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We are entering the holiday season again, and just as in last year, there is something of a frenzy of searching for hard-to-find Monster High Dolls by Mattel toys.  Here are some tips and considerations to keep in mind.


“Rare” dolls may be plentiful later.
The only dolls produced in any limited number are the ones released during the 2010 and 2011 San Diego Comic-con. Dolls that were hard to find last year during the holiday season, were up until recently in plentiful supply this year. Although Mattel has released new dolls, the first waves were not entirely abandoned either. This means that if you can’t find one of those hard-to-find Monster High Dolls now, you probably will by next spring.


Preorders can be a gamble. Many stores are offering preorders on these dolls. I urge caution on this because dolls that are in short supply will be allocated. This means that a retailer will probably not get all the dolls they order. A retailer may order 100 dolls for example, and only receive 60. So what happens if they accepted pre-orders on a doll and they did not receive enough to fill all orders?

Additionally, under Federal law, retailers who take preorders must advise you monthly of the status of your preorder. Consumers have the right to cancel a preorder at any time up until the order ships.


Deposits on Preoders? Credit card providers expect merchants to not charge for an online order until the order is ready to ship. Some merchants have gotten around those provisions by demanding deposits on preorders. A deposit on an order is appropriate where custom work is involved, in dressmaking for example. Expecting a deposit on mass market products taken in preorder is unethical, in my opinion. None of the larger online retailers do this.


Consider gift cards. A parent might consider giving a gift card, that a child could use to purchase dolls later when they come in stock. Keep in mind though; merchant associations report that many gift cards go unused. Make sure the gift card you buy does not have an expiration date.


Don’t support theft. Monster High dolls have not officially been released in Hong Kong, Indonesia, or China.  Any company located there offering to sell them have stolen the dolls, or produced fakes. Monster High dolls are being made in Indonesia.


Why are dolls hard to find? Monster High is very popular. Companies don’t conspire to keep them out of stock. However, decisions on how many to stock, and how many to produce must be make up to a year in advance. This year, we continue in slow economic times, and major retailers are going to be cautious with how much, and particularly, how much of a “new” product they are going to stock.

So enjoy your doll hunting!

 

Stu Carter

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Comment by ♪Cat♪ on January 1, 2012 at 11:36am

Check Target... They restock ALOT! In every state...

Comment by Angelina Cabanillas on December 23, 2011 at 5:52pm

its so cute

Comment by LouisTomlinsonMad on December 20, 2011 at 7:11pm

Wow you like answered alot of questions!  kuddos to you! :p

Comment by ghoulgirl16 on December 20, 2011 at 6:12pm

My advice is to beat the crowds. I went to ToysRus at 7:30 in the morning, but it was worth it. I found Toralei and all of the sweet 1600 dolls. I hope the dolls become more available, I hate walking out of a store without finding a new MH doll. :)

Comment by Dimension Jumper on December 17, 2011 at 11:20pm

I found that most places (Target, Toys R Us, & Justice) will hold for you if you call ahead. I just wanted to share. I hope this helps.

Comment by western2222 on December 12, 2011 at 7:31am

Oh how I love Monster High!!!!!


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Comment by Stu Carter on December 9, 2011 at 10:59pm

Here is my Christmas shopping story.

So I like drive 30 minutes to another city (Council Bluffs, Iowa). At the Toys R Us there, the Monster High section is a shambles, like everywhere else, right?

But I am looking at the dolls, and behind the usual Claude+Cleo 2-packs, I see something red.. I quickly push some boxes aside.. and..Toreli  yahhh

But there is a man there, he is holding some junky MH stuff, and looking confused. I see there is ONE more Torelie box, and ONE Spectra. So, I being a nice guy, say "oh if you are looking for the new dolls, these two are".

So he says like "ok thanks, and picks out Torelei".

We are both standing in the checkout line. And its kinda long. And the man gets frustrated and.. get this, he walks back and puts Torelei back on the shelf!!!

I should have been a Boy Scout, and  grabbed him and said "are you Nuts! If your daughter finds out she will hate you for the rest of your life!!"

But instead of being the nice guy I follow him and snag the 2nd Torelei. So now I got two.

And thats my Christmas story..

Comment by Shauna on December 8, 2011 at 11:13pm

Just got abbey from toys r us.

Comment by Melinoe on December 8, 2011 at 2:01am

Finally able to buy dolls (as I now have money) Ordered Ghoulia, she arrived looking drop dead gorgeous, and the super-high prices on Abbey dropped on Amazon UK, so I got in before they sold out. So happy :)

Comment by Athena on December 6, 2011 at 11:40pm
So far only at walmart sweet 1600 is at toys r us. I suggest if you find Gill grab him.

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