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Francie –Dealer Exclusive

Posted by helen on April 8, 2011

Mattel  just announced there will be 2 silkstone Francie dolls  in 2011, one is Dealer exclusive, the other is BFC (Barbie Fan Club) exclusive.

To me, “dealer exclusive” means high prices  plus excessive shipping & handlings. dealers usually sell Barbie dolls at least $5.00-$15.00  higher than department stores or barbiecollector.com and they certainly charge more shipping .  for example, Nicolai is $75, but most dealers sell him at $89.99,   shipping & handling is $14, my final cost would be $103.99.   if the dealer is in NY,  my cost  would be $113.19.   I wondered how dealers compete with depeartment stores and Barbie collector? Since Barbie collector always offers $10 off on purchases of $50 or more,  I ordered this doll and my total  cost was $80.49.   it saves me $32 for not ordering from a dealer. another example, ordering a “Barbie Basic” doll from a dealer costs me $38.99, if I pick one from a local store, it costs no more than $21.

I am not sure what kind of up-close-personal service dealers offer to justify the prices and handling.  since I am poor right now, I go with the low cost. and the services Barbie collector offers are just good enough for me.

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