Back in the mid '90s, Beanie Babies became a MASSIVE fad. They weren't just little stuffed animals . . . they were INVESTMENTS. Kids were even smart and disciplined enough not to remove the tags, to keep their value up.
Fast-forward to today. Turns out they MIGHT not have been the great investment we thought.
Buzzfeed.com compared the estimated value of Beanie Babies from the 1998 "Beanie Baby Handbook" price guide with the price those same dolls are pulling on eBay today, 15 years later. And . . . ouch. Here are three prime examples.
Stripes the Dark Tiger was worth $250 in 1998, and expected to be worth $1,000 by 2008. You can get one for $9.95 on eBay.
Seaweed the Otter was worth $7 in 1998, but expected to be worth $60 by 2008. You can get one for $2.99 on eBay.
Teddy the violet bear was worth $700 to $1,000 in 1998, and expected to be worth $4,000 to $5,000 today. Believe it or not, it's rare enough that it's still selling for a good amount today, but not THAT much . . . $699 on eBay. (Buzzfeed)