Well, that is a title I never thought I would have to type. The fact I have to provide chapter links for friends just showing up to the party is mind boggling to me as well.
After a few days to mull over Pantygate, I have decided that
- I do not want this recent development to completely spoil my weekend trip to KC for Tenney’s release, something I have been looking forward to for a long time;
- I am still planning to purchase Tenney and maybe Logan (I keep waffling on him) because I have been assured by multiple sources that they won’t have the permapanty/Ace Ventura backside. Since Pantygate blew up, I do not feel comfortable purchasing more at this time.
- I would like to quietly inspect the merchandise at AGKC and speak with employees there to do my own little data collection as to the state of the quality with the products on the shelves at that store, at that time
- I am going to decide what I am and am not willing to purchase direct from American Girl and why. I am taking cost, quality, and the state of their customer service into consideration.
I do hope that American Girl and the purchaser of the infamous doll in the photos and video will connect and come to a resolution acceptable to both parties.
To be honest, I have been inching along with #4 for awhile. Decisions that were clearly made to cut production costs has made me think that selective purchasing is the way to send the message here as to what I find acceptable to buy or not. I have been branching out into DIY and exploring offerings from other companies and cottage industries on the secondary market for awhile now and so even if this latest controversy hadn’t happened, I was already sort of headed in that direction.
Curious to see what happens at Kansas City this weekend–just two days to go and the new releases should go live tonight.
Housekeeping News: I’ve had more time to slog through the pile of AG, Maplelea, and secondary market items that I’ve been piling up and preparing them for photoshoots. Cirque du Soleil outfit from Maplelea arrived today and it’s fantastic.
Thank you for joining me here this evening, and I’ll check in with my trip report hopefully on Sunday.