Hippity, Hoppity, and Floppity, known as the bunny trio, are other Beanie Babies currently making the rounds on the internet “rarest beanies” lists. How they made that list in the first place is puzzling, other than a lack of research and just looking at the highest prices Beanies are being listed at, and everyone copying everyone else.
Many believe that Hippity, Hoppity & Floppity have “error tags”. While there are some errors on some tags, they were mass produced and are NOT considered rare by collectors. It’s pure internet hoax.
HANG TAG FACTS:
- There are punctuation & spacing issues. These were printed in the millions and do NOT add any value.
- Oakbrook written as one word, not 2 – that is how Ty intended it to be on both swing and tush tag. It’s NOT an error.
- 5th gen hang tags have a comma after Oakbrook (Oakbrook, IL.).
- IL. (with a period only) is CORRECT, instead of IL., (period comma) – Ty intentionally did this.
- 5th gen hang tag has a space before “semicolon” and after the words DATE OF BIRTH, instead of a colon.
- 5th gen hang tag has the birthdate spelled out June 1, 1996 (Hippity’s Birthday).
- 4th gen hang tag has a space before “colon” and after the words DATE OF BIRTH instead of a semicolon.
- 4th gen hang tag has numerical birthdate 6 – 1 – 96 (Hippity’s Birthday).
- 4th gen hang tags do NOT have a comma after Oakbrook (Oakbrook IL.).
- Both 4th and 5th gen hang tags have the Ty address listed as Fareham, Hants.
- Ty intentionally left off the U.K. after P015 5TX.
- Some 4th gen hang tags have a German version copyright inside the tag “@ Ty Deutschland 90008 Nurnberg” vs the Canada version copyright “@ Ty Canada Aurora, Ontario”.
- The word “ORIGINAL” misspelled on the 5th gen hang tag as “ORIGIINAL” (has two II’s) is a spelling error, but was printed like that on such a large quantity of Beanies that it DOES NOT increase the value.
- On the back of the tag the word “Surface Wash” is misspelled as “Suface Wash”.
- Sticker on the back of hang tag stating “Surface Wash”, covers the spelling error “Suface Wash”.
- The Bunnies did come with “Handmade in Indonesia” hang and tush tags, and ARE considered more rare than the China tags.
TUSH TAG FACTS:
- There are punctuation & spacing issues on the tush tags that were mass produced and DON’T affect the value. That is how Ty intended it to be on both swing and tush tag. These are NOT errors.
- TY INC., (with the period and comma) is CORRECT – the TY INC. (without the comma) is NOT correct
- OAKBROOK written as one word, not 2 – and there is no comma after OAKBROOK (OAKBROOK IL,) — that is how Ty intended it to be. It’s NOT an error.
- IL, (with the comma) is CORRECT – the IL. (with the period) is NOT correct
- NO PA. 1965(KR) on the tush tag – KR on the tush tag does not mean it was made in Korea. The “KR” is part of the patent info. 1965(KR) DOES NOT mean it was for the Korean market.
- Stamp inside the tush tag (or NO stamp) – the stamp is referred to as a “factory” stamp, which indicates which factory these beanies were produced at, and is really not important. The exception would be the different stamp numbers inside the Peace Beanie babies tush tags.
- The R and TM on tush tag, the two (R)’s on tush tag – one above “collection” & one below “TY” — The bunnies came with many different tush tags — millions were made, again, not an error.
- PVC Pellets vs PE Pellets — these were made with both types of pellets — mass produced, and do NOT add value.
You’ve seen high sales? So have we, but they’re fake. Sometimes it’s a seller trying to keep the rumors going. They set up a listing and have a friend buy it. Sometimes it’s a vigilante buyer trying to hurt a seller. Money laundering also happens but not as often as a few years ago.
Where is all of this misinformation coming from? In 2014 (some say 2013) a list of rare beanies appeared on a click bait “news” site. The information spread like wildfire amongst resellers who do not know the hobby. Every few months a new list comes out from some website trying to get easy click bait traffic. They change a few details, change out a few Beanies and get it 99% wrong.
Why do we see alleged high dollar “sales” on eBay? First, we have to separate what looks sold from what sellers are asking. Sellers can ask whatever they want. The high dollar asking prices are from people who believe what they read on the internet. You know, because everything you read on it is true. The alleged “sold” prices are a different matter. They usually fall into 5 different categories.
- Seller sets up a “fake” sale and has someone “buy” it to keep the rumors going. Remember, payment does not have to be made for it to show sold.
- Vigilante bidders trying to teach the seller a lesson. This can only happen if the seller has “make an offer” or doesn’t have instant payment required. The buyer never pays. Our understanding of this is two-fold. One, to get the the item off the market. Two, hoping that the seller has to pay final value fees before filing non paying bidder.
- Money laundering – yes, it happens. Don’t understand it? Watch Breaking Bad.
- Black market items – this is a new one that has been passed around from collectors of other items. We have no idea how that works or if it’s been proven.
- Buyer scams
So, let’s take a look at some high prices and dig into the details.
The first one shows the bunny trio sold at $2,000 with a best offer accepted.
Let’s look inside:
This looks like a decent seller with some feedback and best offer accepted. However this item has been relisted. Let’s look further at the bid history.
The buyer is “Not a registered user” and the item was relisted. What does this tell us? It wasn’t paid for. There’s been no feedback exchanged. More than likely this was a fake sale. No one is going to spend this type of cash from a seller when it’s available for much, much less from many well established sellers.
The individual Hippity Bunny sold at $2,000 with a best offer accepted. However the seller has 0 feedback.
The buyer does have some feedback, however if you look if feedback was left – there’s been no feedback exchanged. No sale.
As you can see the seller has 0 feedback and there wasn’t any feedback left on this sale of the Hippity Beanie. Again no one is going to spend this type of cash from a newbie seller when it’s available for much less from others.
When we clicked on the listing that shows $1,990.00 with a strike-through it, this means a best offer was accepted. The seller has 0 feedback, and it’s been relisted. The listing history shows it was set up as a private listing because you can’t even see who bid on the listing.
The listing history shows it was set up as a private listing so we can’t even check the buyer. No feedback has been exchanged. No sale.
This looks like a decent seller with a lot of feedback – but the listing history shows it was set up as a private listing so we can’t even check the buyer.
There’s been no feedback exchanged. No sale.
Seeing the pattern yet? We’ll leave this here because we could show you the same thing over and over and over.
The rumors regarding Hippity, Hoppity, Floppity, Jake, Curly, Valentino, Peace, Halo, Gobbles, Millennium, Hope, Glory, Boxed McDonald’s Teenie Beanies, error tags, etc., is purely click bait. If everyone is highlighting the same errors and the same Beanies then just how rare could they possibly be? There ARE rare beanies. It’s just that these are NOT the rare ones.
So what should these bunnies (Hippity, Hoppity & Floppity) sell for? Recent TRUE sales are shown in green:
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.
Check out Hippity’s Beanie Fact page.
Check out Hoppity’s Beanie Fact page.
Check out Floppity’s Beanie Fact page.
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