Mama just wants a new home gym, amirite ladies?
I am totally guilty of having a collection of these cute critters, and even had one of those books that listed all the available beanies, and I would check them off as I added them to my plethora of furry friends. I have no idea where they are now or what my mother has done with them, but I do know that I cannot be the only one who has a handful of these stored in my parents’ house.
In fact, there are people who are willing to let go of these items that still, one day, could be worth thousands of dollars (jk, these will never be worth anything frreal). Here are a few collectibles I found on eBay. Just try and guess how much these folks are selling them for. Whether it be too high or too low, either way, these things are too ridiculous for anyone to purchase at all.
CHOCOLATE THE MOOSE
(highlight the space between the arrows or click on the pic for the actual price!)
>>> $1.98 <<<
FLUTTER THE BUTTERFLY
>>> $89.89 <<<
Teddy with Old Face
>>> $149.00 <<<
>>> $1.99 <<<
Eucalyptus the Koala
>>> $19.99 <<<
>>> $350.00 <<<
Nibbles the Guinea Pig
Digger the Orange Crab
Pinata the Bear
And now it’s time to guess which one of these RARE Princess Diana bears costs more than the other!
On is listed as $9.90, the other $350,000.00
The answer is….
>>>>>>> A) $350,000.00 & B) $9.90 <<<<<<<
For fuck’s sake they are the EXACT same thing.