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    (1993- )
    Developed, marketed & introduced by toy maker, Ty Warner
    Sold as a cheap (under $5) toy that children could afford
    Toy line started with nine animals 'Patti the Platypus,' 'Spot the Dog,' 'Flash the Dolphin,' 'Splash the Orca,' 'Pinchers the Lobster,' 'Squealer the Pig,' 'Brownie the Bear,' 'Chocolate the Moose' and 'Legs the Frog'
    It's popularity with kids and adults that some were being sold above $1,000 on the secondary market (so much for affordable).
    You could only buy new ones at specialty stores, like Hallmark and flower shops.
    Ty Warner delierately 'retires' them, causing their prices to skyrocket.
    Many come with sappy poem tags, if you remove the tag the value of the toy plummets.
    Ty Warner introduced bears with his signature on them (what an ego).
    There are books and magazines dedicated to Beanie Babies (can a movie deal be far off?).
    They became commercialized tie-ins with McDonald's (teenie beanies) & sports events (beanie giveaways to pump life into sagging ticket sales).
    When sales reached $1,000,000,000, Ty created a 'Billionaire Bear,' but only gave one to each of his employees, who turned around and sold them to the general public for thousands of dollars.
    Ty himself is a recluse, rarely granting interviews.
    Ty constantly promises he will not produce any more beanies, but has yet to stop.
    They are made in China using slave labor.
    These dumb dolls made creator, Ty Warner, a multi-millionaire.
    They are easily counterfeited.
    There have been many law suits involving theft and counterfeiting of Beanies, including a few cases televised on Judge Judy.
    Ty donated 100% of its profit for the beanies, 'Rescue' and 'Courage' (pictured), to the NY Police and Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund.
    Ty has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to various charities (especially children's charities).
    Non retired Beanies are still affordable.
    Ty treats his employees well and pays them handsomely.
    The Beanie Baby market peaked in 1999, but now sales are down and the craze seems to have waned.
    Some children like them strictly because they're cute, not for profit value.
    New York Yankees' David Wells pitched a perfect game on the first Yankee Beanie baby giveaway day (May 17, 1998).
    Animals are represented from 'Ally the Alligator' to 'Ziggy the Zebra.'
    They are enjoyed by children and greedy adults all over the world.
    Research: Tim Howard
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 20 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 11 Votes: 81.82% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 8 Votes: 87.50% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 16 Votes: 56.25% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 10 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 33 Votes: 63.64% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 43 Votes: 55.81% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 41 Votes: 65.85% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 107 Votes: 67.29% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 155 Votes: 65.16% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 348 Votes: 69.54% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 470 Votes: 69.57% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 819 Votes: 69.96% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 2496 Votes: 77.48% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 1304 Votes: 42.48% Annoying
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