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So those beanie babies that were shoved under my bed for ooooh…15 years.
I told you guys I was going to get rid of them, and lots of you recommended donating them to various hospitals and charities. I’m still doing that, but I made a last ditch effort to sell some of them too. It’s kind of like selling your clothes to Plato’s Closet before donating the rest. You feel like kind of selfish for not just donating them all right away, but you know that there is no way it will ALL get bought so you’ll have plenty to donate anyway.
I really wouldn’t have bothered trying to sell them except that my older brother talked about it so much. He was CERTAIN we could get some decent money on them on Ebay. Every time my parents brought them up (which was pretty much every family holiday when we were all in one place and they could remind us that we had a bunch of junk cluttering the house) John would say, “Ebay! I’m telling you! Ebay!”
Of course he never bothered to sell them himself. And somehow they ended up under my bed. So now that I’m back in St. Louis and trying to be a good daughter that is ever so grateful for being allowed to live at home, it fell into my lap to get rid of the beanie babies. I knew that putting them on Ebay would be a huge pain, but I just couldn’t resist giving it a shot after all the talk it got.
It was so obnoxious. I had to go through them all and figure out which had tags and which didn’t. I researched what beanie babies were even worth and which ones were special. I learned more about beanie babies than anyone needs to know. And what I basically learned was: they aren’t worth a thing.
But nonetheless, I divided them into coherent groups (16 dogs, 12 cats, 5 holiday themes etc), took their pictures, made up seemingly reasonable prices, and put them up for sale.
I got one bid the first day. 99 cents for a set of 7. This wasn’t going to go well.
I was checking every two hours the first few days, and then decided that it was going to drive me crazy and I was better off ignoring it until the week was up. Then, on the last day, I started getting emails. People were buying them! Sure it was only $5.00 for a set of 8, but with the $2.75 in shipping that was almost $10. I was getting rich.
HA. I ended up selling over half of them, some for as much as $15 but others for the minimum 99 cents. And yes I required the buyers to pay $2.75 for shipping, but by the time I bought boxes and paid for shipping I definitely lost money on the deal.
So today I shipped off 8 packages of beanie babies. I have a few that my mom is going to donate to an auction, and a few we are sending my little niece. Many, though, will be donated to a hospital and hopefully the sick kids will love having a new cuddly toy.
I’m happy I put them on Ebay. My family now has the satisfaction of giving it a try after all these years. But next time, it’s straight to the donation drop box.
- Have you ever sold something on Ebay?