Do you take battery costs in account when purchasing a toy?

Contributor: chicmichiw chicmichiw
I've been thinking about the burden of buying batteries for the lifetime of a toy. For a mid-inexpensive toy, the cost of batteries could easily overcome its original retail price...How much do you suppose you pay for batteries, as a percentage of the toy's cost?
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It was an inexpensive toy, so...
It was an expensive toy, so...
50 - 70%
80 - 100%
More than 100%
Total votes: 61 (45 voters)
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Contributor: Curiouscat Curiouscat
I used to buy toys with batteries, and I never really thought about the battery cost over time. I've switch to rechargeable just because they are usually more powerful and I don’t have to worry about batteries, plus better for the environment.
Contributor: Anne Anne
not usually
Contributor: Kitka Kitka
I just found a website that has batteries on sale and they have rechargeables too so I'm going to try and check that out while the sale's still going on. Other than that, no, I don't really take into consideration the cost of batteries because having a kid means I know how quickly they get used up so we always have some around. I'd like to switch to rechargeable batteries for all my toys but it will take a while.
Contributor: married with children married with children
I dont really think about it. It does not matter any way you go. You will have to end up paying to power the toy somehow. Even the ones you re-charge, that still cost money.
Contributor: PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I really don't think about it. I really need to put some in my order when I make one. The site sales them and I forget we have them half the time. Then I am going to the store and spending more then I would here.
Contributor: jfree jfree
Very rarely - I tend to opt more manual than electric? But the ones I have with power, they're rechargeable.
Contributor: Kitt Katt Kitt Katt
No, I am more concerned with the type of battery than the lifetime cost of batteries.
Contributor: Arlinnae Arlinnae
No. I have a stack of rechargeable batteries. When they run dry, I pop them in the charger and put another one in the toy
Contributor: mjtheprincess mjtheprincess
I never think about the battery cost...haha, we always have batteries around so I never think of how much they cost...I think my man intentionally keeps our battery stock full to keep me happy
Contributor: Lady Smile Lady Smile
it does not matter.
Contributor: anonymous1298304 anonymous1298304
i prefer rechargeables and i try to keep the battery cost savings in mind when looking at the pricey options, because in the long run a toy that doesn't take batteries is not only going to save on battery costs, the ecological savings, plus the fact that most higher end toys that are rechargeable are going to last longer than a cheap plastic $20 vibe anyways. i have one rechargeable vibe, i've had it for over 2 years. i hate to think of how many cheap toys i've had to throw out over those 2 years
Contributor: Beautiful-Disaster Beautiful-Disaster
10% id say
Contributor: Rory Rory
If its an expensive toy and it has a rechargeable version that's the one I would get. If it's a good toy I don't care about the battery cost. (the hubby buy them)
Contributor: brevado brevado
Not really an issue
Contributor: boxunderbed boxunderbed
I do if its' a c-cell battery.
Contributor: *Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
I have been slowly getting all rechargeable toys but even before then I didn't really pay much attention to battery cost. Now when I DO actually by a battery operated toy I just grab a pack from here in the order.
Contributor: GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
I don't think about it unless the toy is expensive. Personally, I feel like if I'm gonna spend a lot on a toy it should be rechargable.
Contributor: shorejen9 shorejen9
Battery cost does not matter to me at all. We always have batteries around.
Contributor: Rossie Rossie
I don't have that kind of problem, I only buy rechargeable vibes.
Contributor: Mr. E Mr. E
Never really put too much thought into the cost of the batteries. I am more focused on the functions and features of the toy.
Contributor: sexxxkitten sexxxkitten
I like rechargeables, but wouldn't be against buying a toy that took batteries.
Contributor: edeneve edeneve
I think a great toy is worth the price of batteries no matter how long.
Contributor: atryonix atryonix
only if they are hard to find ones or cost a lot
Contributor: kdlt kdlt
Originally posted by Curiouscat
I used to buy toys with batteries, and I never really thought about the battery cost over time. I've switch to rechargeable just because they are usually more powerful and I don’t have to worry about batteries, plus better for the environment.
Contributor: Real or memorex Real or memorex
It depends how often you use the toy. I buy and use mostly rechargeable toys now, so the occasional use of my "luxury" silicone battery-powered rabbit doesn't consume a lot of batteries.
Contributor: kaykay0427 kaykay0427
if its a battery sucker than obviously the price of them is high.. i tend to get rechargeable batteries that way i dont have to run out and buy batteries all the time
Contributor: potstickers potstickers
I don't use non-rechargable batteries at all.
Contributor: nosrslylol nosrslylol
I never think about the cost of batteries, because I strictly look for rechargeable toys.
Contributor: evie.amor evie.amor
I don't really think about the cost of the batteries, but I do try to buy either rechargeable or toys that use AAA or AA batteries so I can buy rechargeable batteries. married with children is right you still have to pay for the power, but depending on how fast you go through batteries it's still cheaper and greener to use rechargeable batteries. I try to avoid buying weird batteries (like N batteries?) that would be difficult to find, though.