questionswhat do i do will all of my beanie babies?

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Unless I'm missing something, they're worth nothing. Touchpads on the other hand...

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They are worth something to the right person. Unfortunately, the right person already has all of them.

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I just gave mine to some little girls at my moms church. They love the hell out of them and they were still in good shape since I just waited to let them increase in value. They are for the most part, worthless at this point so you may as well give them to someone who will thoroughly enjoy them.

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I gave mine to a friend who went on a mission trip. Then again, I had bought them as toys for my kids rather than as an investment. I kept the couple that meant the most and gave the rest away.

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Probably the same thing my husband does with his Hot Wheels collection...drag them around for years in hopes someday they become popular again :-)

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@ohcheri: Classic cars never drop in value. lol

I still had about 5-6 sets new in the packages when my son was 2. We opened them and gave them to him. They're solid (not like most of the cars today) and they're holding up really well compared to the other cars

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@capguncowboy: My husband got his first Hot Wheel at age 5 and is still happy 35+ years later when he finds a cool car. I bet he has thousands.

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Sew them together into one giant beanie baby abomination. That's what I'd do with them anyway.

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Tear them up and make a cool beanie baby carcass bean bag chair.

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You should buy all mine and vastly increase your collection's worth.

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I acquired a bunch of them back in elementary school not as any sort of investment, but because they were cute. And I still have them on display in my room (I'm 24 now) because while they may not be worth anything, they're still cute.

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Basically the only ones that really have value are the teddy bears. You can try selling on eBay.

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@zuiquan: /pictures Akira-like beanie baby monster

/cries

@drewskidooo: I say put them in a box with your Pound Puppies.

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@ohcheri: Some of the older Hot Wheels do have value (although nothing to get rich over). I've seen them sell for $20 or $30 (but only certain ones, of course). Perhaps in another twenty years...

Beanie Babies, on the other hand, were so mass produced as to ensure that none of them retain value. I have some around here, somewhere, that were produced as marketing gimmicks for software companies, and those have long outlasted the companies that they "represented" (at the time). Well, except for the platypus (http://www.platt.com/), but then, they're not selling software.

Aren't flying monkeys just the natural evolution of beanie babies?

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Take the stuffing out of them, sew them together to make clothing, and wear it to a PETA rally

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My wife had a tax client couple and was discussing retirement planning with them. The husband jumped in with, "I have our retirement taken care of." His wife asked how. He said "My Matchbox collection, of course!" The wife gave him an exasperated look and kept on talking to my wife about actually planning for retirement.

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@ohcheri: I used to work at Walmart years ago when I was just out of highschool. I normally worked electronics, but every once in a while, I was asked to go "straighten" the toy aisle. The hotwheels cars were most definitely haunted. You could straighten the entire section and leave the aisle for a few minutes, come back and it was a total wreck again. So one night I stood at the end of the aisle to see what was causing such a mess. Apparently, full grown men 50+ years old would come raid the aisles on regular occasion. They would be looking for not only certain cars, but of those cars, they had to have a certain type of wheel. I had no clue there were different wheels, but he explained it to me.

To this day, I still look for the "more valuable" cars when my son and I go into the aisle looking for cars for him to play with. We don't collect them, but he has a few hundred nowadays. What fun is a toy if you don't play with it?

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two words: shooting range.

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@ohcheri: If you live in or ever visit Los Angeles, take him to the Petersen Automotive Museum, they have a Hot Wheels exhibit with over a thousand on display.
http://www.petersen.org/default.cfm?docid=1059

I used to collect Pokemon cards... another worthless fad! I think I misplaced them too, oh well.

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@journeyloaded: Very cool, thank you! I worked in a book store when the Pokemon fad was at it's peak, insane! Missed the Magic card craze but we still carried some for the die hard fans.

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What I ended up using them for is decorating a Christmas tree. This is a great big deal for me cause I have cats and don't need to worry about them breaking ornament. If they get knock off just stick them back up there. Children who visit love this tree and I have enough of the beanie babies I can have a bear, a cat or dog tree. Also can use just the color as a theme all red, or white or whatever color that appeals to you. Great thing is when you pack up the beanie's just throw in a bag or a tub and you don't have to worry about breakage.

I collected way too much of these when they were popular and spent way too much money on these not to find someway to make use of them.