- Are more expensive
- Are safer. If it's been recalled, it'll be pulled from the shelves of all reputable retailers
- Are healthier - I'm sure it's had no contact with any other bodily fluids but my child's
- Bring the thrill of opening something new
- May end up being bait-and-switch. The toy itself is inexpensive but the accessories cost much
- Are cheaper
- Are usually sold complete with accessories so no looking for that special piece
- May not be in good working condition
- Are not covered by warranty and usually cannot be returned
- Make me wonder if I'm being a cheap parent and taking the frugal thing too far. After all, "don't my kids deserve the best new things?"
With that being said, I still have a list of toys I would buy new and toys I won't.
Toys to buy new:
- Plush toys
- Computer like electronic toys that HAVE to be in good working condition to be fully enjoyed
- Anything for a baby under 9 months. From 9 months they're crawling and putting all sorts of things in their mouth anyway
- Any toy that can be cleaned in a dishwasher
- Big, expensive plastic e.g play houses, picnic tables, outdoor activity centers, wagons, play kitchens etc
- Well-made brand-name toys that are really expensive in retail compared to similar toys; think Educo, Melissa and Doug and other eco-type brands
That's my take. I had fun at the sale and have enjoyed getting some good deals on toys this summer. Now that the girls are active toddlers, there's a lot that I want to give them and I'm glad not to have to pay full-retail for everything.
Obviously this is toy week on mytwintopia. (Have you noticed I try to have weekly themes). Later in the week, I'll be sharing my tips on buying toys for less.
Linking this post to Capri + 3 for Multiples Monday