[JenBurdoo] The Wrong Plaything

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[JenBurdoo] The Wrong Plaything

Postby JenBurdoo » Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:33 pm

A boy purchases a slightly used toy which appears good as new and is in the original package. It is not until he takes it home and begins playing with it that he is disappointed. What's wrong?
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Re: The Wrong Plaything [JenBurdoo]

Postby trebor » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:31 pm

Is he disappointed in the toy? A lack of ability on his part? Gender norms relevant? (Like he’s playing with a doll and someone berates him for it?) Is the toy actually good as new? Is part of it missing? Or something missing that would make it more fun to play with the toy? Batteries missing? Did the boy have a misunderstanding about the toy? Are other people involved?
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Re: The Wrong Plaything [JenBurdoo]

Postby JenBurdoo » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:56 am

Is he disappointed in the toy? Yes. A lack of ability on his part? No. Gender norms relevant? Yes. (Like he’s playing with a doll and someone berates him for it?) But no. Is the toy actually good as new? Yes, but... Is part of it missing? Yope. Or something missing that would make it more fun to play with the toy? Yope. Batteries missing? No. Did the boy have a misunderstanding about the toy? Nothing that anyone else wouldn't have. Are other people involved? Yes.
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Re: The Wrong Plaything [JenBurdoo]

Postby Earnest » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:27 am

Relevant who the original owner was? A HCF? A HCM? Did the toy talk relevantly? Was the toy an action man/action figure? Did it have a human appearence? Was it a toy car? A CD? Relevant? Was he disappointed because he could not play with it? He coukd not play with his friends? It was an old version of a toy? He discovered that his parents made him the same toy as a gift? Did he believe to have a rare toy? Relevant why he bought it used and not new? Was the toy relevantly out of production (if so, relevant the reason why? Safety reasons?)? Was there relevantly a newer version of the toy? If so did it have something that the old versions did not have? Compatibility relevant? Or maybe it had old style options (e.g. an electric piano with very old fashioned songs/ an electronic action man saying sentences referred to the past...)?

Was he disappointed because the toy was meant to do something that instead was not able to do? Had the toy relevantly electronic components? Is the fact that the toy was used relevant? Was it customized by the original owner? Was it used as a toy by the original owner? Did the original owner have more versions of the same toy? Was the toy part of a collection?

Could the toy be seen whrn it was inside the package? Was the package transparent? Plastic made? Can we assume that once he was home he simply took the toy out of the original package? Can we assume also that he did not take the toy out of the package before coming home? If so, had he taken the toy out before coming home would he have been disappointed? Did the disappointment come from something conerning the toy that happened after he purchased it? Before? I mean the thing that disappointed him happened after the purchase? Before?


WAG --> the toy was part of a collection. Collectionists appreciate a lot the fact that also the price is preserved. Having the original price of the obhect i deed increases a lot its value. Since the toy was a gift, the price had been removed hence lowering the value of the toy?
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Re: The Wrong Plaything [JenBurdoo]

Postby GalFisk » Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:24 pm

WAG: is he disappointed because he finds out, after removing it from the original packaging, that it would've been worth a lot if it remained in the packaging? Is the toy unused when he buys it? Is the packaging unopened? Is it a toy vehicle? Figure? Machine? Construction set? Experiment box? Does the packaging set expectations the toy doesn't fulfill?
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Re: The Wrong Plaything [JenBurdoo]

Postby JenBurdoo » Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:35 pm

Relevant who the original owner was? Yes. A HCF? A HCM? HAF. Did the toy talk relevantly? Yes. Was the toy an action man/action figure? Yes. Did it have a human appearence? Yes. Was it a toy car? A CD? Relevant? Yes. Was he disappointed because he could not play with it? No. He coukd not play with his friends? No. It was an old version of a toy? No. He discovered that his parents made him the same toy as a gift? No. Did he believe to have a rare toy? No. Relevant why he bought it used and not new? No. Was the toy relevantly out of production (if so, relevant the reason why? Safety reasons?)? No. Was there relevantly a newer version of the toy? No. If so did it have something that the old versions did not have? Compatibility relevant? Or maybe it had old style options (e.g. an electric piano with very old fashioned songs/ an electronic action man saying sentences referred to the past...)?

Was he disappointed because the toy was meant to do something that instead was not able to do? Yope. Had the toy relevantly electronic components? Yes. Is the fact that the toy was used relevant? Yes. Was it customized by the original owner? Yes. Was it used as a toy by the original owner? No. Did the original owner have more versions of the same toy? No. Was the toy part of a collection? Irr.

Could the toy be seen whrn it was inside the package? Irr. Was the package transparent? Irr. Plastic made? Yes. Can we assume that once he was home he simply took the toy out of the original package? Yes. Can we assume also that he did not take the toy out of the package before coming home? Yes. If so, had he taken the toy out before coming home would he have been disappointed? Possibly. Did the disappointment come from something conerning the toy that happened after he purchased it? Before? This. I mean the thing that disappointed him happened after the purchase? Before? This.


WAG --> the toy was part of a collection. Collectionists appreciate a lot the fact that also the price is preserved. Having the original price of the obhect i deed increases a lot its value. Since the toy was a gift, the price had been removed hence lowering the value of the toy? No.

WAG: is he disappointed because he finds out, after removing it from the original packaging, that it would've been worth a lot if it remained in the packaging? No. Is the toy unused when he buys it? No. Is the packaging unopened? Yope. Is it a toy vehicle? Figure? This. Machine? Construction set? Experiment box? Does the packaging set expectations the toy doesn't fulfill? Yes.
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Re: The Wrong Plaything [JenBurdoo]

Postby GalFisk » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:02 pm

Had the toy's abilities been modified? Was it supposed to talk? Make noise? Play music? Did it say/play something else than the original did?
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Re: The Wrong Plaything [JenBurdoo]

Postby JenBurdoo » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:22 pm

Had the toy's abilities been modified? Yes. Was it supposed to talk? Yes. Make noise? Play music? Not these. Did it say/play something else than the original did? Yes.
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Re: The Wrong Plaything [JenBurdoo]

Postby GalFisk » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:41 pm

Had a different speaking device been put in it? One from another toy? A girl's toy? Did it belong to an artist? A toymaker? A funny video maker?
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Re: The Wrong Plaything [JenBurdoo]

Postby JenBurdoo » Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:27 am

Had a different speaking device been put in it? Yes. One from another toy? Yes. A girl's toy? Yes. Did it belong to an artist? A toymaker? A funny video maker? None of these.

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This happened during the feminist boom of the 1960s. At a time when "talking" Barbie dolls and GI Joes were first being produced, some people bought both, switched the voice boxes and returned the toys to the shops. Cue, to the next buyer's surprise, Barbie gruffly shouting "Hit the dirt!" or Joe simpering, "I love to shop!" Making an interesting point about gender expectations there...
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