#1877 (via recastconfessions)
That might be the case for you, but her purchases don’t go to recasters, who by selling the same product at a lower price with less effort undercut and potentially destroy the legit business. Buying second hand dolls > buying recasts.
Did we all skip over the part where I actually HAVE purchased dolls brand new from companies too? Are are we just going to ignore that part… Like most people who know they’re wrong in an argument?
Okay, look. I try and stay out of the recast thing, but picking on Sicktress is just low. Here’s the thing:
I would not be in the BJD hobby if it weren’t for the secondhand market.
Yeah, just gonna throw that down. There were a lot of things that influenced my decision to buy a BJD. The idea of having a physical shell for a character, the fun of tiny crafting, the beautiful pictures I always saw of other dolls, it was all pretty compelling. But dolls are not cheap, and even after getting a starter doll (a Pullip with an Obitsu body) I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay invested. Fortunately, I saw that there was a strong secondhand market for BJDs, where they’d sell for not that much less than new. If I bought a doll and later lost interest, I could recoup much of my initial investment. Plus if I was ever in dire financial straights, I could offer my doll for a slightly lower price and have a good chance at a quick sale. If it weren’t for that assurance, I doubt I ever could have made the plunge.
I’ve now bought two, nearly three full dolls, all straight from the manufacturers, and I’ve contributed to the hobby by making several popular tutorials, trying to answer questions where I can, and even creating some stuff that’s been considered cool enough to win contests. And if it weren’t for people like Sicktress who buy legitimate dolls on the secondhand market, thus ensuring its continued strength and existence, I wouldn’t even be here at all.