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  • Hardcover
  • 260
  • The Great Beanie Baby Bubble
  • Zac Bissonnette
  • en
  • 24 November 2020
  • 9781591846024

Zac Bissonnette ☆ 6 Read

Characters ↠ The Great Beanie Baby Bubble 106 Thanks to collectorsThe end of the craze was just as swift and extremely devastating with rare Beanie Babies deemed worthless as uickly as they'd once been deemed pricelessBissonnette draws on hundreds of intervi. Ostensibly this is the story of the strange period of time between 1996 and 1999 when adults turned a child s toy into currency but it is just as much an examination of the nature of a fad and the people who create themBeanie Babies were plush stuffed animals which had the then uniue characteristic of being understuffed and filled in key places with pellets which made them easy to pose Available in a variety of colors and animal characters the toys were slow to pick up interest That lag time gave the toy company s founder Ty Warner time to tweak his models which resulted in certain toys changing color or other attributes eg spots and mouths The fact that Warner insisted on his products being sold in small venues like gift shops and specialty toy shops and eschewed big box retailers like Toys R Us and Wal Mart meant that when his toys did become popular there was a built in scarcity That made it a logical fit as a secondary market collectible as much as anyone can apply the word logic to collectiblesTy Warner was is a highly focused businessman who obsessed over the tiniest details of his creations He like many other successful entrepreneurs also had a finely honed gut feel for what worked for his audience It s not a surprise that someone with his skills could create a high uality toy that would appeal to children and adults alike But Warner s story is only part of what made Beanie Babies a cultural phenomenon the early adopters in the Chicago area were the ones who not only evangelized the toys but also created and then reinforced the idea of rare editions and first started treating the toys like a kind of currency However it might be fair to say that Beanie Babies didn t really take off as a fad until they authors both traditional and self published started producing guides that listed the current and projected values of the toysWhile this wasn t the first bubble the sudden popularity of the internet and the World Wide Web made it possible for this to reach peak popularity much uickly Not only did Ty Inc use its website in ways its much larger competitors hadn t thought of yet to reinforce the personality of the brand it also benefited from the second market trading that was taking place on eBayBissonnette does an impressive job of putting together the history of the toy the ensuing craze and the not always stable people involved but it s his discussion of overall market behavior that makes this a worthwhile read Hint if you think this story is reminiscent of the housing or Dot Com bubbles you might be onto something Even if you walk away without a clear understanding of the economics behind a craze you ll get a glimpse into a surprisingly fascinating moment in American history

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Characters ↠ The Great Beanie Baby Bubble 106 In the annals of consumer crazes nothing compares to Beanie Babies With no advertising or big box distribution creator Ty Warner an eccentric college dropout become a billionaire in just three years And it was all. 350 Stars For some reason I get random cravings for nonfiction books every once in a while When this book popped up on my feed I kept thinking about it While I was aware of the Beanie craze I was of the sidelines when it happened and I never truly understood why So I figured this might be an interesting readI had recently turned 14 and had just started at a new school Suddenly I was around all these new kids and I uickly developed my first girl crush at least my first girl crush that wasn t on Sarah Michelle Geller or another celebrity on a girl named Jennifer I remember being so excited the first time I got invited to Jennifer s house I walked into a formal dining room with a giant table that was covered with Beanie Babies so many with no room to spare I remember asking Jen just what is all this Well I soon found out after Jen s mother entered the room that this collection of plush toys was much Jen s mother s collection than her own What are these animals that had mom s going crazy Well let s just say I learned a lot about Beanies being Jennifer s friend and wanting to make a good impression on her mother of course But even being Jennifer s friend and even getting a few Beanies as gifts I still never truly understood the obsession This book was very informative While Ty himself only spoke a few words to the author he was able to talk to the people closest to Ty many of his employees and the biggest of collectors Bissonnette was really able to lay out just how the craze happened how people got carried away how it became all about the money and not the kids and finally how and when the bubble burst I feel like now I finally understand at least than I ever did and that s what I wanted out of reading this bookThe biggest thing to take away from this book is that Ty Warner is a flaming asshole I felt so badly for exes family members ex employees and even children he should have been a second father too He treated people like crap and got away with it This book is definitely frustrating in parts While this book is well reported and well written the 350 rating is about my enjoyment and it s hard at times to enjoy a book about an asshole There were also a few times that I thought the book dragged and I did think it ran a little long in the end but I would say it s a slightly above average non fiction read If you were like me and didn t understand the Beanie craze or even if you got a bit wrapped up into it I think you would find this interesting This book really portrays the craze well including the biggest players and behind the scenes of what really went on

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Characters ↠ The Great Beanie Baby Bubble 106 Ews including a visit to a man who lives with his 40000 Ty products and an in prison interview with a guy who killed a coworker over a Beanie Baby debt for the first book on the most extraordinary craze of the 199. Beanie Babies were originally intended as fun playthings for children but as the old saying goes Whenever you have something intended as innocent fun for children you can count on adults to turn it into an obsessive grotesuely over commercialised hobby with the same whimsy content as the Bataan Death March This is the story of the Beanie Baby craze small understuffed plush animals that were produced largely throughout the 1990s When author Zac Bissonnette approached creator Ty Warner at a Toy Fair a few years ago about getting his side of the story for this book the notoriously private Warner told him that he d only give a one sided story so he should go elsewhere Well go elsewhere he did Zac talked to Ty s ex girlfriends his sister employees friends and even high school classmates The product of Zac s research is a book I couldn t put down a tale of two women named Becky who became rich beyond their wildest dreams after bulk buying 5 toys of the people whose obsession bankrupted them of the 64 year old man who shares his house with his eually obsessed daughter and thousands of Beanies of the soap star who spent over 100000 on a collection that s now worthless of the women who loved Ty but really got nothing in return of the upper level employees he treated with disdain of the warehouse workers he treated like royalty of the man who went to prison over a Beanie deal gone wrong of perfection obsession bankruptcy death but mostly of an exceptionally eccentric Willy Wonka esue man who wanted to be the owner of the biggest smartest most successful toy company out there I loved this book It s one of the most captivating things I ve read in years Inside the Titanic A Giant Cut away Book Giant Cutaway Book understuffed plush animals that were produced largely throughout the 1990s When author Zac Bissonnette approached creator Ty Warner at a Toy Fair a few years ago about getting his side of the story for this book the notoriously private Warner told him that he d only give a one sided story so he should go elsewhere Well go elsewhere he did Zac talked to Ty s ex girlfriends his sister employees friends and even high school classmates The product of Zac s research is a book I couldn t put down a tale of two women named Becky who became rich beyond their wildest dreams after bulk buying 5 toys of the people whose obsession bankrupted them of the 64 year old man who shares his house with his eually obsessed daughter and thousands of Beanies of the soap star who spent over 100000 on a collection that s now worthless of the women who loved Ty but really got nothing in return of the Ni bestias ni dioses upper level employees he treated with disdain of the warehouse workers he treated like royalty of the man who went to prison over a Beanie deal gone wrong of perfection obsession bankruptcy death but mostly of an exceptionally eccentric Willy Wonka esue man who wanted to be the owner of the biggest smartest most successful toy company out there I loved this book It s one of the most captivating things I ve read in years