"I recently sold a legit doll and used the money to buy drugs and snacks. Tell me again how second hand purchases support the community & companies."

#1880 (via recastconfessions)

Well, everyone might not use the money to buy new dolls, I don’t think anyone had claimed that’s always the case, but it often is.

Another thing that the secondary market is good for is giving people a place to get rid of dolls. What I mean is that I have decided to buy some of my limited dolls because I knew I had the ability to sell them later if they didn’t work out for me (I’ve sold two and kept two at this point) but with the secondary market getting weaker, and part of this is due to recasts, people can’t count on this in the future.

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[sigh]

Second hand purchases support the community.

They make dolls available with shorter waiting times, and often at lower prices than companies would offer.

They make dolls available which haven’t been sold for a while, or which are limited editions.

A strong secondhand market makes people more comfortable in buying dolls from the artists (To whit; “Oh, if I don’t like it, I can just sell it on the secondhand market”) and THAT IN TURN SUPPORTS THE ARTISTS

Most importantly - Selling a secondhand doll doesn’t increase the number of dolls in circulation whilst decreasing the quality of dolls in circulation, and thus doesn’t devalue the dolls currently in circulation.

Laptime. Here’s a story about economics.

There are 100 Milk Starbies in existence. Each Starbie sells for around $100. The price is stable, and then increases to $200 when the sculpt becomes desireable. Damaged Starbies sell for around $50-200. Milk earnt $10,000 from selling her Starbies, and used that to pay her bills.

Milk decides to produce 100 more Starbies, and sell them for $100 each. People buy them. There are now 200 Starbies in existence, and they still sell for around $100 each. Older Starbies now also sell for around $100 each, and damaged ones for around $50-100. Milk now has $10,000, with which she buys materials and takes time off work to sculpt a second doll named Bilby.

The most money that someone can have lost is around $100, and Milk can continue to produce more Starbies or Bilbies and sell them, because she can pay her bills and afford to keep sculpting.

Counterexample:

There are 100 Milk Starbies in existence. Each Starbie sells for around $100. Recasterbot buys a single Starbie for $100, and uses it to make 100 more Starbies, which he then sells for $50 each. Fans are no longer able to tell if a Starbie is real or genuine unless it’s from the first-hand market, and thus are only willing to pay $50 for a Starbie. The people who buy Milk Starbies are unable to sell them, and thus anyone who was undecided on buying a Starbie did not. Milk sells half of her Starbies, earning $5,000. She cannot pay her bills or afford to make more Starbies. Secondhand and damaged Starbies begin to sell for $50-10, as there is no way of telling if they are a recast or not.

After a few years, the remaining 50 Starbies in Milk’s shop are sold.

Milk wonders about making more Starbies, but sees that the secondhand market is aready full of recast Starbies, which sell for $50. As Milk cannot afford to make Starbies for $50 a time, Milk does not make any more Starbies. As she does not have the money or time to sculpt her second doll, Bilby, she closes up her shop and becomes a plumber instead.

No new dolls are produced, the fandom dies off.

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Reblogging for easilyannoyedcamwhore’s examples.

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malaryush-dolls:

denofangels:

The 10th Anniversary contests have concluded!

From top to bottom, these are the top prize winners in:

The Great Triathlon

The Couture Contest

The Customizing Contest

The Photography Contest

The Paper Doll Contest

Most of our contests had four prizes to give away, so come on over to the Winner’s Circle to see the complete array of winning entries!

There were so many incredible entries in all of the contests. <3 I am just ridiculously proud and pleased with everyone who entered. :D  Go you!

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roachpatrol:

I think one of the most fundamental misapprehensions people have about the value of commissions is that no one really gets told how mass production defrays costs to the consumer. So, when they see the prices for custom artwork online, they expect the retail prices they see in…

batchixdolls:

muisjepop:

I’m re-opening the sales on Wilhelm, the head created for Fairyland Chic-line bodies. To celebrate this event I’m offering a 15% off coupon till the end of September: OPEN15

Visit my online store.

Hey guys!  I’ll be carrying Wilhelm at Dollism!  Please come check him out. :D

atunodoll:

Full customization project for a friend.

Oh my
Goodness.

I love it.

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missmonstermel:

NEW DOLL!
https://missmonster.myshopify.com

This is Monmouth the fish creature! He’s a critter who loves to travel and sight see. He’s been to the rocky shores of Innsmouth, the beaches of Amity Island and the murky waters of the Black Lagoon, to the swampy Louisiana Holland laboratory ( what’s left of it)  and the beautiful waters of Camp Crystal Lake. Monmouth has seen some crazy stuff! He loves to spend his time lightly brushing the feet of fearful swimmers and blowing bubbles to creep them out as well. Monmouth loves a good fried catfish!

This doll is handmade using cast urethane from original sculptures, a hand sewn faux fur and fleece body. This doll is not articulated, it is a floppy style doll stuffed with polyfill with his body and paws weighted to give a realistic heft.

Monmouths necklace is made from fish bones, shells, pewter beads and a glass bottle filled with amethyst chunks and more shells.

12” tall seated.

 

As with all of my original dolls, this piece will come with a signed and dated etched wooden tag marking it as one of my one of a kind critters.

This is a piece of artwork intended for adult collectors. It can be played with and cuddled a little but please treat it with care to prevent scuffs. Clean any cast parts with a slightly damp cloth, do not use solvents. Fur can be combed and styled if desired.

 

I do not take on commissioned work. Please be sure to read all of my shop’s policy/FAQ page before you buy. By buying from my store you agree to comply with all store policies.

So cute!

pixiesteahouse:

So, I touched up what I could today. I wanted to start a face up today but I really didn’t want to move all of the stuff I already have on ‘deck’ to do so. So she is gonna go up for a little while. I figured it would be easier to string her back up and let her sit then be a separated. For whatever reason she is cuter then I thought she would be. Its strange I’ve been working on her this whole time and just now am I fan-girling over her. 

Adaeze Ime my precious girl. I didn’t know I could do it but I did.

Anyone have questions on what I did, how I did it..? Please don’t hesitate to ask. I promise to keep up with posting her. You all have given her so much love!

I’m going to start looking into a completely different set of eyes for her and better hair. Though the pink one is cute, it needs a dye job. Moving onto her  other special parts, I will post often.

Thank you so much for all the love.  

So striking! She’s really lovely!

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bats-n-cats:

☆。*☽HALLOWEEN HAVEN☾*。☆


Scooby Doo mods!!

bats-n-cats:

☆。*☽HALLOWEEN HAVEN☾*。☆

Scooby Doo mods!!

(Source: kiyoshiko22, via halloweencuppiecake)

robotsandfrippary:

mysteryaya:

lordhigheverythingelse:

What are these??

Looks like some artist dolls from 2010 http://chichiv.exblog.jp/12792163

*SCREAMING*

WANT

robotsandfrippary:

mysteryaya:

lordhigheverythingelse:

What are these??

Looks like some artist dolls from 2010 http://chichiv.exblog.jp/12792163

*SCREAMING*

WANT

(Source: myfigurecollection.net)

mjolinr:

372A2953_副本_副本 by youtsuki on Flickr.

I still want a Mariko. So badly.

mjolinr:

372A2953_副本_副本 by youtsuki on Flickr.

I still want a Mariko. So badly.

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