This has been a really interesting read. At first, when I found porcelain dolls, I was really upset at the prices... How would I ever afford one (especially as I looked at ED first!)? I remember discussing with a friend who said something along the lines of 'think about how many resin dolls you could buy with that'. But for me it is not about the 'value' and whilst price IS instrumental insofar that in order to buy it I need the money, the most important thing is that the doll is perfect for me, my tastes and my particular values. It is important to me to have a doll that has had the artist that him/herself has worked upon and created a vision that is almost eternal (with good care). I also really love getting to know the people behind the dolls, their stories, and the stories for their dolls. It is for this reason I really enjoyed reading the stories in the ED book, and really wish they were longer! Rarity has never been, nor will it be, a priority for me when picking a doll, it just seems in porcelain, generally they are rarer because they take more work and artist investment. These are just initial un-synthesised thoughts!