If you follow my blog, you know that this is my first doll convention ever. I had always sat at my computer at home and waited, holding my breath, as each doll was unveiled. I saved up my pennies, knowing I would have to pay secondary prices for anything I wanted. I begrudingly bought dolls at e-bay prices.
A friend of mine and I always say it's not fair to expect anyone to pay for your vacation. I still believe that is a fair statement.
This year I started planning for the convention last winter. I saved money. My friend was supposed to come with me and share the expenses. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and she was unable to make the trip.
When she told me she couldn't make it, I had already bought my Convention Package and reserved the hotel. I was disappointed. My darling husband told me, "I know how much this means to you. You're going to go. I'm going to take you."
As my significant other, he has another package of dolls. I wish it were easy enough to sell all of these doll at retail and make many people happy. However, he points out that he had to pay $400 for registration. He had to take two days off work. Had my friend come, I would've paid half the hotel expenses. That was an additional $400. Travel expenses to and from the convention had to be added in. We had to pay sales tax on the dolls. We stood in lines for HOURS. This was certainly no vacation. Especially not for him.
So, I guess I have changed my mind a little. Some of these inflated prices are fair when you figure in all the costs and trouble. When individuals sell spouse's dolls or dolls they purchased themselves, then it may be more fair to mark up prices. It really is a lot of effort, time, and money. And if I don't go next year, I may cringe just a little less for spending what I do on the dolls I want. Afterall, it will still be considerably less than I have spent this year, paying retail for the collection.