(Research) Second hand toys...

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Found 19th Apr 2010
... is there a market in it?

My sister has an idea to start a 2nd hand toy business and I'm not sure about whether people would use it.

Not got kids myself but I personally wouldn't buy 2nd hand toys simply because of the risk from infections/bacteria etc.

Am I way off the mark?

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i wouldnt buy secondhand baby toys, but toy cars and such for like five years up are up

No not buy second hand toys. Buy books and toy cars etc from car boot but thats it

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wickedteen;8400522

i wouldnt buy secondhand baby toys, but toy cars and such for like five … i wouldnt buy secondhand baby toys, but toy cars and such for like five years up are up



So you'd buy second hand toys for over 5's? That's interesting.
Would you not prefer to buy them new? What would tempt you to buy second hand - is it down to the cost?

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bargainhunter2009;8400533

No not buy second hand toys. Buy books and toy cars etc from car boot but … No not buy second hand toys. Buy books and toy cars etc from car boot but thats it



Because of the risk from infection or something else?

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They seem to sell well in charity shops and on here.

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DLM;8400552

They seem to sell well in charity shops and on here.



But if you had a website dedicated to them, would you be interested?

As long as the toy can be washed effectively, I don't see a major problem with it.

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JonnyTwoToes;8400563

But if you had a website dedicated to them, would you be interested?



I guess so.

I don't have kiddies but like Harrods bears etc..

bargainhunter2009;8400533

No not buy second hand toys. Buy books and toy cars etc from car boot but … No not buy second hand toys. Buy books and toy cars etc from car boot but thats it



You've kinda contradicted yourself here...

I wouldn't bother, kids like to open up stuff and know its new, the whole experience of going to the shops and picking something you like, is immense.

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Surely toys can be safely disinfected for resale.

I would probably consider it when we have a second child as I have begrudgingly spent and chucked away £100s worth of toys with our son that he rarely played with.

I think it's more of a snobbery thing than anything else, if kids at school found out little Jimmy's mom and dad bought him second hand toys who knows what could be said.

Look at Christmas, people spends hundreds on toys that don't see the light of day after January has ended, yet next year they do the same thing just to keep up with the Jones' more often than not.

master_chief;8400591

Surely toys can be safely disinfected for resale.I would probably … Surely toys can be safely disinfected for resale.I would probably consider it when we have a second child as I have begrudgingly spent and chucked away £100s worth of toys with our son that he rarely played with.



aye seen, our second is on the way! But we donate any toys to the local charity shops etc

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Is this an e-commerce type thing then, not a bricks and mortar job?

JonnyTwoToes;8400548

Because of the risk from infection or something else?



Just not really buy anything second hand...thats my personal preference. I am sure some people may be interested, however as mentioned charity shops sell them as do car boots for a few pounds. Would not think its profitable

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Alfonse;8400590

I wouldn't bother, kids like to open up stuff and know its new, the whole … I wouldn't bother, kids like to open up stuff and know its new, the whole experience of going to the shops and picking something you like, is immense.



That's what I'm thinking.

The only angle I can put on it would be a kind of 'Looking for a new home' kind of spin.

Like Raggydolls - give a toy some history and sell it that way.

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master_chief;8400644

Is this an e-commerce type thing then, not a bricks and mortar job?



It'll be strictly through mail order/online.

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greg_68;8400604

I think it's more of a snobbery thing than anything else, if kids at … I think it's more of a snobbery thing than anything else, if kids at school found out little Jimmy's mom and dad bought him second hand toys who knows what could be said.Look at Christmas, people spends hundreds on toys that don't see the light of day after January has ended, yet next year they do the same thing just to keep up with the Jones' more often than not.



I agree.

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JonnyTwoToes;8400662

It'll be strictly through mail order/online.



Where will stock come from? Would be unethical to accept donations unless making it a charity site.

If someone was going to buy second hand toys then they better be considerably cheaper than RRP. Taking that into account as well as packaging and postage costs (toys usually bulky items) then the profits aren't going to be that big.

Perhaps she try her hand on ebay first, test the market a little. eBay best place for new online businesses anyway.

I will add one more thing that I think there may be a demand in that could be profitable. Now my son has only been on the planet for 5 years yet he watches Disney/pixar movies etc from the last decade or two. Now unfortunately getting toys for any of those movies older than a couple of years is hard unless it's Toy Story or Cars it seems. I've looked all over for these toys and they simply aren't available.

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master_chief;8400715

Where will stock come from? Would be unethical to accept donations unless … Where will stock come from? Would be unethical to accept donations unless making it a charity site.

Bought and restored.

master_chief;8400715

If someone was going to buy second hand toys then they better be … If someone was going to buy second hand toys then they better be considerably cheaper than RRP. Taking that into account as well as packaging and postage costs (toys usually bulky items) then the profits aren't going to be that big.


That's my thoughts entirely.

master_chief;8400715

Perhaps she try her hand on ebay first, test the market a little. eBay … Perhaps she try her hand on ebay first, test the market a little. eBay best place for new online businesses anyway.


She wants to stay clear of ebay - looking for something more upmarket (don't ask!)

master_chief;8400715

I will add one more thing that I think there may be a demand in that … I will add one more thing that I think there may be a demand in that could be profitable. Now my son has only been on the planet for 5 years yet he watches Disney/pixar movies etc from the last decade or two. Now unfortunately getting toys for any of those movies older than a couple of years is hard unless it's Toy Story or Cars it seems. I've looked all over for these toys and they simply aren't available.



That's a great idea. Much appreciated!

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JonnyTwoToes;8400749

Bought and restored.That's my thoughts entirely.She wants to stay clear … Bought and restored.That's my thoughts entirely.She wants to stay clear of ebay - looking for something more upmarket (don't ask!)That's a great idea. Much appreciated!



Yeah I think if she focuses on OOS/end of line (whatever it's called) toys that are pristine then she may have a market there. If she goes ahead give me details and I will purchase some stuff if she can get them.

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master_chief;8400715

Where will stock come from? Would be unethical to accept donations unless … Where will stock come from? Would be unethical to accept donations unless making it a charity site.If someone was going to buy second hand toys then they better be considerably cheaper than RRP. Taking that into account as well as packaging and postage costs (toys usually bulky items) then the profits aren't going to be that big.Perhaps she try her hand on ebay first, test the market a little. eBay best place for new online businesses anyway.I will add one more thing that I think there may be a demand in that could be profitable. Now my son has only been on the planet for 5 years yet he watches Disney/pixar movies etc from the last decade or two. Now unfortunately getting toys for any of those movies older than a couple of years is hard unless it's Toy Story or Cars it seems. I've looked all over for these toys and they simply aren't available.



oxfam.org.uk/sho…ice

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master_chief;8400767

Yeah I think if she focuses on OOS/end of line (whatever it's called) … Yeah I think if she focuses on OOS/end of line (whatever it's called) toys that are pristine then she may have a market there. If she goes ahead give me details and I will purchase some stuff if she can get them.



Nice one.

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DLM;8400786

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/results.aspx?catalog=HighStDonated&category=HomewareandCollectables&search=disney&sort=price



Good link - very interesting!

Mod & Ed

I do buy 2ndhand toys, only as extras, would never buy 2ndhand for gifts etc, usually stick to plastic/metal items that can be easily disinfected/washed, see no harm in it at all.

i have always bought new but then last year when we was camping my daughter wanted a teddy and a toy pony off the car boot sale i wouldnt say no to her so let her have them. although i would never buy her something as a gift that was second hand i would never tell her she couldnt have something just because it has been used.as for the infection bit everyone is on about that is the biggest load of poo i have ever heard jeez if it was that bad then nurserys and schools wouldnt be allowed to have toys for your kids to play with.

check out this place

daisyanddan.com/Dai…tml

it is a local shop near where i live called daisy & dans, they sell new & second hand stuff & if you buy something new there they will buy it back of you when you are finished to then sell on as nearly new. They are quite picky what they take re clothing (ie next M&P designer names etc) but all the stuff they sell 2nd hand looks like new still.

I have bought many items for my 2 from car boots although i only ever buy stuff i am happy i could wash completely. selling 2nd hand most people will be looking to buy the bigger items like walkers playgyms etc but you can get them on car boots and ebay for next to nothing so it could be a difficult market.

the one that always makes me laygh is the number of used breast pumps you see at car boots, always makes me giggle & cringe a little. you dont know whos boobs have been in it he he he he
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