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AIBU to bid up to £100 for a spare favourite toy?

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NeopreneMermaid Wed 06-Feb-13 11:57:47

My 10mo ds has a discontinued cuddly toy that he needs to get to sleep. He sucks it so after 3 days it stinks to high heaven and needs decontamination washing. Wash day is a nightmare as he has to have at least one nap without it and it needs me with him for 40mins, while 2yo dd is plonked in front of Cbeebies.

In addition to trying every online shop, rl shop and the manufacturer for a spare, I have searched eBAY daily since May using 4 search terms and one has finally come up - start bid was 99p so I put on a safely high max bid of £30shock . Some bugger just outbid me! It originally cost less than a tenner new.

So, would ibu to increase my bid to £40? £60? £100?! If iabu, how much is your child's favourite/needed toy worth to you?

LittleChimneyDroppings Wed 06-Feb-13 12:00:23

Not that much, jeez. I may pay £20/£25 but it would pain me to go more than that.

NeopreneMermaid Wed 06-Feb-13 12:02:03

I am soooo desperate. I think it might now be a collectors' item now as it's so rare. sad

snuffaluffagus Wed 06-Feb-13 12:02:31

Wait until the last minute to bid, that way it won't push the price up before that. Only you can know what it's worth to you! I'd say £30 would be my max but it's up to you!

OHforDUCKScake Wed 06-Feb-13 12:03:02

Someone has the same problem as you!

Its your money, bid as much as you like.

When does it end? Never bid until the end. It would still be 99p now if you hadnt. Now forsure it will get a huge price.

Have you tried Amazon?

YulaBaker Wed 06-Feb-13 12:03:13

What is it? A MNer might have one that they don't really care much for.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Wed 06-Feb-13 12:03:38

show us, we miight have one to send. i've got hundreds of the bloody things...

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Wed 06-Feb-13 12:03:50


FairyJen Wed 06-Feb-13 12:03:59

What you is it out of interest? Maybe we can find you one?

stormforce10 Wed 06-Feb-13 12:04:03

What is it OP. You never know someone may have one stuffed in a cupboard somewhere that they're willing to part with or sell you at a sensible price

Katz Wed 06-Feb-13 12:04:08

Put a plea on here with a photo and description, there's probably a mumsnetter with one on their toy box that's never played with who'll send it to you for the cost a postage, if it was one we have its yours.

Pandsbear Wed 06-Feb-13 12:04:41

Poor you I feel your pain (though never paid that much for a second version of the Most Loved Teddy). What is it -maybe someone on here has a spare one?

FairyJen Wed 06-Feb-13 12:04:54

X post

NotADragonOfSoup Wed 06-Feb-13 12:05:34

<<lines up huge soft toy collection>>

Pandsbear Wed 06-Feb-13 12:05:36

Lots of X-posts!

NotADragonOfSoup Wed 06-Feb-13 12:06:37

I sent a Much Loved but Lost soft to y to a MNer once. Complete with photos of him "having a bath" and having a lot of fun to explain why he had gone missing and arrived back home clean grin

FairyJen Wed 06-Feb-13 12:08:19

soup that's lovely smile

LittleBoxes Wed 06-Feb-13 12:09:27

Just to say, my dd had a favourite toy at that age, a cat. She was devoted to it, wouldn't let it out of her sight, it went to nursery every day with her, we were terrified of losing it.

Until the Christmas when she was two and a half, when she got a new one (also a cat) and immediately, and I mean immediately, ditched the old one. She is now 6 and the newer cat is the one she sleeps with every night. The old one is at the bottom of a box somewhere, totally ignored.

So what I'm saying is, don't assume the one he has at 10mo will be the 'forever' toy. So you might not want to spend £100 on a spare!

LittleChimneyDroppings Wed 06-Feb-13 12:10:04

Yeah what is it? Copy and paste the eBay pic. You never know, one of us might have one.

VisualiseAHorse Wed 06-Feb-13 12:10:10

What is it? We may have one somewhere.

We've been contemplating buying another of LO's bedtime rabbit. It cost about £15 new, and is still available in loads of places, so we know we can rush out and buy one if needed. It hasn't been washed EVER. He is 9.5 months old!! I think I might buy another one next time I see one in a shop, just in case.

schoolgovernor Wed 06-Feb-13 12:10:24

Stop bidding. Google - free sniping software - and register a snipe bid.
I know some EBayer's hate this, but it does mean you keep your cards close to your chest and don't encourage other bidders.

aderynlas Wed 06-Feb-13 12:12:56

Thats really lovely soup, how kind of you. We had a lost little ted sat in our window for afew days no one claimed it. My dh took a photo and we put it in the local shop, about an hour later ted was reunited with his little owner smile

Scholes34 Wed 06-Feb-13 12:14:31

I think you need to concentrate on the going to sleep issues instead. Even if you pay £100 for a replacement, or a kind Mumsnetter sends you one for free, you can't guarantee your DS won't recognise it as a poor substitute. Soft toys seem to take on a personality of their own!

NotADragonOfSoup Wed 06-Feb-13 12:15:02

It was a win-win scenario really - I got rid of a large, unloved stuffed animal and gained a warm fuzzy feeling and a small child somewhere got his friend back.

ResponsibleAdult Wed 06-Feb-13 12:20:05

Had similar prob with DS toy bear, promptly discontinued, nearly lost him in several occasions. When DD arrived DS chose a cuddly rabbit, we bought a spare rabbit and woukd switch them so one could be in the wash whilst the other was in use. As a preschooler she found the "secret" other one, announced she'd found Raddit's (ie rabbit) twin and insisted both stay out. She is now 11, they are still in her room.
Your son is young, will be distractable, bid as high as you can afford. If you get it, we'll done, if not find something similar and buy two. An heir and a spare almost

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