Has anyone bought an American Girl doll from the US?

(87 Posts)
perceptionreality Wed 14-Nov-12 13:12:43

I'm just wondering how much it all costs once you've paid taxes etc.

I haven't bought one but seen them when I was over there. They didn't look that great tbh.

The shop was MOBBED though with kids getting their hairstyles/clothes done and it looked like quite a fun social thing for groups of little girls but the doll on it's own didn't really translate very well for me. (And they looked nothing like anybody wink)

I think that unless you're planning to visit the US or a store opens over here then it's a bit pointless.

That said, weight wise/ costage. I'd put aside an extra £35 for shipping tax.

SissySparkles Wed 14-Nov-12 23:11:02

there's a uk website that sells them direct from uk, I think for around £140.

I don't get them either mrscumberbatch

Uppermid Wed 14-Nov-12 23:15:16

My dd's got them from a friend in us ,sat year. I think I had to pay about £50. Us friend horrified but considering shed spent $$$$$ on buying and shipping them in the first place.

LynetteScavo Wed 14-Nov-12 23:23:03

I spent rather a long time in the shop in LA blush but didn't buy one for DD as they don't make one exactly like her (I need one with blue eyes, black hair and NO fringe) - I didn't have her with me, or I would have caved in, and bought her load of accessories, because I'm a sap like that.

I also think they are not worth it unless you are going to do the whole experience but you can get them in the UK here

perceptionreality Thu 15-Nov-12 10:26:08

Thanks for your replies. I have seen the one UK site that sells them I was wondering whether if I bought one from the US, I would end up paying more or less than £135 as that is how much they are from there, unless you buy an historical one which costs around £150.

I may not bother though if the quality is not good. What I liked about them is that they are not too beautiful but nice looking and also not stick thin like the Corolle dolls. My dds all seem to love them.

Tikkabillajive Thu 15-Nov-12 10:37:39

A friend got one for me in the US (for DD) last Christmas and it is really lovely - but SO not worth the price they are sold for over here. I think shipping one from AG in the US is about $70 (not sure how much taxes would be on top of that though) - I don't think it's worth paying that much either. Only worth it if you can get someone to order over there and bring it back for you IMO.

Have you seen the Gotz 'Precious Day' dolls? They are exactly the same size and very similar to the AG dolls - you can buy them from www.petalinadolls.co.uk. DD had one of these before she got her AG doll and I would say the quality is even nicer.

You can also buy school uniforms etc for them from www.frillylily.co.uk.

Dolls this size are fab, my DD (7) plays so much with hers.

Good link Tikkabilla, they are lovely looking dolls

perceptionreality Thu 15-Nov-12 10:53:32

Yes, we have some Gotz dolls already - they are lovely. I am never buying Barbie again!

Prarieflower Thu 15-Nov-12 11:24:49

We have Gotz Hannah/Sarah and she is lovely.Far nicer looking than AG who looks like a chipmunk in mvho. Clothes far more stylish too.

ImpYCelyn Thu 15-Nov-12 17:48:52

Corolle do some that aren't thin - erm, vanilla blonde/brunette, coquette blonde/brunette/redhead I think. They used to also do some nice regional dolls - called things like Astrid and Ambre.

Agree their "Cheries" are practically barbies though.

Gotz Hannah is gorgeous, and Lillebi is worth a look.

Agree that AG dolls look like chipmunks, it's those protruding teeth. I think that you can put AG outfits on some of the Gotz dolls, I'm sure I read that. So with the price difference for the dolls you could get some of the clothes maybe...

madwomanintheattic Thu 15-Nov-12 17:55:41

We have 'Maplelea girls' in Canada. I assume they are the same kind of thing (though am slightly alarmed by the teeth idea).

Dd2 has one (the one from where her bf lives, near Toronto) and her bf has the one from Banff, near where we live.

I love the 'not Barbie' and real-ish elements. The journal stuff is interesting too - lots of Canadian history and facts and figures and whatnot.

I don't think you can buy them in stores though, just online.

Oodthunkit Thu 15-Nov-12 19:10:27

Dd2 was obsessed with them after dh & brought a catalogue back from
NY ( more in a you wouldn't believe this shop thing than a crap present!), so when we went with dds 2 years later she bought one & they have matching PJs hmm and loads of outfits.
It's still in v good condition and dd2 is a toy wrecker. Toddler dd3 now plays with it too and it's pretty tough.
Hair a bit scruffy now, I understand why they have a store hairdresser!

TuttoRhino Thu 15-Nov-12 19:14:24

My DD got one from my parents for her 3rd birthday. I thought the price was incredible - they bought it while on holiday in the US. She wasn't interested in it for a while but I bought some clothes for it from sellers on Etsy in similar styles to her own clothes and she's warmed to it a lot.

The doll looks like her which is quite creepy.

I'd imagine you'd get stung for taxes when it came over. Do you know anybody going to the US in the next while?

ImpYCelyn Thu 15-Nov-12 19:18:42

Wow the AG period clothes really look lovely though...

perceptionreality Thu 15-Nov-12 21:20:07

Yes I meant the Cheries dolls. The Chouquette ones are baby dolls with hair aren't they?

I agree Gotz Hannah is prettier but I think the AG dolls look more normalised and with character. I don't know how they compare in quality though. I have heard that they retain their value if you wish to sell them later. Thanks for replies. There doesn't seem to be anywhere in the uk that you can buy AG clothes.

madwomanintheattic Thu 15-Nov-12 23:29:37

Yep, just had a look. maplelea girls are pretty much the same, but seem to have a better reputation for quality.

Am lolling at the 'historical' dolls line on AG though. grin the 70s, eh?

TheEnthusiasticTroll Thu 15-Nov-12 23:46:27

My dd likes designer friends at Argos, far cheaper alternative and look much the same as far as facial details although the limbs are not maniplable, but if they are to be played with I would much rather spend £20+ than £100+

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Fri 16-Nov-12 10:39:47

I've just looked at the link - I'm shock - it's a doll!! Faints

perceptionreality Fri 16-Nov-12 10:45:13

I think what you pay for is higher quality vinyl isn't it? They are very expensive, I agree. But I was hoping they could be passed down. The hair apparently holds up better than cheaper dolls too.

Has anyone bought a doll from My London Girl This seems to be an identical concept in the UK - surely must be owned by the same company?

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Fri 16-Nov-12 10:56:20

DDs aren't going to care about that though (vinyl, hair).

I've only raised boys so far - dolls this price are a whole new world to me (have toddler DD) I didn't even know this sort of thing existed.

mummytime Fri 16-Nov-12 11:04:29

My DDs are deprived and never had Dolls like this (actually wouldn't have wanted them either). Also from my experience I would be wary of a Doll which was supposed to be "passed down", me and my DD all went through a "hairdressing" phase.

Tikkabillajive Fri 16-Nov-12 11:05:51

I'm pretty sure that My London Girl is just a copycat brand and nothing to do with American Girl. The dolls are really ugly IMO and even more expensive than AG - £79!!

There's also another British make called something like Girl for All Time - super expensive but they have done the AG thing of creating a historical character and having books that come with them, period style clothes, etc. The dolls look really pretty but seem to be more for collecting than playing with (don't think I'd let my dd take her doll to the park and hang it from a tree etc if I had paid £90 for it!)

perceptionreality Fri 16-Nov-12 11:08:55

Yes but I care - the higher quality vinyl doesn't contain some of the chemicals like phthalates that people are concerned about that are in so many toys.

Dd3 is only 3 - she's very much into dolls but these are two old for her - I am looking for my much older dd who wants one that looks like her. AG dolls are aimed at 8+. Dd3 already has baby Annabell and this year was asking for the new one which looks exactly the same as the one she had last year! So I decided to get her one made with better quality vinyl from Gotz.

perceptionreality Fri 16-Nov-12 11:09:44

too old*

perceptionreality Fri 16-Nov-12 11:12:25

Yes, I think it's best only to buy this sort of doll for a child who is well past the drawing on face stage!

perceptionreality Fri 16-Nov-12 11:13:35

I suppose the standing dolls are a good alternative to Barbie.

KevinFoley Fri 16-Nov-12 12:48:23

I think with the export charges that's a lot of money for a doll that's made in China. I agree that it's one of those things like Build a Bear where you ideally need to be near a shop. For less money you could get a lovely German made Kathe Kruse doll with a range of outfits (the newest range are really modern). My London Girl is the UK alternative to American Girl, they have an online store and a shop at Westfield in London.

perceptionreality Fri 16-Nov-12 14:26:24

Someone is selling one on ebay for £130 which is what she said it cost after factoring in the shipping and other charges. So it appears to be about the same as the UK site. I suppose if you were buying the doll in the US it would be about the same as other dolls made in china.

Kathe Kruse are lovely I agree. It is now very hard to find dolls not made in China apparently. KK are about the only ones left.

ImpYCelyn Fri 16-Nov-12 14:42:34

perception - the chouquette ones are babies, the coquette and vanilla are girls, like this one www.petalinadolls.co.uk/dolls/vanilla-brunette.htm But I think they might be a bit smaller.

Corolle do quite a lot of outfits, but they ££s.

The link for the place selling AG dolls has AG clothes as well www.mydollboutique.co.uk/dresses-10-c.asp They look the same as the ones on the AG website.

Eek - My London Girls have chipmunk teeth too!

These look lovely too www.petalinadolls.co.uk/dolls/?brand_0=kidz-n-cats-brand


That website has lots of different brands, it looks worth a browse, there are several there that I hadn't heard of before. And the stock clothes for them all too.

FreddoBaggyMac Fri 16-Nov-12 16:18:36

I recommend Corolle as a much more realistically priced option than most of those mentioned here. DD2 has this which is lovely and still smells of vanilla even though she's two years old!

I'm also lucky enough to still have my Sasha dolls which I've passed down to DD1, wish they still made them!

perceptionreality Fri 16-Nov-12 17:00:03

I think Corolle dolls are lovely (although too skinny really) but dd has her heart set on this particular AG one that looks like her. As it's for Christmas I think it's ok for the price. I told her that at this stage she may not get it in time for Christmas but she doesn't mind!

perceptionreality Fri 16-Nov-12 17:00:58

Oh, I saw Kidz n Cats - they are beautiful. Petalina is an excellent site.

Dancergirl Sat 17-Nov-12 13:35:50

freddo I've just bought that Corolle doll for my youngest dd! Can't wait to give it to her.

I had a Sasha doll as a child, wonder if my mums still got it....? They're going for fortunes on eBay now...

Dancergirl Sat 17-Nov-12 13:37:38

Also love the look of the Gotz dolls!

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Sat 17-Nov-12 13:41:50

They are all lovely, I am still shock, I think I am going to go through a steep learning curve with a girl now, the dolls outfits cost more than DDs.

Dancergirl Sun 18-Nov-12 08:49:13

How do the Argos Designa friend dolls compare? They are much cheaper.

PolkadotCircus Sun 18-Nov-12 12:23:31

DD has a Gotz,her friend an Argos one.There is no comparison however said friend loves her Argos doll(soft body whereas the Gotz is hard).

With the Gotz they really do have beautiful faces and the hair is easily brushed into looking as good as new.The Argos frizzes quite easily beyond return.

My dd hose to pool all her money for her Gotz so she had less tat iykwim.Dd likes to do hair iykwim. Hannah will last forever imvho.There are cheaper Gotz(Just like me).

perceptionreality Sun 18-Nov-12 15:25:40

I heard that the Chad Valley ones are very good quality for the money - I don't think the eyes close though?

I assume if you bought a AG doll in the US it would work out about £60? So similar to the price of a Gotz doll if you buy it here. Getting it shipped is what bumps the price up. I found out that AG dolls are not sold in the UK because they haven't been subjected to EU toy safety testing. So apparently anyone selling them in the UK may be in breach of trading standards, unless they pay for their own testing process.

PolkadotCircus Sun 18-Nov-12 16:37:00

I really don't like them.They look lumpy and yes have chipmunk faces.You can see the soft stuffing area through lots of their clothes.Also I think the clothes are a tad American,the Gotz seem more stylish plus you can buy the cheaper clothes on DB(they're not AG but another make I think).Not all clothes fit each other.AG doesn't fit Gotz trousers I think because they have a big waist and diff legs.Gotz Hannah has a little girl's body,tis very realistic.

The jointed Gotz are to compete with the Kids dolls I think but I prefer Hannah's face.We also have a Happy Kidz Gotz doll(they don't make anymore and she has a lovely face.

Ebay often sells Gotz dolls.

PolkadotCircus Sun 18-Nov-12 16:37:58

AG not Chad Valley.I actually prefer the Chad ones to look at.

perceptionreality Sun 18-Nov-12 17:06:37

Yes, you can see the cloth body under most of the clothes, it's true. I actually like that they are a bit chunkier and not with perfect faces though.

I looked at the London Girl Outfits, only to find they are a lot more expensive than AG ones - £30 each!

Merrylegs Sun 18-Nov-12 17:21:36

OK - I can answer this EXACTLY because DD got an AG from the UK website mentioned up thread just last month (birthday). You won't get one shipped significantly cheaper from the US unless you know someone who will bring one back for you on the plane.

Basically an AG from the States is $105 but add tax to that. So say $120. Then to ship it over here is $50-$60. So $180. Then you have to add import and customs duties - takes it up to about $200. I know all this because I emailed the AG company to find out.

The one from the UK site came the next day. Also, the clothes are v lovely and v reasonable.

I was a bit hmm about it all - I thought they were quite ugly as dolls go. BUT actually, in real true life it's a very sweet doll. Satisfyingly chunky. Very well made. Lovely hair for brushing.

Look on ebay. The resale value is phemomenal, so it will certainly retain its value.

DD is 11 (yes, 11!) and she has two friends who also have AGs and the play they are getting out of them is just fab. They make scrapbooks for their dolls and take loads of photos and make little films. Tis v sweet.

PolkadotCircus Sun 18-Nov-12 17:21:38

You could try Gotz Precious Day,they have the stuffed body.Gotz used to make AG first,think Precious Day are their successor.

perceptionreality Sun 18-Nov-12 19:48:26

Merrylegs - thanks for your helpful post. Yes AG when I emailed them said the cost to ship a AG doll by itself is $60-65 and it's an extra $5 per pound added in weight after that. Do you think it would be worth buying a couple of outfits as well given that's the case? The outfits are $28 each but I don't know how much they weigh with packaging.

The only reason I need to get the doll from the US is that doll boutique doesn't sell the My American Girl dd2 wants.

VolumeOfACone Sun 18-Nov-12 21:09:24

Gotz Hannah dolls were for sale at TK Maxx last time I was in there. I picked one up and almost bought one. I didn't realise they were usually so expensive!

Merrylegs Sun 18-Nov-12 22:23:18

Ah. well yes, if you are going to ship it from the States I would say deffo put a couple of outfits in there too. (Have a look on ebay to see how much these sell for over here! For eg an outfit that was listed as on sale for $7 on the AG website sold for £34 on ebay a couple of days ago.)

I do feel your pain. It's really all about the brand for DD. She loves the idea that the dolls have stories - (you can watch the films on youtube! Just google AG doll of the year. DD is particularly taken with McKenna's movie hmm)

She isn't interested in any other doll (including my lovely vintage Sasha doll!) It's all about AG. They are definitely a 'hobby' doll for older girls.

She has conceded that the outfits are extortionate though and is not expecting any branded clothes for Xmas but does really like the ones on the UK website which are masses cheaper (but not official AGs) and just as cute.

But to satisfy the AG desire I have found some AG branded books on Amazon UK - these are craft books and scrapbooks for your dolls with little stickers and things to make. They are really v sweet - I got DD the school set I think.

Dancergirl Mon 19-Nov-12 12:28:27

Gotz Hannah is beautiful! Is she the same size as Gotz precious day?

swanthingafteranother Mon 19-Nov-12 12:55:34

It is for older children. I bought one (Kit) for dd who isn't interested in dolls, and yet she plays with it and her friends play with it! I think the detail on the clothes is the point, and the hair, and the history bit. She is 10 now.
I remember at a younger age having a Sasha doll which even in 70's was incredibly expensive, and I played with it nonstop for about 6 years. So I suppose compared to a computer game or Nintendo Ds it was good value, and that's the point of American Girl. And handdown value in families..

swanthingafteranother Mon 19-Nov-12 12:58:27

oh, cross post Merrylegs, how I wish dd had been interested in my Sasha. I can still remember the equisite pleasure of being given a bathrobe and towelling slippers for my Sasha doll, aged 7. And those little white leather sandals...

perceptionreality Mon 19-Nov-12 15:11:01

Thanks for replies - my dd's interest in these dolls came from the AG books as she has some and they have a leaflet about the dolls in the back.

MrsBovary Mon 19-Nov-12 16:53:09

They sell mini versions of AG on Amazon UK. I bought one for one of my children as a stocking filler.

I looked at them in New York in October. To get dd a doll that looked like her (which would have meant paying for a haircut too) with an outfit for dd to wear to match the doll would have come to over $200. I can see that if you are loaded and have your child with you it would be a fun afternoon as you can take the doll for tea and cake etc. we decided just to buy a doll for dd who wasn't there with us was ridiculously expensive

PolkadotCircus Mon 19-Nov-12 18:12:23

I just don't get them,I really don't.

MarshmallowCupcake Mon 19-Nov-12 20:21:18

I bought one for my niece when she visited me in Chicago where I worked many years ago. I got her Kaya the original AG doll and she still has it after 8 years. This was great for me cos on birthdays and Xmas I just sent another part of the Kaya collection. I was very lucky to have a pal visit and she got sent back to Scotland with a new suitcase filled with Kayas horse!
You need an American friend who will post it as a gift so you avoid custom tax!

perceptionreality Tue 20-Nov-12 01:09:51

It is like Build A Bear really isn't it (an addiction that is still at large in our house!).

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Tue 20-Nov-12 02:05:18

My sister had an AG Felicity doll. In fact, she still has her up on her wardrobe and she still looks great. I was jeaaaaaaaalous!

I think the historical ones are lovely especially if you choose a really interesting time period.

It is a CRIME that they discontinued Samantha!

CheerfulYank Tue 20-Nov-12 06:51:08

I had Molly when I was nine, so 21 years ago. smile I must have my mother dig her out of the attic for me...

If it's cheaper to buy one here in the US, you could do that and I could ship it to you, or something? They can't weigh that much!

perceptionreality Tue 20-Nov-12 09:19:52

CheerfulYank - that is very kind of you, but I wouldn't want to put you to the trouble. I do actually have a cousin in LA and I feel bad about asking her too!

PolkadotCircus Tue 20-Nov-12 09:45:51

Wish they'd sort something out re shopping in the US online.There have been loads of things I've wanted to buy but the duty(not the postage makes it way too expensive).

Some firms won't even ship to the UK.Yes Crayola I'm looking at you.One day I will have a super duper crayon tower with allthe colours!!!!!

PolkadotCircus Tue 20-Nov-12 09:47:34

Actually aren't there companies who you can get stuff sent to in the US who will then send on.Must look into it one day.

We have family in San Francisco but I'm too embarrassed to ask too.

CheerfulYank Tue 20-Nov-12 14:57:30

Oh, I've shipped things to various mumsnetters before. In the interest of international good will and all. grin If you really want to we can figure something out.

Same goes for you polkadot...I'll get you those crayons if you want 'em! smile

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Tue 20-Nov-12 15:39:21

cheerful - do you know the best way to get 2 of these here

knight bedding

not the sham the row and 2 shams, (*2), my friend in states has bought them for me, but the cost of postage is HUGE!

CheerfulYank Tue 20-Nov-12 18:20:20

Wait, what? <pregnancy brain strikes> So you don't want the sham? Spell it out like you're talking to a six year old and I'll be able to tell you. blush

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Tue 20-Nov-12 18:25:20

I couldn't find a link to the sets I have bought - the picture in This link - full single bed throw and 2 shams I what have bought the DCs each - it was only £60 for 2 full sets but it's more than that to post them fro
What my friend can see - I wondered if you had any ideas on cheaper ways.

CheerfulYank Tue 20-Nov-12 20:09:29

I can check with my mom. smile She has an etsy shop and is very good at cheap posting. I'll let you know as soon as I get ahold of her.

And you're having a baby?! Congrats!

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Tue 20-Nov-12 21:18:12

oh fab thanks so much

lolalotta Tue 20-Nov-12 22:09:35

I haven't read ANY of this thread but I won't into the store in New York, all I can say is OMG!!!!!

perceptionreality Fri 30-Nov-12 19:45:35

Well, I went ahead and ordered the doll with about 5 outfits and the shipping was the same as with one doll. I await the customs charges............hopefully it'll be worth it for dd.

Growlithe Sun 11-Aug-13 09:54:21

Hi - I know this is an old thread but OP, if you don't mind me asking how much did shipping/taxes end up costing, and were you and your DD happy with the doll? My DD is desperate for one of these dolls and has a birthday coming up.

toffeelolly Mon 12-Aug-13 22:59:56

I think I will stick to design a friend ( chad valley) have got dd three of these for Christmas along with lots of outfits .

perceptionreality Sat 05-Oct-13 15:21:52

Growlithe, sorry I know this may be too late to help you. My dd loved the doll and I have been very impressed with the quality. They really are beautiful dolls in real life and the hair is unlike any other doll hair I've ever come across. The charges that you pay at the end are about 25% of the total cost of the item plus shipping. Shipping is $65 but you can get a few outfits without that going up any more. HTH

Elsiequadrille Sat 05-Oct-13 15:28:20

Some of the ebay sellers list the shipping and tax costs on their auction listing. I saw it when we were looking to buy one, but we bought ours from the UK shop. I'd imagine there would only be a small saving to be made after shipping and tax. Some sellers were selling new dolls without their box and those sold fairly reasonably.

Agree the quality is really very good, they are worth the cost I think. We managed to buy a horse too which is lovely.

You can buy the mini American dolls quite easily from Amazon UK, those make nice stocking fillers.

perceptionreality Sat 05-Oct-13 15:33:29

The thing I discovered about these dolls is that lots of adults collect them quite seriously. Dd2 is nearly 10 and she wants another one this year and my 4 year old dd wants one too (although I think she is too young but she keeps asking!).

CoolStoryBro Sat 05-Oct-13 15:39:46

My dd loves her AG doll. She keeps it in the playroom at night tho as it creeps her out when she's going to sleep!

Growlithe Sat 05-Oct-13 19:58:46

Thanks for this. I managed to talk her out of it but have read her your comments and she's pondering again now, and so am I because I do think they look really lovely, and DD collects things rather than plays with them IYSWIM.

Did anyone see Dragon's Den with the pair who were trying to get a British version off the ground? I thought they'd missed a trick as they wanted to sell them in other stores, rather than create their own boutique which is how AGs work in the US.

perceptionreality Sun 06-Oct-13 13:47:29

There is a brand in the UK called 'My London Girl' and they have I think two boutique shops and make clothes for dolls and their owners but I don't think they are as nice as AG dolls. Was it those people on Dragon's Den?

One thing about AG stuff is that it seems to retain its value very well on ebay.

Growlithe Sun 06-Oct-13 13:52:32

No they were called My Lookalike and were based in Scotland. We had a look on their website but DD thought the dolls looked a bit 'freaky'. grin

perceptionreality Sun 06-Oct-13 13:59:39

Ah yes, just found the website. I don't think they look at good quality as AG but they seem to have the same face mould.

Growlithe Sun 06-Oct-13 18:26:40

I think DD was put off because the website seems to be driven round getting a doll that looks like you, and the one it suggested for her didn't look like her! She wasn't overstruck on the clothes either.

Elsiequadrille Sun 06-Oct-13 18:38:46

I don't think the London dolls are nearly as nice. Though they're a lot cheaper than AG at £99.

perceptionreality Mon 07-Oct-13 00:30:28

London Girl dolls are £79 and American Girl $110, which works out as £68ish but it's when you add shipping and taxes that bumps the price of AG up.

perceptionreality Mon 07-Oct-13 00:31:15

If you live in America an AG doll isn't much more expensive than Baby Annabelle etc.

Elsiequadrille Mon 07-Oct-13 00:31:59

They're £150 in the (only) UK shop. There isn't much of a saving having one shipped.

Elsiequadrille Mon 07-Oct-13 00:45:53

I think we were quoted shipping costs of approx £40, not including tax

Growlithe Mon 07-Oct-13 00:55:18

The annoying thing is we went to Florida at Easter when she was really desperate for one, and we are going back next year, but they haven't got store there. Wonder if we could get one delivered to the hotel - if they are Baby Annabelle prices could be worth looking into.

WillowFae Sat 24-May-14 15:46:29

We had one sent over to us for DD this week. A friend bought it for us and shipped it. There were various clothes with it - outfit for her and the doll, pjs and slippers for her and the doll, a brush, a couple of additional t-shirts for the doll, plus a Felicity book (she already had a mini Felicity doll and the first book which she loved, so this was the second book). The shipping was $55 and we paid £29.14 import duty. Came to £240 in total which is cheaper than if we had bought the doll and the clothes direct from a UK seller (not that I've seen UK sellers selling the girl's versions of the dolls clothes and that is what DD really wanted).

Totally worth every penny (joint birthday present from us and both sets of grandparents). We are seeing our friend in October and will be paying her in cash then as we can get a better exchange rate on cash rather than credit card which is what it would have been if we had ordered it through the AGD website.

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