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The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 9271 KB
- Print length : 274 pages
- Publisher : Portfolio (March 3, 2015)
- ASIN : B00INIXVPW
- Publication date : March 3, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #203,535 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I remember a bit of the hysteria while I was growing up, and then suddenly simply not seeing them anymore. It was fascinating to read about what was really happening with the company throughout that phase. The book identifies clear mistakes and infighting that was happening as the business was imploding, and spends a lot of time studying the people involved, especially Ty.
The book is less dry than an economics book, or reading about the history of something like Tulip mania, and much more personal since the history is so recent. I finished the book almost immediately.
For me, the book is better when it looks past the creator to the objects themselves -- putting this craze in context was really interesting, and the combination of both happenstance and design that created the fad fleshes out the phenomena.
The biographical stuff didn't move me apart from the original soccer mom collectors that catapulted the popularity of the Beanie Babies, and the ending dragged, personally. But overall, I enjoyed the book and the opportunity to think about something I'd lived through but not fully experienced.
If you've ever wondered how fads are born, this is a nice concrete story to experience.
At moments, the writing is more amateurish than one would expect: texts and histories on market bubbles are cited book-report style, and with the exception of the opening anecdote about meeting Ty Warner himself in-person at a contemporary trade show, the first-person intrusions are unnecessary. The book would benefit from tighter editing. However, this is a minor point against a truly delightful read.
Top reviews from other countries
The writing style is friendly and engaging - a MUST when you write this type of book. The author obviously did his research and spoke to so many people and it was interesting to see everybody looking backwards and giving their own vision of what happened and why.
I never got into the Beanie Baby craze and I could not really understand the fascination at the time, but wow, I never realized how popular and profitable the whole thing was at the time.
Written with a bit of a sarcastic tone, it is obvious that the "owner" of Beanie Babies had some SERIOUS issues - I could not stand him and kept wondering why an *&&()&&& like that had made so much money - I mean he was horrible!
Sad to see where everyone landed after the dust settled, but this is a seriously great look at the craze that is collecting.