Where to Sell Your Beanie Babies

Beanie babies
Dominique Godbout / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Unfortunately, the majority of the popular Beanie Babies are not selling for even close to the retail price that was paid for them. There are exceptions of course, but these are the rarer plush and the much older (original tags) ones.

There are several sites that offer to buy Beanie Babies. Look at the prices they sell the Beanie Babies for, they are obviously not paying much for them. Again, the exceptions are the rarer, hard-to-find pieces, limited editions, and early hang tag generations, etc.

Check out websites like Smart Collecting to find out what generation the hang tags your Beanies have. Then you can do a little research to see what your actual pieces are selling for on their website and also on eBay's completed auctions.

I know you don't want to hear this, but your best bet for the common ones that are selling for two or three dollars is just to sell them at a garage sale or set up at a flea market.

I've actually tried several times over the past year or two to sell a few Bear Beanie Babies that were bought in the heyday of Beanie collecting, including Princess, and couldn't even sell them for $2. each on eBay. Add in eBay fees, Paypal fees (if they had sold), and the time it would take to ship and package, I decided it wasn't worth it to me.

I finally donated about fifty Beanie Babies to a charity to give them to kids (think tax deduction!) and also gave out lots of them to kids at local school parties.

Again, check out the tags and prices for the ones you have to make sure you don't have a valuable piece, but unfortunately, most aren't.

The Hero Beanie Baby shown above has sold for an average of $3.00 to $4.00 on eBay, but many of the listed ones have gone unsold.