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It always seems that BDDs (Bad Dolly Deals, for those in the dark) revolve around people who send payments to sellers as gifts on Paypal and then they regret it after and talk about how they knew that they shouldn’t have done it. Yet people still do, and despite the best of intentions of sellers, things can happen and someone ends up with no doll sometimes.
How can you protect yourself in an online transaction (especially when it comes to that expensive NRFB Goldie purchase)? Here’s some tips!
- Be truthful in your Paypal transaction – do not pay as a ‘gift’ because it’s not a gift. It’s a payment for goods. You cannot file a claim with Paypal if you state that your payment is a gift.
- Talk to the seller, find out what shipping methods the person will be sending your doll by. Will there be insurance? How long will it take? Will there be tracking available? (Keep in mind, some countries have much higher costs for postage than others. Canada Post, for example, is a lot more expensive than the USPS.)
- Document, document, document. And save all of your documentation. Even though it’s ‘just the purchase of yet another doll’, it’s still your money and it is still a transaction.
- Both parties should be open to communication. Let the buyer know when you’ve sent out the doll (keep your receipts!). Let the seller know when the doll has arrived.
- Be truthful on custom forms. Undervaluing an item being sent through the post is fraud (and illegal) and I don’t recommend undervaluing dolls at any point in time (after all, these are $100+ dolls, not a mass-produced paperback book). Make sure that both parties understand what it means if you do undervalue the doll and who’s responsible in the event that the doll is damaged or lost.
Blythe is a fantastic hobby and it’s a great way to meet people online, but it’s definitely not fun when a transaction goes sour due to miscommunication or sending something without tracking. Always talk to the people that you’re doing business with and send those dolls packaged nice and protected!