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Identifying a Porcelain Doll?

Identifying a Porcelain Doll - doll wearing a pink and blue gingham dressThis doll doesn't have any signatures or numbers on her at all. I don't know anything, can you give me some info on her and if she's worth anything?

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Identifying a Porcelain Doll
 

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

Anco dolls are mass-produced. On eBay they are worth about $15

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

There are a lot of similar dolls listed for sale and this tends to lower the value even if the dolls are cute and should be worth more money.

  • You can easily see how many Anco dolls are listed on eBay (the largest doll selling site in the world) and even most of the asking prices are very low - $20 or lower.
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  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313...
  • The Anco dolls that actually sold are even lower and dolls are very slow sellers - some are listed for many months and may never sell. Sold prices are in green.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=anco+doll&_sacat...
  • You can check other sites but they will be about the same.
  • Sometimes dolls will sell for a little more money if someone can see the doll. That is why Craigslist is a good place to list a low value doll.
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July 26, 20181 found this helpful

The doll in question is a mass-produced doll. These types of dolls don't have any type of identification numbers or markings on the doll. It is because they are mass produced by a company. The dress on the doll indicates the manufacturer of the doll. If you look on eBay we will find many dolls from this company that is for sale right at the moment. This makes it very difficult to try to resell your doll for any type of money. Many people try to list their dolls from $15 to $25 hoping that a person will be interested in buying it. The only problem is so many people are listing the exact same doll and the prices vary so much.

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Furthermore, you will see on eBay that many of these dolls listed have been removed from the listing.

If you are looking to sell the doll I would imagine that you will receive around 10 to $15 for the doll. Not many people are interested in buying a doll that is mass-produced. Many sellers of the dolls end up canceling their listing because the doll sat on eBay for months and months on end. Otherwise, they end up taking $3 to $5 for the doll just to get rid of it.

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July 27, 20180 found this helpful

thank you for the info, maybe i can give it to one of the lil girls in my family as a gift

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July 28, 20180 found this helpful

Sorry if my answer is a dup...I posted it yesterday, but it didn't seem to post...

If I am remembering correctly, Anco is a Viet Nam based company and in addition to dolls, they produced other home decor items sold widely in the US in big box stores.

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The 1997 tag tells me she was made in the middle of the big doll craze (1980s-early 2000s) where every company that could was making dolls for the US market to try to create a new buzz of collectibles (a combination of riding on the Barbie dolls almost cult like following and the highly collectible nature of the truly old and rare and almost one of a kind antique doll)

Fast forward 20 years and we see that sadly, the strategy backfired for consumers who invested in the dolls thinking this would be their retirement nest egg. This is because the companies made so many dolls in so many varieties that they over crowded the market and now everyone wants to get rid of them (supply high + demand very low = price very low).

So if it were me, I would keep what I loved and put them up on a self to enjoy and keep them nice! Maybe in another 10-15 years after everyone today purges them, they will regain their value when people become sentimental and want to have them back.

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Cybergrannie gave you the eBay low down...if you can find this gal on eBay in an exact match, you can determine her exact value in today's market by going to the SOLD section of eBay and finding what she sells for.

Only use sold, not active auctions to try to place a value on her. Also remember, value does not equal profit so if you sold her for $10 (VALUE), your profit would be around $7 after eBay and Paypal fees (the buyer typically pays the postage).

Hope this helps. Sorry the news isn't better for your bank account :(

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