I hear lots of people saying that doll sale are very slow these days. I believe I know why. I'm sure it has to do with the exchange rates the last 4 years. Because outside the American and Asian market, dolls has become up to 100% more expensive the last few years, depending on which Country you live in. (100% in Brazil) And on top of that 20 - 50% VAT and taxes are added. In my Country (Norway) it was 40% cheaper to buy a doll just 4 years ago. And 50% cheaper 5 years ago. It's the strong Dollar and the strong Asian currencies that makes it this way. Doll hobby has become way more expensive for people all over the world, except for in the US and in some Asian Countries, typically the ones that has the strongest and fastest growing economy. I hope the future can balance our currencies better, so everyone can buy dolls again, because it's obvious that some people has given up on the hobby due to the higher costs.