Perks and Features
Here are the basics: Pley’s Monthly Toy Club allows parents to rent toys for their children from an inventory of over 500 items. Compared to the hundreds–maybe even thousands–of dollars you would probably spend purchasing all of these toys for your child to play with and potentially just lose interest in, Pley is a very affordable option. As an added bonus, less toy purchases also means less waste in landfills all over the world; so Pley is good for the environment, too! Also: for every new sign-up, Pley donates a toy to a child in need. How much more guilt-free can subscribing to this service be?
Toys to Keep
Sometimes, Pley offers limited edition subscriptions. As of January 2017, Pley has Disney Princess boxes in stock; each containing official Disney Princess toys, fashion accessories and activities and more. This particular subscription ships every two months, and you can pay per box or prepay for three or six at once. It’s worth noting that this limited edition box is about twice the price of one month’s subsciption to Pley’s Monthly Toy Club–and it definitely doesn’t reduce toy clutter or expenses.
Toys to Rent
The heart of Pley’s service is their rental feature, which you can use as part of your Monthly Toy Club membership. As long as you maintain a subscription to the service, you can rent one toy at a time, each for as long as you want. Pley cleans and properly sanitizes each toy before it gets sent out; and while a rented toy is with you and your child, it might receive some normal wear and tear, but you don’t have to worry about that. Pley knows how children play, and you won’t be charged extra for allowing your child to interact with a rented toy normally.
What You Get in Each Rental
As previously mentioned, Pley offers a ton of great toy and activity kit choices for you to choose from. Some brands represented in their inventory include American Girl, Disney, Foodstirs Hot Wheels, Magformers, Maisto, LEGO, Star Wars, Tiggly, Zoomer, and much, much more. With a wide range of toys all for rent, your child won’t be bored anytime soon.
Toy Credits are essential to Pley’s rental process; and you earn one or three of them monthly, depending on your subscription plan. You can also earn one toy credit for each successful friend referral you make.
How does it work? One toy credit can be redeemed for a single toy rental. This means that you can keep on renting a new toy every month! However, some of the larger, more expensive or more popular toys in Pley’s inventory may require up to three toy credits to rent. Remember, though, that you can keep a toy rental for as long as you want; you still earn credits every month regardless. Toy credits remain on your account and roll over to following months. So, for instance: if you keep a rented toy for three months, by the time you return it, you will have three credits to use on your next toy–without having to spend extra or refer a friend.
Toy credits can only be used to rent Pley toys and cannot be refunded or redeemed for cash, or used as store credit. Toy credits will expire and be lost if you choose to cancel your Pley account.
Buy at a Reduced Cost
Another great feature of Pley’s Monthly Toy Club is the option to buy the toy you’re currently renting. If your child really likes a specific rented toy and just doesn’t want to let it go, even after months of having it around, it might be time to consider making a purchase. It’s as easy as clicking a button on the site! The best part of this is that because Pley is a rental service that sends out serviceable but not brand new toys, you can often buy the toys at a reduced cost.
There are two subscription plans that you can choose from: Novice and Wizard. As a Pley Monthly Toy Club member you will have access to all the toys in the Pley inventory and will be able to rent them out one at a time, regardless of the plan you choose.
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The only difference between the two plans (apart from the fee, of course) is the number of toy credits you receive each month. Of course, more credits also means more rental choices for you and your child. With more toy credits you’ll be able to rent more of Pley’s premium toys at a faster turnover rate.
The customer support Pley offers isn’t very comprehensive. They do provide a Help/FAQ Knowledgebase containing answers to most of the basic concerns and questions about their products and services, and you can easily search for articles either through browsing or typing keywords into the search engine. However, you can reach a Pley representative only through filling out an online form on the site.
What's the Verdict on Pley?
Pley Review 2017 – Conclusion
If you are looking for a more economical way for your child to keep on enjoying the thrill of playing with new toys, then Pley might be for you. You can subscribe and have your child play with hundreds upon hundreds of toys in their collection for a minimal monthly fee. While you can only rent one toy at a time, you can keep that rented toy for as long as you want and even buy it at a reduced cost if your child really wants to have it. Sign up for the newsletter and you’ll get exclusive updates about the newest toys and parenting tips, too. It’s too bad that they only offer this service in the US, but if you’re lucky enough to be able to avail of the it, you should definitely check out Pley today!