Mass-Produced Dolls Are Not Rare
One of my pet peeves is visiting ebay and seeing all the plethora of dolls marked “rare.” I recently saw an entire page of Boo-tiful Halloween Barbie dolls marked “rare.” Hello! If there is a page full of them — they AREN’T “rare,” especially if they originally sold in large quantities in grocery stores! Simply because a smaller quantity of mass-produced dolls was sold does not make them “rare.”
Open Editions Are Not Rare
The Marley Ocean Mist dolls were an open edition sold by the Tonner company. Open edition means it was not a limited edition, and yet there is an auction on ebay as I write this for a “rare” Ocean Mist Marley, out of the box, and missing her shoes and sunglasses. The only thing “rare” about this doll is her missing items!
18,339 Rare Dolls on Ebay
On Oct. 26 I did an ebay search for “rare doll” and got 18,339 results! That’s a lot of “rare dolls.” There were 4,274 HTF (hard to find) dolls. When I looked only for “rare Barbie doll,” I got 4,084 results including the mass-produced Ice Skating Ken, the mass-produced Spanish DOTW matador, and a bunch of other recent, mass-produced Barbie dolls, all inexplicably marked “rare.” There were 1,510 results for HTF Barbie — many for dolls that are not hard to find at all if you don’t mind searching for more than 1 day or simply scrolling down the page a little further.
If it isn’t rare but you put “rare” in your listing, in essence, you are trying to defraud your potential ebay customers. I am so disgusted by this silly chicanery I normally won’t bid on a mass-produced doll which is marked “rare” because I assume the seller thinks ebay shoppers must be stupid. I think I am going to start offering to pay for those “rare” dolls with “rare” cash or “rare” checks which I will tell the sellers are worth more than double their face value because they are so “rare.” Let’s see how well that goes over.
Definition of Rare
What is “rare?” Merriam Webster defines rare as:
a : marked by unusual quality, merit, or appeal : distinctive b : superlative or extreme of its kind: seldom occurring or found : uncommon
Note to Ebay Sellers
ATTENTION EBAY SELLERS: Stop marking your common, mass-produced items “RARE” or “HTF”in an effort to trick customers into buying your junk!
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