Kid $11K Richer After Selling Happy Meal Toys

Submitted by: panth753 8 years ago in Misc
http://www.parentdish.com/2009/03/06/11-year-old-11k-richer-after-selling-happy-meals-collection/

Smart kid. Makes you wish you saved all those crappy toys, doesn"t it.
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Male 4,393
woah
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Female 68
Well damn. Smart kid.
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Male 354
How do you not know if you ate somewhere?
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Male 4,680
HOLY POO THAT`S ONLY A MILE FROM MY OLD HOUSE!

If I`m right anyway, it could be another branch. I used to live in Nottingham. Still live in the surrounding area :D

Lucky kid though, especially because it`s so close to home :)

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Male 301
"i thought they would be rare or something. but he ate at mcdonalds seven thousand dratting times! think of the fries, he probably ate an acre of potatoes."

Thats not alot for someone like him. People unkowingly eat MickyDz way more than 20 times a month you can average that up to 7000 or more in around 4-6 years. When you think about it 7000 trips in that year span isn`t that much compared to most people who constantly go to mcdonalds.

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Female 1,436
Smart kid. Very smart kid.
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Male 612
I`m surprised he`s that skinny
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Female 385
true it worked out by the time he was 11 but who listens to a 7 year old and buys $350 worth of happy meal toys? and what kid doesn`t play with the toys? i`m 21 and i at least unwrap the stupid things. weird kid...
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Male 216
i thought they would be rare or something. but he ate at mcdonalds seven thousand dratting times! think of the fries, he probably ate an acre of potatoes.
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Female 1,963
Right, ok. I did actually read the article but apparently not thoroughly enough. Well I was more interested in seeing what the collection looked like :D
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Female 1,963
How did he get all those boxes and stuff? I`m assuming they knew someone who worked there. I`m regretting all the random crap I`ve ever thrown away. Also, I was wondering how the kid could be so skinny eating that much McDonalds, but I guess the dad its most of it.
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Male 2,582
Who where the creepy wierdos who bought them?
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Male 199
Im going to sell mine... except they`re in a landfill somewhere around here
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Male 338
I was thinkin "he`s surprisingly slim considering he`s got all those McD`s toys"
Then I saw the photo with (who I presume is) his dad in it......that explains that then
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Female 495
When I was a kid we used to go to boot sales (apparantly a fun family activity), and Id always buy happy meal etc toys; sold them a while later and made a really nice profit. Nearly 11k less than that boy though!!!
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Male 451
i still have the mario toys from way back.. but the little goomba never lands his backflip anymore
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Female 316
that kid is going to do way better when he grows up than i ever will...
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Female 213
I still have all of mine! My dad was friends with a McDonald`s manager and she used to give me free toys all the time! I`ve got all of the food transformers, the tiny toon cars, captain planet cars, and stuff like that. I have some of the 101 dalmations, but not all of them. I played with them, though.

But yeah, anyone willing to pay 11K for happy meal toys is out of their drating mind

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Male 2,395
Sht... I need to go gather my happy meal toys O_o
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Male 11,739
"I love how no one read the article."

What article?

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Female 1,142
I remember hearing somewhere or from someone that once new toys come in, McDonalds will give the old in-store displays away for free to the employees or whoever wants them.
Dunno if that`s true, but it would explain why the kid/original collector had the full displays. :/
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Female 525
I love how no one read the article.
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Female 1,516
I kept most if not all the toys from when I was a kid. I got them all... even the old Super Mario Brothers Happy Meal toys.
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Female 1,653
The sweatshop workers who produce millions of those things a year would not have seen 1% of that in their lives.
That makes me kind of sad.
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Male 245
over 7,000 toys....unless those happy meals cost $1 each, he lost quite a bit, granted he got the happy meal too, but he didn`t make that much in my mind.
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Male 1,089
he didnt make any money.
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Female 1,412
In england you have to pay £1 for the toy seperate now. And they`re not very good. Most people leave them behind which is stupid concidering thats what most of the happy meal is. Everybody knows you get starving after 10 mins of eating one.
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Female 299
Grizzzzzzzzz if you actually read the article it says he brought a collection from someone else 4 years ago. Considering a lot of those toys were before his time, clearly he didn`t eat all the meals himself if in fact each toy came from a meal at all. Many a time people just ask for the toy without the meal.
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Male 489
10,000 happy meals needed...

thats a cost of £10,000+

he got £8,130 back..


Only £1,870 richer then, IF each happy meal cost £1.

Considering the amount of damage he did to his body/teeth by the poor diet choice....amount of negative man points for eating happy meals at his age...

etc...

it`s still fairly impressive

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Male 1,704
i have a load of untouched cereal toys in my cupboard..
only a couple hundred tho..
might try n get a bit of dosh for them.
50 quid will do.
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Male 4,793
wow, i really figured he`d be a McTub, guess he didnt buy all those with happy meals tho...thus he cheated.
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Male 208
bankvole, it said he didn`t get them from happy meals. He bought them from the company itself.
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Male 721
To the people who didnt actually read this though, he didnt buy any happy meals, he bought the collection some years ago for £250 ($350) in bulk, and then sold them in 100 lots seperatly.
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Male 2,586
lol, i`m in Notts... wonder where he is?! - Notts can be quite nasty so he`s blatantly gonna get mugged now all the older kids know he`s rich! :-D
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Male 959
Lets say he first went to McDonald`s when he was four. He`d have been collecting them for about seven years. Thats 1000 toys a year. Or every meal he`s had in that time.

I call shenanigans on this one.

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Male 1,178
but the kid had 7000 items, he earned just over £8000 pounds, which means that he got just over £1 for all of them, which is pretty rubbish really. Thats like selling 7000 bottles of coke for £1 each and being astounded at making £7000. OK i understand that its a lot of money for a kid, but it means that their not exactly worth that much as individual items. Just if you collect a tonne of them.....
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Female 248
he`s 11! Half of those toys were before he was born! I remember having the batman bike stuff and some dalmations about 13 years ago lol
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Male 8,300
Well that`ll go halfway to paying the medical bills from eating McRonalds...
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Male 493
I hope that kid calls Warren Buffet so that he can teach him and his father where to invest that $11k so that it will grow.
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Male 2,238
You`re looking at the next Bill Gates right there.......
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Male 129
Who made the profit off the $350? The dad or the kid? Baalthazaq`s sentence implies that the father made the profit. The article`s title implies that the kid did. Your quoted text doesn`t mention who made the profit.
Nice try, though.
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Male 3,842
"the article never said or implied that "the dad paid $350 for a large portion of that collection then made a profit on it." "

You mean except the part where it says, and I quote:

"Luke did not eat those meals himself. At the age of seven, he convinced his father to purchase another Happy Meals collection (dating from 1990 to 1999) for about $350."

Seems like that is EXACTLY what the article says.

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Male 129
Good point, Baalthazaq, it is unclear from the article how many toys came from the Happy Meals the parents bought. But, assuming that the kid continued the collection and amassed a complete set from 1999-2008, then the parents would have had to pay a lot of money for the happy meals...

Thank you for ensuring accuracy in the comments, though! An in the same spirit:
YOU ARE WRONG: the article never said or implied that "the dad paid $350 for a large portion of that collection then made a profit on it." Read the title, silly.

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Female 4,028
Lucky.
I`m trying to get future money by buying a band t-shirt, saving it for about two years or so, and then selling it. Since the shirt will no longer be made then, I`m sure some fans would be willing to pay some for it... I hope.
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Male 3,842
"1. A happy meal costs 1.99 pounds, so his parents had to pay 14000 pounds to buy the happy meals."

No they didn`t. Read the article. Parents just bought an existing collection of the toys.

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Male 3,842
"Either we are both looking at something wrong, or this kid ate 583 happy meals/year. That`s one every day and two most days."

You are looking at something wrong. You didn`t read the article. His dad just bought a collection of the toys, not the actual happy meals.

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Male 3,255
@Zombiemike

Well, Baalthazaq is right. And that`s something I drating HATE saying about Baalthazaq.

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Male 552
Wow Baalthazag, what a killjoy.
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Male 4,546
Again, Leopardson: $350 paid for a lot of that collection.
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Male 4,546
I don`t really consider entrepreneurs all that smart, just average combined with lucky.

Hell I`ve got a good few $000 worth of Magic Cards I could sell. Doesn`t make me smart.

(And PC-Player: Read the article, then offer your advice, the dad paid $350 for a large portion of that collection then made a profit on it.

The happy meals also constitute taking care of a basic need, if he wasn`t eating happy meals, he`d be eating something else, and spending money with 0 returns. )

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Male 315
PC-Player,
Either we are both looking at something wrong, or this kid ate 583 happy meals/year. That`s one every day and two most days.`
Spoiled-rotten waste of a few thousand dollars AFTER auction if you ask me.
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Male 1,788
That kid`s a loser. Never played with the toys...Ha!
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Male 868
Smart kid.
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Female 15,763
haha, he wants to use the money to buy something else and then sell it. The cute little business tycoon...
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Male 129
Great business deal huh? Let`s look at the costs:
1. A happy meal costs 1.99 pounds, so his parents had to pay 14000 pounds to buy the happy meals.
2. The parents had to store the 7000 pieces in their home.
Yeah, Wall Street sure needs a lesson from this kid: take the money from `parents` (read: government) and then pocket the profits.
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Female 741
It doesn`t seem like that much money.
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Female 23
@ the comment below mine...

Um, look at his Dad...

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Male 976
And he`s Thin!
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Male 4,004
If I ruled the world, everybody would be happy.
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Male 4,004
This world would be better off without economy. It would be back to the simplified world of: Buy, put up for sale, sell, make money to buy more crap to sell to make more money. No need to have a bunch of people making millions selling shares without actually selling anything. 100% ownership of your business will keep you richer. And should there be a crash, just shut your business down saying "it wasn`t profitable anymore", and retire with your hard earned millions.
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Male 4,004
It said "In fact, maybe he could give some advice to the pros on Wall Street."

Yeah, because Wall Street people,, who have a University degree have no clue what they`re doing. Economy is a flawed system in itself, but whatever, it seems to make money appear out of nowhere, and when people want to know where the money is, it`s not there, anywhere, so there`s a crash, because there is no money... Somebody must have the money the companies say they have...who? Who cares, give them a bailout so they can say they have money again.

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Female 4,447
That`s one savvy kid.
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Male 3,649
I still have two Happy Meal Woody`s from Toy Story, one in original packaging, other in mint condition. I`ll sell them both for $40. Any takers?
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Female 9,572
Link: Kid $11K Richer After Selling Happy Meal Toys [Rate Link] - Smart kid. Makes you wish you saved all those crappy toys, doesn`t it.
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