(Closed) American Girls? Worth the money?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Are American Girls worth the money?
    YES!! I love my American Girl! : (18 votes)
    35 %
    If you have the money, why not? : (16 votes)
    31 %
    NO, too expensive : (12 votes)
    24 %
    Other (Please explain) : (5 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 16
    2850 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    These things are still around?! I thought they died in the 90s

    Post # 17
    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I used to love mine! I think 3 years old might be a little young for one though, I remember getting mine around 6-7 years old and being able to read the books and stuff that went along with it. I’d recommend checking out Our Generation at Target if you do want to still get her one as they look similar to AG but are 1/3 of the price.


    Also if she likes Disney Princesses they do have “toddler dolls” that are about the same size as AG dolls but cheaper. Target also has those

    Post # 18
    1386 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I had three growing up. I still have them and they are in great shape. My nieces are 6 and 8 and love theirs. There are always knock-off accessories and outfits to purchase online and at craft fairs. I never really played with dolls, but I did like my AG dolls. 

    Post # 19
    1362 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

    Personally, having immigrant parents, I never had one as a kid and I know it sounds silly, but it’s a regret for me – I saw it as one aspect of cultural assimilation. As a kid, I DEVOURED the AG Magazine and books in the library, and having just one of those birthday brunches at the AG place downtown (I grew up in the Chicagoland) and a doll would have meant the world to me. I definitely plan to do that for my kid someday, should they indicate interest.

    But agree, wait till she is 6 and see if she actually wants one and will take care of it. Mattel has also changed its approach and has started opening up branch stores in local malls and selling cheaper dolls in Toys R Us too, but they are nowhere near the experience you get at an actual AG Place store if you happen to live in or visit a large city.

    Post # 20
    10020 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I read the books as a kid but never got the obsession with the dolls. A few of my friends had them and they were nice I guess but I have no idea why anyone would spend so much money on a doll. 

    Post # 21
    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    I’d never get a doll that valuable for a 3 year old – definitely wait until she’s older. 

    I bought my Molly doll with some of my First Communion money and by doing extra chores when I was in 2nd grade. I was also only allowed to buy the doll once I’d read all her books! 

    Post # 22
    679 posts
    Busy bee

    Baby dolls, in general, are kind of boring. Why not get her something that she’ll have to use her brain for or that is more interactive or educational?

    Post # 23
    972 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I loved my Felicity doll and still have her and the books. But I didn’t get her until I was 10, I think. 

    I loved her but now I have an interesting perspective about her and the age I was –both I and my parents got kind of rude remarks from friends who I now realize saw them as a status symbol somehow. My parents were pretty poor and that was like the only big gift like that I can remember. So now it pisses me off that I felt like I had to hide her away for some of my “friends” and their families.  But anyway, I loved playing with her with two of my friends who also still liked playing with dolls and reading the books at 10, 11, 12 years old..

    But yeah – I’m not sure if at 3 years old if it’s worth it just yet. Especially if it’s just a doll and not necessarily the ones that come with their own stories and history…?

    Post # 24
    2552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    For that age I think Cabbage Patch is the way to go.  You can find one that looks like her, they’re meant for age 3+, they’re like 30 bucks, and I love that they aren’t totally genderized like AG, there are Cabbage Patch boys too.  And maybe it’s because I had Cabbage Patch as a kid but they don’t give off the creep factor that the AG dolls do, AG look a little too realistic for me.  Not like retro porcelain doll-level murderyness but I definitely get a murdery vibe.  But most dolls give me the creeps to a certain degree so maybe that’s just me.  Of course my girls freaking love their dolls :-/

    I disagree with the idea that dolls aren’t intellectually stimulating for kids though, my girls aren’t quite two and they use their dolls for tons of imaginative play.  In addition to being flipping adorable when they read their dolls a book or feed them fake food it’s also good for brain development.  Which is why it’s such a bummer that so many people only give dolls to girls.

    Post # 27
    340 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    OMG I’m not a mom nor do I have contact with young girls, so when I read the title of the thread I was shocked thinking it was something about american women, LOL !!


    Post # 28
    1272 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m with those people saying wait until 5/6 to get her an AG doll. I was a little older than that when I got mine and I loved it and had it until right before high school. Kind of wish I had kept it, but my parents gave it to my little cousin when I lost interest in dolls.

    Post # 29
    4255 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    When I was little Cabbage Patch were the expensive doll and I got one when I was 3 or 4.  And last year I handed her down to my Dear Daughter.  <3  So I think it can be okay to spend a lot on a special toy.  I just bought my Dear Daughter2 a Hatchimal for xmas…  I doubt it was last as well and it was bloody expensive.  Toys are expensive.

    Post # 30
    426 posts
    Helper bee

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    stephaniee24 :  yes, they do have bitty babies… those are for young kids, prob in your age bracket. I would reccomend a Wellie Wisher (just google it). We sell them at Kohls and Toys R Us now too.   They are about $60 (but we do a TON of promos online/loyalty program/free shipping).  You can prob get it a little cheaper, they are really cute. Meant for 5+ but I think your 3yr old will be good with it. 



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