Well, first off, I realized that I never actually recanted my harsh statement about Soom. They went through a bumpy transition period and made some big mistakes, but in the end they worked everything out. I have yet to order anything from them since the change, but that doesn't mean that I'll never order from them again. I'm still not happy about the shortened layaway period and I'm sure there are people who are still disappointed by IDealian being pulled off the market, but I understand Soom's reasoning behind both. I think opening a BJD store of my own has really helped me to better understand and sympathize with BJD companies (and I'm just a distributor)!
My own store, Resin Shop has run into some problems, but I think we are finally out of the woods. Dollzone, our main partner company, dropped us without notice right before we placed our order. I sent them an email stating that our order would be in on Feb 8th and they replied that they had decided to try out another distributer in my state! If this distributer didn't work out in 3 months time, they would go back to using me. Well, I know when I'm not wanted! -_- What I couldn't believe is that they would do this to me and not even have the decency to contact me and let me know! A couple days later, I found out that DZ had sent spies to a new rival company to sabotage them. After hearing this, I don't think I'd ever consider doing business with DZ again. They obviously care more about money than they do about people or dolls.
Lucky for me, Ring Doll and Impldoll stepped in and really picked up the slack. I am so lucky to be doing business with such great companies! AOD has been great as well! I'm also looking forward to working with Shelly from Fantaseyes! She has agreed to make some new eye designs to be exclusively sold by Resin Shop! We have also been in negotiations with Usagihime and will be stocking many of her wigs. all in all, things are really starting to look up for Resin Shop! ^_^
Well I'm officially plotzing! Mel Brooks, that gloriously mashugana jew has made another Broadway musical! This time it is of my favorite movie of his, Young Frankenstein! The only thing I don't get, is how it took me so long to hear about it. Supposable it came out in '08. O_o Well, needless to say, I immediately downloaded the original cast album. I'll have to keep an eye out for when the traveling company is back in Chicago. I just missed them (they were at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in December). ;_;
I've always been on Soom's side. I've defended them against spoiled brats with entitlement problems (even when I thought they were making some weird/bad shipping choices). I have never complained to them or harassed them for any reason. If I had a problem with one of my items, I'd calmly explain the problem to them without placing the blame on their company.
Throughout the past two years, I have bought numerous Soom dolls, clothes, shoes, eyes, wigs etc. In the past, I always recommended Soom to new doll collectors. I've always had good experiences with Soom and have wanted to help their company grow and gain success in the BJD world. Unfortunately, all that is changing now.
Soom is by far my favorite BJD company, but I think the time has finally come for me to back off. I'm not going to be a Soom apologist/supporter any longer! I think they have finally made a fatal error with this new confusing website and all the problems and surprise fees that have come along with it. I am very much against their new ID_ealian RP game and find it offensive, cult like and unwise for buisness. I hope Soom shapes up it's act soon before myself and others walk away for good. Till then, you can count me amongst the un-Soomed.
Note: A shortened version of this entry has been cross posted to Den of Angels under the Confusion Over Soom's New Site/Policies thread.
In order to deal with being broke, I started saving pictures of the things I would like to buy once I finally had some money. The top two things on my list were a pair of eProductSales Gabriel wings for my Soom Sard bjd and a specific pair of black lolita shoes from Ling Lam.
Now that I have over $200 in birthday money to spend, these items are gone! The pair of wings that eProductSales had up on Etsy have sold and they haven't responded to me about a commission. I just discovered that Ling Lam has drastically cut back on their stock and no longer carry the pair of shoes I wanted.
This is so unfair! Why am I always broke at the wrong time?! Sigh...I guess I'll put the money towards my final month of rent. Not a very fun birthday present, but at least its practical. I need to grow up anyway and stop expecting fun new "toys" for my birthday.
tldr: I'm being emo about something totally trivial and stupid.
Edit: Now the seller of the item I was bidding on on Yahoo Japan has blocked Celga so I can't get that either! WTF!!!!!!