Thursday, November 7, 2013

Post Convention Hunt for Dolls at "Reasonable Prices"- My Theory

Ugh...if I see another post asking for a doll that is in high demand for a "reasonable price" I might snap. Because clearly if you do not ask for a 'reasonable price', the seller would think it was alright to mark these up to a "ludicrous price"?  That is not to say I don't get it.  There are people who mark up their dolls like crazy.  I often see dolls after convention that are awesome only to find out that a nude workshop doll is going for $400 (Elise anyone?).  YIKES!  There are many reasons for mark-ups: factoring in the cost of the flight, registration, hotel, etc....conventions aren't cheap.  You add onto that the waiting in line, shipping and juggling things in your luggage, and the time spent posting sales and answering emails...well selling dolls is work people.  I sometimes mark items to sell higher based on my not wanting to let it go.  If I love a doll...but might really need the money...marking her up to a price that 'overrides' my love is sometimes the only way to go. Basically I love her...but if you want to pay $400 for her...then you must love her more.  More power to you. I did that when I decided to sell my Sybarite Blade dress....I posted it for sale at what I thought was a psychotically high amount of $750 dollars (which I believe was more than I paid for the set complete).  It sold in less than an hour...and I used the money to pay for my wedding.  All's fair in love and doll collecting right?

So what is the resolution to this? I think the buyers hoping to get convention dolls at 'reasonable prices' might be better served by just stating what they want to pay instead.  It makes less work for both the buyer and the seller and no one gets their hopes up.  It is a buyer's market after all...and if the buyers won't pay the huge mark-ups, then the mark-ups will come down eventually.  Of course, that could back fire on you if you try to wait out the prices only to see your grail doll get more and more out of your reach.  I felt that way about Hollywood Jem for a long time.  Took me over a year and half to finally get her at a price I could stomach.  There are some Poppy fans out there that will never get their Bergdorf for less than $750.

I generally try to be reasonable when I sell the dolls that I don't want after a convention.  I feel its better karma to spread the doll joy around in the hopes that someone will do the same for me in the future.  But it is also a good thing to remember that there will be more conventions and more beautiful grail dolls will come along to tempt you.  A doll that haunts you now may not haunt you next year....but if it does, pursue it with patience, a positive attitude, and a heavy dose of a reality.  Know what you are willing to pay for it and know what you might have to sacrifice to get it.  I had to sell three dolls to get the Hollywood Jem that I desperately wanted.  I don't miss those dolls at all...and I love my Jem.  I also don't miss my Blade dress and still love my husband after three years.  I had to sell my prized Dark Romance Helper Agnes this summer in order to afford to move to a new apartment so our baby could have his own room.  I started to sweat the moment I boxed her up thinking I had made a horrible mistake..but then Nightfall Agnes dropped in my lap in all her tan bitchy perfection.  So things have a way of working out I like to think...


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