The Great Beanie Baby Bubble

The Great Beanie Baby Bubble

Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute

Book - 2015
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"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 ... 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"--
Published: New York, New York :, Portfolio/Penguin,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781591846024
1591846021
Branch Call Number: 338.7688 BIS
Characteristics: 260 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,24 cm

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AL_SARAH Nov 17, 2016

Absolutely fascinating. As a beanie baby enthusiast and a child of the 90's, this book was particularly eye-opening. The book highlights the eccentricities of Ty Warner and made me contemplate the ways some human beings see the world.

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Raschafe
Dec 09, 2015

Interesting read for those millenials out there who remember the "beanie baby" craze back in the 1990's. It is also a very well written story on all the players associated with the craze (collectors, speculators/traders, kids, parents, media, etc). I only knew of them as toys for kids which were occasionally hard to find but this story shines light on what was really happening in the USA and how crazy people were acting around these things. Ty Warner sounds like a real nutcase too which makes for some interesting anecdotes.

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