I just went through all the debate topics and I don't think I found one on point to what I'm thinking here, but if this has already been covered somewhere, you can point to the thread. I was wondering whether anyone has the same discomfort I do with the idea of a hobby that seems to revolve largely around shopping, buying this and that for your doll and selling off this and that to pay for it, or because you start feeling you have "too much" stuff. I know all hobbies involve spending money to collect things or buy supplies to a certain degree, but at times it seems like dolls just multiply that by N powers and then add a big cherry of an emotional dimension on top. I'm not talking about feeling the guilts because doll money would be better spent on something else like a vacation, clothes for yourself, or even a charity. And I'm not talking about overspending yourself into a hole. I'm just talking about the "shopping fatigue" from a hobby that has shopping as a main feature, perhaps THE main feature, much the same way as the fashion industry does. You can get tired from the "must buy this! now buy that! buy the other thing!" atmosphere even if you're very successful in controlling your spending. Plus, it seems like even when people aren't actually spending money, they're wishing, wanting, making shopping lists, changing them around, so it's like vicarious shopping is going on even if they're not actually plunking down money. So the questions I had in mind were: 1) Do you ever feel "fatigued" by the commercial nature of this hobby, regardless of whether or not you spend money regularly on doll stuff? Or is it something you find easy to ignore, and if so, why? 2) Do you ever feel pressure to buy the latest new dolls coming out, or to constantly put money into improving/ finishing the dolls you already have with better wigs and eyes, nicer faceups, nicer clothing, etc.? 3) Do you ever get bored or feel less enjoyment from your dolls when you're not shopping for them, or shopping for new dolls? 4) Do you ever feel like other people in the hobby spend too much time concentrating on acquiring things or selling things off, or agonizing over what to acquire and/or sell off? 5) Do you or other people you know often buy on a whim, have "buyer's remorse" or get tired of things in a really short time after getting them, or do you/ most people you know usually buy things thoughtfully and for keeps? I'd be really interested to know everyone's thoughts... Just to answer the questions myself to start, I'd say that 1) Yes, I do get tired from what seems to be overcommercialism in the hobby. I was the type of person who really used to like going to thrift stores to find an inexpensive bargain, so I've never really been the "born to shop" type, and when I was a kid we had only a couple of toy companies bringing out dolls a few times a year, usually at Christmas. In the BJD hobby it just seems like a constant deluge of sales, not just from the companies but from people constantly selling off or rearranging their collections. 2) I don't feel pressure myself but I've heard other people complain about it from time to time - it seems sort of like "peer pressure" in a way so maybe some people are better able to resist/ ignore than others. 3) I generally don't get bored because I have a pretty small amount of time to spend with my dolls anyway, but I have run into a lot of other people who have said they get tired of their dolls if they can't afford to get them new things all the time, such as new outfits to be photographed in, or get tired of the doll once it isn't new and would rather have one that's more "fresh". 4) Yes, I definitely feel like an awful lot of time spent in doll-land has to do with wishlists and wanting and planning and deciding what you do and don't want and how to pay for it. I'm just as guilty of this as everyone else and it kind of bothers me because I'd rather spend more time on making stuff for dolls I already have than on revising my wish-list and doll plans every time Volks, Soom, etc. comes out with a new line. 5) I'm not sure about this, I see a lot of people who seem to sell most of their stuff within a fairly short time of getting it, but I also know dolls who have been with the same owner for years. Also, I think some people just plain enjoy buying and selling. Some people are like that, for instance the ones who wear their designer clothes for one or two seasons and then sell them all off and buy new things and do that every season, so there's not much "wrong" with it. However, I'm the opposite type who tends to hold on to most of my stuff so it's hard for me to relate to people who seem to be constantly selling off stuff, buying new stuff, selling it off, etc.