easilyannoyedcamwhore:

demused-dolls:

bjdconfessions:

i think it’s weird that companies price things for how difficult they are to make (not the materials they use, but for the difficulty of building the object). the consumer, i would think, doesn’t usually look at their BJD’s clothes and go “WOWZA that was hard to make!” but more of a “WOWZA the final product is beautiful!”. i mean, the doll company can do whatever they want, i’m not the boss around here. it’s just weird to me.

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Why in the world would that be weird?  With most handmade items, the time and effort of creating the item FAR outweighs the actual material cost, so the cost is based on the time and effort involved in the item’s creation, not materials.

If an item took me 10 hours to make but I was able to already use materials that I had on-hand or got for cheap, it’d be crazy for me to price it less than an item that only took me an hour to make but cost me $20 in materials.

Obviously you have to factor in what the market will bear, but charging based on time spent rather than material cost is absolutely normal with many handmade goods.  For example, knitters who do custom work often charge per meter of yarn knitted, because otherwise (like, say, charging 3x material costs) they’re not being paid for their work.

You said it much more eloquently than I did :)

Yes, that.  I mean, honestly, if you’re talking about mass production, “paying only for the materials” would mean THERE WAS NO MONEY EARNED TO PAY THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THE STUFF.  Similarly, if it’s an individual, why would they want to be paid only for the materials and not for the time it took to put everything together? (Plus all the other stuff used to make the thing, like electricity, equipment, and the money it takes to have a place to make the stuff in.)

This is not something that only weird greedy doll companies do, either—it’s a basic part of all business.  If you want something made, you not only have to buy the materials, you also have to pay the people to make it, and you want to make a profit, first so you can pay for the things that are needed but not part of the product (like equipment, electricity, and that space to do the work in), and secondly so you can invest money into expanding the business, and finally so you, the company owner, can earn some money to live off of—after all of that other stuff is paid for.

This is all basic business, and I don’t know which I think is worse—the idea that people don’t understand this because it’s not being taught in school business classes, or the idea that people don’t understand this because they think it’s all just too abstract to have anything to do with anything in their own lives.

The simple fact is that the cost of *doing* business always exceeds the cost of materials. 

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emmavonskulltaker said: Mostly true! Except some people like me have a really short shoulder-to-bustpoint and I have to shorten straps on everything.

True =)  I was thinking about my bra-life-history of buying 34Cs and immediately making every dimension as small as the bras would let me, while at the same time being confident I was wearing the right size because I knew there was no way I could be a 36-anything (and 32-anythings were only available in regular stores in A or B cups as “training bras”) even if that’s what everyone around me seemed to be wearing. (For the record, now I know I’m a 30E, but was probably smaller still in high school, and we would have had no idea where to get the right size way back then.)

mere-vanilla:

dollsahoy:

birthdaypartyprincess:

rhube:

uterusfactory:

This is my look

Oh my goodness - I think this is the best thing I have ever seen.

My job, graphically depicted. <3

So I image searched for a source, and this is from a Courtney Love video.  Maybe everyone else knew that, but I didn’t.

Dollsahoy, you are best! Thank you for the sourcing.

You’re welcome!  I didn’t know if this was something that everybody knew or not, because I’m pretty clueless about pop culture stuff (unless I read about it on Tumblr *grin*)

mere-vanilla:

dollsahoy:

birthdaypartyprincess:

rhube:

uterusfactory:

This is my look

Oh my goodness - I think this is the best thing I have ever seen.

My job, graphically depicted. <3

So I image searched for a source, and this is from a Courtney Love video.  Maybe everyone else knew that, but I didn’t.

Dollsahoy, you are best! Thank you for the sourcing.

You’re welcome!  I didn’t know if this was something that everybody knew or not, because I’m pretty clueless about pop culture stuff (unless I read about it on Tumblr *grin*)

(Source: arcaneimages)

Basically, if the first thing you do, every time you buy a bra, is adjust the straps to the smallest length and fasten the hooks on the innermost set, then your bras are too big.

A bra that fits will fit with the straps at the longest length and using the outermost set of hooks—the whole reason for the adjustability being to take in the slack that develops as the bras age and lose their elasticity.

He says it was a complete accident because he was being silly and the kid wasn’t paying attention but the kid understood and didn’t have a problem with it.  Of course, being 6 years old, we don’t entirely know if that’s really how it happened (for either of them), but he’s still having tech privileges revoked for a while to make the point that not paying attention to what you’re doing can have results just as bad as doing things maliciously…

Spent the last hour making dust covers for all the things that will be denied as punishment, and also trying to figure out how to explain to a not-quite-six-year old who has spent very little time around other kids that, no matter what the other kid is doing, you don’t hit them, and, if it really was an accident, you have to say ‘sorry’ loudly and persistently until everyone around knows you mean it, because if you don’t tell your story, everyone else will tell the story they think happened.

Well.

We did not teach The Child to hit people, of course.

We apparently also forgot to teach him about not hitting people.*

Fun to get a call from the vice principal on his second day of his second week of school ever.

*And all the other permutations of bodily contact, like how, if it was a genuine accident, you have to apologize, immediately, and so other people know it, or, if the other kid started it, you have to let it be known verbally, to that kid and to others, that you don’t want to be part of whatever the other kid is doing.  (We don’t know the whole story, but there is the fact that the other kid didn’t say anything to anybody, either, and it was only when the teacher noticed the red spot that she asked him what happened.)  You don’t think about teaching all the ‘rules’ of social interaction when you yourself are an introvert who would rather not be around people…

oak23:

looking for francie clothes online more like

image

I have actually cut out the pieces for your dresses!  I’m on Tumblr right now procrastinating things I should be doing, but I hope to get to your dresses after that„,

cheshiretiffy:

peppermintcreampuff:

cheshiretiffy:

coolestninja1242:

cheshiretiffy:

dollsahoy:

oak23:

cheshiretiffy:

Alcoholic beverages of all types smell and taste like nail polish remover to me. I don’t know how people drink this stuff.

Literally the same here. Of course turns out I’m allergic to alcohol so.

My Mom always said,…

A friend of mine got very upset with me when I told her I don’t drink. I gave them all the reasons but they still didn’t seem to get it. I don’t like the smell, I come from a family of well known alcoholics and I had an uncle who by all accounts drank himself to death. Nothing about it is appealing to me and frankly I don’t get it. 

I’ve had the same happen with the neighbors. It just doesn’t make sense how “I don’t want to” is never good enough.

My neighbor’s husband said, “You don’t know what you’re missing!”. I know exactly what I was [not] missing, thank you.

I think some people feel judged if you don’t drink. You think the booze is bad so you must think they are bad for drinking it. Naw, man…I just don’t want any. It burns my throat and makes me sick to my stomach. I’d turn down a glass of soda if you offered it to me, too (though some people get cranky about that too…)

I have no issues with alcohol itself. If I actually enjoyed drinking it, I’d probably have tried my hand at wine/beer making because it’s truly an art. I don’t consider drinking yourself wasted to be A Good Thing, but enjoying it responsibly? Sure, why not?

Certainly, which is really kind of funny. They wouldn’t feel judged if they didn’t feel like they were doing something wrong.

I also don’t mind people drinking, as long as they’re not puking on my floors.

I  think they think that the non-drinker has chosen not to drink because the non-drinker feels it is the morally superior thing to do and therefore they are harshly judging the person who does drink, AND they get defensive about it because they wonder if what they think the non-drinker thinks might be right.  Or something like that.

But, yeah, no, I don’t like the way it smells or tastes.  I don’t like the way mint smells or tastes, either, but you know I’m not judging the people who get excited about Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies.

retrogradeworks:

cheshiretiffy:

pgirl1986:

child-of-aros:

bought a monster Girl  of ebay…coz…..and lookie who they stole the box art off….disgraseful really…as is the spelling apparently its a ‘ice and blob girls staater pack’ …..its actually a white skined draculaura clone

Woooow. Shameless.

Wow.

WHAT THE FUCK?!

And this is why RetrogradeWorks isn&#8217;t designing things to be made in China, because they&#8217;re already stealing her stuff without her bringing their attention to it.

retrogradeworks:

cheshiretiffy:

pgirl1986:

child-of-aros:

bought a monster Girl  of ebay…coz…..and lookie who they stole the box art off….disgraseful really…as is the spelling apparently its a ‘ice and blob girls staater pack’ …..its actually a white skined draculaura clone

Woooow. Shameless.

Wow.

WHAT THE FUCK?!

And this is why RetrogradeWorks isn’t designing things to be made in China, because they’re already stealing her stuff without her bringing their attention to it.