How Much Would The TY BRITANNIA BEANIE BEAR Be Valued At Now?


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The TY Britannia Beanie Bear in mint condition is currently being sold for around 30 to 40 US dollars. The higher price band will be for collectors as the bear has been placed in display cases and cabinets.

The origin of the TY logo for the TY Bear collection dates all the way back to 1986, when Mr. TY Warner began the craft of making the collectable bears. Since then the range has expanded and have become a favorite for collectors.

Collectors enjoy these particular soft toys due to the unique nature of each individual bear. For example, most types of bear have:

  • A tag with their name on
  • Their own birthday
  • An accompanying poem that is specific to that particular type of bear

However, the larger versions of the bears (known as buddies) only contain a sentence within their tag.

The Britannia Beanie Bear is particularly exclusive as it is no longer being manufactured in the UK. This means there are now only a certain number of them still in circulation.

If you are looking to buy or sell a TY Britannia Beanie Bear the best place to start would be on the online auction websites. There you can review for yourself what kind of price range is being offered and use that to establish your own price range.

Depending on the condition of the bear, it could sell for anything between $4 all the way up to $40.

These cute little stuffed beanie toys are only worth about ten bucks on Internet auction sites, such as the ubiquitous Since most Beanie Babies cost at least that much when you buy them new, this particular Beanie Baby isn't really gaining a tremendous amount of resale value on the open market. In fact, it may actually be worth somewhat less than it was purchased for.  However, this could change as time passes - especially if there are less of these bears for sale on the Internet.

  • Rarity defines value

With toys, rarity or exclusivity often defines resale value - how many Beanie Babies of the Britannia style have been produced will always impact their resale monetary value. If they made a ton of these things, they probably won't ever be worth a lot of money - that's just the way the system works.

  • Toy Crazes

Of course, collecting toys isn't just about potential resale value - sometimes, it's about the cuteness or novelty factor of the toy. Some toys, including Beanie Babies, have been part of international "toy crazes" that made people do almost anything to get their hands on the collectibles. Some examples of toy crazes include the Cabbage Patch Dolls phenomenon of the Eighties, and the 80s era, Rubik's Cube popularity craze. Every generation has its crazes - from silly pet rocks to toy wagons to computer games.

  • Condition matters

What shape a toy is in matters a lot - if you're selling something as new (with tags on), it can't be raggedy or too "well-loved" looking. If you're selling something as gently used or second hand, you should produce realistic photos that depict the actual condition of the item - otherwise, you're going to get some complaints when the Beanie Baby is delivered, and doesn't quite meet expectations.

If you're buying, it's always better to see an item if you can, but checking buyer feedback can also be a helpful way to avoid getting scammed.

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