Is anyone else planning on buying second hand toys for their kids presents?

(66 Posts)
SmokedMackerel Thu 19-Sep-13 11:03:27

My DC are both really into playmobil, so I have been lurking on eBay trying to find a good bargain, starting now to try and avoid Christmas rush :-) .

As far as i'm concerned, it's a great idea - get more for my money, ability to personalise the set a bit to my DC interests (planning on getting figures that look like the members of our family) won't have to fill the recycling bin with loads of packaging on Xmas day etc etc.

But most people I have told about it have been a bit negative, so I have had to go online to try and find people to share my enthusiasm.

So, who else is buying second hand stuff, and can anyone recommend other good places besides eBay to look?

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Thu 19-Sep-13 11:15:33

I've got my 2 some books out the charity shops as part of their christmas stuff as well as ebay. Also lurking on there to get some more train track for DS's happyland set and got some Sylvanian Family stuff on my watch list to go in DD's advent calender (small things obviously). Oh and Zhu Zhu pets shit but thats mainly down to there not being much of the latter in stores these days (DD's Zhu Zhu obsession came about quite late).

Speaking of which if anyone wants to sell their Dc's unwanted Zhu Zhu stuff to me I'd be happy to buy it! grin DS loves them too it seems.

And ignore the negative comments. Nothing wrong with buying and reusing perfectly functional toys. things like Playmobil are all plastic so must be easy to clean if they're a bit grubby. Same with books. All the ones I've found my 2 are in near enough perfect condition. Only ones I've bought new have been the dead cheap ones off Amazon/The works.

Liz79 Thu 19-Sep-13 11:17:31

I am. Also for other peoples DC. I have found puzzles & colouring.books & normal books that are in perfect.condition & my.DC have.never used. So I'm passing them on. Ds is.getting happyland.knights.castle which I found on the local Facebook selling page for £10. Dd is getting the set of.Beatrix potter stories on CD, from.Ebay. She is getting a CD player, that's new. I have also made jams, chutneys & bramble vodka & whiskey which will be xmas gifts.

I have just bought four mint condition games from our local facebook page for £4 each.
They were on our list of games to buy for Christmas anyway (kerplunk, operation, junior monopoly and another one I can't remember)
We would have bought one of them this year for £20 new, so 4 for £18 has made me very happy.

See if you have a local selling facebook page too, I'm half thinking of setting up a page for 'second hand Christmas gifts'

BeaWheesht Thu 19-Sep-13 11:38:15

Dd is getting a second hand dolls house, I often have given second hand stuff to ds in the past, why not?

MERLYPUSS Thu 19-Sep-13 11:48:33

I get stuff from bootsales for the twins. Buckaroo, elepfun, pop up pirate (20p!!!), hungry hippos, junior scrabble all for about £1. There was a fella last year that sold brand new books that had been rejected from the publishers as the cover was wonky or some such. Got Julia Donaldson stuff, funny bones and cd books for 1-2 quid. Some put away for birthday pressies too.
Last year's games have been freecycled now. I figure I am hiring them for £1 and don't worry if the pieces get lost too much. If they were £15 I would be narked. But they keep asking to play bloody elefun!

ScornedWoman Thu 19-Sep-13 11:54:12

Yep, my friend gave DS a preloved toy last year and he loved/loves it. I have already put a shout out for Playmobil on my local selling site. I can't decide between a castle/pirate ship; hopefully, I won't have to if I can get them cheaply this way. Also, used sets (Playmobil) tend to come with extra bits thrown in, so even more for your money.

SmokedMackerel Thu 19-Sep-13 13:23:19

Hmm, local Facebook selling page. So Facebook is actually useful, who knew!

How would I find if I had a local page? <clueless >

noisytoys Thu 19-Sep-13 13:30:03

For the first two years of DDs life she got DD1s old (good condition) toys wrapped up as presents so I didn't even buy her second hand gifts. They had been in the loft a good while though. Both now get a mix of new and second hand.

Isildur Thu 19-Sep-13 13:35:31

I'd love to, but I can't really find anything worth the effort.

Once you factor in courier fees, all of the big Playmobil sets I've seen on Ebay cost about the same as 'sale' prices in the toy stores, and there will be loads of sales between now and Christmas.

Lego too.

I will be buying them loads of second hand books though.

DuelingFanjo Thu 19-Sep-13 13:39:17

I have bought some playmobil stuff from ebay for my DS - an aeroplane and a rescue helicopter with people. He will be three at Christmas. His birthday is a couple of days before and he's getting something new in a box on that day. I know he's going to absolutely love the playmobil stuff as he played with some at a friend's house and couldn't stop talking about it.

BuggedByJake Thu 19-Sep-13 13:47:26

I've not thought about Christmas yet but I have done the same with playmobil. A couple of years ago I bought ds a few full sets then lots of bits n bobs, road signs, cones etc.
He loved it & didn't question why it never came in the packaging.
Such an odd thing for people to be negative about.

FeetStreet Thu 19-Sep-13 14:03:05

Yes, all of my ds's main presents last year came in one bundle I bought on gumtree for £18. All perfect condition, would have cost £70ish new. He was thrilled with them and no questions about packaging (it's just an obstacle to playing with the stuff in his eyes anyway). I was quite chuffed to see lovely things wrapped under the tree which didn't break the bank. You've reminded me to start keeping an eye out for things, thanks!

Liz79 Thu 19-Sep-13 14:41:44

Tell me.about playmobil. I have nearly.6.yo.dd. & my ds is.3.5. Do I.need.it?

FunnyRunner Thu 19-Sep-13 14:48:10

To clean Playmobile - chuck it in a pillow case or laundry bag and fling in washing machine. (Disclaimer: haven't tried this but saw it recommended)

DuelingFanjo Thu 19-Sep-13 14:48:39

I doubt it is essential but DS loves the fact that people can sit in things. It's bigger and chunkier than lego and doesn't have bits fall off everywhere. It is expensive new though so look out for sets on ebay. I do searches for nearest first so that there's a chance the stuff can be picked up to avoid postage.

Tommetipsy Thu 19-Sep-13 14:49:18

I bought an awesome wild west set for my dd's for xmas two years ago from ebay. It was a total bargin. The seller sent it wrapped so carefully and included a note saying his son's had years of fun with the sets and he hoped we'd enjoy them too.

Liz79. My DD's are 7 and 4 and I would say playmobil is the most played with of their toys. I reckon get one theme e.g wild west or romans and build up from there. Looks like lots of bargins on ebay to be had. Playmobil as mixes in with other toys e.g animals, lego etc.

Better then Syl - feckin - vanian families. Totally over priced, tiny tiny pieces that choke the hoover and they have staring eyes.

cheekycherryza Thu 19-Sep-13 15:36:49

I have bought my daughter a brilliant condition secondhand cinderella castle and 6 princess barbie dolls on ebay and a horse and carriage at a car boot sale for £3. I don't give rats what people think of me. It was either that or give her practically nothing for Christmas as our budget is very small this year as we are saving to buy a house. I'm not going to spend £100s of our savings money to give my daughter everything brand new. She's 3 and going to be so excited to have these toys she won't care if they are new or not.

Soon she'll be 13 and I'll be spending big bucks on ipods and designed clothes so the way I figure it as long as she's happy now I don't care that the items are second hand.

FunnyRunner Thu 19-Sep-13 17:13:13

If you live near Liverpool / Widnes there is an absolute bargain of a Happyland bundle on ebay - currently at £21 but it is awesome. It says free postage but it's actually collection only.

I'd be happy to buy second hand but all our charity shops seem to be mainly clothes and the car boots seem to have baby stuff but nothing for older ones.

eBay I agree, once you've paid postage it is hardly worth it. Especially if there are a few pieces missing. So although I'm on the lookout I haven't as yet bought anything second hand for ds for christmas.

Chocotrekkie Thu 19-Sep-13 17:25:07

Check out local Facebook "buy and sell kids stuff" pages. Much easier than eBay and you collect rather than pay postage. Have already bought a carrier bag full of sylvanian animals and furniture for a tenner and have just sold some kids clothes.

TrinityRhino Thu 19-Sep-13 17:27:51

yes definitely
I have no choice this year but I do anyway

Littlemousewithcloggson Thu 19-Sep-13 18:12:10

I try to buy most stuff new but at bargain prices ( - such as the squinkies set and zhu zhu set on the bargain thread, amazing value.) However I will happily buy 2nd hand too. Last year DD got the sylvanian regency hotel, fully furnished with 2 families, butler and Maid that I picked up for £25 as collection only on EBay. It was in perfect condition. Why pay over £200extra just for the boxes!

foxy6 Thu 19-Sep-13 18:16:53

I have brought toys off eBay and from charity shops for Christmas presents. I don't see a problem with it if the children are young they don't care where it came from just that Santa got it for them grin

Definitely. Last year DD1 had a Santa sack full of princess dresses that came from the local FB selling group. Will be doing it even more so this year as we're up shit creek.

Meglet Thu 19-Sep-13 18:24:22

I did for years. Last year DD had a second hand Barbie house, she was only 4 so none the wiser. Although they're both school age now so I've moved over to new presents.

Have you tried NCT nearly new sales? Most of the DC's presents used to come from there.

BornToFolk Thu 19-Sep-13 18:28:46

I am!
DS had his heart set on a Lego football set but they stopped making them about 10 years ago. So, I kept an eye on ebay and found one as part of a bundle. Total bargain and DS is getting a lot of second hand Lego for Christmas. It's exactly what he wanted though.

I got him a few second hand games last year too. He's not fussed at all.

OneUp Thu 19-Sep-13 18:33:46

My eighteen month old is getting a toy kitchen I picked up from a charity shop for £20 completely unused as her main present.

PoppyWearer Thu 19-Sep-13 18:39:12

My DS's main present will be second-hand. Why wouldn't you, of you can get something decent quality for less? I always try to check eBay before I buy any big toys.

mum2jakie Thu 19-Sep-13 18:40:49

I got my oldest a second hand netbook a couple of years ago. It was in excellent condition (purchased from a colleague so I had some 'comeback') and he was none the wiser! Just meant there was more to spare for nice stuff throughout the year.

Why would people have a problem with anybody giving second hand stuff to their own kids?? Bizarre!

Scrounger Thu 19-Sep-13 18:51:42

I do this, I keep an eye out on ebay for wooden train sets (cost a fortune new and even if a bit bashed is still good for playing with) and I look at Nearly New Sales, have had quite a few unopened games, plastic toys from there.

beatofthedrum Thu 19-Sep-13 19:13:14

Yes. Why on earth not, they don't know. Have got my ds's main pressie on eBay, it popped up on local site and that's his Christmas sorted!

MamaBear17 Thu 19-Sep-13 19:38:39

The best Christmas present I ever bought my brother was a second hand Ken doll from Ebay, which I then 'made' into his own personal action figure. He was an amateur wrestler at the time and I made it look like him right down to his costume. It cost about £8 to make and he still has it on his shelf 10 years later. Sod what others think. I will be selling dds old stuff at a carboot in the next few weeks and using the money I raise towards Christmas. One of the presents being wrapped up for DD this year is my husbands 'Big Yellow Teapot'! It might be 20 years old but she will love it!

BaconAndAvocado Thu 19-Sep-13 20:32:06

I often buy bits from car boot sales, I get a real kick out of it and the don't know any different.

TiredyCustards Thu 19-Sep-13 20:35:44

We bought dd some brio from eBay, no way were we paying shop prices.

It lasts nd lasts, we'll probably be able to sell it on when our dc have finished with it!

coveredinweetabix Thu 19-Sep-13 20:54:04

This will be DD's fifth Xmas and her first of receiving a brand new present. And that will be taken out of the packaging and made before Xmas. She has no idea that her other things have been second hand and nor would she care. A bit of Dettol, a big bow on the top &, hey presto, a wonderful new toy. As with one of the previous posters, DC2's presents will just be DC1's stuff down from the loft.
Also, DD's presents from us have often not cost more than £20. We could spend more but, by the time she's been spoiled by the grandparents and had presents from odd friends, she's got more than enough and I'd rather "save" the money and use it to pick up the odd toy during the year when she's got a new interest or I see something I know she'll love. She's got a winter birthday so, otherwise, it can be a long gap between gift giving opportunities!

fuzzpig Sat 21-Sep-13 08:49:42

Probably not this year but that's because we got a good deal on the playmobil pyramid from toys r us. We will be building it and setting it up by the tree, though, so if it had been a used one, they wouldn't even know anyway!

We did for DS' birthday (4 last month) though. He is really into the old Gerry Anderson shows - thunderbirds etc - and DH found an awesome old captain scarlet outfit and a stingray outfit for a few quid each (had a thunderbirds one earlier in the year). He absolutely loved them and there's no way we could've found a new one like that.

ILoveAFullFridge Sat 21-Sep-13 08:56:24

Absolutely no hesitation buying 2nd hand toys for our dc. As long as its in decent condition and something the dc will enjoy, then no reason not to.

eBay in particular is brilliant when trying to expand a collection. Dc2 & 3 got bags of random Lego minifigures last year - total and utter joy from them! You should see the worlds they create and the adventure stories that have continued for weeks and weeks. And the fact that they came with lots of random limbs and accessories made the gift even richer. In fact, once I'd checked that the bits could be made up into a good number of complete figures, I dismembered the lot before wrapping up the bags.

RhondaJean Sat 21-Sep-13 17:48:47

Probably a bit different but my dd who will be 14 at Xmas has requested a Gameboy colour and a Pokemon game - they stopped making them years ago sp they're coming from eBay and amazon and she knows they won't be new ones but she will be delighted with them.

I'm looking at vintage my little ponies for dd2 as well on eBay but tbh they are more expensive mostly than buying new!

i remembered i had £50 on an argos card from trading in an old mobile phone, so have just bought 6 presents (on their 3 for 2) for the 2 ds', technically not costing anything!! thats all theyre getting in the way of new, other than that, its ebay and local facebook pages and charity shops.

Ive just bought a tomy colour paint pot for £5 from facebook selling page and a shopping trolley for ds2 from a local charity shop for £1.50 that donates all profits to orphans around the world, ie romania, syria etc - they have some lovely things!

stargirl1701 Mon 30-Sep-13 19:45:23

Definitely. I use eBay, NCT sales and Jack & Jill markets. DD is only 1 so she doesn't have a clue. Why spend money when you don't need to. We try to buy as much as possible for DD second hand as it seems more environmentally responsible.

Definitely. Last year we got DD a huge collection of dressing up clothes - they were all sourced on ebay (couple of £ each) so she got lots more than if I'd bought them all new.

This year I'm on the lookout for some moshi monsters stuff - HINT - if anyone wants to sell me any? grin

DD is none the wiser at 4 1/2 if it's new or 2nd hand tbh! I don't care what anyone thinks either.

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duckbilled Wed 05-Nov-14 16:35:13

I love finding second hand bargains for dd, already have a few tucked away for the big jolly man to deliver wink

fuzzpig Wed 05-Nov-14 17:42:00

Got top trumps for both my DCs' stockings on eBay as the ones I know they'll love (Pixar Incredibles and Roald Dahl) are out of print. They won't notice and wouldn't care if they did!

scrappydappydoo Wed 05-Nov-14 17:58:01

Yes - I pick things up throughout the year - mostly in charity shops.
Crazy prices - unopened box of a sylvanian family set £2, unopened mlp balloon play set £3, happyland garage with cars £5 etc. I think as long as it looks in good condition its fine smile. People can be so snobby about things like this.

blacktreaclecat Wed 05-Nov-14 19:12:10

DS has some Raa Raa figures from us and a load of Happyland and postman pat stuff from grandparents for Christmas courtesy of eBay and FB sites. I have no problem with it, as long as it's in good condition. The Happyland was grubby but a good clean and new batteries and it's mostly good as new.

Theonlyoneiknow Wed 05-Nov-14 20:15:38

Absolutely! The next nct sale is the end of November so hoping to get some bargains then!

JavaSparrow Wed 05-Nov-14 21:41:10

For the last few years at least half of the dc's presents have been second hand (charity shops, eBay, hand me downs). Leaves me money to spend on beautiful boxes, so they are excited and brand new "extras". So a second hand garage wrapped beautifully with brand new cars as an example.

This year, rather than Lego advent calendar, I am hoping to get 24 cool Lego characters from eBay via bundles like this: m.ebay.co.uk/itm/261644001441

They get want they want and I can afford the mortgage and wine, works out for everyone. grin

IssyStark Wed 05-Nov-14 23:24:50

We get second hand for our's. Last year ds2 even got ds1's toys, which had been in the loft, wrapped up. He was only just 2 and basically did not care.

EmGee Thu 06-Nov-14 14:08:32

DH and I have totally different views on this! I think it's a great idea to buy secondhand/from charity shops etc. Why on earth not, if the item is in good condition?
My family are all into Oxfam and the like - in fact, one year my mum bought my Christmas present from Oxfam (a coat from Next). DH's eyes nearly popped out of his head in horror!

Grumpyoldblonde Thu 06-Nov-14 15:34:06

Hi,
my daughter is a bit older now and I have no problem with buying 2nd hand Wii games and Nintendo games and also DVD's -I would not be able to afford 35.00 games as stocking fillers, a fiver however.. and she gets what she wants and has no idea, not that she would even care tbh

Norfolkandchance1234 Thu 06-Nov-14 16:02:56

I have bought ELC happy land stuff in the past on eBay. I bought my DD a gorgeous dolls house with tons of furniture and bits and pieces for a fraction of the price from Gumtree. I buy all their bikes second hand. I buy DS games on eBay then resell them once used.

Norfolkandchance1234 Thu 06-Nov-14 16:05:07

A few years back I really wanted to get hold of a fisher price castle that was discontinued and found it for next to nothing by chance at a Boot fair. DS and I were delighted.

youbethemummylion Thu 06-Nov-14 16:16:25

Yes I have done this lots and have met with lots of disapproval however the kids have been more than happy with the DSLites, tablets, DS games, Xbox games, chess sets, bikes they have got for Christmas and birthdays which we couldn't have afforded to get them new.

ismellonehugerat Thu 06-Nov-14 16:18:50

I buy loads of things in the charity shop and eBay and sometimes I find decent things to give as presents.

It save you money, stops things going in to landfill and you have happy children. What is there not to love? I don't tell people about my buying habits though as people can be very sniffy. More fool them though!

Franke Thu 06-Nov-14 16:24:32

Ditto buying wii games and dvds secondhand. I usually get them in Amazon marketplace. I'll get books if I can be sure they're in pretty good condition.

rocketjam Thu 06-Nov-14 16:42:44

Yes I have, every year, alongside new toys and they've never noticed...

oobedobe Thu 06-Nov-14 19:44:53

When DD1 was 2 I got her a fantastic Plan Toys modern dollhouse second hand it was completely furnished, with people for $100 (retail is about $300+) it was in great condition and I loved my bargain! Sadly she never really played with it and it was very bulky - I sold it three years later for more than I had paid and put the money towards a wooden castle which both DDs love.

Have also found some great games second hand (the ones kids are desperate for but only play with for 10 mins a time) buckaroo, hungry hippos etc

My latest deal for this year was a used Playmobil advent calendar (with all pieces and boxes etc) for $2!

Obviously they get lots of new stuff too but I do look for deals such as 25% off or price matching. DD1's main gift is a furreal puppy which should be $70 but have just found it for $45.

zobey Thu 06-Nov-14 21:06:02

This year is the 1st that my dd has got all brand new stuff. She's 3 in Jan. Looking at her pile it looks like nothing compared to previous two years. But more money was spent this year.

Tortoise Thu 06-Nov-14 21:20:18

I buy as much as possible 2nd hand.
Got DD1 a phone off ebay. Wouldn't be able to afford a more decent one if it was new.

Desperatelyseeking I have a bundle of zhu zhu stuff to sell. Not looking for much but courier may bump up the price unless you live in Somerset!

KnittedJimmyChoos Thu 06-Nov-14 21:29:18

get more for my money

Yes yes, def, children have little concept of where and how old toys are, they just like toys.

I have always sourced from lots of places based on whether my child would like it or not.

Why buy one gift from JL say, when could buy that gift plus four more from charity sale?

Last year I really liked the tool bench toy for my 18month. it was 14 I think in JL I was so tempted to buy, when to Charity sale and there was one for £2!! a saving of £12, so I picked up a few more lovely things for very cheap and also saved ££! win win, win.

elQuintoConyo Thu 06-Nov-14 21:39:58

DS has a secondhand bike coming his way this year: €20 down from €135. Yes, thank you very much grin

Also mixed in there is a hand-me-down bendy spiderman figure and xylophone. Friends gave us a big placcy table that converts into a blackboard table with matching stool last month, he loves it. His big sjt-on motorbike was 5th hand, at least. We also have our eye out for a 2nd hand Wendy house

When I was8 I got my first bike - that was older than me! I didn't care, I had a bike! For my 18th birthday I got antiques. Nothing wrong with 2nd hand, antiques, passing things on etc.

DixieNormas Thu 06-Nov-14 21:42:50

Not this year but we did last year, got loads of little people and peppa pig. Ds3&4 love it all

AmeliaPeabody Fri 07-Nov-14 00:56:56

Yes, a 'new' theatre play and scenery for a miniature toy theatre we have.

Equimum Fri 07-Nov-14 12:26:42

We've bought DS a huge wooden railway set with lots of Thomas trains. He loves playing with these sets, but to get a decent sized set was going to be ££££! Looked on a selling site and got a huge box for the price of a small loop and one train new! DS is only 2, so he's not going to care.

On the other hand, though, I have persuaded DH that we get him a new scooter for his BDay as I'm not sure how many children they last, and would prefer to buy one that will do our next DC as well

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