Wednesday, December 12, 2007

China Doll



Who knew?

American Girl Dolls Made In China

I always thought these dolls were so overpriced because they were made in the USA.

Sheesh.

15 Comments:

At December 12, 2007 10:21 AM, Blogger Jill said...

And the Chinese are laughing all the way to the bank.

 
At December 12, 2007 10:56 AM, Blogger cube said...

Not just the ChiComs. That American Girl company is making money hand over fist.

Can you imagine paying $87 for one of those dolls?

 
At December 12, 2007 11:16 AM, Blogger Eyes said...

This is the first time I've seen one. $87? Crazy. It really is frustrating though, the amount of stuff made in China. We got one of those 'pre-lit' Christmas trees this year and it was quite the thing to put together. I said to my husband "This is a communist plot to drive ordinary Americans crazy! They must be laughing their asses off!"

 
At December 12, 2007 11:45 AM, Blogger cube said...

eyes: They are custom ordered to look like your child. You choose the hair color, outfit, etc.

I've only seen them in catalogs, but I just assumed they were made in the US.

BTW the easiest way to decorate a Christmas tree is to get your children to do it ;-)

 
At December 12, 2007 11:51 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

wow Cube!..what a joke..Is anything made in the USA anymore!

 
At December 12, 2007 12:42 PM, Blogger Jen said...

Good grief! What is it we actually do over here any more? Beside fast food, that is.

 
At December 12, 2007 1:02 PM, Blogger nanc said...

i'm glad our girls were never into dolls.

and, what jen said!

 
At December 12, 2007 1:55 PM, Blogger Shover Robot said...

I can believe it! Its a cute doll and they used to pay that much back in the Cabbage Patch Dolls day.

 
At December 12, 2007 2:50 PM, Blogger Eyes said...

I just bought a new Sony VAIO laptop and noticed on the bottom "Made in China"... My heart sank as my brain calculated the added expense of replacement with a lifetime of 1/2 what I expected... I can see building simple things in China... but computers? Sony computers? Good grief. Disappointing.

 
At December 12, 2007 3:56 PM, Blogger cube said...

angel: We're still the idea people, but we don't make much stuff anymore.

jen: Yes, the service industry is big here.

nanc: Our girls weren't into
dolls either.

shover: I couldn't believe how much people paid for those ugly Cabbage Patch dolls. At least the American Girl dolls are cute and custom-made to look like your child.

 
At December 12, 2007 3:58 PM, Blogger cube said...

eyes: I bought a Sony Vaio 2 years ago. I've never even noticed where it was made :-(

 
At December 12, 2007 4:06 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Hardly anything is made in the US anymore.

We're a nation of consumers.

 
At December 12, 2007 7:38 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

The books and the movies are good.
Are we sure those stories aren't just re-written Chinese tales?
Were those movies produced in China???

I would have thought the dolls would be American made.

 
At December 14, 2007 7:35 PM, Blogger Caz said...

That's a very cute doll.

The US is the biggest consumer of all things Chinese made, and especially for occasions such as Xmas, Easter, Halloween, and Valentine's Day - it all comes from China.

There's a Chinese factory somewhere that probably makes a profit of a couple of dollars on those dolls. Their margins are awful and Walmart, I gather, screws Chinese factories into the ground for ever lower prices (they can do that easily, since they can always pull their business out and give it to another - cheaper - factory). They're making tiny profits, compared with what would be tolerated by Western companies.

 
At December 14, 2007 11:00 PM, Blogger cube said...

caz: Yes, Walmart and other stores are guilty of selling low-priced merchandise, but at least they're passing along the bargain prices to the consumers.

This American Girl company is charging $87 dollars per doll, not to mention how much they're asking for the oodles of over-priced, well-marketed accessories that one must have for the doll.

That they have ties with the Chinese makes me think they're profiting much more than a typical WalMart retailer would, while at the same time, posing as an American-made product.

I can't do much about the standard of living in China, but I do know that if they dropped their communist ways, their lives would improve exponentially.

 

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