Ed 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 ind 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 it possible for this to reach 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 The mom and pop shop that sold these things in my hometown was staffed by two ugly old bitches who hoarded them and only sold to their hag friends breaking my brothers heart
as he fumbled to build a collection I take solace in the fact that they probably he fumbled to build a collection I take solace in the fact that they probably a fortune by jumping on that bandwagon when it reached Medicine Hat Alberta long after the Chicago soccer mums made it big To those twats I say See you next Tuesday you twisted trolls I hope that ratchet Diana bear was worth the tears of my sweet brown eyed brother who only wanted to buy something special with his birthday money If I had an icepickSo good book A totally fascinating look at the man behind Beanie Babies and the cultural phenomenon greatly I didn t realize how terrible Ty Warner was so seeing how he played all of the strings here to make Beanie Babies what they were was at once fascinating and Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival kind of appalling Totally worth a read for those who remember this era or who are interested in stories behind the stories of popular phenomenon Well this was a dark horse I wasn t sure I would want to listen to an entire audiobook on this topic but it turns out I would have listened to eight hours if available This book takes us through the origin story madness and decline of the Beanie Baby fad I nevernew anything about the enigmatic founder Ty Warner but he might be the most interesting person in the world Eccentric insane ruthless genius NEED a biopic immediately I loved hearing about his vision for the Beanies and why he Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, knew he had theey to success it was all about the under stuffing I loved hearing about his laughable techniues randomly retiring Beanies for no reason but to drive sales that resonated so deeply with consumers that he laughed all the way to the bank Although I admired him he was movie villain awful The shady levels he went to to claim ideas including 100s of hang tag poems again need that biopic The amount of money to to claim ideas including 100s of hang tag poems again need that biopic The amount of money is shocked The influence on ebay and eCommerce was even shocking I also loved reliving that era I unearthed so many memories including McDonald s Teeny Beanies pretty sure my parents drove me to multiple locations so that I could get them all I should call them to thank them the Les and Sue Fox Beanie Baby guidebooks haven t thought of these in 20 years but they are crystal clear now and the specific names and identities of so many of the early animals A trip down memory lane and a juicy Soap Opera all in one 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 The Fix 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 figu. Ews including a visit to a man who lives with his 40000 Ty products and an in prison interview with a guy whoilled a coworker over a Beanie Baby debt for the first book on the most extraordinary craze of the 199. .
This was a fascinating and at times rather sad look at the Beanie Baby obsession of the late 90s and the man behind their creation I found it super interesting to learn about the rise and fall of the craze and the personalities involved Used for PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge prompt A microhistory Well this was some education I wasn t aware of existence of these things even though I couldn t fake Karate move without hitting one of them around the house I mean I now they re pretty eye catching plush toys and also seem to work like huge dopamine enhancer for my daughter but I didn t now they were The EntityNever heard the background story never even thought there was a big company with history never new there was uniue Man running the spectacular show of thousands people going crazy about what should have been a child toy but turned to investment for so many until the bubble burst Some say The Man had it coming and he did one critical move that caused the air to blow out won t spoil The Some forget everything is ephemeral and it s only a matter of time when your certainty about state of things will prove an illusion Only rare will have bag of money to show for all the hurt that remains The others They paid premium for uality education hopefullyIn short this book is great You probably won t love The Man but story is incredible Recipe for Fascinating Sadness1 mistreated child2 misguided women1000000 acres of plush50000000 innocent suburban children50000000 obsessive suburban parents10000000000 dollarsinfinite financial optimismLet child stew in his own thoughts until he reaches entrepreneurial adulthood Add women one by one taking care to make sure they do not mix With great attention fold in the plush slowly at first but uickly as the plot comes to a boil Add innocent children and instantly remove vigorously stir in suburban parents and dollars Liberally heap on financial optimismLook away until mixture thickens and bubbles Pop the bubble remove from heat and throw awayServes 0This story is crazed this story is real Born in 1988 I am unfortunately old enough to remember the Beanie Baby hysteria I was also just old enough at the time to understand the concept of money and the money involved in this speculative nightmare is almost too outrageous to be believed The first TV news I ever remember watching was about maniacal pajama clad women throwing away uneaten Happy Meals at McDonalds to get the Teenie Beanie prize Absolute unadulterated chaos This is the world we live inBissonnette s prose is unadorned but descriptive and every once in a while chuckle inducingly wry I m impressed he wasn t even tongue in cheek with such an inane topic He deftly weaves the personal backstories of Ty Warner and his peripheral cast with the events of the Beanie Baby boom and eventual bust words which I still feel stupid typing in reference to stuffed animals He
interviews family members ephemeral employees and a score of collectors He frames the family members ephemeral employees and a score of collectors He frames the within the context of other famous bubbles including Dutch tulip mania in the 1630s the Franklin Mint and the Internet stock fallout I believe firmly than ever that there truly is nothing new under the sun and I am strangely comforted I was transfixed from the first page and I thank the author for writing a book that needed to be written not necessarily for the history but for the philosophical uestions it raises Business buffs pop culture fanatics Beanie Baby collectors historians and anyone looking for a good read will find plenty to enjoy in this expos As someone who specifically remembers the long McDonald s lines and aggressive sleuthing of new shipments to Hallmark stores the story behind Ty Warner s billion dollar empire and how Beanie Babies became a cultural phenomenon is one that glued me to the page Even now Ty Inc remains a secretive OPERATION THIS BOOK IS THE ONLY TRUSTWORTHY JOURNALISM I This book is the only trustworthy journalism I come across to find reliable sources willing to speak about internal Beanie shenanigansMany burning uestions get answered such as how it all started how prices became inflated and how it all suddenly burst We also get a clear image of Ty the brain behind the machine how he manipulated the frenzy and how the frenzy manipulated itselfWhat I love 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.
Zac Bissonnette Ë 7 READOst is that this book doesn t ridicule Beanie obsession Bissonnette *and I are the same age and it s clear we share similar fond memories of Beanie mania I suspect many *I are the same age and it s clear we share similar fond memories of Beanie mania I suspect many were secretly glad after the bubble popped and prices fell to nothing It provided an excuse to hang on to their collection for a while longer until maybe there is a resurgence The way I see it collecting Beanie Babies was never just about making a profit It wasn t an impersonal business investment such as playing the stock market Those plushies were damn cute and snuck into your heart whether you liked it or notTy himself was unusually devoted to his craft Among the book s many highlights are lengthy chapters describing the artistic endeavors that went into each toy We see Ty as a ind of mad scientist mixing fabrics and level of PVC pellets insanely until the perfect creation is discovered Sometimes many drafts of a Beanie were produced unintentionally resulting rare variations for collectors to obsess over And like a mad scientist Ty burnt many bridges with those closest to him Obsession greed artistic disagreements and other drama all resulted in lost relationships as he delved deeper and deeper into his workAll in all the book is a great escape back into the 90s and a fascinating portrait of one of the most uniue and successful business operations in history Highly recommended 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 Ostensibly
this is the story of the strange period of time between 1996is the story of the strange period of time between 1996 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 ey 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 work. 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. ,