If there is a similar topic already existing, please delete. I ran a search using keywords but couldn't find any. I bought my first girl, Shiori, secondhand. I bought her from a friend. She's a Volks SD Sara F-01, and I don't think I would've been able to get an SD-sized girl from Volks any other way. They're very expensive, as we all know, taxed and shipping is so expensive, and the customs in my country will drown me in fees. I wouldn't have purchased her if I hadn't seen her in person, either. I got her for a good price, and I have no regrets. The fact that she has switched hands so many times does not bother me. In fact, it adds to her story. I recently acquired Marketplace access. (And can I just say, I was overwhelmed!) Some of the dolls on my URGENT! list are for sale there. They are in good condition and being offered for a good price. And my birthday is coming up, so maybe... I like dealing with people. A big factor for me here is the possibility of layaway and the ability to use a courier instead of regular post. Couriers like FedEx and Johnny Air are so much more reliable, courteous and efficient than the regular post office here. I also like the idea of having the items that I want more or less ready for shipping. My patience is not a factor, I can wait, but I feel more at ease with knowing that my money didn't disappear into thin air, know what I mean? Is it just me, or do I feel like a "lesser" collector slash doll enthusiast because of my wanting to purchase secondhand dolls? Maybe it's because I'm spending less, compared to a brand new doll, maybe because the doll is "old" or I don't wait as long, I don't know. Like, I'm still somewhat uncomfortable with showing Shiori as Shiori, when I know the original original owner (Shiori's a third hand doll, in a sense, since the person I bought her from bought her from someone else) runs in more or less the same circles. It's like being haunted by ghosts of former characters, but haunted is such a strong word. I get conscious too. Would the community find me "cheap", or something negative along those lines? Here, though, are my points for discussion: What do you think of owners who own predominantly or exclusively secondhand dolls? Do you think lesser of them or their dolls because they're not the original owners? Is there a stigma to them, or are they differentiated in any way? Are they portrayed in a negative light? Are there any pros or positive points to owning secondhand dolls, whether having some in your collection, most of them, or almost all of them there? This isn't really a question of is it right or wrong. At the end of the day, they are dolls bought with out money, and we spend our money on what we want as we please. This discussion is more of a thoughts and opinion kind of thread. I'd like to hear your thoughts! And again, if there is a topic like this that I missed out on, mods, please direct me to it and close this one!