But I'll try: A mass-produced item from China will never be "collectible" and it will never be "valuable" just because the manufacturer says it will be so. In fact, any manufactured good can be replicated, once its value rises far enough. You want a numbers-matching Hemi Cuda? People can make one for you. It is as simple as that.
|Current Princess Beanie Baby Values|
Princess values updated - December 1, 2012
|Country||Swing Tag||Pellets shown on Tush Tag||Value Range *|
|China||No space||P.V.C.||$20 - $45|
|China||No space||P.E.||$15 - $20|
|Indonesia||No space||P.V.C.||$35 - $50|
|Indonesia||No space||P.E.||$15 - $20|
|Indonesia||Space||P.E.||$5 - $10|
|China||Space||P.E. no number inside tush tag||$6 - $20|
|China||Space||P.E. red number inside tush tag||$5 - $15|
* Values shown in this table apply to a Princess in like-new condition with mint swing and tush tags. Princess without a swing tag is worth only one or two dollars..
So, you would think that would put a little damper on this idea that a $10 bear is worth hundreds, or maybe thousands of dollars, right?
Guess again. Dozens of these insipid little bears on on eBay as I speak, with "buy it now" prices ranging from $500 to $2,000,000.
No really. People want more for a stuffed bear than a vintage Ferrari. They want more for a stuffed bear than I paid for my house: