Monday, September 7, 2015

Selling To Brian's Toys - A Review

Back in the mid-90's, when the Star Wars Special Edition movies were being released, my college room-mate and I went out and bought up a number of Star Wars action figures released for that occasion. We intended to keep all of the action figures in their original packaging in the hopes that we could sell them a few decades later and turn a huge profit. Oh, how naive we were. We were like geeky versions of Beanie Baby collectors, wringing our greedy little hands together at the prospect of retiring early from the work-a-day grind.

Still, I faithfully stored those boxes of Star Wars actions figures in every home I occupied from then until this very year. In my latest (and, hopefully, last) move, I decided that it was time to rid myself of those Star Wars action figures from the Power Of The Force collection (including the manly-looking Princess Leia and the Darth Vader with the long lightsaber) to the Shadows of the Empire collection to the Phantom Menace Preview Figures. Inquiring at a few comic book shops in the area got me little more than pitiful laughs. Everyone I talked to said that they had a glut of those figures and that nobody wanted them aside from a few rare ones here and there. I didn't want to sell the collection piece meal on eBay or something. I wanted to get rid of everything at once. I was ready to just donate the four boxes of unopened Star Wars action figures I had, but, lucky, I happened upon Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys operates out of Wisconsin and they buy and sell toys. They've even got a handy little mobile app where you can scan the barcode of your toy's package, upload a picture and then they'll get back to you in about 48 hours with an offer. You do have to pay for shipping, but you can ship at a discount if you do it via a pre-paid shipping label from Brian's Toys. All told, I had three transactions with Brian's Toys and they bought every single Star Wars action figure I had. I don't think I made my original investment back, but I was happy to get rid of the toys and get a little money back for them. The folks on staff at Brian's Toys were very nice, always notified me after they inspected my shipment and then told me when I could expect payment via PayPal. And they always paid me on time. It was a good experience over all, and, if I had more toys to sell, I'd sell again to Brian's Toys in a heartbeat.

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