If you have a daughter then you may have been persuaded by her deceivingly beautiful smile to purchase an American Girl Doll. If you are a total sucker (like me) and think your daughter is the cutest thing ever (again like me), you may have even visited the store.
Visiting the store makes you rethink how far our society has actually come. After walking through the store, I was hoping to see Chuckie walk through with his knife and take out every doll in the shop.
Yes, these dolls are cute, but they are not over $100 cute. Nor do they need $400 cars to pretend to drive. If you have not had the opportunity to visit a store (lucky you), let me prepare you before you walk in. Here are my quick observations.
1) $20 Hair Dos
Yes, you read that right. Your daughter can schedule a hair appointment. Not for her, but for her doll!
Make sure to schedule this appointment too or you will be waiting for hours to ensure your doll has the latest crop. The cost is merely $20. The same price to purchase three dolls at Target that look very similar with hair already done.
2) Dining with Your Doll
You can make a reservation for you, your daughter, and her doll to enjoy a nice overpriced meal. They even include a special chair and fake food for the doll.
We didn’t partake in this festivity, but I could only imagine the stimulating conversations. The biggest drawback is the restaurant doesn’t even serve alcohol.
3) Ear Piercing
The store has set up a place to get your doll’s ears pierced. I’m not sure how much that cost because we didn’t even think about entertaining this idea.
However, if you do decide on this option there is a nicely assortment of overpriced earrings. I’m sure there are even diamonds if you want to make that wise investment.
4) Temper Tantrums
This is a store where the word “NO” can cause some of the most extreme temper tantrums the world has ever seen.
Every few feet there were little girls, dressed up like their dolls, asking their parents for an overpriced pair of shoes or jewlery. Since most parents don’t have an endless supply of money, their requests were smartly denied.
As soon as parents pucker their lips to say no, many little girls start to tear up immediately. It is a tough lesson that imaginary dolls don’t deserve $50 outfits.
5) They All Look the Same
If you were to pick out 10 dolls and put the same outfit on them; I would not be able to pick my daughter’s doll out of line up.
You quickly wonder why are paying so much for these dolls. Then you start to realize why most of America is broke.