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Question(s) for anyone that is or has sold a custom doll...?

First off, I really appreciate any and all help - including constructive criticism. :)

Now, I know people have sold some of their dolls (englemech, armeleia, retrogradeworks, etc), and while in no way am I comparing my measly attempts at repainting to theirs, I was wondering how they got their name out there?

I've been on the fence about opening an Etsy shop to try and sell some of my own repainted dolls, but I've not had anyone really give me any feedback on them, so I'm not sure if they'd actually sell.

So what I'm asking, I guess, is if anyone has any tips, tricks, constructive criticism, or the like, to get me started. Again, I truly appreciate it! :)

Below is a link to some of the dolls I've done. The Draculaura has since been re-repainted, but I haven't uploaded new photos of her.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/92008103@N02/sets/72157632580837291/

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I don't know anything about selling dolls, but as a buyer of custom dolls, I find them to be very beautiful and well-done.

Thank you! I really appreciate your opinion - that's one of the things I was worried about. :)

I say just put them on Etsy and see what happens.  Worst case scenario - no one buys them, but it only cost you 20 cents to list them for 4 months.  Good luck!

I'm new to MH customs, but I've been doing barbie customs for years, most of my selling between 2002 and 2006.  I sold most of my dolls through ebay.  The advantage of ebay is that the bidders decide what your dolls are worth - of course that's the disadvantage as well.  I set my starting bid based on what the doll was worth to me.  For me, that wasn't very much at first.  If I made back the cost of materials, I was thrilled.  The profit from the first sale went directly to more supplies - the moredolls I made and sold, the better my skills became, and the more fans and buyers I acquired, and the higher the prices I could start (and end) my auctions.

Etsy wasn't available then, and eb y costs have skyrocketed, so I agree that Etsy is an ideal place to start.  Set your price according to wh t the doll is worth to you - the lowest price you can acceptt without regrets.

Beegirl - I was wondering about Etsy prices. Thanks!!

And Kaplods, you make some really good points; your advice is invaluable. I'll just have to put them up and hope for the best. I'm pretty much just hoping I'll make the cost of the doll and materials back, anyway. :)
They're really good!
I like them :D I'd buy them if I was still allowed to order/shop online
I'm pretty sure they will get bought :)
Id say maybe 25-30 e.e....but ten again I'm horrible at selling :)
Aww, thank you, another_monster! I'm feeling a little more confident after all of y'all's input - I think I'll put up an Etsy store this weekend. :)

You're welcome!  Best Wishes!  :)

Decathect said:

Beegirl - I was wondering about Etsy prices. Thanks!!

And Kaplods, you make some really good points; your advice is invaluable. I'll just have to put them up and hope for the best. I'm pretty much just hoping I'll make the cost of the doll and materials back, anyway. :)

If you're going to put them on etsy rather than an auction site, I'd recommend a different strategy than I described.  To sell at a flat rate, look for the dolls you consider on par with yours and note what they're selling for (not necessarily what the dolls are priced at).  This can be tough, since it requires an objectivity it can be difficult to have about your own work.  You could also just use the average and start there.  Pricing is the most difficult part of artistry, in my opinion.

Your customs are really great.
Why not make a facebook page?
It's great advertising and it's free!

Btw how did you re-root Hazel Rootrot's hair? It's so well done!

Scarah - I have a beading/jewelry tool kit, and the bead sander (not sure if that's the actual name, lol) is like a long, thin, sharp file/nail.

I poked holes in her head, then used the beading tool again to sort of fold and push the hair into her head.

Like a 1-needle rerooting tool, basically. The sandpaper-like sides of the tool held on to their hair really well. :)

Ahhk I have a reroot tool but I think I'll need to find a yarn needle or something with a thicker eye.
Thanks :)

Decathect said:

Scarah - I have a beading/jewelry tool kit, and the bead sander (not sure if that's the actual name, lol) is like a long, thin, sharp file/nail.

I poked holes in her head, then used the beading tool again to sort of fold and push the hair into her head.

Like a 1-needle rerooting tool, basically. The sandpaper-like sides of the tool held on to their hair really well. :)

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