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Like rare Beanie Babies and other vintage toys from the 90s, Furbies can be hard to find for a price that reflects their genuine value. Fake eBay listings and misinformation about the value of the various ‘rare’ Furbies might make you think they’re too expensive. But don’t fret; Jay from Furb World is here to save the day with ten tips for finding Furbies on eBay for what they’re actually worth!
Furby is back! Ok, maybe not officially from its parent company Hasbro, but it’s safe to say that the original Furby is back in the zeitgeist again, and there are thousands of fans across the globe who can’t get enough of those big eyes. Search #longfurby or #furbycommunity on social media, and you’ll find your late 90’s legend living its best life, posing poolside, exploring the outdoors, and even travelling the world. Furby is in! There are Furby customizers, Furby collectors, Furby clothing-makers, Furby photographers, and even people putting limbs on oddbody Furbies.
And Furby is still very social! While social media often gets a bad rap for being toxic and aggressive, Furby’s online followers are overwhelmingly inclusive and caring. This positive attitude is very much in line with Furby’s original concept: to make a toy that was a child’s first friend. While many people worked to make Furby a reality, Caleb Chung is who I consider the co-father of Furby and the person responsible for Furby’s soul. He created an iconic toy that seemed to evolve with a kid, and unlike the Tamagotchi, Furby was a toy you could cuddle and pet.
But where can you get a Furby these days? You can’t just pop into a KB Toys store and pick up a Furbies. So, where have all the Furbies gone?
Here are some tips for finding absolute deals on eBay for these lil’ fuzzy creatures! We must warn you, though, finding Furbies can be very addicting!
There are many kinds of Furbies and many reasons people want them. You may want to rekindle your love of Furby and find the same one you had as a kid. Or you might want one of the many rare and valuable Furbies in the hope of reselling it later. All reasons are valid.
Do some research and learn what kind of Furby you want. If you’re unsure what you’re looking for, check out Furby Fandom’s comprehensive guide to every Furby. Knowing your ideal Furby makes all the difference in how you go about finding one for sale.
Also, consider what you will do with your Furby. Will it sit on a shelf and look pretty? Will it go on adventures? Do you want a “mint condition” collectible or a non-working “for parts” Furby who travels with you in your purse? The price of a used, non-working Furby is typically far lower than a new, in-box one.
We know you’re excited about getting a Furby (we’re excited for you), but you should know the value of your Furby before you spend your money. Why? Because there are scammers out there, and some sellers just think their Furbies are worth a small fortune.
We once saw a seller offering two basic $15 Furbies for over $700! Sometimes you’ll see a Snowball Furby listed for $200. Don’t get ripped off. Sometimes a random, non-rare Furby will be listed for hundreds of dollars because the seller is just hoping someone with a lot of money doesn’t do their homework.
Here is the tried and true way to approximate the value of your desired Furby on eBay:
First, type in the kind of Furby you want in eBay’s search. Then filter your search by “sold;” look for the “Sold Items” filter and select it.
Your search result will now show auctions that are “sold and complete.”
Next, deselect “completed auctions” to see what Furbies actually sold for and when.
The results of this kind of search will give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay for your Furby.
For an in-depth overview, check out this price guide for rare and valuable Furbies.
Unlike e-commerce sites like Amazon, eBay can be very competitive. As Weird Al said, it’s a “world-wide garage sale,” so getting there early often means no competition.
Finding new listings on eBay is easy.
Type in the name of the Furby you want, and change the search category from its default “best match” to “newly listed.”
This will switch up your search results so you’ll see the bleeding edge of what people have just posted. If you see something you like at a reasonable price, this is the time to make an offer with the seller and hope they accept it before anyone else can bid.
This kind of search lets you skim the items about to disappear. Many items on eBay go unsold, so this is a great time to negotiate with sellers on a Furby you want that hasn’t received any bids. Simply set your search results to “ending soonest.”
Fact: Not everyone selling on eBay knows what the heck kind of Furby they’re selling. Some people are just clearing out their adult kid’s stuff and incorrectly list the item simply as what the Furby looks like. We’ve seen Champagne Furbies listed as Glitter Furbies. We’ve seen Autumn Furbies listed as Witch Furbies. We’ve seen Furbies listed as “Kid Cuisine” Furbies that weren’t Kid Cuisine Furbies at all!
Look at the picture of the Furby you want. How would you describe it? Search the word Furby and one or two of these words and see what you find. You may find your ideal Furby because it wasn’t listed in a way anyone else would ever find it.
Search "Furbie". Sometimes people have no idea how to spell Furby.
Sometimes your ideal Furby won’t look like your ideal Furby in the listing photo. Type in your search terms, and pay attention to the pictures. Furbies with bad pictures often sell for less!
Since so many people are “looking” and not reading, a backwards box or a badly-lit Furby might mean they keep scrolling. But often, this is exactly where we find the best deals!
We once found a special edition Furby we wanted for about a third of what we would typically pay. Why? Because the seller posted the picture of the back of the box by mistake, so everyone looking for that kind of Furby kept scrolling.
Some sellers have a “make an offer” button on their listings. Use it!
If they don’t have a “make an offer” button and no one else has bid, find the “contact the seller” button on the listing. Then write them a short and polite message asking them if they would take X amount for the Furby.
You never know exactly how this will pan out, but it’s worth asking. Sometimes sellers who are just cleaning their garage or don’t usually sell Furbies will take a low offer. Occasionally someone will bid on the Furby before the seller can respond. But when it works, it works.
We’ve purchased several Furbies this way from sellers who just want to get rid of the Furby and don’t care or realize that they’re losing money on the deal.
Always check the country of origin before buying! Why? Because international shipping costs are real and, depending on the country, there can be unseen costs to get a package into your country.
Fortunately, eBay lets you sort each search by country of origin, so you can match your searches to your country and avoid extra shipping and import tariffs.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to fall in love with a $10 Furby, look through all its pictures, favorite the listing, and then notice the shipping cost, which is something outrageous, like $25! That means your $10 Furby is now $35 plus tax!
Some sellers offer free shipping, and most others offer reasonable shipping prices, but some charge way too much for shipping. Let them go like ships in the night. Unless you’re buying Furbies in bulk or buying a one-of-a-kind Furby costume used to promote Furby during its launch, there’s no reason to pay higher shipping prices.
If the Furby you want isn’t on eBay, check back every couple of days. Furbies are popular on eBay, and within a month or two, you should be able to find just about any non-rare Furby for sale.
Special Editions like the Jester Furby and Royal Furby are almost always easy to find for a good price, while the Angel Furby might not be listed for a week or two and will usually be at a higher price when it is. Santa Furby, Graduation Furby, and Autumn Furby are easy to find, often new-in-box, at reasonable prices.
Your Furby journey is just that; yours, so make it your own! Have fun with your Furby hunt. Take care of your new friend. Take them out #takeyourfurbiesout and find other weirdos in the world.
The Furby community is overwhelmingly kind and supportive. We attribute that to the reason Caleb Chung first made Furby; to make a toy that would be a child’s first friend. We think he succeeded in that goal, and we look forward to seeing your fantastic adventures with your Furbies!
In 1998, Jay walked into a KB Toys store in a mall and fell in love with a chatty gray and white Furby. Twenty-four years elapsed, and then, in March of 2022, after seeing a Long Furby online, Jay’s love for Furby was rekindled. Jay then created the Furb World brand, which consists of a wholesome and caring Instagram following, an Etsy account with bespoke Furb-adjacent creations, and The Furb World Podcast where Furby customizers and creative people discuss Furby, crafting, and what it takes to follow your dreams. Jay is living her best Furby life and regrets nothing.
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