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From the Consumerist via Feministing.com

Fashion Fever Shopping Boutique, the correctly named Barbie toy, features a built-in credit card swiper and a life-size credit card for young children to use when buying outfits for their dolls. According to the Amazon website, "Once the balance hits zero, it will reset so you can continue to shop"

Yeah – I have one of those too.

"We think Mattel should introduce the "Dang, I Grew Up" Barbie playset, where Barbie spends her entire paycheck on Rent-a-Center furniture while trying to make the minimum payments on her dozen or so 30% interest rate cards. But then again, since this is Barbie, once her credit score hit 300 or so the playset would probably just bump it back up to 800. Responsibility is so for nerds and foster children".

You can watch a low-quality version of the advert here, which features a little girl saying "And you never run out of money!".

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9 thoughts on “barf-ie

  1. I played cowboys and indians when I was a kid and I’ve never shot any Native Americans…

  2. Cynical Libertarian –

    the problem with libertarians is they dont draw a line and have any boundaries so propaganda kind of washes right over them. It doesnt work that way in society. There are boundaries, its natural. And where kids are concerned they are even more pronounced. A product may not be banned but it can be shooed off the shelves by people, as free thinking individuals, as has been the case before. Kids like to be kids and play at being adults. But they dont need certain very real life issues reinforced at such an early age. Cowboys and indians is make believe. Credit cards and shopping is not.

  3. I am waiting for the first court case in a few years time where some 18 year old girl bankrupted by credit card debt will sue Mattel.

  4. "Who’s Your Daddy?" comes to mind when I read this story. Or "I can’t be out of money, I still have checks!"

  5. no no when it hits bottom thats when Barbie hooks up with sugar daddy Ken and he pays all her bills for her….

  6. "And where kids are concerned they are even more pronounced. A product may not be banned but it can be shooed off the shelves by people, as free thinking individuals, as has been the case before."

    Well I’ve got no problem with that, though I do think they’d be being pretty silly to protest against this or anything. Don’t want it, don’t buy it.

    "Kids like to be kids and play at being adults. But they dont need certain very real life issues reinforced at such an early age. Cowboys and indians is make believe. Credit cards and shopping is not."

    I played cars too. I used to smash them up and crash them. I’ve not done that in real life either 😉

  7. Its the sheer irresponsibility of it that astonishes me. Like the ad says – ‘and you never run out of money’. I have an ex-wife that thought it worked like that…probably still does in fact. Unfortunately its a dreadful lesson to be teaching to small children who need to learn that there are such things as limits on spending…

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