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The sadness thread 20 May 2013 21:25 #1

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Here we can post about anything that made us sad.

I'm sad because...
I lost three days to illness now. First a cold made my brain into cotton for two days and I could hardly breath and today my back almost killed me and I couldn't do squat.

I'm also sad because my newest amigurumi doesn't look one bit like on the photo and I'm sure to have done everything right.
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The sadness thread 24 May 2013 07:26 #2

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I'm sad because...

as a German user Ebay blocks me from almost all Asian offers now. So all the wonderful and rather cheap Re-ment offers from China etc are now offlimits to me.
Also is CoolCat, so I can't get any more new doll eyes. Their own web shop requires a phone number which I'm hesitant to give out and they have an US formatted address field which means their parcels will probably get stuck in the post if I order.

Ebay ruined my doll hobby. I just want to cry.

And the one big mixed lot of used Re-ments from Germany that I craved so, so much went for twice as much as I could pay.
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The sadness thread 28 May 2013 09:07 #3

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I'm not just sad but steaming angry!

Today I recieved a Re-ment order from Plastikpop, amongst them 4 sets of "Homemade Meals". Last time I got set 1-4 out of 8. The only sets I REALLY want from that series are 5 and 6 (a bread making machine and a nice meal), and maybe 7 (tiramisu).
This time I specifically asked them to be more creative with their drawing - and I get set 1-4 again!

Thank you. Over 20 Euro wasted on stuff I don't even like and already have. I didn't expect to get the other 4 and I'm always prepared for duplicates - since they're blind bags - but this clearly shows me that they just take the packages from the box one after the other and don't draw them randomly even when I beg. (I even got a mail apologizing that they can't promise me to send no duplicates!)
Another indicator is a Hello Kitty series I ordered 3 packs from. The only sets I don't like are 6 and 8 - guess what I got? Right, 6-8.

Which means from now on I will only order WHOLE boxes with 8 sets or none at all because everytime they open a new box because they restocked I'll just get the same stuff unless someone else orders some packs before I do.

This is effing expensive. This month I spent 150 (!) Euro on Re-ment, just to get two whole boxes of 8 and a few single packs.
But it's just no use to order a few packs from a series, hoping to get the sets I crave. It just means to buy more next month and the month after (until the stocks are gone) and getting duplicates over and over. I can rather try to sell those sets I don't like on Ebay and get a few pennies back after buying a complete set. In the long run that's cheaper.
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The sadness thread 28 May 2013 10:53 #4

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Just to say, the boxes aren't guarentee'd to contain a full set. Even if I bought a whole box of the blind bag ponies, that wouldn't guarentee I'd have a full set once I opened them all.
It is a bit poo that you got all the same stuff though. Bad luck of the draw I guess.
I remember liking birthdays, Getting older is exciting when you're just a kid. But now they're just reminders, Of all the things I haven't yet achieved. << Bangarang - Dave Giles
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The sadness thread 28 May 2013 11:12 #5

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With Re-ment, boxes DO contain full sets. I don't know about the series that contain a secret special set - I guess those would be missing one of the regular sets if you got one - but if a series has 8 sets there's 8 in the box and it's a full set.

I urgently have to learn to sculpt decently with Fimo. It's just so annoying that the things I crave most are hardest to make - especially things like that bread maker where the lid can be opened and such.

That makes me even more mad at Ebay for banning me from Chinese shops. They always had tons of great offers and now I can only see Europe, US, Japan and Taiwan. If I wanted that particular bread machine I'd have to pay 16 Euro from USA. And that series is only from last month and costs 5.50 new at Plastikpop so it's not even old and rare.

What few Re-ment is on Ebay Germany (currently 5 offers and often there go months without a single offer) goes for horrendous prices. But I bet when I place my duplicates there I'll get only peanuts, it's always like that.
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The sadness thread 28 May 2013 13:14 #6

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Wow, that is stupid Eph. Why does eBay block Asian shops for you anyway?
You would think they have a mixed barrel for the 'surprise' orders. It wouldn't be that much work and it is much fairer. Just have a spare box somewhere, take a few bags from each type, put them in the box and mix them up. Use the contents of that box for the small orders.

Outrageous prices for normal stuff reminds me of the time I searched for FFIX and the music of that game on eBay. I found stupidly high prices with words as 'super rare' among more normal offers. Final Fantasy IX isn't that well-known and relatively old, but it's not rare people. :lol:

By the way Eph, wasn't I supposed to post my last message from the Pet Thread from the old forum here? I don't mind writing something else but aside from Muis' name I don't remember what I talked about.
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The sadness thread 28 May 2013 13:26 #7

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(The rest of the pet thread is still on the old board, I just deleted some of the posts we already copied.)

Uh-huh, I have that on Amazon. There's a small booklet on Fimo birds that I'd like to have. I have the whole series, they cost ~7.50 a piece. Except for this one. It's out of print and the shops ask for ~1,400 for it. Same goes for a bead flower book.

Yeah, it really can't be THAT hard to at least take packages randomly from a box. They are all small cardboard boxes neatly stacked in two rows. I bet if they had given me the right row I would have set 5-8.
Geez... I totally overspent on Re-ment in the last months but they finally had some useful series after all that pink sweets and charms stuff in the last year. Now I must dig through all those boxes though and sort out a few mixed things to sell. I have too many pots and all that stuff.

I don't know why Ebay blocks those shops from me. I used to order from Mimiwoo in Hongkong (or Shanghai? I honestly forgot.). One day their shop came up empty for me. I asked them if they closed down and they said no, their shop was stocked as always. They asked Ebay customer service about this for me and were told that some countries were blocked from certain sites now.
Shortly after ReleaseRain was empty too, then last month CoolCat.
I looked all over my account if there's an option to change it back but can't find one. I asked customer service and got a completely unrelated reply. And I asked Lirael how the shops show up for her and she can see everything.
It sucks royally!
I hope they won't block Thailand too, that's the only shop where I found cute mini buttons for dolls and larger dolls.
I registered to Mimiwoo's webshop and try to register at CoolCat too but I can't register at every Asian site just to order one pair of shoes a year. Plus, I doubt the smaller merchants do have proper online stores. I bet I'm missing out on a ton of doll wig stores this way too now.

EDIT: See, here's a whole box. It has the sticker that a complete set is inside. I took out the last two packages and they contained set 7 and 8. Argh. I understand that they can't send every customer the sets s/he wants but they could at least draw them randomly to make it fairer.
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The sadness thread 28 May 2013 18:28 #8

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Well poop. That's REALLY bad luck of the draw with those then. =(
And eBay is poop for not letting you buy from China anymore. > . <
I remember liking birthdays, Getting older is exciting when you're just a kid. But now they're just reminders, Of all the things I haven't yet achieved. << Bangarang - Dave Giles
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The sadness thread 31 May 2013 12:55 #9

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I'm extremely disappointed in Plastikpop because they refused to send me the right side of a box. They are waaay to busy for that and on top of that it's just my imagination that the sets are sorted. But of course I could order a whole box of that series, then I'll have the missing sets for sure. Of course I was told that in the sweetest way possible, as always.
I think I'm done with Re-ment, and I'm very sad about that because I loved it almost more than the dolls. But when I put together the pics for my gallery I noticed this pattern in almost all series. I always have consecutive sets, and I seldom get those few sets I really wanted. When I buy a whole box there may not be too many sets I don't want in a series - 3 ugly sets in 8 is too much, given the hassle with Ebay. So overall I don't think there will be anything left to buy for me.
Well, it's their loss. I cried hard for two days though about my ruined doll hobby. Now I dislike Plastikpop and Ebay sucks due to the region locks as mentioned. I'm just stuck and unhappy and for most things don't know how to still get them.

On another note, I'm not so much sad but baffled.
Since the neighbours blare their radio all the time now (sometimes from 8am till after midnight) and I'm so unnerved by the constant yada-yada coming through the wall (and they had other ticks already which were just as loud or louder!) I ordered a noise prevention headset.
What I got today was two separate shells for the ears and a booklet in a box that had been clearly used before. The items were even dirty. Those things are for attaching to a helmet though - the headpiece and neckpiece for wearing them separately were missing!
They are on the photo on Amazon and they are listed in the booklet as contents of the box. So I wrote the seller and asked about the missing parts.
A few minutes ago I got a call from someone who barely spoke German. He told me I had ordered the wrong product, it IS for wearing on a helmet on a construction site. I told him that this is not what is shown on the picture, it's not what's written in the booklet and those students, gardeners and hobby crafters who wrote reviews certainly didn't wear hardhats.
Then suddenly he told me then they'll give me the money back and I can throw the item away.
WTF?!
First I'm too dumb to buy the right thing, then I get my money back? And no working item as requested?
Oookay... Now I'll wait for the money and then I'll try to buy those things from another merchant.
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The sadness thread 04 Jun 2013 10:39 #10

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Wow Eph, you've the worst luck with shops! But do you really feel your doll hobby is ruined? There is still a lot you can do right?

I'm a little sad because Muis (one of my new rabbits) is still so afraid of me and very panicky. Which leads to me having to pick her up in an uncomfortable way because she keeps running and jumping, but because of that she stays afraid. :( I got to have more patience and hug them a little more. Right now I have too little contact with both of them because I don't want to put up with the hassle Muis always causes.
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