Outrageous American Girl
Last week, my american girl catolouge arrived in the mail. I was flipping causually through it, enjoying the new historicals, Cecile and Marie-Grace. I skimmed the pages. They had lots of new furniture, but it all looked very plastic-y. Cecile's bed reminded me of something I bought a walmart a few years back. Then I looked at the price. NO WAY. $125! This was impossible! I looked again, hoping that maybe my eyes were deceiving me. It still said $125. Oh my goodness! I thought. The bed was not all that good looking, made out of cheap materials, and came with very few accessories. How could it cost $125!?
I turned a couple more pages and came across a banquet-like table and treats set for Cecile and Marie-grace. Some of the treats adorning the top of the simple (yet kind of ugly) tablecloth looked like upside down cupcake bottoms. Others looked like tan golf balls with a splat of mustard on top, resting on a bed of jello-like green plastic. Not exactly appealing. There were a few other treats as well, some of which were recognizable as actual food. Chocolate, cupcakes, and a big cake (which looks more like 3 flowery boxes stacked on top of each other). The whole design was fairly simple, but still not classy or appealing. I looked at the price.
There it was, that big, fat, ugly price of $150. I thought I was going to faint. How was this even… possible!? The table is not a particularly cute item-at all! And who would buy it for $150? Wow, American Girl. Really?
Scanning the other pages, I realized that many other items were exceedingly overpriced. American girl has always been expensive, but never charging $20 for a set of little glittery gloves, a equally princessy mask and sparkling fairy wings. Its starting to remind me of barbie. Seriously. I don't have anything against glittery barbie fairy princesses, but for American Girl!?
It was not just Cecile and Marie-Grace that had overpriced items. Flipping through the "My American Girl" section, the piano caught my eye. A few years back, American Girl made an adorable grand piano. I remember being about 9 years old, and wanting it VERY badly. Of course at the time I could not save up enough money to purchase the piano-it cost a hefty $80. Last week, skipping through that catolouge I saw it again, this time costing a whooping $150. Thats $70 more than last time! It was expensive back in the days when it cost $80, but its current price makes the old one look like a deal! I am seriously shocked. Its kind of unfair actually. American Girl makes its products in big factories these days, and there is no guarantee of safe conditions for the factory workers. Who knows how much American Girl pays them? Definetly not enough to charge $150 for a doll sized piano. I don't think AG should be charging even close to this much, because the quality of there products is going down, and we, the customers of American Girl, do not know what the situation is like in their factories. If American Girls wants to continue the skyrocket of their prices, they should require safe working conditions in their factories, and produce quality products-not the cheap, junky ones that they are beginning to sell.
I think we need to start a protest here.