In Socialist Venezuela, Barbie for the Masses

November 11, 2014 4:46 PM

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Mothers, grandmothers and beaming little girls are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government's order that large chains sell the plastic figurines at fire-sale prices during the holiday shopping season.

No sooner had saleswoman Crystal Casanova begun mounting a display of gleaming pink Barbie boxes on a recent weekday than a horde of women descended. Soon, she and her coworkers were letting customers grab the dolls straight out of the Mattel-stamped cardboard cartons.

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