I've seen a lot of people recommend that newbies get a "starter doll" when they're just getting into the hobby. The reasons given have been along the lines of "get a cheaper doll so if you mess it up with your inexperience, it's not a big loss" or "get a very simple doll that's easy to restring and take care of so you wont be frustrated and leave the hobby" (so no tan dolls or dolls with fantasy parts like Soom MDs). I was just wondering how many people have actually gotten such a doll? Not just a first doll in general, but one that may not be their first choice in doll and has been purchased for the reasons listed above. To those who have started with a "starter doll," would you recommend it to newbies and why? Personally I think it can work for some people, but I really don't like the idea myself. I think it's better to buy a doll you like the most rather than one you expect to ruin. If it's something like modding practice I'd buy a cheap head to experiment on, but I don't see the point in settling on what someone else thinks you should have if you plan to own/keep it. On the other side of the fence, is there anyone out there who bought a more expensive/more complicated "dream doll" and wish they had bought a starter doll instead? I'm really curious about both sides of this since it's a pretty foreign concept to me.