Two things: firstly, are you even human if you’re not excited about the release of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 on the 21st June? As a family of Toy Story lovers, we can’t wait! And secondly, and reflecting on the old Toy Story films, are you even human if you didn’t hold back the tears when Andy said goodbye to his Woody, Buzz and co at the end of Toy Story 3?
Of all the memorable moments from the Toy Story films, that scene is probably the one that has remained with me most (that and when Buzz flies/falls with style). I guess amongst the comedic moments that fill the Toy Story films, that touching moment between Andy and Bonnie showed maturity and generosity whilst also reminding me, as a father, our kids grow up and eventually move on (someone pass me a tissue).
Despite being a lot younger than Andy, my daughter Edie is aware of the importance and value in passing her toys on. She loves Toy Story, indeed we went through a stage of her life when she was around three and her wardrobe seemed to only contain Buzz and Woody costumes, and weirdly our TV broke, seemingly only able to play Toy Story films! Whilst such toys and costumes hold sentimental value, she’s aware (perhaps because of that Andy/Bonnie scene) that some toys can go on to live a better life with other children. Alongside her maturity, I think the excitement of the new lives they might go on to live fills her imagination – perhaps they’ll end up living on a barge boat, in a hot exotic country or even somewhere beyond infinity.
So, in time for the release of Toy Story 4, we’ve decided to say goodbye to some of Edie’s toys and to set them off on their new journeys, and we’re using eBay, for a number of reasons:
The app is so easy to use! Remember before apps when we’d take 67 badly lit photos, then load them to our 3-foot-deep PC, and spend an afternoon fine tuning the details? Well these days you can post an item quicker than you can say ‘you’ve got a friend in me’.
You can make 2.7x more money on eBay than anywhere else.
Brilliantly, eBay also allows you to donate funds raised to your selected charity. Edie and I will be donating the money from her old toys to the wonderful charity, Together for Short Lives.
With so much of our lives dependent on photos these days (social media, shopping, dating!), I know just how important the images of the toys are for our eBay posts – they need to be bright, perhaps in play-like positions and display any evidence of damage (honesty is the best policy!). As well as photos, to ensure maximum exposure on eBay, keywords are important (so we might write ‘Toy Story Woody – used but good condition’ for example) and picking the most specific category is essential. Oh, and insider tip; as we’re selling toys, it’s key to end posts when parents are going to be on their phones, so Sunday night works well, and not around school run times, kids’ dinner/bath time etc.
So, that’s our toy story, and with the help of eBay, these wonderful characters will go on to live new and exciting lives with new owners.
Talking of all things exciting, eBay have an incredible competition over on their social feeds. One lucky winner will have the chance for a private screening of the new Toy Story 4 movie with their friends All you have to do is visit eBay’s Instagram here to enter: https://www.instagram.com/p/By441MgJ2H7/.
And remember to check out the film on the 21st - in cinemas everywhere!