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"Arthur Sells Out"
Season/Series: 11
Number in season: 2a
Original Airdate: United States June 26, 2007[1]
Canada September 12, 2007[3]
United Kingdom December 5, 2007[2]
Written by: Raye Lankford
Storyboard by: Ivan Tankushev
"Mind Your Manners"
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"Arthur Sells Out" is the first half of the second episode in the eleventh season of Arthur.


Arthur decides to sell old toys through his school's website.


The commercial for a new game, Dark Bunny: Revenge of the Moomies is playing. Arthur and Buster think that they need it. Buster does not realize how Arthur is going to be able to afford it. He understands if he asks his folks, they will object and tell him to buy it with his own money.

However, Buster comes up with an idea; he takes Arthur to his garage and calls all of his old toys "a gold mine." Arthur does not feel the same way. He just thinks that it is junk, but Buster calls it "merchandise." Buster suggests to Arthur that he sell his toys on the website of the school newspaper, since they have a section for selling objects. Buster explains how easy it is, and how some people will buy anything. Arthur goes to his garage, his room, and anywhere else with toys. After getting a lot of toys, he is ready to sell them on the website.

He checks his email repeatedly, but he has no responses. At The Sugar Bowl, Arthur, Buster, and Muffy are discussing it. Muffy thinks that the site does not have enough "pizzaz" to it and it also needs a sales pitch, branding, eye candy, etc. Arthur does not understand what Muffy means.

So later, at Arthur's house, Muffy takes pictures of the toys with her camera. She takes many pictures, and then downloads them onto Arthur's computer.

The next day, mostly everything that Arthur was trying to sell is sold, including a Woogle. Muffy tells him that he needs a celebrity to endorse the shop. She also teaches him some more marketing techniques. However, some things do not sell, mostly the old toys. He still tries to sell them.

Pal brings him an old Robotron figure with a broken arm. Once again, he uses false advertising as an attempt to sell it (he describes the toy as "perfect for display purposes" and does not mention the faulty arm). He also sells toy soldiers that he says are large, but he actually just put them in a bigger box. D.W. rebels against this, but Arthur thinks that she just does not understand marketing.

Since the toys will not sell online, Arthur, Buster, and Muffy plan to hold a garage sale. James comes and immediately takes interest in the Robotron figure, resulting in Arthur finally having enough money for the video game. However, after a short while, James notices the toy's arms fall off easily. Buster thinks that Arthur should give James his money back, but Muffy says that he does not have to as long as Arthur did not lie. Arthur does not know what to do. Buster wants Arthur to give James his money back, but Muffy thinks the opposite. Arthur retorts "Let the buyer beware." Buster, surprised and angered by this, leaves the scene with James, and offers to fix his Robotron. Muffy then admits to Arthur that his advertising could be considered misleading, and tells him the worst punishment is house arrest, to Arthur's dismay.

At the video game store, Arthur is about to buy the new video game, but then changes his mind and tells the cashier that he just needs to look at something. On the way home from the store, Arthur finds James and Buster playing "Robotron Arm Toss," a new game that Buster made up. It turns out that Arthur did not buy the video game, but a new Robotron toy for James instead. 

At Muffy's house, Muffy bought the game "just to see what all the fuss was about." They turn it on, and at first it seems good. But when they start the game, it has poor graphics and glitches, static sound, a generic explorer character rather than Dark Bunny, and a "Game Over" screen after the first few moments of gameplay. The three are disappointed and Arthur tells Muffy, "If you ever need someone to sell it for you, don't call me." Having seen enough, Muffy throws it into the trash.






  • When Buster and James are playing the Robotron arm toss game, the target that they are shooting at is a chalk drawing of Arthur's head.

Episode Connections[]

Cultural references[]

  • When Arthur, Muffy and Buster are putting the disc of the game inside the console, it can be seen that the console highly resembles a Dreamcast, which is a 128-bit console published by Sega.


Broadcast History[]

United States[]

Broadcast date(s) Channel aired
  • June 26th, 2007

PBS 2002

  • January 1st, 2008
  • January 2nd, 2008
PBS Kids Dash (1999)

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