In September 2003, the Middle Eastern country of outlawed the sale of Barbie dolls, saying that she did not conform to the ideals of Islam. The stated "Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, and tools are a symbol of decadence to the West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful." In Middle Eastern countries, there is an alternative doll called , which is equivalent to Barbie but is designed specifically to accommodate an Islamic community. Fulla is not made by the Mattel Corporation, and the Barbie brand continues to be available in other Middle Eastern countries including . In , , introduced in March 2002, are available as an alternative to Barbie, even though they have not been as successful as Barbie.
In December 2005, Dr. Agnes Nairn at the in England published research suggesting that girls often go through a stage where they hate their Barbie dolls and subject them to a range of punishments, including and placing the doll in a . Dr. Nairn said: "It's as though disavowing Barbie is a rite of passage and a rejection of their past."
In July 2010, Mattel released "Barbie Video Girl", a Barbie doll with a pinhole video camera in its chest, enabling clips of up to 30 minutes to be recorded, viewed, and uploaded to a computer via a cable. On November 30, 2010, the issued a warning in a private memo that the doll could be used to produce , although it stated publicly that there was "no reported evidence that the doll had been used in any way other than intended."
Mattel estimates that there are well over 100,000 avid Barbie collectors. Ninety percent are women, at an average age of 40, purchasing more than twenty Barbie dolls each year. Forty-five percent of them spend upwards of $1000 a year. Vintage Barbie dolls from the early years are the most valuable at , and while the original Barbie was sold for $3.00 in 1959, a mint boxed Barbie from 1959 sold for $3552.50 on in October 2004. On September 26, 2006, a Barbie doll set a world record at auction of £9,000 (US $17,000) at in London. The doll was a Barbie in Midnight Red from 1965 and was part of a private collection of 4,000 Barbie dolls being sold by two Dutch women, Ietje Raebel and her daughter Marina.
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