A New Life for Toys – Toycycle Review

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As moms, we see the life cycle of toys go by all too quickly. Toycycle gives life to toys that are in much need of new hands to play with them. It is the beauty of Toy Story and the new friends Woody found in the later movies!

As moms, we see the life cycle of toys go by all too quickly. The excitement of the new toy, playing intensely for a week or so, then put away and nearly forgotten. The toy comes out maybe several more times even but after a few years the draw is gone. New toys are purchased, more holidays and birthdays pass, soon the toys are forgotten in toy boxes and no longer played with. I often imagine one of our favorite movies Toy Story and what the toys would feel like if they came alive. The ones that “live” in my son’s bed, the ones that can’t be left at home when we venture out. Just as in Toy Story and Woody, eventually the boys grow up and new toys come into the place of royalty. Soon we have many toys put away that are forgotten and not played with. Perhaps neighbors, friends, or family inherit toys but all too often they are thrown away still in great condition. Enter Toycycle!

Toycycle is committed to recycling toys and giving them new life with new hands to love them. “The most eco-friendly toy is the one that is re-used. The same goes for baby gear of every kind. Shopping in Toycycle’s online kids’ thrift store, you get not only cost savings but also the waste reduction and other environmental benefits of shopping used. Shop on your own schedule, view product details at a glance, use our search feature and filters, and enjoy our quality guarantee.” It is a thrift store meets online convenience in a wonderful package! They guarantee with a 7-Day no questions asked return policy and are making buying used as convenient as buying new.

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Toycycle Process

The process to purchased “new for you” toys is very much like the process of going to any online shop and purchasing. You pick your favorites, checkout and in the next few days your package has arrived. The Toycycle shipping was very fast and everything was packed with lots of care. I was really impressed. The toys were stacked in layers so you could unwrap each layer one by one. The boys knew no different that the toys were used. To my boys they were new toys. The unboxing video shoes it all, how magical an experience it was!

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Selling on Toycycle

Selling on Toycycle could not be more convenient, if you live in the Bay Area. They take care of all the details. They pick up your gear and toys, sell it on the website, and you get paid. What could be easier! It is truly a full-service consignment experience!

Specifically, Toycycle does curbside pickup in the following San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Burlingame, Castro Valley, Daly City, Danville, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Foster City, Hayward, Hillsborough, Kensington, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Ramon, South San Francisco, and Walnut Creek.

How does Toycycle Price Things

Toycycle is full service which means that they price everything for you and take care of all the photos, pricing, and selling. They use a set formulate where they first check the retail price for the item or comparable item, then they browse for the items or similar items on other marketplaces and kids’ consignment stores. Typically, this amounts to about 45% off retail if the item is in excellent condition. Following that model, new items in original packaging sells for about 60-70% retail, things with minor flaws but in good condition are priced around 20-35%. If items are not in sellable condition then they can be donated to charity or returned to the consignor.

The headaches of figuring out pricing and managing buyers on marketplaces can be huge for a busy mom. Consigning with Toycycle removes that hassle and is time saved.

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What Can I Sell on Toycycle

Toycycle has a large collection of items it will consign. There are only a few things that it will not for safety reasons like car seats. They do have a really high standard when it comes to condition of the items they consign and list. They don’t take excessively worn, damaged or broken items with missing parts. So collect all your toys and baby or kid-related gear and setup a pickup time!

Look around, I am sure you can find some of these items that are outgrown that are cluttering away. Now is a perfect time to do some uncluttering, just in time for Christmas.

  • Activity Centers
  • Activity gyms or mats
  • Baby bathtubs
  • Baby carriers
  • Bassinets
  • Bedding
  • Bicycles
  • Blankets
  • Books
  • Car booster seats
  • Bouncers
  • Building sets
  • Children’s books
  • Clothing (in like-new condition, minimal signs of wear)
  • Diaper bags
  • Educational toys
  • Feeding supplies
  • Floor seats
  • Games
  • Highchairs
  • Infant toys
  • Jumpers
  • Nursery furniture
  • Nursery gear
  • Nursing pillows
  • Pack n’ Plays
  • Potty Chairs
  • Puppets
  • Puzzles
  • Ride-on toys
  • Rocking toys
  • Shoes (in like-new condition)
  • Sleep sacks
  • Strollers
  • Stuffed animals (new, or in like-new condition)
  • Swaddles
  • Swings
  • Tricycles
  • Walkers

How Much Money Do I Get?

How much you can make depends on what you have to sell. There are the large ticket items like strollers, high chairs, or bassinets or lesser-value items like clothing, toys, and books. Toycycle pays on a variable payout scale based on each item’s value, so you earn more for higher value items. Let’s take a look:

  • $250 – up, you keep 80%
  • $150 – $249.99, you keep 70%
  • $100 – $149.99 you keep 65%
  • $30.01 – $99.99 you keep 50%
  • $20.01 – $30 you keep 30%
  • $10.01 – $20 you keep 20%
  • Under $10 you keep 15%

There are also three ways you can get your hard-earned payouts! You can get cash, store credit, or donate the earnings to a charity. If you choose a store credit you get an additional 10% to shop for new toys and clothes.

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  • I am Cousett @ Techie Mamma! I am a mom of two young boys, and I love tech. I teach DIY mompreneurs to learn how to maximize technology through tech coaching. With my help, mompreneurs can maximize their business, live the lifestyle they want, and contribute something unique with fantastic technology.

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