What do you look for when you're buying dolls online? Do you prefer NRFB or in need of some TLC, or both?
I personally started out buying all the Pamela Love dolls (and other Ocean Toys dolls) I could find. I ended up with loads and loads of bodies and heads to use, but most of the heads have dry, tangled hair. When I found out that even Pamelas show up on eBay NRFB, if you look hard enough, I focused all my attention on those dolls. I don't have a lot of money to spend as a student, and buying all the dolls I can find is a dream for the future :P. For the moment I have more than enough old dolls to reroot and restyle, so I try (:P) to only buy dolls MIB right now.
Current joys are these on todocoleccion.net:
I hope to win them tonight, in two hours and 20 minutes!
On the same website, these are a frustration for me every day, because the Spanish seller refuses to ship internationally:
I already have one of those dolls MIB in my collection, but I don't care. I want them. Meh :P
I see the doll from german ebay, but she is totally out of focus. I mean the photo is so blurry, I can't see it.
It is good to put a website to increase interest, but on the downside if there is more interest, and more people are buying, that means there is less left for you, and more competition. If you post a doll you want to buy, then others could see it, so I only post if I don't want the doll. It's very frustrating to have a website, I have one with a doll section, I don't think anyone looks at it. I could do a lot more, I could make whole page for maddie mod, because there are no pages for maddie mod, but don't have enough information about the doll to be an authority of the subject. So, if I go to google saarch for maddie mod, I don't come up at all, I don't rank in google at all. You can only find my page, if you search for me by screen name, otherwise, it's all the waste to put good information up when no one can find it.
I mainly made my website for my own pleasure. It's two hobbies of mine combined: collecting dolls and creating websites! Hehe. :) Besides, I always made pictures of my dolls wearing selfmade clothes in my childhood, but we didn't have digital cameras yet back then and the pictures were always a disappointment, they turned out extremely blurry because I had tried photographing the dolls from too close. So really, being able to photograph them now and show my collection online, even if nobody but me looks at it, is satisfying a childhood dream. Helping others, the few Pam Love nerds in this universe who are very happy with my page, is just a plus :)
The pics of the dolls from Germany are blurry indeed, but as a Pam fanatic I know exactly which head molds these are. And I don't own such head molds with straight hair! Also, this series of fashions is new to me and so is the design of the box! It's like a major win win!! :D
The seller just replied, he initially didn't want to send the dolls to the Netherlands because of the high shipping cost. Hello? Excuse me? Can I PLEASE pay the shipping cost for you? :P
I hope these dolls will be mine. Unfortunately one of the auctions will run for another 19 (!!) days. And there's no BIN. What the hell.
EDIT He's taking them off of eBay RIGHT NOW for me to have them for €2,50 each!! Oh wow :D
As soon as I get them I'll definitely take better shots of them. :) Oh my, I'm so happy. Another Pam find haha. I think I've bought a Pam doll or item every day this week..! They're not expensive but still..! Lol. Never thought I'd be able to find this many dolls... And still in their original box as well, oh wow...
About the dolls in Spain, yeah, I'm still hoping someone from Spain can help me but I'd really rather not bother anyone with such a matter. It takes a lot of trust. I know I'm trustworthy, but over the internet who can tell? I've taken a risk once by helping someone I didn't know out with €20, trusting they'd pay me back and they never did. I still feel screwed and ashamed :P
Haha I don't have that many yet but I will have soon, if I keep it up at this pace!
I'm trying not to get doubles really, I got one double for free because someone sent me the wrong doll by accident and she didn't need it back after she sent me the right doll, but I didn't really need that double doll added to my collection.
Okay okay, I'll be straight with you, one of the dolls from Spain I already have NRFB :P. I should really go for only one of them, especially since they're €10 each.
yes, I read the had that doll already, the thing is once you start getting a lot it is addictive, there is a the trill of the find. I am just the same. When you are not adding to the collection you feel low, like you could be missing something. I need one of those 12 steps.
My sister was dying and so I got really into the dolls.
Can't reply to you, so I'll start on the left again :).
I understand that your dolls were a refuge at that time. I can relate, on a different level, but still. I should be working on my studies right now because frankly I've already missed a few deadlines for my graduation, which is horrible. I have a tendency to flee into my hobbies when I need to do something I don't like, and at those times they become an obsession. Once I've graduated I'm sure dolls won't be that much of an obsession anymore. I'll still love them and keep collecting them, but in a more healthy way.
I totally get what you're saying. If I'm not searching the numerous versions of eBay I've got bookmarked every day, I'm afraid I might miss a particular doll. When does a hobby become an unhealthy obsession? :P
I'm very sorry to hear about your sister by the way. How long has it been?