I've three boys at the moment, and before they came home I did MONTHS of research; how to handle them, paint them, what mediums were safe or not, techniques for face-ups and modifications. I chatted at several people, asking questions and getting a feel for what I was getting myself into. Before #1 came home I made sure I had Magic eraser, pastels, Testors, acrylics, sandpaper, alcohol, etc; all the things needed for basic doll maintenance. It's just how I do things: Information is a powerful thing, especially when a $600 doll is concerned! Onto the debate subject: I keep finding folks that own a doll, but don’t seem to know ‘what to do ’ with it. People asking whether spray varnish\sharpies\oil paints (WTF!) are okay to use on the $500 toy sitting on their lap as they type; people who have the doll in hand but don’t know what to color it with or how to maintain it. I’ve even seen owners who want to use wood varnish because they can’t afford a $4 bottle of dullcote. Keep in mind that I’m not referring to the things that come up naturally through trial and error of ownership. Example: Asking, ‘what is a face-up?’ when you’re first learning of BJD verses asking that same question when you’ve already purchased a doll. ('What is it?' being drastically different from 'How do I?') Or even better: I wouldn't expect someone to build an engine before they purchased a car, but I would at least expect them to know not to smoke while filling the tank because gas is explosive. Personally, I feel (especially with a hobby that involves so much financial\emotional investment) that perhaps some people may purchase ‘pre-maturely’. That the excitement over the beauty of these dolls overrides sense and they get them before they fully understand the hobby they are jumping into. Perhaps some are just hopping on the hobby bandwagon to fit in with friends and acquaintances? Maybe some are afraid to ask questions for fear of being perceived as a 'newb'? What are everyone’s thoughts on this? Honestly, each to their own. Everyone has a different way of doing things. Its part of what makes this blue and green marble we're on go 'round. It is not my intention to anger anyone or seem pretentious or elitist, I’m honestly curious (and maybe a little confused). It’s not in me to jump into something so expensive and time consuming without thoroughly informing myself, so I’m looking for others perspective on the subject.