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Where do you sell Beanie Babies?

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Where Can I Sell My Beanie Babies?

You’re probably here because you’ve been decluttering and come across boxes and boxes of your old Beanie Babies. Or maybe you’ve inherited a whole bunch and wondering what to do with them now.

Hopefully this article can help a little with that.

Do I buy Beanie Babies?

I get asked a lot whether I buy Beanie Babies, either individually or as bundles. Unfortunately, I neither have the space or resources to buy Beanie Babies in bundles. I also tend to buy on an ad hoc basis so sadly, I am currently unable to buy individual Beanie Babies from you. I would suggest using one of the selling methods below as they really would be the best ways to try and sell your Beanie Babies.

Where DO you sell Beanie Babies?

This question comes up very frequently, so I thought maybe this article could be of help to people looking to sell their Beanie Baby collections, however they’ve managed to acquire them.

There are various platforms to sell them and I will go through them all below.

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eBay

Probably one of the most popular choices to try and sell your Beanie Babies would be to sell them on eBay.

The process is relatively easy to list them and as long as you send them with adequate tracking information, you will have protection if you use PayPal.

One of the best ways to sell larger collections on eBay would be to separate the Beanie Babies into bundles by category. For example, smaller bundles of bears, sea creatures or jungle animals might be your best bet.

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I have to stress that you MUST use a tracked form of shipping when using eBay as if something goes wrong, PayPal tend to side with the buyer if you cannot provide tracking information.

One of the downsides with selling on eBay is there are selling fees. However, the extra protection from PayPal, providing you use tracked postage, may make it worth it.

Facebook Groups

Another place to look into would be selling them through the various Facebook “buy and sell” groups, especially those specifically centred around selling Beanie Babies.

Please be aware though that the majority of Beanie Babies are common, are hard to sell and will only sell for a few dollars, so it may be best to sell in bundles.

Ensure you thoroughly research the value of your Beanie Babies before selling as if you attempt to sell too high (like the ridiculously high, fake inflated values in some clickbait articles you tend to come across on the internet), the group members will point this out to you. Some people will be less friendly than others in telling you (sadly truthfully) that the Beanie Baby you are trying to sell is not worth that much.

A great way to find out how to determine the value a Beanie Baby before posting them up would be to read my guide on using eBay as a basis for the current “sold” values. You can find it here.

Some Facebook groups are friendlier than others, so join a few and scope out the vibe of the group first.

Selling Beanie Babies

Facebook Marketplace

You can also sell on Facebook Marketplace. This is usually best for selling to those in your area, although you can also choose to deliver if you wish.

If selling on Facebook Marketplace, make sure to insist on PayPal if shipping (using Goods and Services protects both parties). If selling locally, you could sell via collection only with cash on collection. That way, the buyer knows they will get their Beanies and you know you will get your money.

Remember to price your Beanies accordingly before selling and bundles may sell better than individual Beanie Babies.

Be prepared though that sometimes your Beanie Babies may sit unsold for a long period if they aren’t particularly sought after.

Yard Sales

Having a clear out? What better way to sell your Beanie Babies than at a yard sale?!

That way your Beanie Babies are in plain sight of people already looking to pick up a bargain and there will be no shipping fees!

Selling Beanie Babies

Car Boot Sale/Flea Market

For the same reasons as a yard sale, your Beanie Babies will be visually available to those looking for an impulse buy.

The only downside is that there may be ground fees for your pitch.

Etsy

Primarily a website for selling handmade items, Etsy also allows you to sell vintage items, which includes Beanie Babies!

However, there are listing and selling fees involved, so check the value of your Beanie Babies before listing as it may not be worth it.

I hope this article is useful for you. If there are any other selling platforms you have used and would recommend, leave a comment below!

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What are my Beanie Babies worth?

Monday, June 1st, 2020

I get a lot of questions asking what Beanie Babies are worth. The answer to this is…it depends.

As a general rule, Beanie Babies with 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation hang tags (the heart shaped tag) have the most value (for more information on hang tags, see my tag generation guide). If the tag has anything other than the word “Ty” (a yellow star, Beanie Babies, Beanies, etc), then it is probably worth around $1-5, but there are exceptions to that rule.

For example, there are some Beanie Babies that are worth a lot (e.g. Chef Robuchon), who were released in limited quantities, thus making them rare and valuable.

However, there are some very misleading articles out there on the internet (most notably the article in the Cosmopolitan) that claim Rainbow is worth about $50,000 and a Valentino with a tag error is worth $100,000! That simply isn’t true. These articles are pure click-bait and completely misleading (and downright frustrating for collectors).

Just to clarify, Rainbow is one of the most common Beanie Babies available, and Valentino, even with a tag error, was so mass-produced that he is worth no more than a Valentino Beanie Baby with the tag spelled correctly. The only Valentino bears worth more than a few dollars are those with a 2nd or 3rd generation swing tag, and even these aren’t worth anywhere near $100,000!

There are no Beanie Babies worth these silly prices being quoted. Ever.

So what are Beanie Babies really worth?

As with anything, Beanie Babies are only worth what someone is willing to pay, but there are ways of finding out what a Beanie Baby is currently selling for.

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How to find out what a Beanie Baby is worth?

One of the simplest ways to find this out is to go to eBay, type in the name of the Beanie you’re looking for followed by “beanie baby“. For example, we’ll search for how much Rainbow is actually worth.

First, we’ll type “rainbow beanie baby” into the search box, which I’ve highlighted in red.

How to find out the value of Beanie Babies

You’ll see below that there are Rainbow Beanie Babies that are on sale for extortionate amounts, claiming they have “errors” and they are “rare”. Ignore these listings. This is what people are trying to sell them for, not what they actually sold for.

On the left, scroll down the filters until you come to “Sold items“. Click on it and it will highlight this and “Completed items“.

What is the value of my Beanie Babies?

This will bring up a new list of results. What things actually sold for.

Wow those prices are high! I must have a rare Beanie Baby!

Hold fire! Before you get too excited, the majority of those high value sales are fake!

I usually look at the lowest amount that a Beanie Baby has sold for as there are fake bidders who will bid their own item up in value to gain interest and these can sometimes show up in the sold listings, creating a false impression of what a Beanie Baby is worth.

Next, click on the box on the right that says “Ended recently” and change this to “Lowest price + P&P“.

How much are my Beanie Babies worth?

As you can see in the picture below, this changes things completely. The Rainbow Beanie Babies that were going for $1000 or more change to around $1-5. This is Rainbow’s true value.

How much is my Rainbow Beanie Baby?

Here are a few more listings so you get a good idea…

How much is Rainbow Beanie Baby worth?

What about other Ty product lines?

This method can certainly be used for any Ty product. Just replace the word “beanie baby” for “beanie boo“, “attic treasure“, “ty classic” or whatever product line you’re searching for.

Click here to go to eBay US to find out how much your Beanie Baby is worth

Alternatively, you can also use the same method for eBay in the UK. Just follow the same instructions on eBay UK to get the value of your Beanie Baby in GBP(£).

Click here to go to eBay UK to find out how much your Beanie Baby is worth

I hope you find this article useful. Happy searching!