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Affordable Blythes In Today’s Market?

Written on June 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

Often I’ll get emails from people asking where to find an “affordable” Blythe (or, even more often, where they can find a “cheap Kenner”).  While I know that “affordable” is really a relative term, it does make me think about how expensive (and inexpensive) parts of the hobby can be.

These questions will pop up on the Blythe Facebook groups as well, with helpful suggestions coming up about how one can purchase a “factory” Blythe for cheap on less than legitimate sources because factory dolls are counterfeit. But what about those who are looking for a real Blythe doll? What are the options? When I’m asked about where the affordable Blythes are, I find that a lot of people think that legitimate releases are $300 or more, which is hardly th case at all unless you’re looking at the rare and limited release dolls.

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There are still plenty of releases that are under $200 USD! Here are a dozen different options:

  1. Ashley’s Secret
  2. Asian Butterfly Encore
  3. Bohemian Peace
  4. Fancy Pansy
  5. Lounging Lovely
  6. Prima Dolly Ashlette
  7. Prima Dolly Violet
  8. Simply Chocolate
  9. Simply Delight
  10. Simply Love Me
  11. Simply Sparkly Spark
  12. Simply Vanilla

I looked these up this past weekend – all on eBay, all USD pricing, all NRFB (never removed from box); costs of shipping excluded. There are still fantastic deals to be found if you’re willing to look for them! Pricing of Blythes can and do fluctuate, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find affordable dolls if you’re patient. Pro tip for buying Blythes: join one of the buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook or a Blythe forum as you can often find some good deals on secondhand Blythes that someone is selling. While these are not NRFB, they may be slightly (or fully) customized, and you may find the pricing to be somewhat more palatable if you’re looking at a stock doll.

4 Responses to “Affordable Blythes In Today’s Market?”

  1. Naomi AKA @AgentOwen
    says:

    Mandarake is a great source for inexpensive true release Blythe dolls. Shipping from them is super fast too!

  2. Hyperballad says:

    Absolutely right. There are NRFB dolls that go for under $200USD.

    CC Toys has a heap of ones under 200 (free shipping), like Monique Magnifique and Jane Lefroy, who are popular Blythes. As much as a lot of eBay is full of overpriced Blythes that stay online for ages, there are also great eBayers who sell genuine Blythes for good prices. You just have to make sure you find a legit seller.

    I went the eBay route. However, since I’m from Australia, everything is always super inflated by the exchange rate. *sigh*

  3. Sam says:

    I disagree on simply vanilla, I can’t find one anywhere :(

    • Michelle AKA @blythelifecom
      says:

      Where have you been looking? When I was on eBay, I spotted a couple of Simply Vanilla dolls that were listed (as Buy It Now, and also as auctions).

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