This post is a little different from our usual posts because Naomi saw something on eBay tonight that annoyed us both very much.
She was browsing fashion dolls and came across a set of dolls made by Anko, two male dolls and two child dolls. Here’s a screenshot of the listing. Sorry, it’s not a great photo.
As you can see this set of dolls is being offered for $US99 which is about $A155. The sellers are here in Australia but oddly they say they may not post within Australia, only to the USA.
Naomi and I saw this play set in K Mart on our last trip to Burnie a few weeks ago before everything shut down. Remember that I wrote about the Anko fashions I bought that day. At the time the set cost $A15. Naomi looked up the K Mart website to check that and that is still the price. Here is a screenshot from the K Mart website.
Now I am not saying that these sellers are doing anything illegal in selling something for ten times the original price. They are not essential items like toilet paper or hand sanitiser so probably not. However, to us, it seems morally wrong to do something like this. Even if these dolls are not available in the USA and even if you factor in shipping that is a big mark up.
We have written before about how important it is to check prices before you buy. It makes us mad to see people being overcharged especially now. People have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced and even if the seller is in the same position it is not fair to rip people off by selling cheap dolls for an inflated price. I did a search for Anko dolls on the US eBay and found the same set at a much more reasonable price.
So we just want to say that if you or someone you know are keen to buy Anko dolls please shop around before you spend your money and make sure that you are getting a fair deal.