Sunday, February 1, 2015

Goodbye Dollpage, you will be missed.

Late last week an announcement came out that the Dollpage Show and Sell site would be closing. (I'm not sure about the photo sharing page, but I bet that's a goner too.) Apparently the technology used for the site was outdated but it was fine as long as they didn't change servers. However, time marches on and the server they were using was going offline. They did try to upgrade the site but it ended up damaging the site and it was just going to get buggier and buggier until it was totally unusable. They were saying that they were offically closing sometime in late February, but shortly after that the site stopped loading. At first it wasn't working for just some people, but now everybody is affected.
I was able to pull a few of my listings off the site before it went completely offline, but I had a LOT of listings so I'm thinking those might be totally gone. It sucks because I put a lot of work into them, but those are the breaks. Nothing lasts forever.
I will mourn the loss of the Dollpage, as both a buyer and a seller. For a while that was my main source of doll income. Back when I first stared getting into the Barbie online community, I hadn't had much experiance with selling things online. The Dollpage was my first experiance with running a small online store. I had a lot of success with selling the Dollpage. A large amount of my doll collection comes from profits I got from selling things on the Dollpage. I also had lots of success buying on the Dollpage. From there I got my No Bangs Francie, Baggie Casey, Vanessa, and lots more. In fact, out of my small Integrity toys collection, only two didn't come from the Dollpage. Now that I'm thinking about it, if it wasn't for the Dollpage, I wouldn't have become a member of the Barbie club. I bought my Sindy doll on the Dollpage from one of the members who suggested I joined. I might have never even known about the club if it wasn't for the Dollpage.

And while my sales over on the Dollpage had been rather lackluster lately, I still liked having those ads out there because you'd never know when you'd get a sale. It was a great free service that I will miss very much. I guess this is a sign that I really shouldn't be buying any more items since I now have over 100 new items to list on Ebay.
I know lots of people are sad to see the Dollpage disappear like that. People have been hoping that the site will come back in a new form, but I'm not too optimistic about that. But in this situation, only time will tell.

I survived January! My bank account... not so much...

Hello Dear Readers,

Now that the first month of 2015 is over, it's time to share with you my standings on my new years resolutions.

Short answer, I failed. 

I decided to hold off on the diet/exercise because quite frankly, it's winter. It's too cold and gets too dark too early to put in the effort for that. In spring it'll be easier for me. Right now I'm just focusing on toughing out the cold weather. And I do know that the North has it a lot worse than I do, I will point out that their houses are most likely a lot better suited for cold weather. This house is so drafty that when it's cold outside, it tends to be cold inside. And I will say that for someone who grew up in Connecticut, went to school in New Hampshire, and lived one winter in Maine I've paid my dues. I have every right to complain about winter!

But that's really not the reason why I've failed so far,  the real reason is the whole "not spending so much, and stop buying dolls". Sad thing is, I was doing really good for a while. I spent most of January not buying a single thing. (Not including the 5 dollar Cheerleader Ken dolls that Walmart clearanced out at 5 dollars that I managed to buy 3 of, but at that price they were practically giving them away). It wasn't until around the 17th that I bought my first doll to add to the collection. And while I was hoping that little splurge was the only purchase after it happened it seemed like I couldn't stop myself. I ended up buying three more dolls online. And the worst part is, they were all Disney dolls that I bought so I could steal their shoes. Granted I bought most of them cheaper than their original retail price, but it's still money that is going out. I do plan on reselling most of them, but that's a double edged sword. I also said I was going to stop buying stuff for resale since I already have too much I'm trying to get rid of! I'm trying to have a quick turn around for these dolls to hopefully get my money back, but that's only if they sell. I am literally swimming in shoeless Disney dolls! (Actually most of them get Barbie shoes as replacements).

I did have a very good Ebay month to afford all these purchases, but I seriously need to be better about spending. I managed to make some small steps forward in getting my finances in a better place, but nowhere near as good as it could have been if I hadn't bought anything. And sadly, there's still plenty of things I want. I wish I could just turn off that part of my brain that keeps wanting new dolls! Or at least the part of me that likes to window shop until I find something I want.

Hopefully February will be better, but I'm not too sure. The beast that is new doll wants has been awakened and who knows when it will be satisfied!