We have a friend on a serious (think "charging groceries to the credit card") budget. Unfortunately, this is a fall from grace for him and his children do not have any idea of the new circumstances. He's trying keep this from them so they won't worry about the situation (I personally don't agree with this, but they're not my kids). They're expecting the situation to change, but not any time soon. Not in the next few weeks anyway. The daughter would like an American Girl doll, like her friends have, for her birthday. I've looked on ebay, and even there they are much too expensive. She doesn't have a doll, any doll, and asking for a "doll" doesn't seem unreasonable... but this particular doll isn't at all affordable. Unlike more urban areas I don't have thrift shops or other places to look. Is there another brand of doll which might be substituted? Something in the 15" category which isn't so pricey? I went and looked at Teddy Bears and.. ok.. I don't have kids but WOW.. we're not talking cheap here! thanks for the combined wisdom!