Curly in the Spotlight By Karen Boeker
Curly is one of the most hotly debated Beanie Babies right now due to all of the internet “Rarest Beanie Babies Lists” going around. How it made that list in the first place is puzzling.
Curly is one of the most common Beanies ever made. It was manufactured during the height of the craze when Ty was making millions of them.
Many believe that Curly has these so called “error tags”. While there are some errors on some tags they were made in the millions and are not considered rare by collectors. It’s pure internet hoax.
You’ve seen high sales? So have we but they’re fake. It’s sometimes a seller trying to keep the rumors going. They set up a listing and have a friend buy it. It’s sometimes a vigilante buyer trying to hurt a seller. Money laundering also happens but not as often as a few years ago.
Let’s take a good look at each auction. The first 3 culprits:The first one shows $8999 with a best offer. Let’s look inside:
0 feedback seller and it’s been relisted. What does this tell us? It wasn’t paid for. More than likely this was a fake sale. The listing history shows it was set up as a private listing so we can’t check the buyer. No feedback has been exchanged. No one is going to spend this type of cash from a newbie seller when it’s available for much, much less from many well established sellers.
Next.No feedback exchanged, low feedback seller and a 1 feedback buyer. It just doesn’t happen.
At first glance this one looks better than most. Decent feedback seller. Then you notice it’s been relisted. Then you use the tools to dig deeper and see it’s a 1 feedback buyer. No feedback exchanged. No sale.
This one should be obvious. 0 feedback seller, relisted, 1 feedback buyer. Fake sale.
Again, 0 feedback seller, relisted, 1 feedback buyer, no feedback exchanged. Seeing the pattern yet? 0 feedback seller, relisted, no feedback exchanged, 1 rating buyer.
0 feedback buyer & seller. No feedback exchanged. No sale.
I will leave this here because we could show you the same thing over and over and over.
The rumors regarding Curly, Valentino, Peace, Jake, Millennium, Glory, Boxed McDonald’s Teenie Beanies, error tags, etc. is a big internet hoax. These rumors started in 2014 with one article. It spread like wildfire. There ARE rare beanies. It’s just that these aren’t the rare ones. If everyone is asking about the same errors and the same Beanies then just how rare could they possibly be?
So what should Curly sell for? Recent TRUE sales show this : As you can clearly see, these prices are a far cry from the thousands of dollars claimed by these articles.
We like to say this. If these lists were accurate every expert in the hobby would be rich and we wouldn’t be answering questions.