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New Service Lets Parents Rent Toys Before Buying Them

By | Posted - Dec. 8, 2011 at 11:09 a.m.

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) A Los Angeles-based company has taken Netflixs model and applied it to toys, giving families a more affordable option during the typically expensive holiday season, company officials say.
For Paul and Pam Reinsmith, Toygaroo gives them the chance to rent toys for a fraction of what they cost to buy.
Its the ideal situation for the holiday time, Paul Reinsmith said. You can stuff toys under the tree for under 50 bucks. If you were out there buying them, theres just no way you could do that.
Parents choose the toys that are best-suited for their children and just like the aforementioned movie rental service theyre added to 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 that queue. When the times up, parents send the toys back and a new box will be packaged and on its way.
The cheapest option is $24.99 a month for a box of four toys.
Take a look at the Toy Story 3 Speedway, the Thomas the Tank Engine Laptop, Chiccos radio controlled ATV and the Rolling Round Jungle. Those all retail for $112.96. the Reinsmiths say thats why they use the service.
But what if the toy breaks or the child cant live without it? Theres an option to purchase the product at a discounted rate.
Toygaroo also touts its sanitation method: The toys are thoroughly cleaned and resealed in plastic before theyre shipped to a new home. Paul Reinsmith says all the toys his family used have looked like new.
We havent found any ick factor at all, he said.
Toygaroo offers a variety of toys, but most are geared toward toddlers and elementary-aged kids. Theres no sophisticated electronics or toys designed for older children available.

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