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jennifer293
10-29-2006, 08:50 PM
take a look at this auction..Granted they got 20 Elmo's but still the price is outrageous!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/LOT-OF-20-ELMO-TMX-ENGLISH_W0QQitemZ110048467784QQihZ001QQcategoryZ19 229QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

bettyann29
10-29-2006, 08:56 PM
Ridiculous yes.. But wouldnt that be awesome if the winning bidder gives those elmos to Toys for Tots or a similar organization??

maddi
10-29-2006, 08:58 PM
I wish I had one so I could sell it at that price to finance an upcoming WDW trip. :rotfl:

jennifer293
10-29-2006, 09:11 PM
Ridiculous yes.. But wouldnt that be awesome if the winning bidder gives those elmos to Toys for Tots or a similar organization??


That WOULD be AWESOME!!! I would love to see the not so fortunate kids get the hot toy of the year... :thumbsup2

Kevenswife2
10-30-2006, 07:36 AM
I must not be 'with it' this year. What's so special about this Elmo? I see it says 'no tickle' on his box.

cats mom
10-30-2006, 07:53 AM
I must not be 'with it' this year. What's so special about this Elmo? I see it says 'no tickle' on his box.

I'm with you :confused3

Kinda cute I guess - but not even worth the MSRP if you ask me and certainly not worth the way inflated prices folks are paying on e-bay.

Unfortunately I bet the person who bought the lot of 20 is probably planning to list them individually and hoping the prices go even higher closer to Christmas. I'd love to think they bought them to donate somewhere, but...

I tell ya if I had a product to launch I'd be looking to hire some of the marketing folks behind the Elmo craze. I bet they'll get a nice bonus this Christmas. ;)

MrsPete
10-30-2006, 07:59 AM
Don't overlook the shipping: $99, and it's only coming from Kentucky!

The real irony: The kids to whom this toy appeals aren't old enough to grasp the idea of "the hot toy". They'd be just as happy with some nice wooden blocks.

I'd be willing to bet that most of the "lucky kids" who receive these Elmos won't be allowed to take them out of the boxes; they have to be kept nice because they're special. Did people learn nothing from the Beanie Baby craze?

MrsPete
10-30-2006, 08:01 AM
Ridiculous yes.. But wouldnt that be awesome if the winning bidder gives those elmos to Toys for Tots or a similar organization??Sorry, I can't agree. If I could afford to spend $2000+ on Christmas charities, I'd buy a truckload of reasonably priced toys so that LOTS and LOTS of children could receive something nice instead of giving one toy to one kid.

Schachteles
10-30-2006, 09:09 AM
You are right that it would be awesome if there were going to be donated to a charity...but lets be realistic and figure that is NOT going to happen!

MAGGIED
10-30-2006, 09:14 AM
Wow - that is crazy!!!!!!!!!! I bought two of them the day they came out and I have sent one off to my niece who lives in the Azores. I have an extra one. I really bought it thinking that SOMEONE I know will have a kid who really wants this and they won't be able to get one and I can just sell it to them. I am not sure what to do with it - I certainly think that it is nuts what some of those people are willing to pay......

LisaNJ25
10-30-2006, 09:24 AM
Thats actually not horrible.. considering it comes to approx 110 a doll... (still overpriced but not to crazy)

tor
10-30-2006, 09:34 AM
Sorry, I can't agree. If I could afford to spend $2000+ on Christmas charities, I'd buy a truckload of reasonably priced toys so that LOTS and LOTS of children could receive something nice instead of giving one toy to one kid.

I have to agree with the truckload as well but she was well intentioned. Also the hot toy at that age is the wrapping paper and the box the rest is only to make the parents feel good

macfamily
10-30-2006, 09:36 AM
$110 a doll is too much for me, even for my one and only precious DD10; if she KNEW I spent that much on a doll she would question my sanity, I can guarantee it! :rotfl:

I remember we put a Tickle-Me Elmo on layaway for her when they first came out, then they EXPLODED in popularity; we couldn't believe how lucky we were to get the one! She loved it too, it was pretty well-loved when we sent it to Goodwill. Still worked, too! :D

HayGan
10-30-2006, 10:03 AM
Thats actually not horrible.. considering it comes to approx 110 a doll... (still overpriced but not to crazy)

I have to agree! It is a hot toy and that price isn't outrageous when you figure out the per doll price. I wouldn't pay it but I don't fault anyone for making a buck or two off of ebay. How many people right here on this board do it everyday?!?!

There are LOTS of toys out there (the majority in fact) that are way overpriced. I think a prime example is American Girl dolls. Look how much those things can set you back! And it isn't just the doll. Look at the overpriced outfits and accessories that go with them.

Santa doesn't believe in paying more than MSRP in our house for anything. If he runs out of stock before he makes it to our house then they get an IOU form Santa that he will get it for them when he can.

pbharris4
10-30-2006, 01:50 PM
That price is ridiculous. I still have the Tickle Me Elmo from 10 yrs ago when that was a big item AND I got it for regular price back then. I can't stand when prices get so high for toys like that.

drag n' fly
10-30-2006, 02:01 PM
take a look at this auction..Granted they got 20 Elmo's but still the price is outrageous!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/LOT-OF-20-ELMO-TMX-ENGLISH_W0QQitemZ110048467784QQihZ001QQcategoryZ19 229QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


How sad.:sad2: We anticipated this. We bought one for our ds who turns 4 in December. We bought a second one to donate to charity as a secret Santa from our family for Christmas.:goodvibes

summerrluvv
10-30-2006, 02:10 PM
How sad.:sad2: We anticipated this. We bought one for our ds who turns 4 in December. We bought a second one to donate to charity as a secret Santa from our family for Christmas.:goodvibes

I wouldn't be surprised if the charity auctions it off and uses the proceeds to buy more toys for more kids. Only makes sense ;)

famofsix
10-30-2006, 02:16 PM
I guess I should have my tag changed since Elmo is so much more money now! Does Elmo make coffee yet?

DaisyD
10-30-2006, 02:18 PM
Ridiculous yes.. But wouldnt that be awesome if the winning bidder gives those elmos to Toys for Tots or a similar organization??


I don't think so! I buy $1000 of toys every year for Toys for Tots. That is about 7 shopping carts heaped with toys! I would hope someone that had that much money to blow for charity would do it in a better way and not waste it on those Elmos. LOL!

drag n' fly
10-30-2006, 03:34 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if the charity auctions it off and uses the proceeds to buy more toys for more kids. Only makes sense ;)

Ours is secret santa only. It will be donated to a family in need anonymously. No charities..no auctions. Families in need provide a wish list through various social agencies and then donors are anonymously matched with gifts. The Elmo will go to someone who really wants it.:thumbsup2 We donate time and money to the United Way campaign to help out in other ways also.

bettyann29
10-30-2006, 03:47 PM
Sorry, I can't agree. If I could afford to spend $2000+ on Christmas charities, I'd buy a truckload of reasonably priced toys so that LOTS and LOTS of children could receive something nice instead of giving one toy to one kid.

I wasnt saying it was the best thing to do.. only that it would be great IF the winning bidder did this..

Toby'sFriend
10-30-2006, 08:08 PM
well I disagree that it isn't worth the $40 going by our house. My 3 year old has had his out of the box for a couple of weeks now and Elmo is still getting tickled an awful lot.

His teen brothers love it too.

In fact, come to think of it, I think I've wasted way too much time myself watching Elmo kick around on the floor screaming Again! Again! like this: :rotfl2:

nbodyhome
10-31-2006, 06:33 AM
Santa doesn't believe in paying more than MSRP in our house for anything. If he runs out of stock before he makes it to our house then they get an IOU form Santa that he will get it for them when he can.

I always kind of wondered why more families didn't seem to do IOU's. I mean - okay, pay 4x or more the amount before Christmas, or retail after Christmas. I'd think a photos of the item saying "it'll be here soon" or something like that - it certainly would be cheaper (and fewer people would then be trying to sell them for large amounts on Ebay).

Chicago526
10-31-2006, 11:23 AM
I always kind of wondered why more families didn't seem to do IOU's. I mean - okay, pay 4x or more the amount before Christmas, or retail after Christmas. I'd think a photos of the item saying "it'll be here soon" or something like that - it certainly would be cheaper (and fewer people would then be trying to sell them for large amounts on Ebay).

That's kind of what my parents did with me. I was 8 at the height of the Cabage Patch doll craze, and I wanted one! My parents had seen the reports on the news of riots at the stores and were prepared to tell me I couldn't have one when my father remembered that his nephew worked at Toys R Us in Milewaukee (we lived outside Chicago). My parents told me Christmas morning that I'd be getting my doll the next day. So, the day after Christmas, we took a family trip to Milewaukee to see my cousin at work. He had held back a doll for me, and my parents didn't have to fight in the aisles or buy one for hundreds of dollars (not that they would have done either!) for one from someone selling them in a K-Mart parking lot!

ameraumi
10-31-2006, 11:41 AM
Just remember, it is the buyers stting the price not the sellers!

*hiding behind a wall because I am one of those awful ebay sellers*