davidd's A DOLL A DAY 2023
(09-23-2023, 11:48 AM)Alliecat Wrote: Did it work?

I haven't checked. In my experience, the de-staining process usually takes several days to a number of weeks.

But I'm gonna have to bring the head inside because there's rain in the forecast and the sky is clouding up.




23 September - A Doll A Day 2023:

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Scarlett O'Barbie

Appropriately, the wind blew the box lid closed as I was snapping the photo of this Gone With The Wind Barbie doll.

This "Hollywood Legends" Barbie doll commemorating the motion picture Gone With The Wind was released back in 1994 -- thirty years ago for those of you who may be keeping track. Today these dolls are practically worthless. Nicely boxed examples of these thirty year old "collectable" dolls are frequently available for ten bucks or less (plus fifteen for shipping) online.

See, what's happening with some of this stuff, particularly the "collector editions," is that the collectors who purchased these things thirty years ago are "leaving the hobby" (a polite euphemism for dying off), and nobody wants their stuff. The collectors kept their collectibles in nicely preserved, boxed condition. Now all those like-new examples are showing up on the secondary market at the same time. Supply outpaces demand.

Meanwhile,  I recently sold a ten year old Novi Stars doll for $275 on eBay. It sold in under an hour. I probably had it underpriced, since some people ask $500 and up, but the one I sold was unboxed and was missing its accessories. One of the differences is that Novi Stars dolls were "playline dolls" marketed to kids. They weren't sold as items for collectors. Thus, fewer of them survived intact.

Plus, of course, the Novi Stars doll had three eyes and skeleton wings. Sorry, Barbie, you can't compete with that, no way!

The future secondary market is difficult to predict. Some dolls and toys escalate in price immediately upon being discontinued and continue to increase in price for years. Other items -- usually the ones designed to be "collector items" -- fail to hold even their original retail price.

Note: rational discussion about the pricing issue does not pertain to dolls released by Integrity Toys. That's an entirely different world in which sanity does not exist.

Meh, I'm rambling. But having picked this doll up myself on eBay in conjunction with another "collector" Barbie for under twenty bucks for the pair, I'm just kinda moodily musing over the value, or lack of value, of the things we buy, save, treasure, or discard.

Anyway... I'm gonna rip open the box and see if the cool red dress fits on a TBLeague seamless figure. Poor ol' nekkid Scarlett O'Barbie will be sent off to a donation station... which is probably a worse fate than would have befallen a nekkid Scarlett at the grubby hands of the Union Army back in the day.

23 September - A Doll A Day 2023

P.S.: and why, you ask, did I sell the Novi Stars doll? Because two-hunnert senny-five bucks for a seven inch tall plastic doll, that's why!
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Cute how she's peeking through the star.
Well, I had a look out of curiosity and the cheapest one I see is $34 CAD... plus $43 shipping!  LOL.  Many of the others have shipping at $53-70.  Puh-leez.  This is why you get so little of my money anymore, eBay. 
I see someone has a set of 4 GWTW dolls for $40, so if you are in the States I guess there are still deals to be had.

Holy cow, those Novi Star prices are ridiculous.  I can see though, with occasional opportunities for sales like that, why you so often worry about the "value" of your collection.

Sadly, a lot of things that previous generations collected or valued don't seem to be wanted by younger ones.  slash
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(09-24-2023, 12:29 PM)Alliecat Wrote:   
I see someone has a set of 4 GWTW dolls for $40, so if you are in the States I guess there are still deals to be had.

You should move here! We still have paper money, even!  yay



24 September - A Doll A Day 2023:

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2007 Holiday Barbie
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I'm not sure if the front of the carton is scuffed, or just dirty. I haven't looked at it that closely yet. One of those stupid impulse buys that I shouldn't have, y'know?
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25 September - A Doll A Day 2023:

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Bratz Selfie-Snaps Yasmin


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Super lameness: the package says Yasmin loves to play her ukulele, but was
a miniature ukulele included with the doll? Noooo! Was a ukulele available as
an accessory set? Nooo! No wonder the New Bratz line was an utter fail!



Circa 2016 release, Bratz Selfie-Snaps Yasmin was part of an unsuccessful attempt by MGAE to re-boot the Bratz franchise. These "New Bratz" dolls only lasted a season or two before being discontinued. A more classic style of Bratz dollz has since been released to somewhat greater success, although they have achieved nothing on par with the once stratospheric popularity of the Bratz brand.

Selfie-Snaps Yasmin is an example of how not every old doll or toy that is kept "mint-in-package" appreciates in value. These particular dolls are practically worthless on eBay right now.

I purchased Selfie-Snaps Yasmin back in 2016 to participate in an online "Summer of Bratz" photo challenge. Since then, Yasmin has become one of my favorite "travel dolls" and has been a part of a number of adventurous trips and treks. Well... a Yasmin has; the one pictured here is my "back-up" Yas, in case anything dire happened to the first one. But the original is still going strong seven years later, after numerous hiking adventures and even a cruise through the Caribbean.

25 September - A Doll A Day 2023
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Great that you've had so many adventures with her.  But yeah, pretty dumb to not include a doll's supposedly favourite thing in the package!
Will your impulse-buy Barbie make it out of the box....???

(09-25-2023, 01:02 AM)davidd Wrote: You should move here! We still have paper money, even
I'd just finished reading yet another discussion about all the Canadians bailing out for presumed better places (record numbers in 2021 according to Statistics Canada?).  Can't say I didn't seriously consider joining them, but the gubbermint makes leaving a financial minefield  sad 
And really, no guarantee of things being much better anywhere else over the long term.
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(09-26-2023, 01:05 PM)Alliecat Wrote: Will your impulse-buy Barbie make it out of the box....???

And really, no guarantee of things being much better anywhere else over the long term.

The Barbies will make it out of the boxes... eventually... and be savagely scavenged for clothes and accessories! Life is hard and brutal out here in The Wasteland.

Sadly, yes: the One World Government  plan seems to be full steam ahead -- and it is not looking like Utopia by any stretch.



26 September  A Doll A Day 2023:

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26 September - A Doll A Day 2023
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I've been helping a neighbor/relative with a carpentry project. Haven't had time for much of anything else.

I'll try to get caught up with A Doll A Day if or when I can.

Silly me, thinking I could stay caught up.

Maybe my Doll A Day days are over.
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You sound like a very helpful neighbour.  Relative.  Whatever.
I wonder what Handyman Dude would've said if I'd brought a doll out for photos in the middle of the porch-building project  LOL  Round Two is under way -- railing -- so today I was hauling lumber in my longsuffering lil car again, and I'm also painting my hall.  No dolls are allowed near the paint!!
No ADAD quitting allowed!! 
You'll get caught up, like you always do.

(09-26-2023, 11:58 PM)davidd Wrote: Sadly, yes: the One World Government  plan seems to be full steam ahead -- and it is not looking like Utopia by any stretch.
Well, apologies to the world from Canada.  We are currently having Technical Difficulties with our government  xp
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