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Dolls on a budget?Dolls on a budget?

inasainasahace 3 díasAsk MFC

EDIT: thank you everyone for the responses! ill get around to replying as soon as possible. all this information is very helpful!! <3

so recently ive been super interested in dolls (anything from volks, azone, obitsu, etc.) and ive been itching to have some but i cannot justify $200+ on these, especially as a budget-conscious college student

like i checked out VOLKS us website and about cried at the $430 starting price for a normal body dollfie

i know there are 1/6 pureneemo dolls from azone that range around <$150 but i cannot find them for that price aftermarket or even used/discounted on mandarake, amiami or MFC.

is there any possible way to start collecting dolls but within a tight budget?

here are some im highly interested in
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all responses are appreciated!
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If you're looking for second hand dolls, you could also have a look at Dollyteria, they are a Japanese store that sells second hand dolls of all types and they accept international orders. Here is their Azone section. I haven't bought from them personally, but I am thinking of trying them out.

Suruga-ya also has second hand dolls for sale, but you'll need a proxy to buy from them. Here is their doll section.
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Rajke Ca fanatic
inasa (hace 3 días) #59289734quote trimmed
ah yeah..i wont deny that i am picky? i guess thats the right word? i think i assume high quality and reasonable price can be hand in hand...reality is just not like that x_x i just think theyre cute
ill be sure to check out denofangels and the post/club out as well...hopefully i can have more...obtainable and realistic ideas. thank you!! ^^

Being picky isn’t a bad thing. It is not what i ment. Every doll is build in a certain way. Some with an internal skeleton and some are stringed with elastic. Pureneemo have for example styled hair that is attached to the doll instead of a wig. I was pointing at the question what do you expect from a doll. If you plan to take it often with you to make photos then a doll with an inner skeleton or the vinyl ones are more recommended. Also dolls come in many shapes and styles. From humans to mermaids. What you want to do with the doll should also be an important point when buying one. If you like to change some aspects of the doll more often. A doll with removable eyes and a wig is more recommended.
Hope that this info is helpfull with the search of your doll. ;)
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Natalie1290 (hace 3 días) #59288472If you are into doll customizing, you can buy monster high dolls at thrift stores super cheap and alter them. Tons of cool youtube videos with tutorials on how to do it
never thought about altering MH dolls but it seems interesting! thank you ^^

StephieHerbert (hace 3 días) #59262446I've recently gotten into 3d printing and I've seen files for BJD. I wouldn't want to print them in PLA (which is what I currently print in) but the next 3d printer I get will have the ability to print in resin. My current printer can print in ABS if I add an enclosure. I think either of those materials might be suitable to printing your own doll or paying someone who has that type of machine to do it or something. If you like customized stuff, I think this would be super fun since you could pick out the hair and eyes and clothes plus make customizations to the doll before printing. I also think it would be fun to design and sew your own clothes, but I know not everyone likes the craft side of things.
a 3D printed doll sounds amazing ☆_☆ too bad 3D printers are out of my price range nor do i have any friends who own one..

luckily enough i do have a friend who sews and makes their cosplays by hand so i could always comission them for things considering im completely inept when it comes to sewing but everything else? just fine...

thank you for the idea though!!
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dollbyn (hace 3 días) #59276174Hello friend! I'm glad to see so many replies already as the scope of dolls is really quite big! The best advice I can give you is this: if there is an expensive doll you want (like a Volks), save for it! People with tight budgets have and are able to afford pricier dolls this way and it can be incredibly rewarding to "earn" a higher priced item by saving for it. Don't settle for smaller/more inexpensive dolls unless you really, genuinely want them. Building a collection this way is okay and you still might like it enough, but it might not be something you absolutely love. Hopefully that makes sense!...

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hello and thank you!!

know what? saving up for an item is the FIRST advice i give to beginner figure collectors and never ACTUALLY use it myself...

anyway thank you for all the websites and info! before making this article i was probably going to end up dropping $$ on a cheaper/smaller doll just because i wanted one...but after all this i guess its really not worth it especially if i dont like it as much as i do some others

but im going to check out the doll layaway option...it seems like a genius idea for this type of collectable.

thank you again for the links and info ^^ ill keep an eye on all of them!!
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Rajke (hace 3 días) #59267875Difficult to give a good answer on your question. From what i read in your blog post i got the feeling that you are searching for a doll in a certain price category but that you also don’t have a complete picture of what you exactly want. Pureneemo is a great doll to start with and i would definitely recommend it if it is your taste. The BJD world is bigger than you would expect and i think that maybe a doll from another brand would fit your taste (there are so many types. And still i discover brands i have never heard of). 1/3 dolls for a price of 200 or less is not doable. The only way to do that is to buy a blank doll and buying the eyes, wig, outfit etc. later. This also means that the doll has no face up or body blushing (body blushing depends on your personal taste). For a first doll this is not recommend.
I am also new to the BJD hobby and i started with researching what is available and what do i expect. What i mean with that is that you shouldn’t rush to buy a doll for the sake of owning...

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ah yeah..i wont deny that i am picky? i guess thats the right word? i think i assume high quality and reasonable price can be hand in hand...reality is just not like that x_x i just think theyre cute

ill be sure to check out denofangels and the post/club out as well...hopefully i can have more...obtainable and realistic ideas. thank you!! ^^
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AkibaMelon (hace 3 días) #59259438Welcome to the doll community! ♡
The doll hobby is truely amazing and a lot of fun! But keep in mind that it definitely is an expensive hobby >w< Not only the dolls are costly; clothing, accessories, face up materials add up too!
PureNeemos are certainly a good start if you want to get into it without dropping too much money from the start. Their size makes them easier to maintain as well and they're great to carry around!
My biggest advice would be to research research research beforehand, especially when it comes to BJDs, DDs or Smart Dolls!
If you ever need any help, feel free to ask, I love the Doll hobby and PureNeemos & 1/6 dolls are my jam ♡

ah thank you! i have been looking into pureneemos and my heart can rest a little easier knowing my bank account wont suffer too much if i decided to buy one @_@ im definantly going to be researching more after being hit with all this ;;

urataros (hace 3 días) #59274963Like a few others have said, this is unfortunately an expensive hobby. You might be able to snag some deals on secondhand dolls, though. It's a good idea to join Den of Angels so you can watch for people selling their dolls there, but people sell on Instagram as well. I bought my first 1/4 scale BJD from another IG user for $220 after shipping & he had body blushing & an intricate faceup.
Since you're interested in Dollfie, you might like 2D Doll. They have some cute 1/4 scale dolls but they'll still run you about $300 with a faceup if you buy directly from them. You could, however, check if the company offers layaway because many do! It's usually short (I think I've seen anywhere from 2-6 months) but it could definitely help you out. Last I checked, Alice's Collections (which sells dolls from many different companies) offers layaway as well. Besides that, you could slowly put a doll together. A lot of companies sell their heads/bodies together or separately. So you could buy the head you want, then later buy the body, then wig & clothing (or whatever order you want to go in). I know layaway & buying parts of the doll separately will take a while, but they're definitely good options for collecting on a budget!

im not opposed to second hand (granted it be above absolutely trashed) so ill be sure to check in on that!!

also..doll layaway? that sounds interesting and very enticing now...i may have to look into that. thank you for the info!!
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AvalonJane (hace 3 días) #59254469Using Parabox you can put together a pretty cheap and cute doll!
paraboxshop.jp/... (nsfw? nekked doll warning)

i skimmed the site a bit and it looks like a very cool idea for customization! ill be sure to fully check them out! thank u for the recommendation ^^
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If you are into doll customizing, you can buy monster high dolls at thrift stores super cheap and alter them. Tons of cool youtube videos with tutorials on how to do it
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Hello friend! I'm glad to see so many replies already as the scope of dolls is really quite big! The best advice I can give you is this: if there is an expensive doll you want (like a Volks), save for it! People with tight budgets have and are able to afford pricier dolls this way and it can be incredibly rewarding to "earn" a higher priced item by saving for it. Don't settle for smaller/more inexpensive dolls unless you really, genuinely want them. Building a collection this way is okay and you still might like it enough, but it might not be something you absolutely love. Hopefully that makes sense!

I've become a Pureneemo enthusiast the past few years as I love 1/6 and smaller scale dolls. One of my favorite things about Pureneemos is you almost get multiple outfits with one doll as they incorporate pieces which can be layered or changed around to create different looks. It was something I was really impressed with when I got one for the first time.

Something you can also try is going on Mandarake, going to the doll section, and searching "junk" like this. This will bring up some dolls which are graded quite low from staining, loose elastic, or other faults, but sometimes they aren't actually that bad and if you don't mind an imperfect product, it might be something to consider and keep your eye on!

If you would like to collect more pureneemos, I would bookmark TASINA. They are based out of Canada and pricier than buying from Japanese websites, but if an exclusive ever catches your eye, the owner almost always has it. Not only that, but you can do layaway (I think on any doll). I've messaged the owner, Larraine, many times and she's very sweet and helpful. Fabric Friends & Dolls is supposed to be good, too, but I believe layaway is only available for $200+.

And if you want to keep up with doll releases, Dolly Insider is a fantastic resource. It's especially helpful since dolls tend to be announced and released in a shorter span of time than figures.

Sorry for the wall of text, hope you find some of it helpful. Feel free to ask more questions if there's something else you would like to know. :)
hace 3 días
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Like a few others have said, this is unfortunately an expensive hobby. You might be able to snag some deals on secondhand dolls, though. It's a good idea to join Den of Angels so you can watch for people selling their dolls there, but people sell on Instagram as well. I bought my first 1/4 scale BJD from another IG user for $220 after shipping & he had body blushing & an intricate faceup.
Since you're interested in Dollfie, you might like 2D Doll. They have some cute 1/4 scale dolls but they'll still run you about $300 with a faceup if you buy directly from them. You could, however, check if the company offers layaway because many do! It's usually short (I think I've seen anywhere from 2-6 months) but it could definitely help you out. Last I checked, Alice's Collections (which sells dolls from many different companies) offers layaway as well. Besides that, you could slowly put a doll together. A lot of companies sell their heads/bodies together or separately. So you could buy the head you want, then later buy the body, then wig & clothing (or whatever order you want to go in). I know layaway & buying parts of the doll separately will take a while, but they're definitely good options for collecting on a budget!
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