I don't collect dolls, but I get where you're coming from. A lot of people assume I'm spoiled or rich because I have so much manga, anime, and anime merchandise. What they don't realize is that well over half my anime dvds and manga came from thrift stores, library book sales, or clearance bins at F.y.e. The rest of it I saved up for. Most of the people who assume I'm rich spend all their money on junk.
I actually only own two BJDs, but I feel this includes me because I own so many collectibles, toys, and the what not from Sci-fi and fantasy shows, movies, books, etc. and people always assume I'm rich. No, there's this thing called saving and having money left over, sheesh.
I feel you... I've got two and am DEFINITELY getting more, but that absolutely does not mean I have extra cash. D:> (And my birthday/Christmas are coming up... ohhh, watch out money - you stand no chance!)
Well, it does mean that at some point that individual had enough money to buy a doll, and collectively, they've had a lot of money.
However, "Spare" isn't the word I'd use. A lot of doll owners had to painfully save up, dollar by dollar, for many many days and weeks and months, to get enough; only to lose it all once they've bought the doll. Often they get jobs and save up little by little by little, forcing themselves to have immense patience and self control, so they don't spend little bits of their saving money. I don't think very many doll owners just go, "Oh, I feel like buying a new doll. I have $400 right here. *buys*" I know what it's like to save up for a doll, I'm currently experiencing the pain. Seriously, right now if someone offered me $1, I'd gleefully take it. Every dollar counts, gives me that sense of happiness, the thought of, "Ahh, just a bit closer." There are those few really rich kids that just ask their parents for one and get it immediately, but the rest of us have to earn it.
Oh lulz, I once did a giant text-wall like that about BJDs on a youtube video and someone responded with something like, "Hi, it's ok, you'll be all right, you just need to get some fresh air and hug a real person."
Yes, to many people it does sound unhealthy or obsessive... And it kinda is. But, where's the fun in life if you can't obsess over something? Anyways, I think a lot of BJD owners will agree that they're worth it. And um... Sorry for the big ramble, I get... Bored...
I like the fact that you can buy a lot of BJDs or you can just buy one or two and buy parts to keep on customizing and it's fine either way. Although I'm seeing that method one more common. Customize once and keep it as one character due to personality...or am I being fooled sometimes...
Anyways, I will eventually save up for two BJD I'm thinking.However, this stamp I feel does apply to me considering I had 3 from the American Girls, 2 from the Magic Attic Club, 1 from Global Friends and 1 from well, forgot the company but it was I think the first to go. (The had a fariy, princess, and something else.) I think all the companies are dead now except the American Girls but man, the American Girls were sold to Mattel (Barbie) and it never was the same any longer... Although I really wish the other dolls price value would go up but no, still not going to sell them even then. :3
Agreed. It's very silly that some people jump to these conclusions. I don't own multiples, but I know how much work and saving and not-buying-other-stuff you have to do to be able to afford the little buggers. (+fav'd since I can't put it in a journal)
I TRIED TO NOTE YOU LAST NIGHT. I'll try again later, DA is funking up my clicky bits. THEY'RE INVISIBLE. Sometimes. Sometimes they refresh the page. BUT ANYWAY.
STEALING. You also need a stamp that says 'Having a lot of dolls doesn't mean I'm rich. It means I spend a lot of money.' Or I'll make it. I dunno. Later.
ALSO. I GOT YOUR PACKAGE. I LOLLED SO BAD. SANKKYYYUUUU! <3 Piccars later, Hayden's body skipping atm and I can't be bother changing clothes to the other body just yet. And I'll try this note thing again with the anu things. Yeeesss. </longest comment ever>
._. That's more than I (and probably 75% of your watch list) make in a year. Not to be rude... Doesn't the fact that you have/had about $5000 worth of dolls make you... kind of rich in that sense? Or am I completely misunderstanding this stamp...?
I'm 27 years old. I'm a contractor working for the government. After I pay bills, buy groceries and do all the necessary unfun stuff I usually have about $150 left over after each paycheck that I can put towards doll stuff, going out to eat, renting movies, whatever. I'd hardly call that rich.
A good number of my dolls were bought because I went through things I'd been hoarding (old Ninja Turtles toys, some Season 2 Gorillaz figures, game systems, etc.) and sold them. At least two or three of my dolls were funded 100% by selling stuff. Kà's head was a gift from *Angie-Chan070707 because when she ordered Jordan he came with two heads. Jack (when I had him) was a free Luts event head. Two of the heads I'm waiting on now were free Fairyland event heads respectively. (One wasn't free, but I'm trading the free head for something so I'm still not paying for it.) $100 of Varekai's head was given to me by my fiance for my birthday. My family has pitched in for other dolls for birthday and Christmas as well.
I understand that to a lot of people $5000 seems like a ridiculous amount of money, and honestly it's a hell of a lot of money to me too. But the fact that I amassed $5000 of dolls (many of which have gone up in value since I bought them since they're limited and I do adjust for that in my totals whenever I figure them up) over the course of three years hardly makes me rich.
Rich? Not after you bought a lot of them.. lol I can tell you what it means:
1. Not buying those 4 lattes last week 2. Avoiding your fav clothing store 3. Raman for a month! 4. Avoiding eBay 5. "Honey/Mom/What, hot dogs for dinner..... again?" 6..........
I bet we can all add to the list.
Granted, I don't have many of the big toys, but I'm afraid to even try to add up what I have put out for these. I'd cry and think, "There's the money for the hardwood floor I really want and should have bought instead."
In my case some of my dolls have meant "well I like this... but I never do anything with it... EBAY!". I've probably had two or three full SDs funded by ebay alone. But yeah, I'm hardly rich, I make more than minimum wage but rich? Pfft. Pretty much all my free money goes towards dolls now after bills are paid, food is bought and all the other essentials are paid for.