When purchasing a Talking Chatty Cathy on Ebay, please remember that most of the time she wasn't talking when the Seller got her. So thence, the Seller had to carefully open her up, replace any missing or broken parts, seal her back up, and buff and file the seams. Repair or replace broken teeth and or eyes. This process is time consuming and costly depending on parts and materials needed to restore her voice. Then Chatty goes through a complete bath from head to toe, which requires special cleaning solution. And a then to the styling salon for a perm and hairstyle. This requires special wig shampoo, conditioner and curlers.
So lets recap on the cost so far:
Non talking, naked Chatty Cathy in good condition - $40 - 75 for soft face American Chatty
$85 up for hard face pigtail American Chatty
$200 up for Canadian Chatty (depending on condition, hair color & eyes)
Cost to repair voice box $39 up plus parts and shipping
Cost of materials to perm hair $20 wig shampoo, conditioner and curlers
Cost of Chatty teeth $5 if bought on Ebay
Cost of Chatty eyes $10 up depending on color if bought on Ebay
Cost of Doll Cleaners/Stain Removers $15 up
Now lets talk about What Chatty is wearing......
Chatty's Dress $35 up depending on how fancy if bought on Ebay
Chatty's Shoes $8.50 up depending on how fancy if bought on Ebay
Chatty's Socks $5 up depending on how fancy if bought on Ebay
So lets do the math.... Canadian Chatty Cathy $250
Voice Repair $ 50
Clean Doll $ 15
Hair $ 20
Dress $ 40
Shoes & Socks $ 15
TOTAL $390 (this amount is approximate and does not include
Ebay or Paypal fees or time involve in restoration)
The next time you bid on a Talking Chatty Cathy doll, please consider time involve in restoration and the amount that the Seller may have spent out of pocket.