Parents Can Rent Toys At New Website

By Paula Ebben, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – When you are a kid on Christmas morning, it’s all about volume. But when you are a parent, cruising the aisles of the toy-store in December, it’s about trying to balance a happy holiday with a reasonable budget.

Paul Reinsmith of Boston has found a great way to have plenty of toys under the tree, and all year, without breaking the bank.

Paul and his wife Pam discovered what they call the ‘Netflix’ of toys.

It’s called Toygaroo, a website that lets parents rent toys for a fraction of what they would cost to buy.

WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports.

“It’s the ideal situation for the holiday time,” Paul said. “You can stuff toys under the tree for under 50 bucks. If you were out there buying them, there’s just no way you could do that.”

Paul and Pam choose the toys that are best suited for their son Will and just like Netflix, they go into a queue. Depending on the service plan, every month or every other month, a box comes in the mail with a new set of toys from the queue. When the time is up, send the toys back and a new box will be on its way.

Here’s an idea of what you get and how much it costs.

The cheapest option is $24.99/month for a box of four toys.

We chose The Toy Story 3 Speedway, The Thomas the Tank Engine laptop, Chicco’s radio controlled ATV and the Rolling Round Jungle.

The retail value of those toys is $112.96.

If there is something your child just can’t bear to send back, or if something gets lost or broken, you can purchase the toy at a discounted price.

One mom we talked with liked the concept, but wasn’t thrilled about the idea of her kids playing with toys that had already been around the block with who knows how many other kids. Toygaroo says all the toys are carefully sanitized and re-sealed in plastic before they are shipped to a new home. Paul says all the toys they’ve seen have been like new.

“We haven’t found any ick factor at all,” he said.

We spoke with several moms in Belmont Center who loved the environmental aspect of the service. No more throwing unused or unwanted toys in the trash.

For the Reinsmiths, it’s a great way to keep their active toddler busy and happy.

Toygaroo offers a wide variety of toys, but most are geared toward the toddler and early elementary crowd. There’s no real sophisticated electronics or toys designed for older kids.

Comments

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  1. Julie Kelleher says:

    What a racket!!! I saw some of those toys, and they’re comprised mostly of small or breakable parts. Lose one part, and you pay full retail for the toy.

    Sweet!

    1. jasperddbgghost says:

      Hilarious. Now children get to know the scam of Time Share.

      Plus they pay 3x the cost on broken toys…..but they could never possibly do that right?

      1. edward says:

        no one is being scammed or defrauded. you are free to choose or not choose what is offered by their company. to some, the concept obviously works otherwise the business wouldn’t enjoy customers.

      2. Eric Dyer says:

        So if its 3 times the cost to replace it, then why not pay 1x the cost and buy a new one to send back?

    2. bobby says:

      I’m sorry sweetheart but my lease is up on your Barbie. Give it to me NOW!

      1. Chef David says:

        THAT’S funny. ….. and your little dog too…..

      2. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

        “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ~ H. L. Mencken

        http://911essentials.com

    3. Jennifer says:

      How about learning the correct usage of comprised vs. composed?

      1. Schlomo says:

        How about you add to the conversation instead of being the grammar police?

      2. Gordon Gartrell says:

        And… “there’s no real sophisticated electronics or toys…”

      3. Danny says:

        Grammar Nazi!!!

    4. chris says:

      how is a discounted price = 3x the price.. really it doesn’t sound that bad. Just not the sort of things I would get for my kid

  2. rufus levin says:

    you break it you buy it…at three times retail…..PT BARNUM…there is one born every second….

    1. Santa's Gas Tax says:

      Here is a bio of the author. http://www.applaudwomen.com/Paula_Ebben_WBZ_InspirationalWomen.html

      She cannot spell. She does quite a bit of charity work.

  3. Spell Check says:

    It’s “queue”, not “cue.”

  4. Saltine says:

    This is so wrong for so many reasons.
    First, what happens if the child becomes attached to the toy(s)–The parent will have to buy them anyway.
    Second, kids are known as germ-harborers and sharers. How will, if at all, will these toys be disinfected?
    Third, this does seem like a thoroughly desperate attempt to continue the crass destructive consumerism swallowing the working American people.
    As I said, wrong on so many levels.

    1. rufus levin says:

      guess kids should stay out of the ball pit at McDonalds then?

      1. Clyattvillan says:

        Well duh! LOL

      2. Saltine says:

        YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Have you ever read/seen the reports on those???? Unbelievable germ factories; feces included.

      3. krp says:

        @Saltine.

        KIDS are germ factories. If you have a problem with germs, then don’t have any kids and bring more germs into the world.

        Never understood the idea why anyone would WANT kids in the first place.

      4. Robertb says:

        @krp: Have you asked your parents?

      5. jerrykregle says:

        this is a hidden way around the chicken pox lolipops

      6. EwwwGross says:

        Rumor has it that there is, on average, 5 inches of urine sloshing around in the bottom of the ball pit….

        :-)

    2. Blake says:

      did you read the article?
      1. you can buy the toy at a DISCOUNTED PRICE.
      2. They sterilize each toy carefully and re seal the toy. You eat at a restaurant with pre used utensils and that’s not gross why not wash toys the same way?
      3. How is this different than a yard sale?

    3. Rabban says:

      First – Parents buy a toy the child really likes at a discounted price.
      Second – They already said they disinfect the toys.
      Third – Actually a rented item isn’t “consumed”, but used by several people. So less needs to be produced since many people can enjoy one item. It’s really a great concept for sharing and kids get to enjoy toys they may have otherwise not gotten to play with.

      1. Pitcher23 says:

        Looks like one person actually read the article. I don’t know where people are getting this 3X the cost idea, when they clearly said if they want to keep the toy, they can, at a deeply discounted price.

        To those who ignored that they disinfect all returned toys, have you ever gotten a used toy from a friend or a garage sale? Have you inquired if these toys were disinfected as well?

      2. krp says:

        It is disgusting and offensive and embarrassing the number of people that will comment on an article without even reading it.

      3. George Johnson says:

        Speaking of reading an article Pitcher23 …..

        It’s DISCOUNTED. Not “DEEPLY discounted”.

        You yourself should learn to read before you berate others for saying untrue things.

      4. Pitcher23 says:

        George

        If you took the time to go to Toygaroo’s website you would see that most toys that a customer wants to keep can be purchased at a 10 to 30 percent discount, depending on how long it has been rented. I don’t know where you come from, but I would call the latter part of that range a deep discount.

        Nevertheless, there is a big difference between putting a little emphasis on a word and stating the complete opposite of what the article says.

    4. Morton says:

      Saltine: “First, what happens if the child becomes attached to the toy(s)–The parent will have to buy them anyway… Third, this does seem like a thoroughly desperate attempt to continue the crass destructive consumerism swallowing the working American people.”

      You are sooo right, when I was growing up my parents let me check out books from the library and rent video games from Blockbuster, they rented cars, skis, hotel rooms, and the whole nine yards. It was awful. We couldn’t keep any of it. I’m ruined for life! Dang them and all those evil promoters of crass, destructive consumerism!!!!

  5. rufus levin says:

    BETTER PLAN…..celebrate Xmas one month late and buy the toys on sale, or used from kids already bored with the Christmas presents…

  6. jdg says:

    um….kids break stuff. that’s what they do. such a racket. are you going to put the toys behind glass? now some person will rent more toys cause they “think” its cheaper then when the toys are all broken, they will be in even more debt. This is just subprime loans all over again.

  7. Clyattvillan says:

    Why teach a kid that they have to have numerous toys? That’s how we have gotten where we are today, kids don’t appreciate anything. When these kids get older they will be impossible to please. :-/

  8. Saltine says:

    Just TRY getting the toys Billy/Bonnie Consumerette got for xmas back from him/her–Prying them from his/her greasy snotty little fingers–Oh what a circus!!!

  9. rufus levin says:

    HOW ABOUT KIDS GET TO RENT MORE AFFLUENT PARENTS FOR CHRISTMAS THAT BUY THEM THEIR OWN NICER TOYS….?

  10. jackspratt1 says:

    so you give the child the present at christmas and then take it away from them when? Yuk no thanks – better to have less than to deceive

    1. Rabban says:

      It is better not to deceive, that’s for sure. Which is a great reason not to tell children about Santa Claus. Besides, when a kid loses interest in a toy, parents usually get rid of it anyway. This seems like a better alternative.

      1. Helen says:

        In our house, Santa brings 2 gifts: one that our child has asked for and one that Santa has decided upon. It works out much better. Then our daughter isn’t expecting that mountain of gifts under the tree. She still gets others from family, friends and of course her parents….more than enough….but nobody has broken the bank just for the LOOK of a packed Christmas tree. That is totally crazy. Why not teach our children about the REAL meaning of Christmas: Christ’s birth. And He didn’t even get a real crib to sleep in on His birthday, let alone a bunch of “Made in China” toys!

    2. Linda says:

      Take it away when they get bored with it and forget they even have it. If you give a kid 10 presents they can’t tell you what 9 of them are a week later.

  11. Tommy says:

    Do yourself a favor and just buy some cardboard boxes and magic markers. Kids have much more with stuff like that.

    1. Tracy says:

      Oh, does that burn parents (did me). Kid chucks new toy to the curb and crawls into/through the box. You are so right. A refrigerator box is probably every kid’s REAL dream, isn’t it? It’s a jail, a tunnel, an outhouse, a reading nook, …

      1. Terry says:

        I agree, except for the outhouse part. lol

    2. Vern Smoot says:

      When I was a little boy, all I could think about was getting a bike. I mean, it was so bad, I actually considered killing the kid next door for his but, alas, since he had a bike, I could never catch him.

  12. Beenaroundyaknow says:

    There’s a sucker born every minute” P.T Barnum

  13. JRGage says:

    “Paul and Pam choose the toys that are best suited for Will and just like Netflix, they go into a cue.”

    That’s queue, actually.

    1. ConservativeProf says:

      Yea! I’m not the only one who insists on correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

  14. freecheese says:

    When I was a kid, and when my kids were kids were kids, toys were usually broken within a few weeks.
    Now toys are exclusivly made in CHINA, and they rarely last for one day.
    I know we are surrounded by a lot of stupid people, so there IS money to be made here.

    1. Chris Rusin says:

      mannnn…when i was a kid…toys were made of rocks so the never broke and we walked 10 miles in the snow to school and those crazy rock n rollers were making all kinds of racket…man when i was a kid i tell ya…things were different

    2. krp says:

      Exhibit A: President Barack Hussein Obama

  15. KF4766 says:

    How do you tell a kid that Santa wants his toys back?

  16. Shocked says:

    “It’s the ideal situation for the holiday time,” Paul said. “You can stuff toys under the tree for under 50 bucks. If you were out there buying them, there’s just no way you could do that.”

    WOW, are you serious buddy? You mean like, there’s NO WAY you could hunt the used market for nice clean toys at a fraction of retail and you wouldn’t have to explain to your spoiled kid why you are snatching back what “Santa” brought them? This is hysterical, sad, and troubling all at the same time. How about this, QUIT TRYING TO “STUFF” things under the tree. Get something of quality, have a mug hot cocoa, take a walk outside in the weather, and sit by the fire and talk to your kid. I always had junk STUFFED under the tree when I was a kid, guess what, after a while the child will become jaded and you the parent will be in debt.

    Renting toys to feel good about the amount of crap under the tree in the morning is simply despicable.

  17. Al says:

    How ’bout if we don’t focus on having the maximum amount of toys rather we can teach our children to be happy with what they get? That lesson can serve them well in their adulthood… We (Americans) are quickly becoming a nation of people that believe everything is owed to us… it was nice when it was a nation of I’ll work at 110% and earn everything… let’s get back to that.

    1. GM says:

      Al’s got the right idea! Let’s teach the appreciation of what we have first. This is is a trait that needs to be modeled.

    2. Keith says:

      Yeah, that has worked really well over the last 100 years.

    3. carla says:

      yah seriously…..why do kids “need” to have all the toys? because the parents give them to them! kids don’t need them. parents need to chillax and teach their children the true meaning of Christmas.

  18. Vicky Bevis says:

    It also would be nice if the “erudite” (?) person writing this article knew the difference between “cue” & “queue” as to usage. I’d expect this from today’s regular college graduates who majored in underwater basket-weaving or Women’s Studies, but NOT from someone who apparently majored in Journalism & is writing for a major news source..

    1. mike says:

      Before you give us an english lesson…you may want to look at the usage of cue and queue and how they are apply to language…this writer used it in it`s correct definition…..please look up these words and do your homework before you dog people out

    2. Momof4 says:

      Have to agree with Mike. The author used the correct word. Look it up and when you want to become the grammar police, get some education yourself first.

  19. BryceFoley says:

    If only these kids could rent new parents for Christmas…. that would be something!

  20. Dustin says:

    Man, that’s is greasy.

  21. Balanced says:

    I like the idea. I first heard about the company and the concept on the show, The Shark Tank. You can probably see the segment on hulu.com.

    Merry Christmas everybody!

  22. Piggles says:

    This was on Shark Tank. I remember to lady pitching the business.

  23. Grammer Rulez says:

    It’s “queue”, not “cue”.

  24. Johnny Balls says:

    P.T Barnum said – “There’s a sucker born every minute” – apparently.

  25. Peter says:

    “When you are a kid on Christmas morning, it’s all about volume. ”

    Only if your kid is a spoiled brat. Teach your kids some values, to share, and to be grateful for what he has and not be greedy. It starts with the parents.

  26. RM says:

    What a perfect concept for my dead beat brother who rents everything and gives his kids NOTHING on Christmas. Everytime the get evicted from their home the kids are forced to leave what little they have behind anyhow, so this is perfect.

  27. C says:

    I originally wanted to comment on this because I thought it would be sad for children to give back their toys.

    After reading all these comments I just think it is so sad that so many people are so angry and critical of other comments. Wow.

    1. Mark says:

      …How is your comment any different? You’re being pretty critical…
      -Mark

  28. Ed Perry says:

    LOL!! Wonderful comment, JD. And I couldn’t agree more.

  29. Jeff says:

    LOL! Tha jumped out at me too. Imbeciles!

    1. AJ Goodwin says:

      I had the same reaction. Perhaps the editor and writer should take this as a ‘cue’ for the appropriate use of ‘queue’. Also… I would recommend not holding one’s breath.

  30. Millie says:

    “We spoke with several moms in Belmont Center who loved the environmental aspect of the service. No more throwing unused or unwanted toys in the trash.”

    Belmont mothers need this service so that they can be environmentally friendly? They’ve never heard of Goodwill?

  31. TC says:

    Like others have caught;

    Queue is a line/wait-list/order.
    Cue is what the ballerina waits for to go on stage.

    1. Guys Against Women says:

      or a billards cue stick?

  32. Tatyana says:

    What is the next step? Food for rent?

  33. jj says:

    Well, spelling and grammar isn’t a priority for journalism. It’s ‘changing the world’… by demonizing. The people that read their garbage usually don’t know any better anyway.

  34. AK47 says:

    The only racket I’ve seen better than this is the one where you rent bling bling rims to ghetto people.

    1. dumb people are dumb says:

      i saw one of these for the first time ever here in Waco, TX, moved here a few months ago. I was blown away haha renting rims or rent-to-own rims is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. pay X amount per week for 20 years, probably pay 10 times what they’re worth, so your wheels will be shiny? stupid

  35. jgdp says:

    Over-indulged kids become idiots assuming everything is owed them. What a crock!

  36. commie_shooter says:

    Right on JD. The only thing not funny about that comment is the truth of it.

  37. Mark says:

    Here’s an idea, how about voting for people that won’t create an anti business atmosphere that kills jobs.
    How about voting out en masse, the individuals who brought us the mortgage meltdown that sent our economy into free fall creating a market for a service like this.
    Maybe I’m old fashioned, but my parents never had to rent my toys.

    1. Al says:

      Couldn’t agree more… thank God Barney left on his own.

    2. Tracy says:

      The free market is a beautiful thing. Even though I wouldn’t subscribe for my kids, and think it’s kind of weird and gross, somebody had an idea and is giving it a spin. I hope it’s the springboard for lots more ideas, or the tweaking of this, if it doesn’t fly. Once Health & Human Services gets their undies in a bind, this idea will be history. Ideas and success MUST BE SQUASHED. ;/

  38. Mikey says:

    Hey let’s give the poor writer a break already! Maybe the parents were entering a cue stick or something….

  39. TonyWebbbbbbb says:

    HO HO HO Here are your rented toys from SANTA!

  40. Randy Bobandy says:

    I know you said that you would not hold your breath, but please try…. for a long time. I hate grammar nazis.

    1. Gayle says:

      If you’re a journalist, first rule – you should know how to spell. (And there is always spellcheck if in doubt) For me, when an article has blaring inaccuracies in grammar/spelling, it then loses legitimacy.

    2. kimbachan says:

      It’s not grammar, it’s spelling.

      1. Daisy says:

        Thank you.

    3. gx says:

      You hate grammar nazis? This isn’t some comment or forum post! It’s a professional news article that has passed through editors, and they can’t get queue right? I mean come on, cue? is this a game of pool or what? What a sad state our country is in.

      1. Ron says:

        They are probably proofread by computer. Queue is not an American English word, it is British, so most likely it defaulted to “cue” and the uneducated human editors didn’t notice it.

    4. William Jones says:

      I hate ignorant people too. Why don’t you broaden your horizons and look around the web at other posts? Then you will see the magnitude of grammatical errors, misspellings and just plain outrageous abuses of the english language. Maybe then you will get some comprehension of the lack of education in our once great country. Perhaps you will also gain an understanding of why others are “grammar nazis”. BTW, I quit high school in the 11th grade and got my GED 17 years later.

  41. Marjanne says:

    Wait a minute… I saw two women pitching an already up and running established business on “Shark Tank” months ago!! I don’t recall one of the women being named “Paul.” They had thousands of subscribers already at a price point of approx $35.00?? Go figure.

  42. Here in Minnesota says:

    Looks like a good idea. The toys are sanitized. If your kid loves it or break it you buy it at a reduced price; if they get tired of it you return it and get a different toy.

  43. PowerPC says:

    I do not beleive this is sucha bad idea. Beleive it or not I used to be a kid. A few Christmas gifts become favorites. Others are taken out of the box and played with for a few minutes and thrown in a corner or toy chest.to never see the light of day again. If a child becomes attached to a toy you can buy it from the rental company or return it and buy the child another one from a retail store. This could be a good option for large low income families. Buy the favorites and refurn the duds. It will save money for the parents and the children will be happy..

  44. Tom says:

    I’m always amazed at the self-aggrandizing kick people get out of pointing out a mistake in a news report. Even though the queue/cue mistake was pointed out early on people continue to point it out, so they can sit back and consider themselves such smarty pants for doing so. Good for you guys.

  45. Barry Frank says:

    ONLY IN AMERICA! poor america that is.

  46. Kak Roberts says:

    It’s actually a great idea. The haters are upset because they didn’t think of it first.

    Sanitation is an obvious concern, but until there is evidence of contamination there should be no reason to believe they aren’t disinfecting supplies before shipment.

    I’m sure all you concerned parents are checking toxicity levels of the toys at all of their friends’ homes. It’s the prudent thing to do.

    Show me a toddler who actually plays with the same toy longer than 2 weeks before it’s lost in the heap with all the other overpriced toys that mommy and daddy bought in lieu of adding to the college fund.

  47. Government schools are providing exactly the education you’d expect from a government service.

  48. Professor John says:

    Most dictionaries consider cue a variant of queue. In a very strict sense, the writer is making a grammatical error; however, in the real world of lowered standards because of constant misuse of words and spellings, “cue” is fine.

  49. Sergio Liden says:

    There is something good this Christmas …, available for free, a children’s Christmas book, at http://www.TheGreatestChristmasEver.com. It addresses the difficult financial times experienced by so many families, and the true meaning of Christmas.

  50. David says:

    Looks like the author of this piece corrected the “cue”/”queue” issue. Way to go Grammar Nazis!

    1. Benny says:

      We should be grammar Nazis. This country has sunk to a bunch of uneducated morons.

      1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

        Agree completely, Benny. As a kid 35+ years ago, I used to think “grammar nazis” were annoying, but seeing how far standards have fallen these days, with misspellings, grammatical errors and “nails-on-blackboard” terms like, “should OF” and “different THAN” in newspapers, magazines and such, it’s just sickening. I won’t patronize a business if they have an ad that looks like it was written by a 5-year-old. I’m all for a Constitutional Amendment calling for the next person who types “definatley” to be stoned to death.

    2. Hollister says:

      Not a fan of grammar nazis wither. the purpose of language is to convey ideas and observations. as long as that’s accomplished, who cares?

  51. Frank says:

    This company isn’t new, the entrepreneurs were previously on the show “Shark Tank” submitting a proposal to the venture capitalists for the opportunity to buy a stake in their business.

  52. Tom Davidson says:

    I know some limousine liberals who might be interested in renting a kid or two for Christmas – mostly for p[hoto ops, you understand.

  53. Nothing New says:

    Stupid! Maybe they get the toys from the Island of Misfit toys or Somber Town.

  54. Tom Davidson says:

    Queue versus cue …
    My mother was a career proofreader for a newspaper. When she retired they could not replace her because they could not find anybody qualified. That means anybody who could spell and use flawless grammar.
    Modern ‘editors’ don’t edit, they select and approve specimens of the amateur drivel and let the readers point out the language abuse that passed their cursory scan.

    1. Sherri says:

      Excellent point.

  55. Nothing New says:

    As a mom, there is no way I want to have my kids play with drooled on, pooped on, slobbered and bitten on toys. Gross!

    1. Daisy says:

      Then you’d better not send them to Nursery School. Or to a playmate’s house. Or to their own playrooms.

    2. PowerPC says:

      Have you ever rented a Hotel room for the night? What kind of drooling,puking and numerous body fluids do you think have been on thos sheets you are wrapping your body in? Also, Daisy made a very good point. Especially about the Day Care or Nursery School. Every kid’s germ ever known to exist are on everything in those places. For the first two years of my daughter’s life my wife stayed at home to take care of her. After that we placed her in a day care so she could return to work. Almost immediately my daughter became sick on a regular basis. Every couple of weeks she would have sinus and ear infections. We had tubes placed in her ears and moved her to a private individual for day care.She did much better and really has not been sick since that time. Nursery Schools are a germ magnet and dispener.

  56. Tom Davidson says:

    Next we’ll see them renting out kids to limousine liberals who want the ‘family image’ without the maintenance issues.

  57. Time says:

    If i was this couple i would NOT advertise that i rent toys for my kids..To think they spend minimum cost of $24.99 per mo if they are on the 4 toy per mo pkg deal. They could just take that money and bank it and go out and buy the toys free and clear w/o worry if their kids will break them or having to send them back and breaking a kids heart.. This generation believes that they or their kids should have everything they want at the exact moment they want it.. What ever happened to the days when parents would save for the gifts their children wanted and the kids would have to do well in school or do extra chores to receive the gifts they wanted.. What this greneration has come to expect is everything to be given to them at that moment they ask or want it w/o ever considering that HEY, i can wait for it until i can actually buy it and not have to charge it and pay rediculous inflated costs for it… Peeps just don’t give a darn anymore as long as they can find a way to get every last toy they want regardless how they can get them or afford them as long as they die with the most toys they think they won… Hmmm did they ? I think not… Any fool that would pay that much every month for used toys has missed the boat to the free world…

  58. Dee says:

    How about kids learn they don’t get every toy they want on Christmas? Wait until they become teenagers and they expect all the latest gadgets on Christmas morning and there is no Apple Store rental option. Right on “cue” however, we can count on this country to find a way to pass on our inclination to overspend, overconsume and totally miss the meaning of Christmas.

  59. carl philpott says:

    another company that says Happy Holidays—- Where is my freaking Merry Christmas? I hate it when people feel they must say Happy Holidays.. UGH>… It kills me.

  60. gx says:

    CBS, great job editing an article and not notating the edit anywhere, the sad state of online news. What else do you edit without attributing to the edit after the fact? So much for standards and ethics.

  61. 1916home says:

    I can rent you some money to rent the toys. Just pay me interest :)

  62. kevin says:

    I find it very sad that parents have to go to these methods to make a good Christmas for their children. The economy is so bad and unemployment is at 12% in Kansas City. I thank God I have been able to hold my job. But with a salary decrease my children will not be receiving very much and mostly clothes. Remember when unemployment was at 4.2% from 2000 to 2006. Wander what happened in 2006, Maybe Nancy, Barney, Chris, Harry could explain that to us

  63. Chicago Jack says:

    Where I came from FAMILIES did this, they bought toys and handed things down to others or donated them. I don’t like to bash anyone trying to make a living but try prying that GI Joe with the kung-fu grip from a kid’s hands until he’s ready to give it up!! Good luck, he’ll be crying and whining for a month, or at least until something better shows up nowadays.

  64. Trish says:

    The Moral of the Story: Don’t adjust your lifestyle when times get tough, and for heaven’s sake don ‘t teach your children anything about spending prioritization. Just find a way to fake your ability to afford the constant materialism that has dragged us all into the gutter. What’s the definition of insanity again?

    1. Brent says:

      This is a way of adjusting your lifestyle.

  65. Lilsusie says:

    That’s what my xson in law did, rentted his two kids Christmas presents. A computer and something else I can’t remember. And they were the only things they got for them. 6 months later I got a call they were looking for xson in law for rental payments! Jerk

  66. David says:

    It would be cheaper to do what the Illegals do, just go around to different malls and put one of those Angels on the tree to get a free toy…one you don’t have to return and you don’t have to pay a monthly fee plus you get a few hundred dollars in toys for $20 in gas..

  67. Yo Joe says:

    @ tarrgus. Shut up about jews being the rich ones, I’m a jew, but am I rich, no, are my parents rich? no, are my grandparents rich? no! Also, my uncle went out there and died for our country’s freedom and yours, yet he was a Jew. Glad to know this is how your thanking him!

  68. Mike says:

    Think of ther global warming scam! This way we could reduce and rid the world of billions and billions of toys(and land fills), and thus have less of a carbon footprint on the planet.

    Most everything that has anything to do with children is controlled by the lib propaganda media machine.
    How would these folks like having their bucks cut off?

    BTW: William Jones.. this country has out spent every country on the planet for the last 70 years in a row, yet, we are rated 39th in the world in quality of education! Guess who has had control over the public school system the whole time? As late as the 1950’s we were rated number one, but the more control libs got, the more our education system went down.
    Two main causes. !) Parents are much less involved. 2) All the crud the schools teach, instead of core subjects like reading, math, english, & science. Everything else is fluff. Ok, maybe history too, but history can be changed to fit an agenda(Political).

  69. Daisy says:

    How about this idea? Can’t afford to buy a whole lot of junk? Don’t buy it. You’ll be giving your children something of lasting value if you teach them to live w/in their means.

    Save money on books/dvds: have the family join the library. If you must, shop for toys at yard sales. And when your kids outgrow them, donate them to a charity for children.

  70. brstevens says:

    Well this is a good way to teach your kids to be responsible and to live within their means.

  71. chuckyj says:

    I’m sure you pay the $24.99 per month meaning that if you keep those toys and don’t send them back every month you will end up paying a lot more for those “Rented” toys.

    You could spend $112.00 for Christmas or pay $25.00 per month (cheap) plan. Thats $300 per yr. for the cheap plan. If you purchase the toy(s) at a discounted price I’m sure it adds up quick. I could see the amount you spend on toys quickly escalating with this scheme….

  72. girly1 says:

    As W.C. Fields said: “There’s a SUCKER born every minute!!!”

  73. Saint Nick "The Forgotten" says:

    Umm, how about the fact that NOT ONE OF YOU commented on the notion that Christmas time is a religious holiday based on giving in general (not just in monetary ways). The absurd comment about celebrating the holiday a month later so you can buy the toys on sale is just gross. Hope Santa brings you all a reality check this year (a new one, or a rented one – it really doesn’t matter).

    1. Charlene says:

      Jesus was born in July. The holiday was put in December, it bears no relation to the actual religious event other than by tradition. They can’t even agree on what year he was born.

      1. Charsit says:

        Ahhhh…the idea of Christmas is not valid because the date in the year isn’t agreed upon. What a great technicality to use as an excuse to not celebrate it for it’s namesake.

  74. James Shannahan says:

    Three comments have mentioned this company as having been featured on the tv show, The Shark Tank. You can see it at this link: http://www.hulu.com/watch/226365/shark-tank-week-1 — forward to the 2:05 mark.

    What this company is doing is what we need more Americans to do: bring a value and satisfying a need within the marketplace.

  75. Very Balanced says:

    As mentioned 3 times above, this company was featured on the show the Shark Tank. You can see it on hulu … season 2, episode one, 2:05 mark.

    This company is satisfying a need in the American marketplace. Great idea…

    1. Craig says:

      No one’s forcing you to do it. If people want to rent the toys at the prices they are offered, the business will do well. If not, it won’t. How is that usury?

  76. Bill E. Bob says:

    Christmas: Luke 2:1-20.

    Too much emphasis on toys. Yes, I buy for my child. In my house, we celebrate Christmas and Chanukkah. Our child gets 1 gift from Santa, something in his stocking, a gift from us, and something small for each day/night of Chanukkah.

    But let’s not forget Luke 2:1-20 in all of this.

  77. Jason Prather says:

    I’m getting a vision, I see this same channel Broadcasting a story for a Republican President, “Republican President doing so badly parents having to rent toys for children at CHristmas!”

    1. Katie says:

      Why is it happening under Obama then, who promised to fix everything?

    2. Jason Blather says:

      Reality, Jason:
      Americans are doing so badly that the idea was invented and is now implemented under Obama and a Dem controlled Senate.
      Luckily, Part 2 of the 2010 mid-term “shellacking” (Obama’s words), the largest outing of a single party in 70 years, is only 11 months away. Think people are going to vote differently this time? Why? Because things are so much better?
      Even though 1 of the 3 houses changed hands, Reid-D still tables anything coming out of the House so the Dem controlled Senate can’t even debate it.
      And as of Thursday, Obama’s approval rating has now set a new record, lower than Carters was. Yeah..but people will vote differently this time…right Jason?
      :-)

    3. UyeahU says:

      You are quite right, had this happened under a Republican president you can bet the media would would add their political spin to the story. But since the media is vested in getting Obama re-elected……

      I believe it was Debbie Wasserman Schultz, spokesmouth for the Democrats, who, in a rare moment of liberal honesty said of the Obama Administration, “We own the economy.” Think about this article, people are in so much trouble under Obama that they cannot even afford Christmas presents for their childred, they have to rent them!

      Frankly whoever the GOP nominates for president has my vote. Perhaps we can have a leader who will spend less time on speeches and vacations and more time trying to solve the country’s problems.

  78. Jim Bell says:

    Gift giving has always been more and less materialistic, but this idea takes it beyond the pale.

    So, with this plan, a box of “used” toys comes to your house every month, like a magazine subscription. You don’t even have to think about it.

    Speaking just for myself, this takes all the conscious fun and joy out of gift-giving.

  79. AJB says:

    Christmas is not about volum, it is about Jesus Christ! Forget toys.

  80. Finbar says:

    What a great idea! What could go wrong?

  81. George Johnson says:

    Most of you people have no idea how this really works.

    They don’t make money from you buying a broken toy or something for a higher price.

    They make their money, by automatically charging your bank account, $25 a MONTH, weather you use the service to get a new toy, or NOT. Most people will use it the first couple of months, then slack off, getting a new toy every couple of months, then finally, they’ll go several months with nothing, all the while paying for them. Before they finally realize they’re paying hundreds of dollars, for absolutely NOTHING, then tney’ll exit the service.

    It’s the same idea as “rebates” where you have to send something in. You THINK you’re getting a great deal, because there’s a nice little rebate attached to the item.

    But sometimes, they’re next to impossible to get. Plus, the manufacturer counts on people NOT filling out the paper work. So they keep the rebate, and you get zip.

    Man, so many people, just totally ignorant of today’s business world.

    (as far as NetFlix goes, if you order too many movies at that one low price (like 30 a month of so, they actually limit you to how many you can get. Once you start cutting into their “profit”, or what THEY think is fair, they cut you off)

    1. Pitcher23 says:

      If you haven’t looked at Toygaroo’s site, I suggest you take a look. Most of the toys there are aimed at 1-5 year olds and they all appear to be educational, rather than that of the over commercialized fare you see on TV.

      Speaking as a parent, I was spending more than $25 a month on educational toys for my son, that he outgrew or simply grew bored with after a month. There is no contract here, just an affordable way a parent can save some money while still keeping their child happy. Once they hits the first grade, just simply cancel.

      I know there are some people with cash to burn that would keep accounts, such as netflix and the like, active even though they haven’t chosen a movie for months, but trust me, those on a tight budget will cancel their accounts when they stop being useful.

  82. danab says:

    is there a web site “Wifearoo”?

  83. azsky says:

    I just find it hilarious how people just argue for any reason, its like everyone is talking on a different subject. Kuddos to ya’ll

  84. pris says:

    What a great idea, I like it. Kids get tried of most their toys so quickly and they end up in an expensive pile never to be played with again. Great solution to rent them. Of course for special dolls or teddy bears this wouldn’t work but all else yes indeedy.

  85. alan says:

    Actually, Id like to rent a couple of kids for chirstmas. Play with them for a couple of days and send them home.

  86. Cindi Beattie says:

    Kids have the attention span of a gnat nowadays. This is a perfect idea!

  87. Pat says:

    Way to go! Instead of teaching children that Christmas is not about presents, we take the learning opportunity and condition them to expect more and more. Sad.

  88. RealityCheckPls says:

    Maybe a different approach might work. Instead of making our kids think that they are entitled to a hundred toys under the tree so they can just be like the typical, commercial “role models” put in their faces every day or so they can feel as good as all the toy commercials say they will, how about we start explaining that isn’t reality. Maybe instead of spoiling our kids and reinforcing that they aren’t worth anything unless they have a lot of stuff, like advertisements teach them, we could stop them from growing up thinking they are entitled to everything. We might even save them some future heartache by learning how to deal with the word “No” when they leave the nest and enter the real world. The problem is, many moms and dads were also indoctrinated in the same commercial scam, and feel they aren’t succeeding unless they can provide everything. Even they feel they aren’t adequate unless they can lve the Bieber-Spears-Gaga-etc life style. And people wonder why Americans live beyond their means, both personally and as a country now tens of trillions of dollars in debt, with each generation feeling something isn’t fair if they don’t have lots of stuff.

  89. Larry says:

    These look like toys for the 2-6 year old range. My kids get bored with toys so easily, it makes sense. Especially with people having smaller families, you don’t get as much use out of the toys. These types of toys are HOT sellers at garage sales – always the first to sell. But you only get a couple bucks for a toy you spent $30 on and the kids only used for a few hours.

    Good idea

  90. Marcus Andersson says:

    The last sentence has a grammatical mistake:

    “There’s no real sophisticated electronics or toys designed for older kids.”

    It should be “there are” since “are” is a linking verb, making the plural words “electronics” and “toys” subject complements of the sentence, which require a plural verb.

    Source: I am a high school graduate.

  91. margaret D says:

    We used to belong to a toy-lending library through the county office of education. It was an excellent way to let kids play with good toys without having to invest. If my son wanted to keep the toy longer, we did.

    Not sure why people are having such fantods about this idea.

  92. nunya says:

    I find it funny no one has mentioned, not once, that maybe the focus of CHRISTmas shouldnt be toys?

    Weep why your children sew america.

  93. libitard says:

    Great that means there will be another red neck reality show on some trailer trash repossessing unpaid toys

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