Decision Time.

Sorry to double post, but I didn’t want to wait until Sunday.  (If you’re looking for my A-to-Z for the day, it’s here.)

See, it’s coming down to time to decide if I’m going to get the new Middie Blythe or not.  I know Middies don’t sell out as fast as Neo Blythes, but…on the other hand, I also know that it’s not like she’s going to drop in price.  I hadn’t really paid too much attention to this doll until they posted this picture of her at Junie Moon:

Photo copyright Takara...but downloaded from CC Toys.  Click for source.
Photo copyright Takara…but downloaded from CC Toys. Click for source.

So, like a lot of other people, I really liked Tangled, and this therefore pushed one of my squee buttons.  Even without the Rapunzel bit, Rampion of the Valley is quite a little cutie.

But that’s part of the rub:  she’s a little cutie.  When I look at pictures of Neos and Middies standing next to each other, it’s clear that Middies are pretty small; they look to be about 2/3 of the size of Neo.  But they cost more than 2/3 of the price of a Neo.  Well, depending on the two dolls in question; I just did a calculation based on the pre-order price for Rampion and the pre-order price for Playful Raindrops.

Regardless of the price and size ratios between Middie and Neo Blythes, the fact remains that Rampion’s price converts to about $122 if I pre-order from Junie Moon, and she’s $128 from CC Toys.  I recall Dark Rabbit Hole having massive shipping costs (like $30), and I don’t remember what the shipping costs for Romana were, but either way, I know the shipping will probably be pretty hefty, inching a fairly small doll up into the $150 range, even if not quite hitting $150.

That feels like an awful lot.

But on the other hand, just like Neo Blythes, Middie Blythes don’t ever seem to go down in price:  instead, they just go up, so that getting them at the time of their release is really the cheapest way to get them, unless you luck into a used one.  And I really do want to get a Middie Blythe at some point.

The price question, therefore, just goes around in circles:  I want one -> But she costs too much -> But she’ll never cost less -> But she’s so small and she costs so much -> But I want one!

Looking at it from other angles, the situation isn’t much more clear.  I have the money, yes.  But I tend to spend money all too readily, so if I have a chance not to spend, I should probably take it.  And there might be a future Middie I’d want even more.  But there might not be.  I’m short on space around here.  But I’ve been trying to clean up so I can add more shelves.  (In fact, I have to, since I don’t even have room to debox Grell and the Undertaker!)  There’s the chance I might move next year, so I should probably try to stop myself from continuing to accumulate stuff like there’s no tomorrow.  (Of course, goodness knows I’ll continue my stupidly spendthrift ways regardless of whether or not I get Rampion.)  But I don’t actually want to move, so I might not.  (Though when I say I don’t want to move, it’s more that I don’t want to go through the horrible, horrible hassle of the moving process.  If I had a magical helper or a super-robot who could do it all for me, I would totally move, no question.  (Assuming I could find a good place I could afford.))

I guess, really, the cost issue is the one I keep coming back to.  If she was in the $80-100 range, instead of either $122 or $128 pre-shipping, I don’t think I’d feel so conflicted.  Or if she was a full size Neo Blythe, that would make me less conflicted, too.  But…for what that small doll costs, I could get two and a half of the 17″ Rapunzels with the light-up lanterns at the Disney Store.  (Why in the world anyone would want two and a half of them is another question entirely.)  I’ve been passing on that Rapunzel doll because she’s $50, so how can I justify spending $122 on a doll less than half her size, doll I only want because she reminds me of that version of Rapunzel?

Looking at the other Middies on Junie Moon, all three of the currently available dolls are the same price.  At CC Toys, the prices vary more, and they have a lot more Middies available…but the cheapest is only $5 less than Rampion.  (And some of them go into the upper $200s!)  Looking at  list of all the Middie Blythe releases, I can’t help but notice that a lot of last year’s releases were 3,000¥ cheaper, at least they were if that site was reporting their prices correctly.  I’m not sure what to make of that, apart from the fact that if that’s true then I obviously needed to get into Blythes earlier if I wanted to get a Middie without feeling like I’m overspending on her.  😦

At this point, I suppose I’m probably just going to keep dithering and do nothing for now.  Junie Moon still hasn’t sold their 100 available pre-orders, so they’ll probably continue to have her in stock after her release date, at least for a while, so I don’t feel like I’m going to miss out if I don’t buy her in the next twelve seconds.

So, anyway, the point of all this blathering is to ask this question:  what do you do when faced with this kind of quandary?  How do you go about your decision-making process?

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10 thoughts on “Decision Time.

  1. tvonzalez April 20, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    That doll is over $100? Ouch. But she is so gursh durn adorable!

    Where do you store or showcase all of these dolls? Do you have major shelving or china cabinets?

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    • Iphis of Scyros April 20, 2016 / 9:21 pm

      At present, they’re mostly on shelves, ranging from special doll-only shelves to a lot of Monster High dolls sitting on my book shelves in front of the books, which has obvious drawbacks. However, I also have one really nice case with glass fronts and sides and a mirrored back, which is where I keep all my Bob Mackie Barbies, and the porcelain Barbies, and a few other dolls. (Sadly, though, all four sides are doors that have huge gaps through which dust gets into the case, and it’s kind of a nightmare. 😦 )

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  2. Olive April 20, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    I think for me, I ask myself a series of questions – can I afford the doll right now? > do I expect any big imminent expenses? > how much do I want this doll? > did I just buy a doll, and maybe my current family could use more attention? XD i torture myself with “should I?” “Shouldn’t I?” Type questions. But in the end, If I can afford the doll and I find that I really want it, I end up buying it anyway.

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    • Iphis of Scyros April 20, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      My current dolls definitely need attention, I have to admit. I keep putting clothes for them in my cart on Etsy, but then not quite buying them ’cause I want to get an outfit for everybody (meaning Pyrrha, Rena, Romana, Selina, Barbara, and Hayley only, as Juliet has gotten a lot of new outfits lately, though she is getting new shoes, if I can ever make myself actually order them) and then I’ll go back and something will have sold and I’ll feel like I’m back at square one. (Just today I went to Etsy and saw that the dress I really wanted to get for Romana has sold! 😦 Admittedly, it wasn’t actually Romana’s style, but…mostly I just really wanted it, but somehow I couldn’t make myself hit the button to initiate the transaction. So now someone else gets that groovy mod-retro dress. *sigh*) I really need to find an outfit — or at least tights — for my still-unamed Picco Neemo/Little Pullip+ hybrid, because that Chinese-style dress is *really* short…

      I think, at the core of it, the problem is that I’m just not sure how much I want Rampion. I mean, I want her, but…ugh, my mind just keeps flip-flopping back and forth on the issue.

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  3. Ms.Bunns April 20, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Hello Iphis, a few things that help me make ‘big’ dolly decisions are, well, first off, how much do you really want the doll? Some times I think, I reaaally want a doll, but in reality there’s just something about the doll I really like, and there maybe something better suited for me, out there.
    2. I’ll do some research and see if the doll I’m interested in seems popular with other doll collectors, which can be a pretty good indication she’ll only go up in price. So if I really do want her, now is probably the best time to buy her.
    And finally, I’ll ask myself: Can I resell her and make my money back if I realize she’s not the girl for me? If I feel like I definitely could it’s a lot easier to go ahead with it.
    I hope this helps :s I know it’s hard to make decisions, especially if they cost upwards of $100

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    • Iphis of Scyros April 20, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      It’s hard to tell if it’s that I really want her, or if I just really love that “Tangled” version of her. (Goodness knows I’ll never manage to braid her hair that nicely!)

      Middies don’t seem to be quite as popular as full-sized Blythes; it seems like a lot of people only have Neos, or they only have one Middie. The price to size ratio probably has a lot to do with the way they lag behind the Neo Blythe in popularity, I’d expect. That and the size thing, since she can’t really trade clothes with many other dolls, and particularly not with Neo Blythes. But I’m the type who doesn’t necessarily mind leaving a doll stock, so the clothes-swapping thing isn’t necessarily an issue, and I do love to add variety to my collection…
      …which kind of leaves me floundering, because it seems like all the pros and cons keep coming up equal. (Reminds me of the story my professor told us in class today, of a friend of his who was getting cold feet right before his wedding, and was trying to figure out if he should go through with it, and all the pros and cons kept coming out even.)

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  4. Ms.Bunns April 20, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Oh and a bit of a sidenote, I just bought a doll from ccToys and shipping was included in the price. Maybe you should check out for yourself… I know free shipping makes a world of difference for me, it can be so expensive.

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    • Iphis of Scyros April 20, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Oh! Yeah, that *would* make a big difference! I should definitely check on that, see if it’s an “only some things get free shipping” thing. (If only I could remember if there was a shipping charge when I bought Romana there…)

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  5. aikifox85 April 24, 2016 / 1:15 am

    Too rich for my blood! I covet Blythes from afar. I don’t see myself spending more that $50 on any one doll (and not even that if I can help it)

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    • Iphis of Scyros April 24, 2016 / 8:06 am

      Yeah, I eventually decided that she just cost too much…though I have spent that much on a doll before, but it was always a bigger one. The size helps me pretend I’m not wasting my money quite as much.

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