Moderators, please delete if there is a similar topic. I did a forum search and could not locate anything. Introduction to Debate: I live in Japan. I have been to Dolpas, Sumikas and Tenshi No Sato. And I wonder if perhaps Volks, as a company, values the in-person experience moreso than the internet experience. Perhaps they wish to create a quality experience to help collectors enjoy the dolls more. A consequence of this, however, is that the target market is localized to a country or region. On the opposite side of the spectrum are companies that sell anything anywhere using the Internet as their only tool. They use Ebay, international doll dealers and/or sell direct. And then there are other companies, like Soom, which have both internet sales and physical locations. Debate Questions: If you had a choice, would you prefer to buy dolls in-person or over the internet? Which type of buying experience do you feel is better and why? Which is most important to you: accessibility, quality buying experience or the product? In your opinion, can you have one without the other? Is the buying experience a part of the product or should it be? Which company-type (NOT company) do you think is best: internet only, internet and in-person or in-person only? Why?