See the pic below. Boys or Girls Toys? Boys?? Girls Too? Unisex? Help!! I can't tell!
First off, I'm not an eBay basher or perennial complainer and don't enjoy reading forums where that is what goes on…but..I just want to bring up a bit of a pet peeve of mine. It's probably not worth a whole blog post but oh well things are slow. My peeve is the gender stereotyping I see when shopping and selling on ebay (and Amazon) toys, games, and plush.
If you sell many toys you've probably noticed it. I'm selling more and more toys lately so I've started to really notice.
When you list a toy, plush or game one of the item specifics is 'gender'. You are supposed to choose if the toy is for a boy, a girl or unisex. Sometimes I just skip that item specific but I don't like to skip any item specifics if possible; I believe ebay when they say they will help sell your item. Alternatively, I want to put unisex for all my toys. I feel all children should be allowed to play with any toys no matter what society tells them. It's just play. Don't men hold babies, become daddies, cook food etc? But the part of me that wants to sell sell sell wonders, am I cutting off my nose to spite my face if I don't place the toy in the "appropriate" gender category? Will Mommy or Daddy not find it when they are shopping for junior? I don't know…As a seller who sells toys how do you approach this? Do you ignore this item specific, choose a gender or pick unisex? Again. I'm not too worried over the matter just ranting a little.
For the first time today I looked at it from the eyes of a shopper. When shopping on ebay for toys, categories actually change when you go from boy to girl to unisex. Just like they do when you go from mens clothes to ladies. Disney princess and Dora the Explorer if you choose girl toys. Batman spiderman and transformers if you pick boy. Unisex is the default option. Check it out. Pretend you are shopping for a toy and see how toys are presented based on whether you've selected boy, girl, or unisex.
When shopping for kids costumes you must pick boy or girl. There are no unisex costumes. So plan ahead when you shop because if your girl wants a Scream costume you're not going to find it under girls costumes. If she wants to be a scary monster that is actually scary and not a rainbow brite colored monster...again look under the boys costumes.
I know its not a huge deal and this is not meant to be a mind blowing post. Its just something I'm conscious of every time I list a plush, game or toy. It's part of our culture which I wish ebay didn't support. But they are a corporation. Amazon pretty much does the same thing. Not everyone does though. If you go to the Melissa and Doug website which sells cool quality toys they do not distinguish between girls and boys toys. Just age groups. Back on ebay I'm sure most of the Melissa and Doug toys are categorized under boys or girls. Good try Melissa and Doug*.
In the comment section Lorraine posted a link to a perfect Youtube video for this post. Thanks Lorraine! See the video here..
*I have not received any free toys from Melissa and Doug. I wish I would though cause they are cool!