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When i was a kid i got 2 dolls over £15 dolls at the most for birthdays and christmas and maybe the random under £5 doll when on holiday.

 

I see lots of videos on youtube of mainly american tweenagers with the full set even spares to put the outfits on even every vehicle and accessory.you name they've got it.

 

these dolls arn't cheap,they must be getting a monster high thing every week, or worse every few days, no kid deserves that much praise!!!!.

 

there parents must be either rich,taking out a loan.....or shoplifting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I work at FORD ( $15.00+ hr ) my wife works as a nurse ( $18.00+ hr ) - my daughter has well over 40 dolls and im fine with it as long as she takes care of them. she gets about 1 a month BUT me and her mom by them when ever we see them and put them up in are closet untill the next big day ( b-day - christmas ) we also hit stores on delivery day and will never use Ebay with there crazy prices ( this helps keep cost down ) my daughters B-day was 2 days ago and the pic below is all she got in monster high - all her other items ( non MH related ) are not pictured

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Haha! Maybe the kids buy them themselves? With their pocket money, or however they earn it. I have 33 (I think) dolls and I've been collecting since Xmas. My sister has Ben collecting since mid January and has 14.
Sorry, been not Ben. Beeeeeen, iPad, beeeeeeen.

And by the way, I've never got one off eBay, and have only ordered from the US once (HooDude and Scarah on MattyCollector).

Werewolfsisters72 said:
Haha! Maybe the kids buy them themselves? With their pocket money, or however they earn it. I have 33 (I think) dolls and I've been collecting since Xmas. My sister has Ben collecting since mid January and has 14.
I just save up my money an spend it when I see something that Is rare and almost discontinued or very rare doll. I have about 80 and I get dolls for Christmas and birthday. And I see dolls a lot too. We just save up money and spend it when all the new stuff come out.

A lot of kids are somewhat spoiled. I like to think they save up their pocket money, but if they can afford a doll a week they're getting one hell of an allowance. I got $5 a week as a kid, that's 5 NEW ZEALAND dollars which is like.. nothing. I didn't do much around the house to earn it though, so it was pretty fair. I still could buy toys, but i'd have to save up for a month or two.

But maybe i'm just a really mean parent. My son's were both born less than a month before christmas (really bad timing on our part lol. Should have planned that better) so it becomes a stupidly expensive time of year. They get about £60 spent on them for birthday, then about £40 for Christmas so that's £100 on two sets of presents. I feel that's fair, especially when I make them wait an entire year for big gifts. That's not to say I won't buy them something cheap here and there, but by cheap I mean under £10 and only if they've been really good and I know they'll love, adore and play with the thing constantly. Honestly,  large chunk of the eldest's favourite toys came from charity shops and were only a few pounds each.

But I still wonder when i see these images on flickr or Youtube where a kid is all "We went shopping!" and the image is of 8-10 dolls. I'm like "woah... did you repaint the house/wash the car/do the laundry for a year to earn all this or are your parents compensating for something here?"

It may be presumptuous, but I can't help but feel you can't appreciate your toys if you get so many at once and so often. If a kid knows "hey, if I break this i'll just get another" why would they be at all careful? And that's an attitude I keep seeing in the doll community "Oh yeah, I hacked this one's hair off and painted her in sharpy but that's ok, mum and dad will get me a new one."

No.. just.. no. Teach your kids the value of a dollar damnit. My step sister is the product of a father who never taught her that money is a finite thing, and guess what? She's constantly in debt as an adult and has no ability at all to budget. She gets paid, spends all her money on makeup and facials and then comes crying to daddy because she can't afford food. She's a useless individual and it's entirely his fault for never bothering to say "no, I can't afford that."

She said "I want" and she got. That does your kids a massive disservice.

I'm not trying to be rude, but that's exactly like wookiewarrior23!
Well, I'm a teenager whose parents still afford stuff for me. And I don't know how some girls do, but we have a gift "limit". We buy the new dolls that get here, and when I buy too many, I don't ask for anything for my birthday, christmas and so. I "help" them with my allowance, but most of the dolls I get as a gift, since my allowance isn't that great. I also never like to get expensive stuff, like an IPad, an IPhone and those kind of stuff. Does it makes sense?

you're from UK right? I think birthdays work different over the pond in the US. I've seen a TON of MH birthdays lately. Not once did I EVER have that many presennts as a kid. And neither did ANY of my friends. (And my school was tight knit, under 30 kids, so we all knew each other) When we were kids, our parents NEVER spent more than £50 on birthdays. But judging by literally over a hundred photos I've seen of various people in the US, they spend well over $200 on birthdays.

So yeah I think they just take birthdays just as serious as we here in the UK take christmas. (hiding presents all year until the big day etc) On my birthdays, my mom asked me what I wanted about a week earlier, and she got it for me then.

 

So help me out Americans, do you take birthdays a bit more seriously then we do? Because that's my only explenation of why I've never seen anyone here in the UK have that many gifts. I think the only time it got close to that, was on my sixth birthday, when we had a HUGE party with everyone from school, and all my relatives coming down to the village hall for me. Yeah I got a ton of gifts then, but you can tell why xD

I have always tried to make birthday MORE important than christmas because it's the day that's just for YOU you know? Hence why i tend to give my kids their bigger gifts for the birthday and smaller things for christmas heh. I do buy stuff year around though and hide it, you gotta take advantage of a bargain when you see it right?

I think perhaps the US attitude toward gift giving is a bit more extreme than ours? or we just see more of the ott side of it than here in the UK?

i dont really think its an american thing celebrating birthdays more lol,i celebrate birthdays ALOT! asoyu get olderyou always get less but i know when i was younger mine was always celebrated with gifts and a party.
 
VaughanH7 said:

you're from UK right? I think birthdays work different over the pond in the US. I've seen a TON of MH birthdays lately. Not once did I EVER have that many presennts as a kid. And neither did ANY of my friends. (And my school was tight knit, under 30 kids, so we all knew each other) When we were kids, our parents NEVER spent more than £50 on birthdays. But judging by literally over a hundred photos I've seen of various people in the US, they spend well over $200 on birthdays.

So yeah I think they just take birthdays just as serious as we here in the UK take christmas. (hiding presents all year until the big day etc) On my birthdays, my mom asked me what I wanted about a week earlier, and she got it for me then.

 

So help me out Americans, do you take birthdays a bit more seriously then we do? Because that's my only explenation of why I've never seen anyone here in the UK have that many gifts. I think the only time it got close to that, was on my sixth birthday, when we had a HUGE party with everyone from school, and all my relatives coming down to the village hall for me. Yeah I got a ton of gifts then, but you can tell why xD

i think this is a bit of asilly topicto be honest,ittotally depends on peoples jobs,situation,family set up etc etc etc imean if one childis fromaone parent family andanother is from a family with both aprents on high income or with a huge family of course more money will be spent. this is the way of the world.also i dont think we should assume that all children arejust "GIVEN" everything. when i was 10-15 i used to neighbours gardens and had a job in alocla shop fillign sheleves so i couldbuy things for myself. every childand every family set up is very different.

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weird wolf said:

i think this is a bit of asilly topicto be honest,ittotally depends on peoples jobs,situation,family set up etc etc etc imean if one childis fromaone parent family andanother is from a family with both aprents on high income or with a huge family of course more money will be spent. this is the way of the world.also i dont think we should assume that all children arejust "GIVEN" everything. when i was 10-15 i used to neighbours gardens and had a job in alocla shop fillign sheleves so i couldbuy things for myself. every childand every family set up is very different.

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