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Debbie Behan Garrett

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Debbie Behan Garrett 

  • Founder of the We Love Black Dolls Yahoo Group
  • Co Founder of Black-Doll-E-Zine, the first electronic magazine devoted to Black dolls
  • Author of the Blackdollcollecting blogspot.com
  • Author of Several books and Countless Articles

 

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Controversy




One ongoing controversy that Debbie tackled involves how Mrs. Michelle Obama’s image was portrayed in doll form. In 2009, The Danbury Mint Company advertised a beautiful artist rendition of what was to be a future doll. Based on that photo, numerous dolls were pre-ordered. When the doll finally arrived, some people were very disappointed because the actual doll was quite different from the advertised image. 


Debbie published a blog post about the discrepancy in the production doll and the prototype. She believed the company should have advertised the exact doll being sold and not a concept doll. Anything else was a bait and switch tactic to create sales. After reading her blog, The Danbury Mint contacted Garrett with images of a restyled Mrs. Obama doll, which still did not resemble the images they advertised, but was a decent attempt on their part to provide customer satisfaction. Their restyled doll can be seen in one of Debbie’s blog posts 

http://blackdollcollecting.blogspot.com/2009/11/poll-results-and-e-mail-from-danbury.html. 


The Danbury Mint also offered to restyle Debbie’s doll, but Debbie had already returned the doll for a refund.

 

All collectors should insist on a true representation of the doll or item they pre-order. The next Danbury Mint portrait doll of Mrs. Obama is due later this year. Debbie has written a post about this doll. The search box on the home page of her blog can be used to locate past posts about “Michelle Obama” dolls and other Black-dolls. 

Please follow Debbie’s blog at  Blackdollcollecting.blogspot.com


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