The other day, we received a catalog from American Girl. The cover of the catalog proudly proclaims that they offer free shipping (with a $50 minimum purchase). After looking through the catalog, I quickly see that the free shipping is almost a given! They have these new "Real Me" dolls that follow the same idea as Webkinz. You order a doll, and you can play with her avatar online! The basic doll and casual outfit are $95! But, you can add on accessories like glasses, messenger bag, and other accessories for an additional $32. Cool!
You can also buy your daughter outfits to match her doll's. For a pretty scarlet dress and matching hat for both your daughter and her doll will set you back a mere $92 ($66 to dress your daughter and $26 to dress her doll).
After perusing their website, I found that you can also get the doll her own Halloween costume for about $30! That's about what I paid for my daughter's Halloween costume. Sigh.
I don't mean to sound cheap. The dolls are beautiful, and the clothes look gorgeous. But I can't imagine shelling out that kind of green for a toy. I guess everyone splurges on certain things and are cheap about other things. This is a thing that I'm cheap about. My daughter easily tires with most of her toys. I have no doubt that if we invested $200 on a doll and some outfits, she would love it. At first. I can see her easily getting bored with it. And maybe jealous that we spend more on the doll's outfits than we do on her outfits.
I can also see her getting sucked into playing with the computer avatar. I can bet the website for this would be full of ads of other things we HAVE to get for the doll.
I'm just going to file this catalog away in a safe place--at the bottom of the recycling bin.
Here is a link showing one of the dolls and the possible accessories you can get for her. Click if you dare!