Where and how to buy Dollfie Dream?
I thought it would be very helpful to have a little guide on my blog on where and how to buy Dollfie Dream. So beginner in this hobby wil get some useful information and links about the popular dolls. So here we go with some infos about getting standard and limited dolls from Volks and how to participate in their lottery.
Please note that I am not from USA (they have a different online Shop) so this guide might not exactly work for the Volks USA Website Store. But I am pretty sure they have similar workflows.
Volks Website Store
No matter if standard or limited Dollfie Dream – first of all you need an Account at Volks and a credit card or paypal.
Attention regarding PayPal there is now still a workaround with PayPal: Like stated in my previous post “Dollfie Dream & Paypal” you have to write Volks an E-mail with your order until the problem is solved (in 2019).
Limited Dollfie Dream
Volks frequently releases limited Dollfie Dream for pre-ordering. This means you can pre-order them for a limited period of time. You won’t need to participate in a lottery for these dolls. There will be usually a time schedule which will be announced by Volks. There you can see when you will be able to get your Dollfie Dream.
A lottery for a Dollfie Dream?
Quite the contrary to the “pre-order” Dollfie Dream – There are some releases which will also have a limited “run” or “edition”. So if you want one of these popular limited Dollfie Dream, you have to win in a Lottery from Volks first. So there are same chances for everyone who want to participate in this event in order to win a specific doll.
Keep in mind even when it is called a “lottery” or “winning” a Dollfie Dream it does not mean you will get it for free! In these cases you “only win” to be able to get this release. You still have to pay for it afterwards. Usually there are also some offers for Volks Dollfie Ball-jointed-Dolls. Or even period limited offers for some lovely Outfits, these won’t need to be won first though.
When are these lotteries?
This is variable but usually during a several day lasting doll event in Japan. Attendee on this event can also take part at the lottery directly. Volks always makes sure to announce these chances and events pre-dated. So you cannot miss them, if you are following their news feed. The releases or characters who can be “won” will also announced early enough.
Some examples for further limited Dollfie Dream releases.
How to take part in the doll lottery?
Volks made it for oversea customer possible to take part in these lotteries aswell, and it is super easy too!
First, as stated above, you’ll need an account at Volks Website Store and a credit card or paypal. Log into your account while the event is going on. The next steps are super easy – just “shop” your desired Dollfie Dream like a “normal” order. Volks will offer you the chance to put the limited doll into your shopping cart and proceed with your order as usual. If you want more than one limited doll, or other items you have to make another different order. You can only get one limited doll through one order – also you can only take part once for each limited doll offered by Volks!
After “ordering” your limited Dollfie Dream Volks will send you an E-Mail with your order and a confirmation for your participation. Is the event over, the winner will be announced. Again Volks will contact you through E-Mail and the result for your order. If you won (congratulations 🙂 ) Volks will now draw in your money for the doll.
Prices and infomations like schedule, or guides how to take part will be released before the event from Volks. Please also consider possible custom duties for your order too.
Tutorials from Volks
Volks Lottery Entry via Order Sheet
Alternative of getting a limited Dollfie Dream
So sadly you can not always win a doll lottery, or sometimes you really want to get an older release which is not produced anymore. So how to buy a Dollfie Dream which is sold old? There is still hope and with some luck you are still able to get your doll later on aswell.
Usually with a bit more effort and a higher price – but not impossible! Second-hand platforms like ebay are surely nothing new to you. These would be a first and good place to go. To get a wider range of results you should search for “worldwide” offers. Because in most cases and especially for older released Dollfie Dream can mostly be found in various countries. Or at least you have a higher chance to find a great offer! 🙂 Also you should search with english terms (if available).
Also private offers are stated as “WTS” (want to sell). Please take care though that you will have and get a serious and trustworthy offer. It’s never wrong to make a little inquiry to see if the person is “real”. However remember that you might be a bite more safe through more and respected platforms.
Remember to check the scope of supply and in which condition the doll is. Custom duties should also be consideres before you buy the doll.