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As Barbie Turns 50 It’s Maker Faces Tough Times

It seems that the global financial crises has hit everybody including the makers of the famous Barbie doll which just happens to turn 50 this year.

Being your average bloke, I am not really interested in Barbie but I reckon this is the best opportunity for me to introduce an excerpt from an email I received today. Perhaps Barbie’s developers are thinking of introducing Divorced Barbie to increase this years sales thereby combating the current downturn.

One day a father gets out of work and on his way home he suddenly remembers that it’s his daughter’s birthday.

He pulls over to a Toy Shop and asks the
sales person, ‘How much for one of those Barbies in the display window?’

The salesperson answers, ‘Which one do you mean, Sir?

We have: Work Out Barbie for $19.95, Shopping Barbie for $19.95, Beach Barbie for $19.95, Disco Barbie for $19.95, Ballerina Barbie for $19.95, Astronaut Barbie
for $19.95, Skater Barbie for $19.95, and Divorced Barbie for $265.95’.

The amazed father asks: ‘It’s what?! Why is the
Divorced Barbie $265.95 and the others only $19.95?’

The annoyed salesperson rolls her eyes, sighs, and answers: ‘Sir…, Divorced Barbie comes with: Ken’s Car, Ken’s House, Ken’s Boat, Ken’s Furniture, Ken’s Computer, one of Ken’s Friends, and a key chain made with Ken’s balls.


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  1. Twitter:
    LOL! That’s so wrong! Jay Leno over here played a video of “Cougar Barbie”, which was also pretty funny. Still, Barbie has been the ultimate survivor, so I wouldn’t even think about counting anything out for those folks.

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  2. I know a friend tried selling collector ones on ebay with little success.

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    1. Any idea why? No interest in the products sold or perhaps too high a price?

  3. That’s great. I smiled big at that joke. I’m still waiting for “Betty Ford Center Barbie”

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    1. A laugh would have been better, but I will settle for a smile as long as it was a big one.

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  4. The divorced barbie become rich after divorced, hehehe

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  5. Hey Sire!

    Wow did you give me a great laugh with that one!!! So sad and yet so true for so many.

    I have to say I was into barbies when I was a little girl, obviously do not care much for them now. Not sure yet how I will feel if I ever have kids and my daughter would want one…we’ll see.

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    1. Hey Evita, does that mean that you didn’t keep any of your Barbies?

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  6. The keyring with kens balls would be about right. As barbie is continually evolving with the times so should Ken be, the modern day male doll would come with a pre-nup certificate. Or in this case I think its barbie who is the one with the money, so Ken just come out on top.

    1. Well Khaled, I reckon it’s about time we guy dolls get to be on top, wouldn’t you say?

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      1. I couldn’t agree more, it would make a refreshing change.

  7. Looking at the recession state, I guess if they come up with ‘Laid-off Barbie’ or ‘Unemployed Barbie’ it may be a huge hit :lol:

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  8. Well Ajith, it just goes to show how there are endless opportunities for Barbie, so I reckon her designer knew what he was doing.

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  9. Turns out Barbie was sleeping with ken’s pool cleaner……

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    1. The little tramp :bigsurprise_ee: :lol_ee:

  10. Hey Sire

    I think I have one, the only one that was worth saving that had a button on her back to make her arms move…pretty cool huh.

    1. Do a Google search and see if it is worth any money :cool2_tb:

  11. Dude,
    Did you know that those old barbies are worth tens of thousands of dollars. 50 years and very little has changed.
    Divorced barbie might even come with Ken’s parents depending on how much of an idiot Ken is.

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    1. Well, you must admit that he doesn’t look all that bright.

  12. I’ve seen that joke before… it’s pretty good. I think every industry is having tough times, especially ones that are more luxury, non-necessity items. Like Barbie dolls, especially the collectible, higher priced ones.

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    1. I sometimes wonder about the value of so called collector items. I’m sure they use it as a gimmick to jack up the price.

  13. Wow, the original Barbie was scary looking.
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  14. Actually, now that you mention it, she does look a little Frankensteinish doesn’t she?

  15. Haha, that’s so true. Of course this is a huge generalisation but it’s just a joke. Also the more lifelike the barbie gets the more creepy it looks.

  16. And yet the young girls love her. I wonder if they have a blow up doll version?

  17. Hahaha! Nice. They should have a divorced barbie, it would be a more accurate representation of our society – i mean just look at the divorce rate.

    1. They probably thought about it but having to buy all the accessories that divorced Barbie would need made the whole thing too expensive.

  18. Ha Ha. Your post made me laugh. I can’t believe that Barbie is still going after all this time. Do you remember that song, Barbie Girl? An aweful song but one of those I’d turn up if it came on the radio.

  19. I know what you mean about that song Jimmy, I feel the same way. I heard they actually tried to sue over that song, but lost. That’s pretty cool isn’t it?

  20. They tried to sue? That’s quite funny. It was only a bit of fun.

  21. Perhaps so, but there was something about the content they didn’t like. I can’t think what it was, but I will be sure to mention it if it comes back to me.

  22. Im a barbie girl in a barbie world
    back in plastic, it’s fantastic
    you can brush my hair, undress me everywhere


    1. As was your comment :wink_ee:

  23. Hey Sire!

    Wow did you give me a great laugh with that one!!! So sad and yet so true for so many.

    I have to say I was into barbies when I was a little girl, obviously do not care much for them now. Not sure yet how I will feel if I ever have kids and my daughter would want one…we’ll see.

    1. Too bad you didn’t keep them, they may be worth something now.

  24. Very funny stuff. I know a lot of guys that can relate to that price scale! I’ll have to pass this joke onto them.
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    1. I’m glad you liked it Blane, by all means, pass it on.

  25. Very interesting to know that even a super giant such as Barbie makers have been hit by the economy crisis. Thanks for the great divorced Barbie joke that is a good one!
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  26. Actually collector’s Barbies have been selling a lot lately, even during the economic crisis
    You can see only few of them on ebay but they always sell out fast and at fairly high prices

    Guess I’m in the wrong business lol

  27. Thanks for your comments Denny and Diane, it’s always good to see new commentators.

  28. I used to be in that “doll bisiness” for a while now and to be honest it kinda weird put profitable way to make money. Even in EU.

  29. I would like to respectfully point out that the video you have used in your post does not pay anywhere near of a tribute to Barbie as she deserves. In fact, we may even steal the title “super woman” and give it to Barbie, because everything she has accomplished in her lifetime, NO human would be able to do!

    Just kidding! :) Nice post.

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