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Beanie Babies collection value. I have bunch of beanie

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Beanie Babies collection value. I have bunch of beanie babies from first generation to 4th generation. I got all these from my grandma's garage. They all have tags on it and look like new. I checked online and found out some news said the ones retired and have more errors on the tag, worth much more money. I want to know
1) What are the value of my collection; I don't want to trust ebay because they are not reliable.
2) Where can I sell this collections? Any stores?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 7 months ago.

Hello Vienna,

My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help.

How many Beanie Babies in your collection?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
About 50
Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 7 months ago.

Beanie Babies were quite the craze in the late eighties and early nineties, but it was a manufactured popularity. The company manipulated the market by holding back production and announcing they had made errors, thus driving people to collect because they thought these items would be increasing in value.

Today, you can see piles of Beanie Babies at flea markets and garage sales, offered for "peanuts".

If all yours are in perfect condition with perfect tags, the current retail (replacement or insurance) value of your collection is approximately $500. If you were to sell it, you could expect to get the fair market (private sale or auction) value of approximately 40% of the retail amount or $200, depending on location and actual condition.

I hope this answer has been helpful to you, Vienna.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hi Juith,May i ask you where exactly i can sell these?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Also, i have lots other items like old coins. Are you familiar with coins?
Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 7 months ago.

Hi Vienna,

If you want to sell the entire collection at once, do it locally. You can advertise on craigslist.com (free) or in your local newspaper. You can also post a notice on the bulletin board at your local supermarket. If none of that nets you a sale, try Ebay. It is a worldwide market.

No, I'm not an expert in coins.

Expert:  Judith-on-Antiques replied 7 months ago.

Hi Vienna,

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