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I am beyond frustrated trying to find dolls in Northern California

I've never found any new dolls up here & I usually buy everything on Amazon.com.  Now I'm going crazy trying to find Cupid & I feel like I'm never going to find her at an affordable price. 

 

It seriously annoys me how terrible Mattel's manufacturing & supply chain is.  I'm an engineer & it's seriously not rocket science ramping up for large demand.  I want to start a petition for getting the executive VP of worldwide operations for Mattel fired.  This guy seriously makes a few million & he can't do his job by supplying enough dolls to meet the demand. 

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Would I be crazy to start a petition on change.org? 

 

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I don't see Mattel changing how they distribute these dolls any time soon. It's like this all over the states. I'm having a tough time finding all the new dolls myself.

It's about producing enough to get supply and hype up and then keep it down enough to maintain interest...thus collecting business goes.

What doesn't make sense is that they can't keep up with supply even on the general releases, and it's sad.  Then again, most stores don't have much toy stock in Jan every year as everyone is clearing out the holiday inventory and getting ready for the reset at Month's end....coupled with the boats offloading at the ports slower in Jan too...

I'm sure MH dolls will be in good supply by end of Feb.  

Cupid, being exclusive to Walmart, is going to be a hard to get no matter what.  With Valentine's day coming up....oh boy.

I feel your pain.  I say go for it!   Mattel is absolutely ridiculous with the way they put these dolls out.  It is totally not fair that some stores can get these dolls and sell them prior to other stores or anyone else getting them.  What is this pre-order crap that Mattel is always feeding everyone.  Who the heck gets to preorder?  Go for it.  Let me know how I can help!  I'm total in agreement with you!

Mattel has a fiduciary duty to their stockholders to maximize their revenue.  They aren't doing this when they don't produce enough product.  I don't get how Mattel is OK with scalpers making all this money and not the company.  I'm going to figure out tonight how to do a petition on change.org.  Hopefully people will sign it & Mattel will get a wake up call.

Mattel is okay with scalpers becuase when they buy a ton of dolls all the the cash goes to them Mattel just cares about our money. I'll sing if you make on, do you have to have an account on there to sing? (can't spell)
 
Missy C said:

Mattel has a fiduciary duty to their stockholders to maximize their revenue.  They aren't doing this when they don't produce enough product.  I don't get how Mattel is OK with scalpers making all this money and not the company.  I'm going to figure out tonight how to do a petition on change.org.  Hopefully people will sign it & Mattel will get a wake up call.

Some of the comments seem a bit ridic.

There is a manufacturing process and they're making these dolls in the tens, if not hundreds of thousands. This takes time, of course - and they get sold to to retailers - big and small. Since the small retailers are small (like Angelic Dreamz), they get their stock directly from Mattel. For the big retailers (where most of us get these dolls), they are sent from Mattel - to those retailers own distribution centers. From there - the stores order stock. It's a process that takes time in big chain stores to offer the supply.

The dolls are in high demand, yes, and I'm sure Mattel is churning them out as quickly as possible (with 2 factories producing them). Look what happened with the first DOTD dolls and the first fashion packs - to try to keep up with demand they must have upped the production number - and they're just now finally completely disappearing from the shelves. Mattel is a company, and they don't want stock just sitting out there - that looks bad, even though it's not what the stores want.

Mattel, like every other company, can only do so much to control scalpers. If fans & parents stopped buying the toys at ridiculous prices, the scalpers would stop picking them up. But we've become a society of "ME WANT, NO, ME DESERVE NOW!" - everyone feels entitled to get everything first and as quickly as possible... it just isn't going to happen. I've hit plenty of stores, and felt disappointed. I still don't have an Operetta, but I've seen evidence of the stores stocking them, so I know I'll get her soon anyway.

To be frank, I feel like the distribution has only improved, since Toralei first came out. She saturated a lot quicker than Abbey & Spectra, and by the 70+ pages of the sightings thread in the US, so have Nefera & Operetta. Just because someone got there before you, be it another fan, or scalper, does it mean Mattel owes anyone an apology. Grow up already.


Like I said, I'm a senior R&D engineer & I've designed plastic injected components.   Monster High dolls are easy to make.  They should have no problems making millions of dolls in a very short peroid of time.  Mattel's American Girl line is always backordered too.  That points to a manufacturing & supply chain issue.  If Mattel can't keep up with demand, they are losing potential revenue.  Even Apple is able to launch with millions of units in supply.  I would say an iPhone is a much more complex design & more highly regulated. 

 


Operetta Fan said:

Some of the comments seem a bit ridic.

There is a manufacturing process and they're making these dolls in the tens, if not hundreds of thousands. This takes time, of course - and they get sold to to retailers - big and small. Since the small retailers are small (like Angelic Dreamz), they get their stock directly from Mattel. For the big retailers (where most of us get these dolls), they are sent from Mattel - to those retailers own distribution centers. From there - the stores order stock. It's a process that takes time in big chain stores to offer the supply.

The dolls are in high demand, yes, and I'm sure Mattel is churning them out as quickly as possible (with 2 factories producing them). Look what happened with the first DOTD dolls and the first fashion packs - to try to keep up with demand they must have upped the production number - and they're just now finally completely disappearing from the shelves. Mattel is a company, and they don't want stock just sitting out there - that looks bad, even though it's not what the stores want.

Mattel, like every other company, can only do so much to control scalpers. If fans & parents stopped buying the toys at ridiculous prices, the scalpers would stop picking them up. But we've become a society of "ME WANT, NO, ME DESERVE NOW!" - everyone feels entitled to get everything first and as quickly as possible... it just isn't going to happen. I've hit plenty of stores, and felt disappointed. I still don't have an Operetta, but I've seen evidence of the stores stocking them, so I know I'll get her soon anyway.

To be frank, I feel like the distribution has only improved, since Toralei first came out. She saturated a lot quicker than Abbey & Spectra, and by the 70+ pages of the sightings thread in the US, so have Nefera & Operetta. Just because someone got there before you, be it another fan, or scalper, does it mean Mattel owes anyone an apology. Grow up already.

The stuff that's molded.. yeah, quite simple, but are you taking into the faces being added, the hair rooted & styled, and packaged. I don't think it's 100% machine operated. All that takes time. I don't agree with the Apple comparison, since their stuff is often sold out, and I've seen people have to wait weeks to get the next latest / greatest iphone/ipad - because they don't have enough stock. Mattel also has a lot of different properties across all spectrums of toys, and they are manufacturing millions of pieces of product... but it's not like they devote an entire factory to one brand. 

Missy C said:


Like I said, I'm a senior R&D engineer & I've designed plastic injected components.   Monster High dolls are easy to make.  They should have no problems making millions of dolls in a very short peroid of time.  Mattel's American Girl line is always backordered too.  That points to a manufacturing & supply chain issue.  If Mattel can't keep up with demand, they are losing potential revenue.  Even Apple is able to launch with millions of units in supply.  I would say an iPhone is a much more complex design & more highly regulated. 

 


Operetta Fan said:

Some of the comments seem a bit ridic.

There is a manufacturing process and they're making these dolls in the tens, if not hundreds of thousands. This takes time, of course - and they get sold to to retailers - big and small. Since the small retailers are small (like Angelic Dreamz), they get their stock directly from Mattel. For the big retailers (where most of us get these dolls), they are sent from Mattel - to those retailers own distribution centers. From there - the stores order stock. It's a process that takes time in big chain stores to offer the supply.

The dolls are in high demand, yes, and I'm sure Mattel is churning them out as quickly as possible (with 2 factories producing them). Look what happened with the first DOTD dolls and the first fashion packs - to try to keep up with demand they must have upped the production number - and they're just now finally completely disappearing from the shelves. Mattel is a company, and they don't want stock just sitting out there - that looks bad, even though it's not what the stores want.

Mattel, like every other company, can only do so much to control scalpers. If fans & parents stopped buying the toys at ridiculous prices, the scalpers would stop picking them up. But we've become a society of "ME WANT, NO, ME DESERVE NOW!" - everyone feels entitled to get everything first and as quickly as possible... it just isn't going to happen. I've hit plenty of stores, and felt disappointed. I still don't have an Operetta, but I've seen evidence of the stores stocking them, so I know I'll get her soon anyway.

To be frank, I feel like the distribution has only improved, since Toralei first came out. She saturated a lot quicker than Abbey & Spectra, and by the 70+ pages of the sightings thread in the US, so have Nefera & Operetta. Just because someone got there before you, be it another fan, or scalper, does it mean Mattel owes anyone an apology. Grow up already.

And also... Mattel has given store dates of February (for Cupid), and March (for Operetta/Nefera). Them showing up early is a bonus. Let's complain when we're in their timeframe of distribution and you still can't find them.

Ohhhh, I had no idea that Cupid was suppost to relased next month.

Operetta Fan said:

And also... Mattel has given store dates of February (for Cupid), and March (for Operetta/Nefera). Them showing up early is a bonus. Let's complain when we're in their timeframe of distribution and you still can't find them.

Actually i think they said end of January, which is fast approaching, and I know one WalMart which had finished the reset was then ordering inventory. The manager told me 1-2 weeks, which means end of Jan/Beginning of Feb for her to show up. So I think it all makes sense. Also the DOTD 3 pack did become easy to fine, as have all the other store exclusives. The casepacks only include that one doll/set, which means they will eventually stock plenty of them.

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