How to Sell Barbie Dolls

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Since her creation in 1959 by Ruth Handler, Barbie has been the hottest doll among collectors. Barbie has been produced in hundreds of varieties and collectors are willing to pay huge amounts for the rarest Barbie dolls. Doll collectors search wide for Barbie and sellers can easily sell the more highly sought editions of this famous doll.

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Things you need

  • Doll Collector Magazines

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    Start by researching the market price. Barbie dolls are on sale on all online auction sites. Barbie has numerous collector websites dedicated to her. Barbie collectors also have dozens of message boards where they post questions about prices and rare Barbie collectibles.

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    Consult one of several print magazines devoted to doll collecting. These magazines have classified sections for both buyers and sellers. The Barbie market has millions of collectors with thousands of serious collectors worldwide.

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    Attend one of dozens of large doll collector conventions held across America. These are the best places to meet potential buyers face-to-face. Buyers like to examine collectibles up close and are willing to pay considerably more for the chance to view rare Barbies. Doll collecting conventions are also a good place to connect with other sellers to get an idea of the market value of Barbie collectibles.

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    Search for large doll stores. There are hundreds of doll stores and doll catalogs in America and the owners and staff are often willing to offer their expert advice on selling collectible dolls. Some stores also have a network of collectors who they regularly do business with and might be willing to put a seller in touch with a buyer

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    Auction a Barbie on the Internet. Internet auction sites are a very popular way to sell collectibles. But be warned, online auctions are for bargain hunters. If the Barbie being sold is rare though, the word will spread fast and the price could rise rapidly.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't forget the Barbie accessories when selling Barbies. If a doll is in less than fine condition, perhaps the accessories could be sold separately.

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