I very hesitantly bought a Sophie for DD. Turns out, the cute little giraffe is quite a hit. DD really adores her and we all play with her with DD. For us, she's well worth the money.
Some jackass neighbor of my mom's came over one night and started spraying bug spray on us, b/c she thought we would appreciate it. She soaked Sophie in it. I wanted to cry. I bolted inside with her and scrubbed her down really well. So, her spots are a lot lighter than they used to be.
Then, at the terrible quality, way-way-way overpriced local resale shop, I was walking out and saw a Sophie sitting on the counter, no box but obviously brand spanking new. I asked how much and they woman growled, "I haven't priced it." So, I camped out, standing there, ready to wait a while. She pulls out a 25¢ tag and sticks it to a 2" by 6" chunk of packing tap and wraps it all around Sophie's neck. I said, "I'll TAKE IT!!" and she mumbles, "It's 27 cents with tax." I gleefully rescued Sophie and she must have wondered why the heck I was so enthusiastic.
Obviously, Sophie wasn't a hit for whomever donated her to the store, but I'm thrilled to have a back up Sophie since ours is pretty likely to get lost, eaten by the dog, etc.