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Old 12-04-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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American Girl on Ebay

Why would someone buy a Caroline doll on ebay when they could just get it for cheaper directly through americangirl.com? Just curious.

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You can buy many things cheaper at places other than eBay. Many people just aren't savvy shoppers.
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I've wondered the same thing myself. I guess some people must think everything is cheaper on ebay lol.

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They could be buying from a country that AG doesn't ship to, if the seller is willing to ship internationally.
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Some people don't do research before buying, some people live in countries that AG doesn't ship and some people may want a different shipping option than AG offers (AG shipping is really expensive and really slow).
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International shipping.

That is the answer 99% of the time. People who use eBay tend to be savvy shoppers. Any consumer good slightly above U.S. retail is a bargain for a foreigner. Only the U.S., Japan and South Korea enjoy truly cheap, high quality consumer goods. We pay a fraction of what the rest of the world does for toys, electronics, furniture, cars, DVDs, etc.

Toys and the like are 20-30% cheaper in the U.S. than Canada, and, globally, Canada is still one of the cheaper consumer goods markets!
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:56 PM   #7
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Maybe they had a discount code, or paid less than retail for an e-bay gift card, or built up a bunch of e-bay bucks that were about to expire, etc. In other words, maybe they got a better deal than you think they did.

I admit I've waited until the last minute to use my e-bay bucks and ended up spending more for something than I normally would because it was use 'em or lose 'em. My out of pocket cost was still good - but it wouldn't have looked that way to anyone else.
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I've been wondering the same thing in regards to Ebay. I've noticed several things lately where you could buy it for less from the store than from a seller on Ebay. My guess was international shoppers also. Or people who do not want to use a credit card online or at all. You can pay with Paypal on Ebay.
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The shipping for AG is like $16.95 on a doll, plus you likely pay tax, so even though the price is the same for the doll, they are probably saving a tiny bit. They also could have paypal funds built up, and not have a paypal debit card, and AG.com doesn't take paypal.
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