Why Barbie's - Unlike Many Dolls - Just Might Have a Return On Investment
Most of us, at one time or another, have had to layer in the "investment rationale" for our collecting to a spouse or parent. "Hey, these will be worth money some day!" The truth is, though, that most collectibles fail to appreciate as much as their manufacturers and upstream owners would like us to believe.
Being able to discern the difference between a collectible that will trend up in value and one that will go sideways is an important, potentially lucrative skill. Anyone I've ever met who seems to make all the right calls is older and has been around the block a few times. It stands to reason, then, that there is a thing or two to this collecting biz that one learns through experience.
With that in mind, read this article in USAToday.com. For dolls, anyways, it does a good job of laying out what just might be some key reasons that Barbies go up in value when other toys go down.