Saturday, June 20, 2015

Minor aggravations I endure.

As a collector of crayons, eBay has become my main source for not only buying crayons, but just to see what is out there. I have been using the listings of others to update some of the information available on This is especially true of non Crayola brands. I would like to give my opinion on what I see out there in the crayon market.


  1. Not all old crayons are valuable. There are always a few sellers that think that if the crayons are old, they must be valuable. One example is a seller with a well used box of 72 Crayola crayons from the early 60’s. He was asking $75 for them. Some of the crayons weren’t even original to the box. I have 2 similar with unused crayons and paid less than $20 for each. Another is a 1999 box of RoseArt Pokemon crayons, most of the crayons were used. The seller started at $129 and has been dropping the price with each relisting. Last time I saw them listed it was at $39. I just picked up the same box, unopened and unused, for $25. I thought that was a bit much but it included free shipping.
  2. Not all old crayons are rare. Ed Welter touched on this subject in his blog but the news must not have gotten out. I still see 10 year old boxes of crayons listed at rare or even worse, as vintage. In the case with Crayola products, they make millions of each product and there are lots of them out there. Just because they are not listed on eBay does not make them rare. The same goes for certain colors. The flesh crayon is the best example of this. There are still a lot of them out there in unused condition. I have a box of over 500 of them in storage right now. Don’t ask why I bought them. I also have large quantities of Indian red and Mac & Cheese crayons. They might be worth something one day. Probably not.
  3. Crayons scalpers. A new product hits the store shelves, they buy a bunch and try to profit on it. I tried this once, failed miserably. I won’t buy from them and I have notice not many people are.
And my final rant goes to the folks that decide where to sell Crayola products. For the most part, store exclusive products are available at my local Target and Walmart stores. But recently it appears some items are only available in limited areas. The most recent examples of this are the Disney licensed 3 packs. Supposedly a Target exclusive, they never hit the shelves in what appears as west of the Mississippi. None of the Targets in the Seattle are carried them and contacts in Portland, Denver and Phoenix could not find them. A cousin in North Carolina found 3 loose boxes at her local Target, she said it was a pain to pay for them because the boxes do not have bar codes. I ended up paying more that retail plus shipping just to get them. I have sent emails to Crayola asking abut this but have not gotten a response. I even asked about them on their Facebook page, the person running the page admitted to not knowing about