A Myer display of reduced Barbie dolls has left Facebook users stunned for a very unlikely reason.
Posting on a popular Facebook page, bargain hunter David shared a photo of the iconic dolls which had been marked down from $24.95 to just 50c at Myer Parramatta.
But in an unexpected twist, the scores of cheap Barbies were in fact “unclothed”.
Many were left scratching their heads of the “bizarre” buy.
“I just want to know what actually happened to Barbie’s clothes?” said one on the Markdown Addicts Australia Facebook page.
Added another: “They were really charging $25 for a naked Barbie?”
Said a third: “Poor Barbie has lost her dignity.”
Added one more: “We should crowdfund a ‘Clothing for Barbie’ campaign.”
The nude Barbies also raised the eyebrows of some critics who thought it was an inappropriate product to sell the kids.
‘Ran out of outfits’
However it appears there is a very rational explanation for the product.
“Chill everyone! These are from the ‘make your own Barbies’ at Christmas a few years back, (where) you got to pick the doll, type of clothes and name it.”
Added another: “Last year they had a promotion, you could choose your Barbie and then choose your outfit for the doll take it to the counter dress it and MYER would box it as you pay.
“All the Barbie dolls had different shape bodies, hair colours etc.
“It was about teaching your kids everybody is different, that not everyone has to dress the same, they had Barbies with fuller figures, short Barbies basic all different body types and so kids learn we are all human and we are all unique in our own ways.
“This is obviously left over stock, that they are trying to clear and have run out of outfits.”
Regardless, everyone agreed the Barbie buy was a great bargain.
“My daughter takes all the clothes off hers anyway and we have a box of clothes she doesn’t use,” one mum said.
“What a bargain!”