The great Beanie Baby bubble : mass delusion and the dark side of cute / Zac Bissonnette.
New York, New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2015.
260 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
The greatest toy show on Earth : no kids allowed the lower level Selling the dream pets Plush dreams "You can make a lot of money with a good cat." : Ty Warner Business and pleasure Patti's last stand New beginnings Ty's big idea A lamb named Lovie The first collectors The return Force multipliers Peanut the Royal Blue Elephant The $12-per-hour sociology major who made Ty Warner a billionaire The efficient market The Beanie chase Shovel dealers in the Gold Rush The point of no return Peak The feedback loop spins out of control Money changes people The P.T. Barnum of plush Lights out Limping into the new millennium Faith's problem Ty's problem Departures Endurance Exit strategy.
"In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. In just three years, collectors who saw the toys as a means of speculation made creator Ty Warner, an eccentric college dropout, a billionaire--without advertising or big-box distribution ... The end of the craze was swift and devastating, with 'rare' Beanie Babies deemed worthless as quickly as they'd once been deemed priceless. Bissonnette draws on hundreds of interviews (including a visit to a man who lives with his 40,000 Ty products and an in-prison interview with a guy who killed a coworker over a Beanie Baby debt) for the first book on the strangest speculative mania of all time"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-250) and index.