January 21, 2022 / Change in American Girl Return Policies
There have been changes to American Girls' previously very generous return policy. Years ago, returns used to be unquestioned and unlimited, regardless of the time of purchase; this was later reduced to only allowing returns of items two years after the initial purchase, and then to one year after purchase.
The policy is now as follows (some policies may have been in place for some time):
Any shipping and processing fees are non-refundable.
Items designated as on final sale (Clearance/Last Chance) cannot be returned.
American Girl will only accept returns of products that have been purchased directly from American Girl. Products purchased at other locations (e.g. Barnes and Noble, Tuesday Morning, Amazon, specialty boutiques in Indigo/Chapters) should be returned to the original place of purchase.
Returned gifts should include the name and address of the original purchaser; AG will attempt to locate the original order information to verify proof of purchase, but the purchaser will not be notified of the item's return. If there is a retail gift receipt, a copy should be included with a return.
A merchandise credit will be issued if the purchase cannot be verified through the company.
Refunds or credits will be issued for the purchase price, current list price, or prorated price depending on the item or items returned.
American Girl reserves the right to assess the final value of items returned.
Refunds mailed back to the company with a pre-paid label through American Girl will have $6.95 deducted from the refund for their use.
All returns are monitored and may be limited or denied by the company.
Also this year American Girl is partnering with AAPI Youth Rising, a youth-run organization to combat anti-Asian and Pacific Islander discrimination. Donations of $1, $5, and $10 can be made with American Girl having donated $25,000 to the ONE/180 pledge, asking schools and teachers to teach at least one day of Asian American history and culture during the school year.
December 27th, 2021 / Preview and Preorders for Girl of the Year 2022
American Girl has put up a preview image of the new 2022 Girl of the Year. The character and collection will be released on December 30th in stores and on Good Morning America, and preorders for the doll and meet accessories are available now. Images show that character's name is Corinne Tan, and her collection focuses on winter sports and activities. She also has a companion in her younger sister, Gwynn Tan.
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October 24th, 2021 / Costco Bundles and New Random House Books
Costco has offered new bundles for the holiday season.
Sparkling Ballerina Doll and Outfit Set for $129.99: four versions of ballet-themed dolls that come with a performance and a practice outfit as well as the book Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them. The dolls are all Truly Me dolls: #67, #82, #84, and one unique blonde, blue eyed doll with the Classic mold and long curls that has been previously unreleased. A coupon for $20 off an order of $100 or more (that must be used before Feb 22, 2022) is also included.
American Girl Truly Me Outfit and Accessory Sets for $59.99: Fourteen piece outfit and accessory sets. The two options are Pet Boutique and Movie Night. Each comes with an outfit and various themed accessories.
October 22nd, 2021 / American Girl x Stoney Clover Lane
American Girl has paired with Stoney Clover Lane to release customizable accessory purses and bags in celebration of the 35th anniversary.
The line, titled Stoney Clover Lane x American Girl, consists of the brand's small pouches, large pouches, flat pouches, and mini tote bags in prints based on the first six Historical Characters's Classic Meet Outfits along with character patch designs and letters that can either be purchased separately or used to customize the bags.
The items are available through both companies, both online and in physical stores (American Girl Place and Stoney Clover Lane stores).
Corrine Tan is adjusting to a new life with a new stepfather--she and her little sister, Gwynn, have always called Aspen home, but with a new stepfather comes many new changes. She's also the first Chinese-American Girl of the Year!
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Early releases of Historical Collections only had the first three books and any accessories and outfits would be released in the fall, with the last three books in the following spring. Kirsten, Molly, and Samantha didn't even have desks to start with!
The World by Us Line was designed in the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter Protests and Mattel's Commitment to Diversity.
The Birthday Girl Dress was released under two separate names; the 2006 version did not have the tiara that the 2005 version included.
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