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Off Topic / Re: Randoms to ID please !
« on: January 10, 2017, 05:39:35 PM »
The two rose pink purses (the sparkly longer one and the clutch) are Barbie items, and I'm pretty sure the helmet is too, but may be for one of the younger sisters depending on its size.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Garden of Frights doll asst.
« on: December 28, 2016, 06:49:44 AM »
Here's a commercial showing Treesa's growing gimmick. It's really...awkward without any music in the background.


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Sightings / Re: U.S. Black Friday 2016
« on: November 16, 2016, 05:04:55 AM »
Meijer
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I think the Big Lots and Meijer sales are shaping up to be the better ones so far. Because as was said, looks like it's mostly the budget dolls getting put on sale.

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Trader Support / Re: Google Wallet - any takers?
« on: November 16, 2016, 04:33:47 AM »
The only thing I've used mine for is Play store transactions, but I wouldn't be directly opposed to it. I've used Amazon payments before as well. It wouldn't be a deal breaker, but it's not something I would default to.

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Customs / Re: Question about gloves and mr super clear
« on: October 08, 2016, 04:56:56 PM »
I've heard of people also using finger cots for customizing, so they don't have to wear whole gloves. Like so: https://uline-h.assetsadobe.com/is/image/content/dam/images/HD/HD7000/HD_6527.jpg?$Medium$&iccEmbed=1&icc=AdobeRGB

Each one for each finger is separate, so you can only put them on the fingers you're worried about. I'm seeing quantities of 150-200 in a box for like 5-6 bucks, in latex, nitrile, vinyl, and more serious materials for more specialized tasks.

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Off Topic / Re: Got a text from dad today...
« on: October 08, 2016, 03:36:12 PM »
Lmao! I hope everyone survived okay! Cats why do you do these things?

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Monster Discussion / Re: Zomby Gaga out this month
« on: October 05, 2016, 12:07:41 AM »
Ah, I like her! I was worried she'd be too overdone, but she's just right. Shame they're not showing us what's going on on her body, but I don't mind reserving some surprises for unboxing

And haven't we been screaming for a good suit? And in that Walmart listing it shows it has functional pockets. Hell, I have trouble finding dress pants for me with those.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Enclosing bookshelves?
« on: September 27, 2016, 06:51:35 AM »
You've got it backward, the higher the number the thinner it is. I could see a determined cat nosing their way under it unless you secured it on at least three sides, and then it would be a pain to access.

 With a few cheap hinges, screws, and a sheet of acrylic from the hardware store, you should be in pretty good shape. And maybe something to serve as a stopper and some kind of closure the cats can't knock open easily.

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Trader Support / Re: Oh Geez! Anyone have experience with GSP?
« on: September 19, 2016, 09:14:28 PM »
Yeah, with GSP, eBay offers better protection to sellers than you would have without it. If you ship without it, and it goes missing, you'll be out your money and the item. With GSP, as long as it makes it to their shipping center, it stops being your problem. Honestly, I don't sell internationally on eBay (from the US) without it. I know it stings on import fees for the buyer, but as taffeta says, a buyer on a GSP auction should know what they're getting into.

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Monster Discussion / Re: What is your MH Holy Grail?
« on: September 18, 2016, 05:08:44 AM »
For me it's Sigs for Nefera (at least with her ring), Toralei, Meowlody, Purrsephone, Robecca, Ghoulia, and Operetta. They're the oldest ones I don't have yet. I think the only guy I'm missing is Heath.

I have my eye on ILF Scarah, though. Also I'm generally interested in the SDCC releases for completion's sake as a Sig-only collector, but I don't have the massive need urge for them atm. Maybe when I fill in some of the older gaps in my collection I'll be ready to move on because god knows a complete Nefera goes for the same as a NIB Wydowna

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So I'm considering cosplaying Forbitten Love Draculaura sometime in the future, and I'm in the reference pic collecting and brainstorming stage. However, I don't actually own her (yet) so I need some help.

I've gathered a decent amount of pics so far, both box/official art and photos of the doll and the Halloween costume version, but I have a few gaps I need to fill.

First, I need top and bottom (inside) shots of her parasol. Second, I need a shot up her skirt (sorry Lala). Specifically the layering of it. Is the tulle its own layer or is it attached to the edge of the pink above it? How do the ruffles meet the flat panel (most helpful here would be just a shot of the bodice of the dress turned inside out). Third, the back. Obviously doll clothing and people clothing can close very different, but do the ruffles run all the way around the back or is the same as the front with the front panel?

Right now my plan is to make two pieces, a blouse and a high-waisted skirt (probably with boning for shape) unless I happen across a good commercial pattern to go off of (taking suggestions for that too!). I even already found the plaidlike pattern on Spoonflower. And then I need a way to attach Kiyomi to my shoulder bc otp.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Trader Support / Re: Any suggestions on selling??
« on: September 14, 2016, 03:22:35 AM »
People have already addressed the pricing thing, so I have a few general pointers. Not all of these may apply to you but I think they may help others with slow-moving items.

Pictures. Good pictures. Bajillions of pictures. Have more ready to show to potential buyers if they ask. Straight on closeups of faces so people can inspect wonk/possible screening issues. If you don't have a good camera, consider borrowing one or buying one and returning it in a few days when you're done with it. Even with just a phone camera, being in front of a bright, sunny window can do a lot. When it comes to hosting, imgur.com is hard to beat (posting to their galleries with the commenting and voting is totally optional while uploading).

Think carefully about the atmosphere of where you live. Cardboard absorbs air conditions like a sponge so consider damp conditions, incense, cooking with heavy amounts of smoke/spice, air fresheners, smoking, pet odors, etc. Any of these things can cause a reaction in someone sensitive to scents, be they "pleasant" or otherwise. Always disclose if you are a pet owner or if a smoker lives in your household, regardless of if they have direct access to the dolls or if they smoke outside because you may not notice smells/other residual effects someone else does.

I see a lot of people try to sell dolls with just a list or "PM me for a list!" and that only ensures you won't sell a dang thing. A time I can understand lists is if it's loose clothing or accessories, but even then someone looking for purple strappy wedges may not know that I <3 Shoes Cleo has a pair, especially since they're outside of her usual color scheme.

Give people a ballpark of where you are in your sales post. Even if you don't want to say what city, give a region of your country so people can have an idea of shipping. I have seen people selling here and other forums leave that off their ad and their profile just has something like Hogwarts for their location and I can't know if they really mean Scotland or not. That leads buyers to decide whether it's worth the trouble to PM or not for such basic info.

Consider buying a scale so you can do shipping quotes without schlepping everything to the PO. You can use a kitchen scale if you want, and heavier items you can hold on a bathroom scale and subtract your own weight from. You can put the weight and box size in on usps.com to get the shipping quote. The quicker you can get back to buyers with their shipping prices, the less likely they are to say "Nevermind, I found it somewhere else" because you took a week to get back to them.

Related, have a plan for shipping boxes. Do you or a friend order a lot from Amazon? Save some boxes in a few sizes to accommodate both single and multiple doll orders. Some box origami might be in order. You might have to take something with a glossy, not-applicable outside (like a laptop box or other appliance box), split it down one corner, turn it inside out, and tape it back together again. USPS also has some free boxes if your buyer agrees to Priority shipping. Most of them are flat-rate, but there's some that's by weight (there's a size of the latter that is perfect for the old I <3 Fashion boxes). Also packing material like bubble wrap, newspaper, or balled-up shopping bags in a pinch can keep things from moving around. I know some MIB collectors want that box pristine too, not just the doll inside it.

Give people a ballpark of when you'll ship after receipt of payment, and try to stick to it if at all possible. Give them their tracking number so they can stalk, and it frees you from the question of where their item is if something gets held up or it ends up being more like 5 business days instead of 3. If you can't stick to it, let your buyer know. They don't need all the dirty details, but a "Sorry, I had a family emergency/my car broke down/etc and I wasn't able to get to the PO, but I should on Monday" is always appreciated.

State whatever sales terms you have up front. Only able to ship on Fridays? Have a minimum sales amount? Not willing to ship internationally/to certain countries? Say so up front! And as a friendly reminder, paying as a gift/friends and family or demanding the buyer add Paypal fees to their purchase is against their TOS and will leave a sour taste in buyers' mouths in some cases. And at worst could get your account and any money in it frozen or even possibly fined by Paypal. There are fee calculators you can use online to determine how much of that $10 doll Paypal will take so you can build it into your prices.

I hope some of these things help you and anyone else out with their sales! Good luck!

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Clawdeen's Closet / Re: help poor dexter charming keep his bag closed
« on: August 31, 2016, 08:08:52 PM »
Maybe a magnet? It would probably be the best option for retaining its shape and not have a bulge from a snap. You might be able to get by trimming off some bits from a fridge magnet (like one of the business card ones) and gluing them in place.

The bag looks really good though!

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Monster Discussion / Re: Ari Hauntington signature?
« on: August 28, 2016, 03:51:30 AM »
Giving this a nudge since people have had a chance to see the movie. Which outfit does she spend most of her time in? Which do we see her first in?

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Sightings / Re: WALMART: Finds & Sales
« on: August 28, 2016, 03:00:13 AM »
Wandered over to the one in Schererville, IN today and here's what was in the Clearance section! (It's in the last three aisles between Pets and the Garden Center) I took notes!

$5 - Bratz Study Abroad Cloe, Yasmin, and Jade
$5 - Bratz Sleepover Cloe, Yasmin, and Jade.
$4 - Ghouls Getaway Jinafire and Spectra (there was a Scarnival Draculaura in there but she didnít have a tag)
$11 - Boo York Boo York Elle and Moucedes
$29 - BYBY 3-pack
$19 - Freak du Chic Rochelle playset
$17 - School Spirit Apple/Raven 2pack
$12 - Boo York Boo York Frightseers Draculaura (maybe others, but there was only her left)
$19 - Spring Unsprung Briar
$15 - Dragon Games Holly and Raven
$7.88 - Vinyl Cleo and Twyla

I'm honestly surprised Ghoul's Getaway is getting clearanced already. I guess they gotta make room somehow. GSR through WTMH and all the budget lines in between are in full effect in the main aisle. Can't say I noticed anything EAH-wise though. I was on a Minis hunt and they were totally wiped.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Monster High Minis Discussion
« on: August 28, 2016, 02:40:33 AM »
I see some posters on tumblr saying they have found some other than the OG in blind packs:

http://humblezombie.tumblr.com/post/149586509586/in-my-first-mystery-bag-i-got-power-ghouls
http://momdusa.tumblr.com/post/149501130046/is-this-all-series-1-all-70-of-these-cause-i (includes a shot of their codes)
http://christina-articulates.tumblr.com/post/149424200657/look-who-i-found-in-blind-bags-today

But alas, I am in a Mini Wasteland. Today all I could find was the three packs, and even then there was only one of each. Someone tossed in a pile of the Megablocks figures where the Minis should be, even if the megablocks had their own area. People are weird.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Are Toy Scalpers a thing with this fandom?
« on: August 28, 2016, 02:24:26 AM »
I can't say I've noticed anything like that, outside of SDCC exclusives. Yeah the prices on those go crazy, but honestly that's to be expected considering the level of detail and exclusivity.

Anything with "crazy" prices is usually old or suitably rare, like International Haunted Spectra, Frightseers Catty, Maul Monsteristas, Save Frankie dolls, and some first-edition dolls like Cupid, Nefera, Ghoulia, and the werecats. Those can easily go $30+. (... I notice most of them on that list are Walmart exclusives lmao) Most of these availability issues are caused by stores or Mattel themselves, not through scalping.

Toot's Toys usually has a hefty markup on their dolls, but that's because they usually get things first and it's usually for those that Need It Right Now.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Monster High Minis Discussion
« on: August 09, 2016, 11:54:25 PM »
Went to Walmart last week and found a single, solitary one of these on the shelf lmao. Ended up with a Frankie. I'm looking forward to finding more! Though at this point I might have to try to find a case of them online.

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When I worked at Wal-mart, we sometimes wouldn't get a complete set of price changes at once. When I was in softlines, occasionally we would get a price change for the red shirt in sizes s, m, and l, but not XL even if it wasn't plus size or different in any other way. My department manager would tag it the new price anyway, figuring that the rest would come down in a day or two. Wouldn't surprise me if that happened in other departments eiher.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Who is excited about SDCC?
« on: July 24, 2016, 03:11:18 PM »
Totally unrelated question, sorry to interrupt.

Does anyone know which vinyls are on display at SDCC? I see them, but I can't tell who they are.

I guess I can assume nothing new, since no one has mentioned it:(

This got lost in the suffle of the Electrified dolls, but they only have Wave 1 and 2 (through Deuce and whatnot) no Chases, no nothing else. You can see them in this pic ( http://65.media.tumblr.com/5b32a8ea24cb09ddf8f309d1bedfe2ba/tumblr_oandraPln91qffnloo8_400.jpg ) On the far top shelf, with the bat transforming Draculaura.

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