Post by almostanangel on Nov 24, 2015 11:22:43 GMT -8
I haven't sold any porcelain dolls because I just ordered my first one! I hope I never have to sell her!! I have sold many resin bjd! Actually to start this hobby I went down from having 12 resin bids to 7 so I would have enough funds to ordered my first artist doll! I wasn't very attached to some of my resin bjd so it is easy to sell them. Some of my bjd are so special to me that I could never part with so I think it just depends!
Post by EarthShine Doll on Nov 24, 2015 19:24:36 GMT -8
Really in the last few years, it does seem a lot of new very talented artists have emerged. My first PBJD I saw was one from Alina Ivanova, and of course I was hooked.(I had no experience of bjd's in general, not even resin! Porcelain was my first love.)So I researched and researched...of course ED, and also forgotten hearts...but other than that, it seemed very few and far between. Now, There are so many talented artists, more than I can count on my fingers and toes, lol! It must be hard to resell. I'm sure good quality and uniqueness play a big factor. Really though, everybody has a specific taste and usually coming up with funds is the main issue!
I'm better at buying dolls than selling them. I do sell some from time to time. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed and like I have too many dolls. Or I feel guilty that maybe I don't appreciate them all properly and should pass them on to people who'd do more with them. Some (resin dolls, Blythes) are half-finished customization projects that may never materialize, and I think I should just give up on the idea. Or I tell myself that if I sell my least favourite dolls, I could buy dolls I like better.
But then it's a hassle to take the photos and do listings. Most dolls sell for less than they originally cost, and can take time to sell. Usually I only get around to it when I'm trying to raise money for something specific, or when I'm about to move. I haven't tried selling porcelain dolls though, as I don't have very many.
It's pretty bad out there in resale land, porcelain or resin. The American dollar is high and it's hair raising when you do a conversion to Australian or Canadian dollars. The bad North American economy makes for much less luxury goods buyers to begin with. I've put off buying lots of things just because at times the Canadian dollar has been close to, or at par with the US dollar, and I can't justify having to spend the more than 25% more at the moment.
What I've been seeing on eBay lately is some dolls not selling because they are way overpriced and others going for far far less than they are worth. It's a crazy market fuelled buy the tastes of a fairly small circle of buyers.
It must be extremely disheartening to artists to have to see work which was previously bought by clients, linger on eBay for half price and not sell even after multiple re-listings.
It has set me straight about these wonderful dolls being luxury items enjoyed by a lucky few and not at all investment pieces. I'm not including EDs in this assessment, the intense marketing strategies behind them helped propel them to stratospheric heights in terms of price. I don't think any artist will duplicate that scenario, although I would be very happy if they could.