I'm not sure I would define this as a *bad* transaction, per se, but rather as one that was far below satisfactory. I definently would not reccomend shop4dollsandbears.com or freespiritz.com after my experience. On November 25th, 2005 I placed an order for an Elfdoll Adel, and paid promptly. The site said that she was "available for preorder". Afterwards I found out this was not entirely true, as Elfdoll has suspended production of their tinies, except in the case of someone ordering directly from their site. I was not communicated this information directly, is was posted in this Den of Angels thread for me to see or not see. I sent a PM inquiring, but it has been deleted, so I cannot relay the contents. Basically, I was assured that Elfdoll suspends production on tinies (this was later confirmed in an e-mail to Elfdoll) from time to time, and would probably resume in the near future. On January 11th, 2006 and January 13th, 2006, I sent an inquiry into the status of my order: Hello, I placed an order for Elfdoll Adel on 11-25-2005. It would be Order XXXX. I am wondering, what is the status of this order? Hello, I have an order for Tiny Elf doll Adel from near the beginning of December, and I'm wondering what the status on that order is. The name might also be under XXXX XXXX. On January 16th, I received the following replies from shop4dollsandbears: The shipment should be here in a week! Thanks for your patience! Shipment from Elf Doll is on the way! Not much longer - thanks for your patience! I belive this implies that my doll was in the mail from Elfdoll to Shop4dollsandbears. And both e-mails specifically stated that I had ordered an Elfdoll Adel, so that my order would not be confused. Bearing that in mind, in the meantime (January 13th, 2006), I inquired to Elfdoll to see if they were producing tinies. On January 15th, 2006 I received this reply: Hello XXXX, We are currently changing system of production line, so all Tiny Dolls are sold at Elfdoll.com only. Thank you The next status inquiry I sent was on February 10th. Let me emphasize that all of these communications were instigated by myself, I was never sent any kind of update or status from shop4dollsandbears.com without first having to send an inquiry: Hello! ^^ May I have an update on the status of my Elfdoll Adel, please? This was what I received in reply, which I think is the most important indicator of how this person does business: XXXX, Elf Doll has been focusing on making the big dolls, so the small ones aren't being made as quickly. But, you know what? I have one here on layaway (a loooong layaway, it's turning out) and I bet I'll get another Adel in before she pays it off. (I'll take my chances.) Sooooo I'll send Adel out tomorrow, OK? Thanks for your patience. This was NOT what I wanted. I did not want someone else's doll! However, by the time I could e-mail her back to refuse, she had already sent out the package. Without even waiting for a confirmation e-mail from me. Now, given that the shipping confirmation for Adel was sent out 3 days later on February 13th, 2006 , I suppose I might have had some time (I check my email about every 3 days, it's not very active), but that's an awfully small window. I will say that Adel arrived well packaged, and I received a random free wig (about a $15 value) for the trouble. I also feel bad about keeping Adel, I'm not sure what the right decision in this case was. If I had sent her back, I believe there is a strong chance she would have just been sent to another buyer rather than the person on layaway. In short: I would not reccomend this person, and they've pretty much lost my business forever. Shop4dollsandbears fabricates about order statuses, as well as what they can and cannot do (if you look on the page, only Catsy is listed as preorderable, and the other tinies give off the impression of being in stock), and does not even offer refunds. If anything is happening in your order, you *always* have to contact them first and wait several days for a reply, Shop4dollsandbears will not contact you. They also have dubious morals, at least in my opinion, as evidenced by the handling of the layaway situation.