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Author Bissonnette, Zac, author.

Title The great beanie baby bubble : mass delusion and the dark side of cute / Zac Bissonnette. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Publication Info. New York, New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2015.
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Description 1 online resource (260 pages) : illustrations (some color)
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Summary A bestselling journalist delivers the never-before-told story of the plush animal craze that became the tulip mania of the 1990s In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. In just three years, collectors who saw the toys as a means of speculation made creator Ty Warner, an eccentric college dropout, a billionaire'without advertising or big-box distribution. Beanie Babies were ten percent of eBay's sales in its early days, with an average selling price of $30'six times the retail price. At the peak of the bubble in 1999, Warner reported a personal income of $662 million'more than Hasbro and Mattel combined. The end of the craze was swift and devastating, with 'rare' Beanie Babies deemed worthless as quickly as they'd once been deemed priceless. Bissonnette draws on hundreds of interviews (including a visit to a man who lives with his 40,000 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 strangest speculative mania of all time.
Traces the Beanie Babies consumer craze of the 1990s, drawing on hundreds of interviews to document the line's spectacular rise and fall.
" A bestselling journalist delivers the never-before-told story of the plush animal craze that became the tulip mania of the 1990s . In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. In just three years, collectors who saw the toys as a means of speculation made creator Ty Warner, an eccentric college dropout, a billionaire-without advertising or big-box distribution. Beanie Babies were ten percent of eBay's sales in its early days, with an average selling price of $30-six times the retail price. At the peak of the bubble in 1999, Warner reported a personal income of $662 million-more than Hasbro and Mattel combined. The end of the craze was swift and devastating, with "rare" Beanie Babies deemed worthless as quickly as they'd once been deemed priceless. Bissonnette draws on hundreds of interviews (including a visit to a man who lives with his 40,000 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 strangest speculative mania of all time. "-- Provided by publisher.
"In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. In just three years, collectors who saw the toys as a means of speculation made creator Ty Warner, an eccentric college dropout, a billionaire--without advertising or big-box distribution. Beanie Babies were ten percent of eBay's sales in its early days, with an average selling price of $30--six times the retail price. At the peak of the bubble in 1999, Warner reported a personal income of $662 million--more than Hasbro and Mattel combined. The end of the craze was swift and devastating, with "rare" Beanie Babies deemed worthless as quickly as they'd once been deemed priceless. Bissonnette draws on hundreds of interviews (including a visit to a man who lives with his 40,000 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 strangest speculative mania of all time"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Includes index.
Subject Warner, Ty, 1944-
Ty, Inc. -- History.
Beanie Babies (Trademark) -- Collectors and collecting -- History.
Toy industry -- United States -- History.
Business.
Business. (OCoLC)fst00842262
Genre Electronic books.
Other Form: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation): Bissonnette, Zac. Great Beanie Baby bubble New York, New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2015 9781591846024 (DLC) 2014038639 (OCoLC)889886788
ISBN 9781101606988 : $51.00
1101606983 : $51.00
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