Monday, March 27, 2017

1998s are UP and 2009s are DOWN

I'm going to give it some time before I officially make some changes to the price listings but it seems the 1998 Holiday Barbies are making a bit of a combat for whatever reason, if I had to guess it's probably due to they're close to their 20 year anniversary.  On the up side though, the 2009 Holiday Barbies are going down.  I've found a few that people are only asking for $30 for a brand new in box Barbie, whereas it's usually one of the more expensive ones.

The 1998 Holiday Barbie is quite a surprise though, it was an over-saturated Barbie, though pretty, tanked the market along with the 1996 and 1997s... and so on up until around 2002 where the Market seemed to balance a bit more.  Seeing the asking prices becoming $100 to $200 for one of these is more, than high, it's a huge leap from the mere $20 people were asking for not even a few months ago.

So that being said, again I'll watch this for a little bit before I make any major changes as the market can jump around quite quickly, this might just be a fluke for right now, only time will tell.

As for the 2017 Holiday Barbies, still no word yet, which isn't surprisingly given that it's still only March.  We may not see any sign of the new designs until this Summer or just before the release date for that matter, Mattel does like to keep up the anticipation so something to look forward to in the coming months!!

Happy collecting everyone!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2016 Holiday Barbies for SALE on Barbie Collector Website!

Well the year has come and gone and we're already entering the 3rd month of 2017...

Although there is no word on the style of the 2017 Holiday Barbie, stores are still working to sell out of their left over 2016 collections!

This includes Mattel themselves on their website.

This website was originally created for serious collectors but it's available to everyone who has an interest in the Barbie series!  On top of their very limited editions, they also include the more common Barbie dolls which also include the Holiday Barbie collections.  They're listed under the 'Special Occasion Dolls' section but you can purchase all the Holiday Barbies directly from them at a sale price of a mere $34.99.  This might seem the way to go right now, just checking out the stores and ordering from stores directly instead of jumping right to eBay because at least you know, getting it from the store, it's in good/perfect shape because it's their inventory, and if it's not delivered up to your standards you're contacting a very confident company who will work to fix your issue for you.

So if you can't find a Barbie for the price you want, you can at least feel good about falling back on a confident seller, like the makers themselves!

Good luck everyone!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Those looking for the best price on the 2016 Holiday Barbies - Stick to the stores!

I've been searching myself for the Holiday Barbie 2016 and I've gone to multiple stores, the ones I've actually found them sitting on the shelves are at my local K-Mart... and after watching the prices the last few months my only advice is, stick with the stores...

Right now K-Mart is selling them for $39.99... that might seem like a huge bump in price but if you go searching online, you will find a much steeper price.  After watching and waiting, I've seen the prices stay at $39.99 and above, some even charging shipping instead of offering Free Shipping with the purchases, this means you'd be paying more then if you stopped at your local stores....

Another advantage is you can see your purchase and inspection it up front at the stores.  Online has always been a risky buy when you are looking for something completely undamaged...

These particular barbies, with their new globe looking boxes, do have one small flaw.  The bottoms easily damaged.  They're not taped down like previous boxes which makes them much less secure.

When you go to the store, you can inspect the line of Barbies on display and pick the one you want without having to wonder, and that is what I personally did.

I have now the Blonde and Auburn 2016 Holiday Barbie on the shelves and both are in perfectly new condition.

If you are still waiting for a chance at a good price on these then I will let you know you may be waiting quite awhile (unless you get lucky with that special buy!!)   K-Mart waits until close to the end of the Christmas season to put these on sale, along with Wal-Mart and you just never know what's actually 'left' to buy.  I'm actually kind of expecting these to keep a nice price too because of how different they are.  I mean, their are multiple color of dresses, new box design and even an addition to the name, 'The Peace Love and Hope Collection" I mean that says a lot and who knows if they'll stick to this chain, which would make these the first edition in the collection.

Only time will tell but in the meantime if you're looking to grab these beauties now, make sure you take a trip to your local store first!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

2016 Holiday Barbie - K-Mart Red Haired special

I was running around looking for a deal on the Holiday Barbie 2016 and stumbled across this little beauty with Red Hair, but this is the first time I've found her so I'm assuming she is a Red-Haired special from K-Mart and she is very beautiful, the red really goes with the lower part of the box on this one so I'm excited to add her to the collection and I'm sure you all will be too!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Holiday Barbie 2016 is RELEASED - The Holiday Keepsake Collector Barbie

Wow, I'm not shocked at the design (as we all kind of expected these dresses) but the box is absolutely beautiful that she comes in...

That being said, it's not a BOX at all! It's a beautiful snow globe look! The first of the series to be put in a box like this needs recognition!

I have to say, I'm in love with the whole 2016 Holiday Barbie, the new name, "The Holiday Keepsake Collector Barbie" the design of her dresses, the colors and the box design, all beautiful and stunning!  The perfect gift any little one who's in love with the Barbie collection would enjoy!

She stands out in the series in all directions and I'm excited to be putting in an order for all three designs!

I've seen they are available at Target for $39.99 so far, and I'm sure they'll be coming to K-Mart and Wal-Mart as well as other stores soon!

The special addition is being labelled (according to Target's website) as the 'Latina' design, and of coarse the African America and Blonde version are all available as well.

I really just can't get over the box, I'm sorry, Snow Globe, design! I'm excited to see what next year's design will hold because this 2016 design is a wonderful treat to behold!

If you have any questions, always feel free to ask here, have a great day everyone and enoy this years Holiday Barbie!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 Holiday Barbie Pictures Released!!

Although she's not on the shelves yet, the pictures have surfaced about the 2016 Holiday Barbie.

Originally, Mattel had placed these photos on their Facebook page, but then quickly removed them (or so I read) but they are confirmed the official 2016 Holiday Barbie...

Now, given that the Barbie hasn't 'ACTUALLY' been released, there may be some changes when it finally is released (which I'm expecting will be sometime in early or late July).  I'm actually quite excited not to just see the classic Red, Green, Silver and Gold that they've been doing for the last 7 years...  The last time I saw some 'color' aside from the classic Christmas colors was in the 2009 Holiday Barbie, where she was PINK.  This time we have some really beautiful blues, and I assume the Brunette will be one of the 'special exclusive' releases to either K-Mart or Wal-Mart.

Now, I will admit, they look a bit more plain than I expected, but they certainly are a breath of fresh air!  I am also very excited to see how they will do up the boxes this year for these beautiful Holiday Barbies.  Given the variation of colors of their dresses I'm expecting either an all clear box like the 2009, or maybe a white box to fit each of them.

I will wait for the 'Final release' of the Barbies before adding her 'officially' to my list of Holiday Barbies, but it shouldn't be much longer before they go on sale (as they typically do in July).

As soon as they have them on the shelves, I'll make sure to let you all know here, happy hunting!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Happy Holiday Barbie Prices on the DECLINE

Up until about a year ago, the prices were pretty steady where they were, even for the oldest of the Holiday Barbie, however, these past few months have sparked a rise in sales, and a decline in sales.

This could be for a number a reasons, Barbie isn't as popular as it once was - it's completely out of season at the moment - no anniversary Holiday Barbies are due for release for awhile - take your pick, but the fact of the matter is the prices have had a sharp decline recently.

There are a few exceptions, such as the newest releases still are holding at a nice solid $25 to $50, and the Festival Barbie hasn't budged (but it's rarer then even Platinum release Barbies so it's price really can only increase at this point) but even the 1988, the first Holiday Barbie has dropped dramatically in price.

For people looking to buy, this is a GREAT opportunity to stock up on your collection, grab them while they're low!  For sellers, however, this may be a good time to hold on to what you have and see what you can get out of it later if prices change, and they will change I can assure you of that.

As these prices have plummeted, they will again rise at some point.  It just has to do with what is 'today's hot topic'.  Next year all these prices can spike into new records high, it just depends on the company itself.

I've personally noticed, after collecting for these past many years, that the prices of the Holiday Barbies tend to sky rocket as Christmas approaches and just after it ends (Kind of feels like a 'duh' but sometimes the obvious escapes us all).  I also notice the prices go up when an Anniversary doll is due to release.  For example, the last Anniversary Holiday Barbie Barbie was the 2008, it was the 20 year release, (and in 2013 it was the 25 year anniversary but it didn't do as well as the 2008 one) so the next one due out will be the 30 year anniversary in 2018.

The 2009 Holiday Barbie was the 50th anniversary of the entire Matell series, the 75th anniversary will therefore be released in 2034 (feels like a long time, I know!)  These will be big years for Matell and their Barbie releases and you can almost guarantee you will see people buying their collection releases.

Another way to see what their numbers may look like in the following years you have to see what else they're releasing, which you can do on their main Barbie Collection page, The Black and White series is a big one that they've been doing recently, beautiful Platinum series set that is usually released in the beginning of Summer, I had the opportunity to get my hands on the 3rd one in the series a few years back but they sold out in less than an hour, (and it would have been 10 minutes if they could have stopped the webpage from crashing).  Sales were big for all of their Barbies after that one released and people have been looking for the 4th but they haven't announced it yet (they usually do on their collection page BEFORE the Barbie is actually released.

But again, for those looking for get the Barbies for their Holiday collection, best time to stock up! For those looking to sell, if you do than just be aware the prices are low and you may get very little out of them if you're not patient to wait at least until the Holiday season comes around again which is when the prices are most likely to rise, even a little.

Good luck and happy bargain hunting!