We recently tried out Pley . Pley is a subscription based toy rental company. Members choose one of two plans, either The Novice plan which is $12.99 per month and earns 1 credit per month or the Wizard plan which is $29.99 a month and earns 3 credits per month. Kids are then free to use their credits to rent whichever toy they’d like.
As soon as I heard about Pley, I knew we had to try it. Allowing kids to rent toys and return them once they were no longer interested has the potential to save parents money and eliminate the toy clutter around the house. However, after trying Pley we have decided that this service is not for us at this time, but it still may be right for you! Here is a pros and cons list to help you decide if Pley would work well with your family.
1) Save money
If your child is interested in more expensive toys then you have the potential to save a lot of money.
They really should just market themselves as a Lego rental because that is the bulk of their inventory. If your child is into building Lego models, then this is the site for you. They have tons of different and unique models and your child would be allowed to try them all. Best part is that once they have completed the model, you can send all those pieces away, so you don’t have to worry about having millions of Lego pieces in your house and all over your floors.
3) Eliminates Clutter
Toys take up a lot of space in most of our homes. When you buy a child a toy, it can be difficult to decide at what point to give it away. It seems like kids always love a toy best right when you decide it’s time to get rid of it. With Pley, your child will be thrilled to let toys go because that means they get to pick out a brand new toy.
4) Batteries included
I ordered a toy that was battery operated and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that batteries were already installed.
5) Free Toy
If your child chooses a toy that is a part of their Exclusive theme, then your child will be allowed to keep the toy! (My kids had a toy that they were allowed to keep and I didn’t even realize until I went to ship it back.)
Pley also included a really neat lego bracelet for the kids to keep. I’m not sure if this a gift that is sent with every new subscription or a part of their exclusive theme.
6) They understand normal loss occurs
Pley states: “No worries, we understand that pieces can get lost during play. Our plans include a guarantee so that you will not be charged if normal loss occurs.
If you are unable to find a piece, don’t hesitate to compliment your Pley set with a piece of your own, that’s what our Star Pleyers do!”
Part of the reason why I didn’t get a Lego set was because I knew we would lose at least one piece. If you have a similar fear, don’t worry, because Pley guarentees that you will never be charged for a small amount of missing pieces.
7) Discover new toys
They have over 500 toys to choose from.
8) Good for the environment
You all know the saying, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” If you are trying to make an effort to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment then this service is perfect for you and your children.
9) Help underprivileged children
Pley donates a toy to an underprivileged child for every new sign-up.
10) Detailed FAQ
It is so rare that a Frequently Asked Question list actually answers all of your questions. Pley does a really great job at anticipating the needs and questions of it’s customers and answering them in detailed and easy to understand ways
The novice plan is $12.99 plus $5.95 for shipping making the cheapest plan $18.94 a month. We borrowed the Batman Voice Changer which we found for $12 on Amazon. Meaning it cost more to borrow a toy than to just buy the toy. With sites like Amazon, Ebay, and Craigslist most parents have access to toys at highly discounted prices. It may not make financial sense to spend almost $20 to rent one toy when you can buy the same toy for a similar price.
2) You can only rent one toy at a time
If you have multiple children then only being allowed to rent one toy at time may not work well for your family. You do have the option to buy multiple plans.
3) Kids break and lose things
I literally kept my kids rented toy in my room and made them ask me to play with it and then give it right back when they were done. I was so worried that they would lose or break the toy. If you don’t trust your kids with the toys, then renting may be a stressful experience.
4) Limited toys to choose from
Although Pley has over 500 toys, all 500 toys are not always available.You have the option to select certain types of toys that your child is interested in and we chose to see all the toys. For our first selection we had a little over 40 toys to choose from and for our second selection there were 84 available toys. They do offer a favorites selection, where your child can choose up to 15 toys and Pley will try to offer those toys to your child when they become available, which may help to ensure your child always gets the toys they want.
Overall, I think Pley is a great company with an unique idea. If I had older children who were obsessed with Legos then I would definitely try this service for a year or so to allow my kids to build a new model every month. Although, I don’t think my small children are ready for a subscription, I would gladly pay $100 to subscribe to the service for 5 months as a present for an older niece or nephew. I think this service would make an incredible gift for an older child.
*Thanks Pley for allowing us to try your service