Götz (Americanized to “Goetz,” although sometimes misspelled Gotz) was the original company that produced the American Girl Dolls back when they were first created. This was the Pleasant Company era in the late 80s and early 90s when the dolls had white or tan bodies, flat neck strings, and were marked “Made in Germany.”
Although Götz has not produced American Girl Dolls in many years, their modern dolls are quite similar and have the same individually strung joints. Götz remains a highly respected doll manufacturer. If American Girl is the Cadillac of play dolls in America, Götz is a BMW. Recently, Pottery Barn Kids has been importing them.
We thought it would be very interesting to compare a Götz Pottery Barn Kids doll to a modern American Girl doll to see how far each of these companies have come, and which is better. We have a Just Like You American Girl Doll from 2010 and a 2016 Penelope Goetz doll purchased through Pottery Barn.
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Overexpansion – Too Many New Products
This past year or so has been release after release for Amerian Girl – far more so than in previous years. Just off the top of our head, here’s what AG has recently added to its collection:
1. Two new Truly Me dolls (#65 & #66)
2. New outfits & accessories for Truly Me, Bitty Baby, & ALL of the historical doll line (that’s a lot at once!)
3. The new 15″ Wellie Wisher line (5 new dolls)
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How to Afford an American Girl Doll
A lot of parents are hit with sticker shock when they see the whopping $115 price tag ($125 with tax) for that brand new American Girl Doll their child wants. “$125 for a doll?” they ask. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to get your hands on a doll cheaper. We’ll start out with the easy ways, and work our way to the harder (but more rewarding) options. We also talk about options that haven’t worked for us.
1. Free Shipping at AmericanGirl.com
A few times a year American Girl will offer free shipping from their website. Shipping and handling for one doll alone from their website is around $12. So what makes the additional savings to buy online cheaper than in the store, if it is still the same $115 price? Taxes. Online, AG charges a ridiculously low tax rate – around 3% – whereas if you buy in store, you have to pay state, city, and special business area taxes of 8-12% depending upon where the store is located. Thank goodness Congress hasn’t passed that online sales tax bill, right? Sign up for their email list to be notified when the free shipping happens (and be prepared to be bombarded by sub-par offers until the 2-3 times a year you get the golden Free Shipping email).
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