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Pocketful of Cuteness

Written on April 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings with tags: ,

The Middie and the Petites don’t get nearly as much camera time here as their big sister counterparts! Pocket-friendly and adorable, here’s a little bit of love for the smaller dolls today!

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QOTW: What is your maximum for a customized Blythe?

Written on April 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

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Photo by Juliet/mydollies4.

As a follow-up to last week’s QOTW when I had done some Blythe-by-numbers for you all, the magical average cost of a customized Blythe was $599.50USD. Granted, there was a huge range in cost, variation in customizers and the range of customizing that was done to the dolls. Some were simplistic with a little light carving here, a haircut, and some chips were changed. Others are complete changes in hair (mmm, fluffy mohair…) and handpainted chips, not to mention some extreme carving was done to the dolls.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t see myself ever paying more than $1000 for a customized Blythe doll unless she was something very special. Perhaps a doll with a long, fluffy mohair or alpaca reroot. But then she’d have to have all custom, handpainted eyechips, themed charms and perhaps a very detailed face-up. I’d expect for that premium price tag that shipping (insured, of course) might even be included or at least partially included, and the base doll would have to be a legitimate Blythe rather than a factory or another type of fake. Would that be considered too picky? Then again, I’m not really in the position these days to purchase a customized Blythe – secondhand or otherwise. My personal maximum would likely be around $600. It seems to be the “going rate” these days, and for that much money, the majority of customized dolls are well within my grasp. Not that I can afford a $600 doll at this moment, but it is nice to dream! And setting limits for myself also gives me a reality check. Why look beyond my means when there isn’t the cash flow for it? As it is, I’m currently musing about getting my first BL, and have since becoming a Blythe enthusiast nearly five years ago. Not a customized BL, but a stock one. One of these days…

Luckily for the majority of people who are in the market for a custom doll, there are many available at various price ranges – depending on what you’re looking for in the doll, and the artist behind the work. Dolls get priced at such a diverse range of prices. Some people only price for cost of materials, neglecting to take their time into account, while others price what the market will bear. Why go under if people are willing to pay more, and why price it higher if nobody will dare to fork up that much for it?

What is your maximum for a customized Blythe?

Sponsor BlytheLife in May!

Written on April 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News

You have a doll-related website/shop/blog and BlytheLife has your target audience!

BlytheLife.com is an active doll website with a high readership that primarily consists of women who are Blythe and other doll collectors/hobbyists. By advertising your doll-related site or business with BlytheLife, you can ensure that your ad is being seen by the people that are your potential customers. Every time someone visits BlytheLife, they’ll see your ad on the side!

Sponsorship costs are purposely kept low to keep advertising accessible to people in the doll community.

Did you know? In the month of March 2014, there was an average of 5048 unique visitors per day and a total of 1,020,272 hits for the entire month!

There are three spots currently available for the month of May and all sponsorship funds from now until July 2015 will be donated to BlytheCon Vancouver 2015!

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A Little Bit of Happy

Written on April 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings with tags:

I wanted to share some recent photos that I took at a recent meet – just sharing some happy today.

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Blythe On A Budget: Savvy Doll Shopping

Written on April 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Everybody loves a deal, especially when it comes to the pricey, non-essential purchases like Blythe. What are some of my best tips when it comes to being a savvy doll shopper? Here are a few to keep in mind when it comes to dolly shopping – especially when you’re looking at listings on forums or Facebook groups:

Window shop. Like when it comes to non-dolly purchases, it’s always a good idea to have a price range in mind for certain items. For instance, Kenners have such a huge price range – I’ve seen everything from $500 to $1500. Different hair colours, condition of the body, and clear/fused chips make all the difference when it comes to price. This also goes for stock dolls, light customs and completely overhauled dolls by certain artists. Window shop first – get a feel for the doll. If a doll by Customizer A only goes for around $600-700, why on earth would you jump on a listing that says $900?

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How much is that dolly in the window?
Image from sxc.hu user sloopjohnb

Don’t be afraid to negotiate a price. If you think a doll is a bit overpriced, and you’d be willing to pay a slightly lower price – just ask! The worst that the seller can say is no. And even then, you’re not out any money. Negotiate. Ask if they can include the shipping in the cost, ask how much they’re willing to sell the doll for without that fancy outfit she has on. It doesn’t hurt to ask. But if you are putting in a lower offer for a doll, maybe sure that it is a) fair and b) something that you can afford. There’s no point in asking for a doll be discounted to $500 if you can only afford $350.

Layaway. Be smart about layaways, and work out some terms that both of you can deal with. Have everything in writing, and save those emails! Screenshot them, save them, file them away. If the seller says it’s a non-refundable deposit, ask about the subsequent payments, ask if it’s refundable within a certain time frame (e.g. is it refundable within 24-72 hours?). If you’re not familiar with the seller, ask if they’ve done layaways before and if they have any positive transactions that you could ask the other buyers questions about. Layaways are typically used for pricier dolls – don’t be afraid to ask questions and to protect yourself. Also, keep to a payment schedule that you can realistically follow, and communicate with the seller if something comes up! If you need an extension on a payment date, let them know early, and give them a realistic date that you will be able to make a payment.

Know when to walk away. Sometimes a deal seems too good to be true for a reason. Sometimes a buyer is just too much hassle to work with. Never be afraid to walk around from a transaction before money passes hands – you aren’t obligated to follow through. If something odd seems to come up, take it as a red flag. Be polite, don’t burn any bridges that you may need in the future, and let the seller know that you are no longer interested. You don’t need to give a reason for it, but you can if you want to. Knowing when to walk away also means being okay with letting that doll go – and also remembering that she (or he) wasn’t yours to begin with. A lot of people do become emotionally attached to dolls, and that’s okay, but remember that until that doll arrives in your hot little hands, she is still not yours. Be okay with that, and walk away.

If you missed The Deal of A Lifetime, remember that another doll will always come up. There will be other rare stock dolls, cute customs, and bait dolls for custom available. It is never the end of the world to miss a doll that’s gone up for sale. If it doesn’t work out this time around, there will be other dolls. Save the money you didn’t spend this time and wait for the next time that an opportunity comes a-knocking. And if it’s a custom doll, it doesn’t hurt to ask to be kept in mind in case the owner ever decides to put the doll up for sale again!

For all those savvy shoppers out there – share your shopping tip gems!

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