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Okay, technically, toys are made and sold with kids in mind. But, really, kids don't know how to take care of or appreciate toys. Now that I'm older, I've found myself saying things like, "I wish I hadn't cut that doll's hair" or "Why did I give that doll to my friend?" or "Why on Earth did I just willingly gives my toys to my friends?"

It wasn't until I grew older that I began to appreciate toys better for what they are. Many times I remember dolls that I cut their hair, or took the intricate and beautiful hairstyles out, or gave dolls or clothes to my friends, or just plain didn't take care of my dolls or other toys (being a girl I had mostly dolls). Several times my dog would end up chewing legs or arms off or heads would pop off and not go back on.

Toys are expensive, and the Bratz dolls I like were $10-$20 a piece, not to mention playsets and cars being anywhere from $20-$60 or more. So parents spend all this money on pretty expensive dolls and Lego sets and other toys just to have kids break, lose, or give them away. Or in my boyfriend's case, take them apart.

Now that I'm older and actually have money of my own and can appreciate dolls for what they are, I have a pretty large Bratz collection (the problem here being all dolls that were released before 2009 are hard to find and anyone who is selling them tries to sell them for much more than they're worth, though not always). Part of this has to do with the fact that I can now afford all the dolls I had my eye on when I was younger but that my parents never bought me.

I'm sure we've all thought about old toys we had when we were younger that got broken or lost and now we regret not taking better care of them. I wish I had taken better care of my Bratz dolls and not given/traded so many to my friends. My collection would be much larger, and I wouldn't have to spend so much money. I see so many that I go, "I had that one when I was younger, but I lost it or gave it away and now I have to buy it all over again." And of course I see many others that I had the chance to get when I was younger, and now that they're out of print, they're extremely hard to find, and the only people selling them are charging way too much. Of course, I am happy I got the one doll that was discontinued only weeks after being released off the shelf. I never find her for sale either.
Posted 5/30/13
Buy overpriced toy.

Break overpriced toy.

Repeat.
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I tend to do this with video games from way way back. I've found that swap meets are one of the best bets for finding them cheap, but I gamble with it not working.
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I think the irony of my situation is that when I have kids of my own, I won't be able to avoid buying expensive toys, nor will I be able to prevent broken/lost/poorly taken of toys. And I know when I was younger it always pissed me off when my parents bought the super cheap toys because they were lame, so if I do that my kids will probably hate me. The cycle will never end.

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Kids never appreciate what they have..... I suppose its one of those things in life, I myself have had a lot of toys and broken them

But as you grow you then know how how much they mean
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Or there's the issue of seeing a toy you had when you were younger go for hundreds of dollars, but you didn't take care of it and now yours isn't worth crap. My boyfriend had a chrome edition of Buzz Lightyear, but he wanted to see how it worked and took it apart. His mom threw it away afterward. Now it's pretty expensive and he totally regrets it.

I guess there are some toys that are so mass produced and fairly cheap that over the years people will forget about them, but then there are some that were limited edition collector's items that you had no true appreciation for as a kid. Of course, I have one collector Bratz that has been sitting on a shelf for so long the dust as settled into her hair (it's so heavily hairsprayed).
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I guess that was part of growing up though. I never tortured my toys as my family was quite poor so I cherished any toys that I had
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they are ment for kids, playing with toys felt amazing as a kid. it just doesnt feel the same anymore now that im grown up but i will always cherish those memories
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Right now my child is only 14 months so she really doesn't care that I buy her toys from garage sales lol. However, I know she probably won't appreciate it if I do that when she's older. Unfortunately, the older the child the more expensive the toys a lot of the time.

I bought her a Mickey Mouse airplane for her birthday and it was around $40-50. I cringe every time she slams it in to the wall or purposely pushes it over on the hard wood floor

I don't think there's any way to get around it. Kids need toys or books (which are also expensive) because they need to learn to keep themselves occupied which they can't really do if they don't have something to occupy their time. Crayons and paper only keep their attention for so long.
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RaimiiChan wrote:

they are ment for kids, playing with toys felt amazing as a kid. it just doesnt feel the same anymore now that im grown up but i will always cherish those memories


Hey, I till play with toys, here take a look:
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ffaddict89 wrote:

Right now my child is only 14 months so she really doesn't care that I buy her toys from garage sales lol. However, I know she probably won't appreciate it if I do that when she's older. Unfortunately, the older the child the more expensive the toys a lot of the time.

I bought her a Mickey Mouse airplane for her birthday and it was around $40-50. I cringe every time she slams it in to the wall or purposely pushes it over on the hard wood floor

I don't think there's any way to get around it. Kids need toys or books (which are also expensive) because they need to learn to keep themselves occupied which they can't really do if they don't have something to occupy their time. Crayons and paper only keep their attention for so long.


What you say is true and I hadn't thought of it like that. Ultimately what I mean is that toys that are super expensive or collector's items or limited edition shouldn't be bought for kids (in my opinion). At least, not until they are old enough to appreciate them and take care of them. I guess since I'm still such a kid I look at toys differently than most adults. They're not just expensive pieces of plastic; they're something that should be taken care of and loved and appreciated because one day they could become very valuable either to you or as collector's items. The Bratz dolls I love have basically become collector's items because of the lawsuit with Mattel (which MGA won) and a lot of the older Bratz are super rare and very hard to find. A lot of people who have them aren't willing to let go of them, or at least not for cheap. Of course, nowadays the new Bratz that are being released suck.

I guess I'm just the kind of person who worries a lot about taking care of my stuff. One, because if I pay for it I don't want it to get messed up because that's a waste of money. And two I've begun to realize the importance of respecting and appreciating the things I have. One of my biggest peeves is when people leave discs lying around. If you scratch it you can't use it anymore, and DVDs/Blu Ray and video games are generally pretty expensive.

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If a kids enjoys breaking his toy... no reason he shouldn't be allowed to do that...
... Who are we as adults to be telling the kids that they shouldn't enjoy that...

Concept of fun is relative isn't it...?!

On the other hand... i supposed it would get rather annoying if they keep breaking their toys...
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I never really broke any of my toys as a kid I did miss place them tho. I played with Barbies like crazy, toy horses and that was about it I believe. I do regret losing and not taking care of this cool gymnastics barbie doll that my parents bought for me when I was 7. She had metals and a set of gym bars lol. She was awesome!! There was a few others like my mermaid barbie and diving barbies. I liked some unique barbies lol. I changed my mind I miss them. But I never cared. It was fun while it lasted. I did take care of my teddy bears till I got mad and would throw them around the room and beat them up...I would feel guilty afterwards and hold them and cry lol, but hey that was my stress relief.
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I circumvented this somewhat as a child but breaking my sister's toys. As for my toys? Well, sometimes they broke but I wasn't especially hard on them in comparison with any other child. I would just play with them for a time and then, I don't know, I lost interest in them. They didn't seem as fun as they had at first.

I have a way to prevent that if I have a child, though. I have lots of books I keep after reading, so if they like books as much as I do they'll probably spend their childhood reading them. If not, well, I suppose garage sales exist partially for this reason.
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Phersu wrote:

I circumvented this somewhat as a child but breaking my sister's toys. As for my toys? Well, sometimes they broke but I wasn't especially hard on them in comparison with any other child. I would just play with them for a time and then, I don't know, I lost interest in them. They didn't seem as fun as they had at first.

I have a way to prevent that if I have a child, though. I have lots of books I keep after reading, so if they like books as much as I do they'll probably spend their childhood reading them. If not, well, I suppose garage sales exist partially for this reason.


If I have a girl she's going to be seriously jealous of my HUGE Bratz collection. Honestly, I'd probably let her play with them, but only once she reaches a certain age and promises to take really good care of them. If she doesn't, she can't play with them anymore. Of course, there are a few in my collection she won't be allowed to touch, due to their rare nature or if they're special to me (like the one my boyfriend bought because I had had my eye on her for years).

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