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7 mistakes made when running a reborn doll business
07-10-2017, 07:28 PM
Post: #11
RE: 7 mistakes made when running a reborn doll business
Very good. The most difficult part is the customers. So hard to deal with some of them...

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07-10-2017, 07:50 PM
Post: #12
RE: 7 mistakes made when running a reborn doll business
I have to agree with your comment Andrea when it comes to dealing with the public , I however do find it much easier selling via the shop rather than online and although I still get lots of orders online I am in the process of shutting the Estore and my website down and keeping the Baby Banter forum and my blog will go live again (the Baby Maker )when I have transferred across the data I want to keep.

I love blogging and that site got so much traffic. I think we progress and change as we go
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07-10-2017, 10:01 PM
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I wish I had a phisical store, but I can't, not right now. I have my full time job, and reborning is not my way of living (unfortunately, because I wish it was). So, I depend on my website and on my FB page to sell the babies I manage to create in my spare time.

Here in Portugal we are just a few people creating these babies, but in the last couple of years some more people (two or three more) have appeared in the market, and that was enough to make the sales go down (for me, at least). Customers want to buy the dolls for nothing, if possible, and they will go to the person who charges the less for them, and they don't care if the doll is a quality doll or not. They only care about the price. The less, the better.

I have managed to have some custom orders, though, and have been able to create dolls for sale as I wish, but the sales are really down this year. Much less than the previous years. I had not used eBay in a long time, and have just listed two babies there recently.

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07-11-2017, 06:14 PM
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RE: 7 mistakes made when running a reborn doll business
I only started selling them at the show last October, sold two, then 3 at the show in November and 3 at the show in February, I take 5 or 6 with me, so am well pleased with how sales are going. I sold to friends and friends of friends before. I have not tried Ebay as yet for the reborn babies. I do not have much time for reborning, having said that started on two kits 3 weeks ago, and near to finishing them now, but this week is busy with lunches, hospital appointment etc. so will be next week before they are finished, which is fine as do not have a show until October.

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07-12-2017, 09:46 AM (This post was last modified: 07-12-2017 09:49 AM by andama.)
Post: #15
RE: 7 mistakes made when running a reborn doll business
I make the cheaper bubs as well and dying them really makes things fast so these I sell for anywhere from $150-$200 and I take my other more expensive ones as well.

It is not uncommon for me to sell 10-20 cheaper ones per show and maybe a couple of expensive ones (say $400) .
I sell the cheaper ones as enhanced babies as I root the hair, give them eyes and if they are white I give them mottling and the black bubs I dye so do their nails, their lips and root the hair.
I try and make sure none of the enhanced dolls cost more than $50 all up to make and dress so I clear between 100 and 150 per doll. (buying from Bountiful baby makes this possible).

Andrea is right as with most people it is about cost so for me I am happy to cater to the demand and I supply lol. I do not sell the enhanced as reborns but I do root the hair as people really like it. I do not see any point in beating my head against a wall when it comes to sales of these dolls and what people want to pay and honestly I see no point in doing shows if I sell very little.

I am just about ready to dress a couple of enhanced babies so will post photos when they are done. I am doing a show in September and will take 30 dolls with me, 5 reborns and the rest enhanced.

I can honestly say keeping up demand for enhanced dolls is a lot of work as they sell very quickly.



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07-13-2017, 12:33 AM (This post was last modified: 08-07-2017 07:02 PM by amelo1969.)
Post: #16
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Well, I had never heard about these enhanced dolls. Smile It sounds interesting, when it comes to sales.

I have tried to do the opposite, though, which means I try to create my babies the more artistic I can, with many details, lots of painting layers, ultra-micro-rooted hair. I have spent many thousands of Euros in courses in Germany, trying to perfect my techniques.
And when it comes to selling the dolls, I ask for a fair price, of course. Nowadays I am asking about 520-550€ for caucasian babies, and 650€ for AA babies. I manage to sell them for this price (and some caucasian babies for even more, depending on the kits), but many times people say it is too expensive. I agree. But reborns never were a cheap product, and I am very confident that what I offer is totally worth the price.

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08-05-2017, 03:14 AM
Post: #17
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This is very helpful, I'll be sure to keep this in mind when i start up. Smile
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