I've seen several comments in the discussion and debate threads recently that go like this: "I'm not bothered by people buying a limited as long as they're playing with the doll and enjoying it after they get it." Or, similarly, "I don't mind if other people have a lot of dolls as long as they love and properly care for all their dolls and aren't just buying them just to have them." Like I said, I've seen this come up four or five times now so it's not directed at any particular person. If you've made a comment like the one above anywhere, don't take this thread personally. I decided to start a thread about this because it seems to me to go against the other thing everybody says, "It's OK for other people to do what they want with their own dolls." These comments to me are suggesting that there may be some ways in which it isn't perceived as "OK" to treat dolls, beyond just the obvious extreme cases that make the community frown, such as: - Buying limited dolls with the sole intent of reselling them at a high price later ("Scalping"). People disapprove of this for obvious reasons. - Buying a limited doll, or buying a lot of dolls, and then not taking good physical care of the resin, such as letting it sit around in the sun, doing bad faceups with Magic Markers, letting it get dirty or chipped, etc. People disapprove of this because the dolls cost so much and it seems wasteful and disrespectful of the doll. Let's set those issues aside as not up for debate and assume, for purposes of this discussion, that nobody is buying dolls just to resell at a high price, and that nobody is doing anything, intentional or just out of stupidity, that would physically harm the doll. Here's the debate questions: 1) Setting the above two issues (scalping and damaging dolls), is there anything else that you feel someone who buys dolls should or should not be doing with them that constitutes proper "enjoyment" or "appreciation" or "love" for the doll? Do you feel that people are obligated to do any of the following? - Buy or make really nice clothing for the doll (i.e. best you can afford)? - Invest in a professional faceup for the doll, rather than a properly done (i.e. no magic markers, not awful) but kind of amateurish one? - Interact or "play" with the doll somehow - by hugging it, making up stories about it, talking to it, taking it to meets, photographing it regularly, etc.? 2) What about people who buy the doll and then just leave it in its box (where it is safe from any physical harm) and look at it once in a while? Do you think that constitutes a valid "enjoyment" of the doll? 3) Do your answers change if it's a limited doll? 4) Do your answers change if it's a fullset doll that comes with everything, so there's no need to customize, buy clothes, or get a faceup and wig for the doll? 4) Do your answers change if it's a lot of dolls? For purposes of the question, let's assume that "a lot" of dolls means approximately 10 dolls or more. Note: It's understood that everybody is allowed to do what they want with their own doll, and you don't have to pay any attention to it, so there's no need to repeat that unless you are truly not at all bothered by anything short of scalping or damage that someone might do to their doll. If you're the least bit bothered by how other people treat their dolls aside from scalping or damage, then please be honest and say so for purposes of the discussion/ debate. I'm really curious to see what everyone says.