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 Apparently the technology used for the site was outdated but it was fine as long as they didn't change servers.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.