Appraise an American Girl doll by looking at the "Blue Book of Dolls" or "Doll Values" to determine the value of a specific item, or consult a specialized American Doll value book. Next, consider the model, the age and the condition of the doll.
Retired American Girl dolls are more valuable than the ones still in production. For instance, Samantha, Kirsten, Felicity and Molly are all retired and worth more than Addy and the other dolls. American Girl Dolls are also appraised on whether or not they are still in their original packaging and the amount of accessories that come with them. As of 2015, a Kirsten doll in fair condition with a bed, trunk and eight outfits and accessories is valued at a few thousand dollars. A Kirsten doll alone in mint condition in its original packaging is worth nearly a thousand dollars.
Used Samantha dolls are a little more affordable depending on the condition, fetching between $45 and $200. However, this does not include any extra accessories or outfits. The American Girl doll of the year 2014, Isabelle, comes with one outfit and a book, selling within a range of $120 to $134. However, this is a limited edition doll and is more valuable accordingly.