Okay, I have an 8 year old girl.
Since she was 6 she's asked for that Doll.
It is too expensive.
AND I also know my girl, everyday she changes her mind, about what she wants. Sometimes she likes that doll, other days she could care less.
So to me, that is not reason, to buy a $100 doll!
I will never buy, a $100 doll.
I wouldn't even buy that for myself!
I do NOT care, if it is "in" or not. Or if her friends has one or not. Or if she has an 'imitation' AG doll.
My Daughter also knows, that she does not have to have, everything that other kids have. SHE has her OWN tastes. She is her own person.
She will actually say, "I don't care if other girls has that. I don't like it myself. I like other things. That is me."
My Daughter, has never wanted the AG doll, BAD.
Just in passing.
I know that.
And, as for other kids 'ridiculing' a kid for having something 'different' than what is 'in', so what.
Those values they have, are not even worth, entertaining.
Nor will my kids, entertain them and their ideas.
IF a kid, tells my kids something about a toy and "I have one and you don't" kind of teasing... they do.not.care.
They know, they don't have to go according to what other kids say.
all the best,