The U.S. Postal Service Destroyed My Ava DuVernay Doll #JF2LA


First lemme get this out of the way: Yes, I am a grown-ass man and I have an Ava DuVernay doll from the Barbie Collection’s Platinum Label.

When the dolls first dropped about two and a half years ago, I rushed to the Barbie site to place my order. I remember being disappointed that there was a limit of one per order; by the time I went to order a second doll, they were sold out.

I’m not necessarily a collector. I have a few toys that have some emotional significance for me, and the Ava doll was one of them. I mean, the woman herself is one of Hollywood’s leading filmmakers and she’s an inspiration to many — not just women.

And so because of that, when my doll arrived, I made sure to take great care of it. I kept it on display in my tiny Brooklyn abode, and it held a prominent spot, far out of the reach of any potential damage or disaster.

Alas, in my move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, I made what I now see to be an unwise decision to ship my figures via the United States Postal Service. I went with them because at a little more than $300 they were the least expensive option.

I should’a went with a more expensive option.

The USPS destroyed my Ava DuVernay doll
The damage made me break out the vodka.

As you can see in the photos, the box that my Ava doll came in has been torn and crushed. Thankfully, the doll itself and its accessories seem to be fine, but the ruined packaging takes away from the doll’s value, both aesthetically and monetarily.

Not to say that I planned on selling my Ava doll. But a cursory search on eBay shows dolls going for as much as $625.

But alas, I’m taking this as a lesson learned. I mean, there’s very little that can be done about it now, and the USPS damn sure won’t apologize or in any way offer some type of recompense. It seems the most I can do is advise others to not make the same mistake.

What are your thoughts on this? How would this make you feel? Let me know in the comments below.

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