You need to be careful comparing the various types of dolls sold in the Dominican gift shops and tourist areas. many of the $3 dolls are made from ceramic and are made from a mold in a factory, in other words they are mass produced. The dolls that Dominican Creations carries are made from red clay and by hand by local artisans there. according to Dominican Creations they purchase these dolls direct from the artisans, therefore supporting their work and trade. These dolls are not mass produced in a assembly line. You need to know the difference. Check out their website and facebook page for this info. You can get a authentic and traditional gift and souvenir from them and at the same time you support the artisans by doing so as well.