>>8832713 regret then either have a closet cleanout or stick your non-essential money in a proper savings account that you can't get it out of it's ok to occasionally impulse get shit just don't let it become a habit
Sorry if this shouldn't go in the General thread, but I'm not sure where else I could put it.
Any tips on selling items?
I've had three items for sale for the past month, and they haven't even budged a tiny bit. I get flakes asking questions about the items, but they never actually buy anything. They are priced at well below retail, and I seriously don't think I can take another hit with how low they are priced. My pictures are clear and the items are well documented. I'm not overcharging with shipping. Wat do, anons? I just want this stuff out of my closet, desu.
Also OT but why the fuck can't people take five minutes out of their day to leave feedback. Especially when the package you sent had a cute note, gift wrapping paper, and a free accessory in it.
>>8832736 The feedback issue is one that's been around since EGL comm sales day. People can't be arsed unless you nag them. I always include a note, and PM them to say "I've left feedback! Please do the same when you receive the [item]!"
Sales are just fucking slow lately. I've had the same issue. Plenty of people asking questions or asking for holds/payment plans, but no one willing to buy outright. If I hadn't gotten burned by payment plans in past, I'd consider just giving up and going with those requests, but I'm not in need of money, so I'll wait a bit longer.
Weirdly enough, I found it a lot easier to get feedback on EGL comm sales than I get on LM. I've asked this girl like three times if she got her package in good condition, and asked her to leave feedback for the transaction so I could leave her feedback as well. I'm always really prompt in leaving feedback for people so maybe I'm just being uptight.
I wonder if it's because people still have holes in their wallet from Christmas, and also Valentine's Day is coming up? I don't trust payment plans myself, I've gotten fucked over too many times to do it again.
>>8832748 I think part of the issue with LM feedback is the site's unreliability. Messages get lost or they don't receive notification that they've received one, or pages won't load, or whatever. I've had good luck with getting feedback there, as opposed to LSE and the EGL days, when I received feedback maybe half of the time I sold or bought something.
>email APUSA last week bc Chocolate Rosette is still not shipped >next day get notification that it's in transit, but only pre-shipment info, no real package was received by USPS >a week later still only pre-shipment info >I'm really really mad, just fucking give me my dress a whole month after release
>>8832748 i think its post christmas as well as most people are trying to sort out their wardrobe after all the wardrobe posts. I personally am looking at a few of my items that have been meaning to list and dont plan on buying anything until they sell.
>>8832784 I'm waiting for my Holy Lantern as well, but we all knew right away that it won't be shipped until after 6 months. So let's talk again in March. I didn't expect to wait so long for normal release. Last time I got my package after 3 weeks including sourcing from JP warehouse and customs.
>>8832736 >>8832748 Even if your items are priced below retail, they could be priced too high. If they're unpopular, boring, and/or not "in style" now, chances are they're going to go for cheaper. For example, I recently sold a JSK that retailed for like $230. It wouldn't budge at $150, $120, etc, and it wasn't until I just said fuck it and bumped it down to like $90 dollars that it actually sold.
It's fine if you don't want to price them any lower, but if you keep relisting them and they don't sell, it's because they're priced too high for the market. Good pictures/presentation can also help sales, and some it might be the post-Christmas thing.
For all my international people who live in Canada, Europe, etc. How do you guys know if something gets hit with customs if the packaged is going out untracked? I have a buyer who lives out somewhere in Europe and as this is my first time shipping international, and idk how the person will know if their stuff does get hit with customs without tracking.
>>8833051 Eurofag here. Either I receive a letter from the customs. Or I don't receive a letter and have to pay customs when the parcel is delivered at the door. I always have to pay customs though. So there is no wishful if thinking. If the person you are shipping to is from western Europe, there is a 95% change it will get hit by customs and the person most likely knows this and is prepared for it.
>>8833095 In my country (Germany) the custom free amount is around 22€ or something, but with shipping included. So there is pretty much no way around it. Marking down the parcel at 10AUD will still result in customs because the customs add up the shipping costs too. It would only work, if you specify on the parcel that the shipping is for free.
>>8832736 Give it some time and keep bumping every week, a lot of people are broke themselves or won't buy until they've sold stuff from their own wardrobes. Set Lacemarket things to one-week rather than two-week listings, since it goes back to the front page every time you reset it (don't do it as three days though, that's obnoxious).
>>8833051 Laws are different for each country. In the UK, the "value" of a parcel includes shipping, so to avoid customs you have to make sure the item value + shipping value is below £36 if marked as a gift (below £30 if with DHL, below £15 if not marked as a gift).
>>8833095 Yeah, and it varies per country. Marking down packages definitely helps but if they're suspicious they might open it up and estimate costs themselves which can turn out very badly for your buyer, and if it gets lost or damaged then insurance will only pay out whatever you marked it down to and not what it's actually worth. How much do your packages actually cost, on average? I could see marking stuff down to maybe half but if you're marking down €100 packages to a tenth of that I would personally not be comfortable with it.
>>8833111 As a UK buyer, buying stuff up to £100 I will gladly take the small chance of an insurance hit if I trust from feedback that I'm not going to get scammed by the seller. If a seller marks my £100 dress down to £15, there's a miniscule chance it'll be lost and I'll lose £85, but a guaranteed chance that if they don't mark it down I'll lose £40 in taxes. It's worth the risk to me - even if the rate of parcels that went missing was one in ten or something, which it isn't, it'd still make more financial sense to mark down and risk insurance than to mark correctly.
>>8833051 In my country, depending on the package value you are either required to pay the postman when they deliver the package to your home or, if it is over 150€, it gets stuck at the main entrance point (the capital's airport) and you are sent a ransom-y lettter demanding you contact them online and pay them whatever they require you to, no negotiation.
>>8833124 What would be a good price to mark down a package over $300 being sent to Austria? I know that USPS would insure it up to $100 for a priority package, but not quite sure if that would set off bells if I mark it too low or something.
>>8833312 Honestly, you shouldn't mark down a package without speaking to the person you are selling to first. Maybe they don't want the price to be marked down because of insurance reasons and sometimes the customs still pick out parcels that are even marked as a gift and require you to show them a proof that it's really a gift. Most of the time it is sufficient if you just invent a story that the item is from your good overseas friend for your birthday or whatever. But I know that some people don't feel comfortable with lying as it's technically illegal and they would find such a situation troublesome. Marking down the value a bit, but not marking the parcel as gift is even worse because in some cases you have to show the customs a proof of payment. And if the person didn't agree with you on the mark down, they probably didn't want to fake an invoice for the customs because they feel it is wrong and they will face a hard time explaining to the customs why the amount on the invoice is different from the amount which is written on the parcel.
>>8833372 I had this happen to me and honestly, it is awful. The customs in my country can be dicks and once they are suspicious of you it hard to convince them otherwise.
If I want to avoid some customs, I always ask the seller if they can split the invoice into 2 parts. For a 250€ dress for example 200€ and 50€. And then I ask them mark the parcel as 50€ so if the customs want some proof, I can show them the 50€ invoice.
>>8833360 Nah I wasn't going to do it without consent but I just wanted an idea of how it would work since I like to be prepared beforehand if the buyer would want that. I understood the consequences with what I looked up earlier but it seems like a trend to want to avoid customs. >>8833383 This was especially helpful! I'll keep this option in mind, thanks.
I was just wondering since this is the first time I sold something over $50 internationally.
>>8833404 My advice is always to ask the buyer what they want (although sometimes you get clueless newbs who don't know how customs works, then blame the seller if they're hit). Something I come across quite commonly is sellers who've obviously looked up the UK tax threshold and marked down, but either didn't realise shipping was included in the price or didn't realise customs use a higher conversion rate than Google, so if you mark your parcel in dollars at just under the threshold, customs will think it's over.
Do people here usually feel conflicted about selling stuff? I decided to try on everything I was thinking about selling and see if I can coordinate, and it's moved two things from the "maybe" to the "definitely sell" pile. Half of me feels pleased at the extra money, but I also feel really wasteful to have so much stuff I want to get rid of.
>trying to coord infantas green love and canary jsk >want green socks >struggle so bad to find anything halfway decent >maybe give up...try something else >find these Exact shade, similar floral pattern. Will these make decent socks given that they lack a top trim? Maybe I should put one in.
I'm really stumped on getting a wig for lolita. I like to usually use my own hair, but I want to start wearing one for when I need more volume on top or OTT. I really like this one, but would this kind of wig work? Has anyone bought a wig with this shape before? I want one that's at least decent quality. A lot of the wigs I own now are really thin.
>>8833748 I find closet cleaning cathartic, especially when it was something you never ended up wearing because of fit issues or whatever. There are certainly pieces I own that I never want to sell, but there are others I liked when I bought them but have got bored of since, or didn't fit as expected/have details I don't like in person, or I bought as filler pieces that I liked but didn't love. There's something to be said for only buying pieces you absolutely love, but if I hadn't also bought pieces I just really liked I'd have a tiny wardrobe and wouldn't have such a versatile array of styles.
At the moment the pieces I'm selling are: - babby's first Bodyline, which I held onto for too long on the grounds I needed a dress for messy meets but has been superseded by another black Bodyline dress with a better design >three pieces that weren't true to the colour in the stock photo and don't match any of the other pieces I thought were the same colour in my wardrobe, one of which is also too long and one of which is too big >one Halloween piece I won't be wearing next year and don't love enough to justify keeping >one Christmas-themed piece ditto >one piece that's just super fucking awkward to coordinate due to the cut, material and ugly elastic waistband
Then I have another couple of pieces I've told myself I'll sell if I don't make a decent coordinate with them within the next year, and a couple of essential things like coats that I can only sell once I have a replacement lined up.
Feels like my wardrobe is shrinking a lot because all the money from selling these is going into shoes, outerwear, etc instead of more main pieces. I'm not even one of those people that has a ton of dresses and two blouses either - I have a dozen each of blouses, shoes and bags, but I always seem to need more.
I sold a pretty popular AP print, and never realised until I invoiced the buyer that I'm really sad to sell it. One of my more conflicted transactions. Buyer says it's her dream print and seemed really happy to have gotten it, so at least it's gone to someone else who appreciates it.
Other dresses, no issues. I'm in the hobby for about 6 years now, so although I started out like >>8833748, eventually you're going to find the dresses you've fallen out of love with, or dresses that are really gorgeous and don't fit, will start piling up. Best to get them out of the house and get some money in rather than hoard them for no good reason.
>>8833581 I feel bad if I've never worn it or only wore it once, and had really high hopes for it but I just kinda have to remind myself why I'm selling it (generally because it does fit or suit me) and that it's better for me to let it go than hoard it so it doesn't see the light of day. I don't really feel wasteful, but even if I feel conflicted I generally feel better letting go of stuff that I know I'm not getting any use out of. It's like when you clean/organize your room or your desk. You might feel unsure about throwing away some stuff but once all the clutter is gone you feel good.
>>8833993 I hated it when I first saw the design, now I don't mind it in some of the other colours... But I probably won't be going out of my way to get it. It's not as magical girl as I'd hoped when I first heard the name.
>>8833993 The only colors I would consider are the sax or lav, but like >>8834007 said I would hope they'd release a special set in white. I wish AP would stop shying away from white (yellow is the weakest color choice, imo).
>>8834006 If they're passing by you or something just say you like their outfit or something. Getting approached directly is always awkward as fuck, especially when someone is clearly going out of their way and interrupting.
I ordered some accessories from Rakuten on monday and have received an email meant to confirm the shipping price but it says the price is still to be determined. Any gulls know what is going on? Should I just be patient?
>>8834216 Disney College Program? Which location? I'm DCP alumni for the Disneyland Resort. You'll be in your work costume all day and commuting so you will barely have time to wear lolita unfortunately.
I just got my invoice from IW's winter sale! I ordered the first day it opened for good (not a flash sale). I was prepared to wait a lot longer so I'm happy! And none of the items I ordered came up out of stock!
In case anyone is curious, 1 jsk and 2 otk's came to 2400 yen in shipping.
>>8833993 Is this going to be a bloodbath? I haven't seen as much chatter about this as other releases, and I wasn't really sold myself until I saw the closeup pictures. Thinking of trying for the round jsk in sax
>>8834500 Millefleurs, yep. Princess Doll collection, according to the scan? I don't remember which GLB this was in, unfortunately, so I couldn't tell you how old it is. There are no photos of it on the MF site that I can find.
>>8834504 I just checked for the other anon and the lolibrary page for mielle fleurs doesn't have the bustier dress. Plus, Erika's dress is an underbust and the scan is an overbust(? Is that the right term, I never buy dresses in this style)
>>8834511 Oh yes, it's definitely based off that outfit, but searching millefleurs or princess doll on lolibrary yields no results. I know that lolibrary isn't a comprehensive guide especially for a brand like mf that... doesn't really seem to get a lot of lolita attention due to it being more of a rococo style? At least, I assume. Also dat satin. I like how it's styled in >>8834490 though. Looks very different to their current stock.
>>8834514 I have a feeling that may have been a special release/limited shop item. The text is too small for me to be sure, though. Does anyone know what volume this comes from? If I have it in my stack, I can find the page and figure out what the text actually says.
How long would you wait before giving a buyer negative feedback? I sent someone an invoice 2 days ago and it seems like they dropped off the face of the earth. They have no existing feedback on LM which was a red flag for me in the beginning, but they were fine with communication right up until i sent it. I don't want to be a dick in case something is wrong but i'm getting a bit pissed off bc i need the money desu.
Thank you so much anons! Really crossing my fingers and hoping you have that issue, even if you could just translate the name, it may have to become my holy grail. If I dug for a larger scan, do you think you would be able to translate it from the image?
>>8834520 Anon, a lot of places in the US are being pretty damaged by snow and there are fires in Australia. I'd give them maybe another three days? I know you need the money, but if they were fine with communication up until this moment in time then maybe they're having issues, have ran out of internet credit, etc. Good luck, though.
>>8834525 Damn, thanks for translating anyway, anon! This is such a beautiful dress, it looks a lot better than the tacky pink/red that a lot of Erika cosplayers have. I'll chuck it into my holy grail folder, I bet it's going to be like that stupid jellyfish princess baby dress, though.
Sorry for not knowing that the dress was by millefleurs, I've honestly not really liked the look of their pieces that much and the fact that it may have been based off an existing dress didn't even cross my mind, even if it looks suspiciously accurate to lolita dresses compared to a lot of anime's 'lolita' lace monsters.
>>8834526 >>8834528 I have information about payment times etc in my TOS but no one seems to read them. i've not dealt with a situation like this on LM before. I guess i'll just tough it out then, thanks!
>>8834525 >>8834531 Sorry, I'm fucking out of it. "Corset skirt set". That may actually help you more. There were like. Three "corset one pieces" listed on the next page. The main thing that may be a problem is that it doesn't list a price, so I'm not sure it was ever actually sold.
Does anyone have a suggestion for things to ask for from friends, family relatives etc as gifts when there's nothing non-lolita that you particularly need? I have a birthday coming up, and none of my relatives are computer-literate enough to buy me lolita but they don't want to give me just money. So far I'm thinking false lashes, fancy teacups and teapots, and different kinds of plain and lace tights maybe as small gifts?
>>8834949 Do you have any other hobbies/interests? Generally I ask my family for things like books, baking supplies/cooking gadgets, video games (when there's one I want), and socks. If you want it to be tangentially lolita-related, nice serving wear or a tea set, tights, and makeup are all pretty easy. Maybe an at home steamer if you want something "practical" and don't already have one.
>>8834964 My other interests are all either free or I've dropped them to make space for lolita. The main other thing I spend on is travel but people can't gift you money for that... I live in a really tiny flatshare and prioritize what space I have for either lolita or really practical stuff. I like reading and cooking so I have a long wishlist of cookbooks but I don't really have the room. I guess I could do with a new frying pan, some slippers and some earphones, and I could ask my siblings for stuff off my Steam wishlist.
A lot of my older relatives always want to get me kitchen gadgets I don't need, haha. The one think I fancy is a rice cooker, but my grandparents are really old-fashioned and refuse to believe I could enjoy eating rice on a regular basis. They're forever trying to persuade me to get a slow cooker or toastie maker I wouldn't use and don't have counter space for instead. They don't like getting me fancy bath stuff or make-up either because they think it's a waste of money... It's a big struggle trying to find something that'd they'd consider practical, would actually be useful, and isn't money.
Apologies for the random question, does anone know where can I get a deck of Lolitas Against Humanity? I checked Milkyfawn's blog with nosource link. Also, I know she made them and printed them but I could've sworn there was a source where you could print them yourelf.
>>8835125 She had them printed by a service, I think. There are a couple of sites that do decks, but I don't know which one she used. Deerstalker was going to upload the deck they used at some point, but I don't know if they ever did. I know cgl made their own decks a few times on the online versions of the game, too.
>>8835133 It should be in the archives. There were several versions if I remember right, but I think Deerstalker/milkyfawn borrowed a few cards from the decks for their own. Or else there was overlap, because same-brain and lolita is a small world.
I'm trying to find it (I think it was jokingly called Cards Against Seagulls?), but I keep getting hits for people taking CAH to meets instead of the links.
>>8835225 It means they'll send for items from the physical shops. If that's the option available, the online shop's stock is all gone, so you select that and they'll request a shop send them a piece of the stock they have.
>>8835254 I've been waiting since the 20th anniversary line. They've whored out basically every single piece of merchandise option, from figurines to menstural pads, so they have to collabrate with a Lolita brand one day too, r-right? I'm not even a Sweet Lolita, but if AP releases a design like this with Sailor Moon's wands, brooches and the moon castle, I am willing to drop big money and mercilessly push everyone out of the way for the release.
>>8834664 do they have any other workers or is it just them? (aside from their factory, I mean like do they have any other people who answer emails, pack and ship things, etc.) because honestly I feel like if they got even just 1 or 2 more friends it would be good. It seems like they're always hella busy and then when a life event comes up they seem to fall behind a lot.
>>8835278 You and I both anon. From what people tell me, AP is hard-pressed to do a HC rerelease because it originally did not sell very well in the Japanese market - many dresses took awhile to sell out completely, whereas the other recent (rere)rereleases and MTO's were very popular, immediate sell-outs and highly popular with the japanese or chinese markets. If AP were to do a honey cake release, IMO the following would need to happen:
1) a *shitload* of people would have to email them asking for it - like, thousands of girls and from multiple markets 2) the japanese market would need to demand one 3) the chinese market would need to demand one 4) a popular replica would need to be released or currently in the works (a few gulls have posted "rumors" I guess that AP only re-released or made certain things MTO because there were replicas or they found out one was going to be made)
as for "but HC sells so well and for so much money in the secondhand market!", AP doesn't really pay attention to or care about the secondhand market.
the way things are looking right now, honestly I think a rerelease could happen if the chinese or japanese market asked for one.
>>8835321 yeahhh they definitely need to hire some more people then. I love the two of them but that is a LOT of work for just two girls. I love Haenuli and I would hate for their brand to go to the dogs like many indie brands do because they are unable to keep up with the workload and their quality of design and/or service decreases. I'm guessing they probably don't have too much money to just throw at hiring tons of extra people but like I said I think even just 2 extra people would make a difference.
At what point should I start stop buying new main pieces if I move frequently? I only have around 15 but I am already dreading my next move. I got into lolita a year after my last move and so I've never tried packing up the dresses to see how much room it takes up
>>8835318 anon, this is why you should message the seller first and ask if there's the chance of contact with cats. if you still purchase anyway without knowledge of contact with cats, that's kind of your fault, not theirs.
>>8835356 >romantic rose letter >mfw i liked this dress before it became popular >mfw at the time it was out i don't remember much hype or talk about it at all (except the lavender jsk only and even that was occaisional interest) >mfw people probably only like it now purely because it's hard to get now >mfw they wouldn't rerelease the special set anyway, that was a tea party exclusive no one cared about back then
>>8835431 ok so where were they clamoring for that shit? and why has there only been a few special sets sold since? even the normal op has become rare. it's close to $1k+ status for fuck's sake, like cat's tea party, and that was unpopular at the time of release as well
>>8834925 Thanks, anon. These are gorgeous but I was specifically looking for the mf dress. I love the style, but if I can't find the holy grail I may just butcher a bodyline dress.
>>8835210 Wasn't actually me. I posted here looking for a skirt that resembled what is clearly a lolita design, and it turned out to actually be based off a dress featured in glb? So please chill. I'm a lolita, but I'm gothic/classic so anything pink is way out of my comfort zone, and pink/red tends to be a frowned upon colour combination in normie fashion. Like I said, sweet/classic so I'd have no idea.
Saging myself because obviously my question was answered. Thanks, Gulls.
>>8835459 >>8835459 yeah, this. plus: >the jsks and skirts do show up on y!j, fril, and other secondhand sites every so often as a print it's not that fucking rare. the ops are another story, but in that case the regular op was expensive/not popular and the special set was, as said, a tea party exclusive which was also expensive. iirc there's a lavender op on LM now for a scalped price (850?) and no one has been baited (yet), though lavender ops sold for scalped prices above 1k before recently because it was suddenly "rare". >it didn't get an MTO >it's not included in many wardrobes/wardrobe posts despite AP/rare burando hoarders >cgl, tumblr, and fb didn't talk about it much except for suddenly now during the time and age of AP rereleases and MTOs because, shock, it's expensive due to having previously been overlooked
>>8835450 >>8835454 >>8835459 It's important to remember that the online have communities have grown/changed a lot in the last year or two. I would say prints are way more hyped on places like Lolita Updates now then they were even a year ago, and membership in such places has jumped a lot, too. If you search Lolita Updates on FB, there are no less than 7 main posts primarily about RRL, two of them being the Special Set JSK and the OTT Tea Party OP. So, while the "biggest" of those discussions only has like 93 likes and ~170 comments, all together there was a good amount of discussion/interest in the print. Also, it sold out upon release for the JP, International, and USA releases.
Size (no full back shirred piece) and other prints/the timing probably also contributed to the idea that it wasn't "that popular," but the dress has gone for more than retail and been pretty desired the whole time.
The number of special sets released isn't necessarily an indicator of it being popular at release date, either.
>>8835490 >>8835492 yeah but lbr, AP would get a ton more money if they rereleased Cat's Tea Party, Puppet Circus, or even Honey Cake and Cinema Doll before Romantic Rose Letter. yeah there's reasons why AP hasn't rereleased any so far but still, the former four definitely outclass the latter in terms of popularity for a rerelease. Plus, less chance of having leftovers from a rerelease, I think even Dolly Cat, which was extremely popular with tons of hype everywhere, had low waist jsks leftover.
>>8835506 Why does something now have to be on par with CTP or CD to have be considered popular? I never argued that it was as or more popular than any of those, so gtfo with your strawman argument. The issue is still that anon argued (wrongly, imo) that it was unpopular and people only like it now because it's hard to get, which isn't true. It was a relatively popular print that sold well and fetched high prices on the secondhand market. The "I liked it first" attitude is immature and unnecessary.
I don't really like AP, but I don't understand why they don't just make all their new releases MTO things. If they don't care about the resale market, then what's the damage? They could get a 50% downpayment easily and sell way more shit.
>>8835544 They don't want more money because they don't work like your average corporation. They serve a niche purpose for only people that have this kind of money to spend. I think in their minds they're just like, whatever, we basically print money. They're no longer looking for a way to get into the market. They're already there.
They should look into how to stay in the market but since it's so niche, they don't care because as long as girls are buying dresses, they're doing ok
>>8835544 They do obviously care about the resale, hence the restrictions to stop scalpers. They know. MTO would not work well with physical releases as most of their stuff is, since it is a process of months since payment. People do want to go and buy stuff irl.
I do not think that MTO is the best way for all releases either, since you can get into situations like with HC where it did not sell well at first but is wanted a lot now. If that was MTO from the beginning it would be scalped harder since there would be less supply.
>>8835570 MTO probably isn't best for initial releases, but since they obviously do look at the secondhand market I don't see why they don't do MTOs for heavily scalped pieces. It should make sense for them to do it.
>>8835393 Are you really that disconected from the irl/online comms? My comm and every other lolita i knewvat the time creamed themselves hard over RRL. All of them failed in the initial release. A few picked up pieces at a super inflated price second hand. >sitting here trying to save up for when the special set op in sax pops up again.
>>8834485 If it's just for cosplay I have something that might work/can be modified, wouldn't be caught dead in it as lolita though as its just poofy normalfag stuff. >>8834672 >My opinion is right and yours is shit
>>8835332 Never. Unless the places you move to has small limited space and you litterally can't keep more then 15-20 pieces at a time. Also depends on how much you wear lokita honestly. I move almost every single year. Ill be moving soon in march and i have 30 main pieces plus bouses, outerwear, accessories, etc. One whole car load usually equates to me moving all or at least of my wardrobe.
>>8835318 So you knew full well that the seller had a cat and you're complaining here, why?Fuck, I hate people like you. /cgl/ isn't your personal blog, if you are just going to turn around and winge, don't fucking by from her in the first place?
>>8835843 My guess is that the licensing fees for Sailor Moon would be way higher than their usual collaborations. Just a guess, though. I can't think of another reason why it wouldn't have happened already, if not for financial reasons.
After that, do a one-in-one-out policy, ie- you have to sell a main piece in order to buy a new main piece. That way you can still keep up with new releases that you like while maintaining a small enough wardrobe that doesn't give you stress.
MTO doesn't solve every single problem. And although AP has taken steps against scalpers, sometimes the hype of release date being a big event combined with the threat of scalpers raising the prices on the second hand market can be the spur that makes girls buy some dresses on impulse for fear of losing out and having to shell out double retail price later. Whereas a one-week leisurely MTO might not generate enough hype by itself.
I kind of wonder if the MTO business model is not as profitable as we thought. JetJ keeps raising its prices on each subsequent dress, and most of JetJ is MTO-only. It's almost as if sales are down and they need to make up for it with a larger margin on each dress.
>>8835724 I dyed socks in my sink once by just pouring my ~1 oz leftover oversteeped black tea from the morning into the sink, filling it with hot water, then submerging the socks for like 5 minutes, just be sure to check. But as a warning, my socks came out to be more of a light brown-beige than a yellowy ivory. It's fine if you're just trying to get to offwhite, but I wouldn't do it for ivory.
>>8835621 I agree with you, but only if you're actually getting to hire a moving truck or not moving cross-country. I know a lot of 20-somethings move a lot from place to place basically just off favours from friends and family.
>>8835901 I've never thought of doing this with socks, thanks anon! I have some IW blouses that I thought were cream when I bought them but we're actually that beige they use, and I've been struggling to find legwear that matches.
Gulls, I made a horrible mistake. I accidentally posted on someone's closet of frills post instead of another on my fb feed that I meant to reply to. A friend shared a link about the professional skater who did the Cowboy Bebop routine and was bashing the guy for being a weeaboo and 'embarrassing the anime fandom.' I responded along the lines of 'this guy integrated it well into his routine and is doing what he loves, I don't see the problem here.'
Unfortunately, I woke up this morning with notifications about responses from people going 'wut' and someone responding about how they were a girl. Turns out I somehow accidentally posted on a gorgeous CoF coord post about a girl and her wife dressing up in lolita and that reply about being a girl was a response from the original poster. I quickly realized what happened, deleted my post, and sent a message to her explaining what happened and apologizing profusely.
I don't even know how this happened in the first place. I feel utterly horrible about it and afraid I really hurt her feelings or caused some bad drama. Is there anything else I can do or should I just bide my time?
>>8836128 Did they reply to your apology? Hopefully she understands. There's nothing else you can really do except to try and not think about it. You made a mistake but you shouldn't beat yourself up about it.
>>8833581 I'm fairly new to the fashion and am sure this will change with time, but every time I think about selling a dress, I put it on and instantly become attached again. I feel guilty about my maybe 12 main pieces, like it's all so frivolous and wasteful and I should sell them and grow up, but they truly do make me happy.
>>8835402 If you're good at sewing / know someone who is, have you looked at Truly Victorian overskirt patterns? They'd need adapting to be shorter but the techniques would be the same http://www.trulyvictorian.net/tvxcart/product.php?productid=65&cat=5&page=1 http://www.trulyvictorian.net/tvxcart/product.php?productid=66&cat=5&page=1
>>8835858 I agree with the MTO pricing thing, that's what kept me from buying a few dresses I really loved from baby. They were MTO only and the price was so high, I didn't think the secondhand market would sustain it and didn't want to lose so much. I have seen the dresses i wanted from others sitting on LM lately at a bit under retail, not selling. Lol
>>8835858 JetJ has more problems than just the MTO model, though. They've been having quality issues for the last two years plus losing their main English-speaking staff member and replacing her with someone who is frankly pretty bad at communicating (poor English, doesn't respond to emails, etc). They had to change production factories a while back, too, which I think bumped their production costs at the same time that quality issues were lowering their overall sales.
I think the biggest issue with AP doing more MTO is mostly how sloooow most Japanese companies are about making any changes to their business model & processes.
>>8835858 You concisely explained everything that is wrong with the way shit goes down. It makes girls go 'Oh shit I better buy everything just in case I so happen to like this print!' I paid the scalped price to a girl who clearly was aftaid of missing out but didn't check her measurements before buying the damn thing. I hate the idea of making an impulse purchase, taking a dress out of the hands of someone who is really sure they want it, then saddling them with all the pointless fees and shit I incurred. I have a pretty strict wishlist I've thought long and hard about and will only consider a current release if it's pretty much interchangeable with a wishlist item in theme and style.
Can anyone comment on the sizing of VM bonnets? I'm looking into one for a coord, but I have a large head and will be wearing a wig with it so I'm worried that it will perch weirdly on the back of my head.
I want to get a parasol, but will ordering one online be hell? I heard that bodyline's always broke in the mail, but maybe that's just because their packaging is shitty. I was considering just waiting for baby sf or nyc to get a nice one.
W...would it be tacky to wear my grandmother's fur stole and muff in a winter gothic coord. I don't support the fur industry and would never buy new furs, but these are sitting in my closet and I kind of want to use them. They were bought in the late 40s originally and it was a whole different world back then.
tl;dr: Can I wear vintage furs with Moitie without getting red paint thrown on me?
>>8836604 I agree with >>8836630 Honestly, as a vegetarian myself I don't care about vintage goods made with animal products because that's in the past. As long as you don't support it in the future I wouldnt think people would have issues?
>>8836526 depends on where you buy from and if it's domestic/international. Bodyline never packed their parasols properly so it'd get bent in transit across the globe. baby makes you purchase parasols separately iirc, because they have a special box and way of packing to make sure it doesn't get damaged. EMS is charged by weight, so it shouldn't be too crazy.
>>8835843 >tfw AP has only done a ring in collab with Tales of Symphonia >tfw other brands have done collab pieces but only for the games I'm not interested in >Where's my Tales of Destiny collabs, not like it's the most popular Tales game in Japan or anything
Ok, so I just received a dress I brought from a seller on LM. Now she stated in her ad that the dress had been damaged due to a manufacturing error and that one side of the bodice was discoloured. Because this is a neutral coloured dress the discolouration doesn't distract too much from the dress and in the photos it really wasn't that noticeable. I even ASKED her about the discolouration and she said it was just on the bodice and not that bad. Now this is one of my dream dresses (not in my preferred color way but still like it) and because of the defect I only payed 120 when it normally sells for 250 give or take. So for the deal and the dream I thought, why not, a little discolouration is nothing.
HOWEVER...I have now received the dress and let me tell you, I know for a fact that this was no "manufacturing" error. It is so obviously a washing mistake, probably by the seller, that it makes me laugh. I have found about 10 separate small bleach stains throughout the dress, the slight discolouration goes all the way down the skirt, and there are discolouration marks in other spots as well, not just the one mentioned. The whole dress in some weird way looks like it is now a shade lighter due to some idiot probably throwing it in the dryer.
Now what do you gulls think I should do?? Should I just give the seller a bad review on LM? Or contact her and ask for some money back? OR because I got a dress for 130 dollars less then it sells for should I just do nothing and call a spade a spade? The dress is still wearable and looks really classic and because of the color most of the discolouration looks like different lighting hitting it or that it has a shimmer.
More so im just so pissed that she lied and tried to play it off that it was the companies fault for sending her a defective dress.
>>8836754 That's a toughie. Definitely contact her about the dishonesty, and possibly leave neutral or feedback dependent upon what she says. Dishonesty pertaining to item condition is something that a seller should have on their record.
I'm not sure asking for more money off is really worth it, if you feel it was a good deal already? Unless you plan to take it somewhere to see if they can fix the bleach and washing damages, in which case you might try to get her to foot the bill. I dunno.
>>8836754 consider the other option that she may just ask for her dress back and give you a full refund - would you be ok with that? if not, then just suck it up, it was heavily discounted for the stains already
>>8836478 Does anyone know where I could buy tights/socks like the girl in Honey Cake is wearing? Looks like nude nylons with colored stripes.
>>8836832 Do you mean you want to change feedback you left? Or the other person wants to change feedback? If so, yes, but with how unresponsive the mods have been lately, no. If you want to change fb you were given for some reason and the other person doesn't (unless they left retaliatory feedback), you're SOL.
So I got the Holy Lantern MTO set a while back, and I decided to go for it since I'd be in Japan from late march to early April. Everything I've found on it says it will release in March... But I'm semi-panicking that it will ship March 31st, and not get to me before I leave the country on the 2nd of April (since the official emails say 1-5 business days shipping, and the 31st kicks off a weekend...)
Has anyone else done an MTO and have some kind of guess as to when this grail of mine couple be more likely to ship out? I can make contingency plans if needed to get my friend who lives there to ship it over but I'd rather not pay for shipping after spending $3k+ on plane tickets so I could ship it on my own back, lol.
Anon, by your own count it's going to be a pretty tight deadline even if AP makes it within their own shipping estimate. Definitely make some backup plans. If it arrives in time just take it on the plane with you, if it doesn't, at least you have somone to pick it up for you and ship it to you.
As for AP's MTO shipping times, none of mine have been late, but none have been early either. There's one or two that shipped one day before the last shipping date and arrived at Tenso even later after that. So yes, it's a very real possibility. Especially given that the MTO was so popular they had to close it and do another round later, they might just have so many orders that they may not make it on time this time.
Armpit-anons: I tried all 4 methods I found (vinegar soak, baking soda soak, freezing 72 hrs, spraying with alcohol) and I found the only one that was very effective was the alcohol. I don't think the freezer or baking soda did much at all, the vinegar neutralized the odor well but was a little salad-y. I put 70% isopropyl alcohol into a spray bottle and just sprayed the shirt in the target areas. I didn't dilute it, but I probably could have. I kept it far away from my dresses when I did this, though, as I know alcohol makes some colors bleed really badly. I'm not sure if using the alcohol on a shirt will damage it any, but it's not melting yet, so. However, I did try to do this on a thrifted blouse that I've also had for a while, but it didn't really work. I'm considering fucking boiling it because I really like it but it's basically unwearable right now. My humble conclusions is: killing bacteria is really the huge deal when you have that smell that only occurs when the shirt is warm, regardless of wear. Neutralizing generally bad scents is better with baking soda or vinegar or just actually washing your stuff.
>>8837425 Thanks anon. I followed the last thread and I'm having the same problems with clothing having a weird smell after they warm up. One of my white blouses now has a yellow stain though, did any of your shirts have this and did any of your methods clean it? I tried armpit-pads once, the ones you stick on the clothing in the arm-pit area to protect the clothing. While the blouse indeed doesn't smell, the pad starts smelling and needs to be changed every few hours. I also noticed that my sweat only really smells when I'm stressed by something (like being in a rush or uncomfortable situation) so it might be a hormonal issue to begin with.
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