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How to Afford an American Girl Doll

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

 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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