1. The dolls are very cheap. The cost of materials on most dolls starts at over $100, so a site advertising lots of beautiful reborn dolls for the low, low price of $59 "if you act now!" is a scam. As temping as this price is, you will not receive anything that remotely resembles the doll in photos. People who have been conned this way have described what they did receive as an unpainted troll or good chew toy for their dog. And this is assuming that you receive anything at all. Some people don't.
2. Real artists show pictures of their work. Most have a nursery name and a social media presence. On a legitimate artist's social media page you will see a history of posts, often including work in progress photos of kits in various stages of the painting process. Read through the comments on the posts. With a legitimate artist, you will often find a lot of interaction between them and collectors.
3. Facebook and Google ads. Legitimate artists can't afford these like big doll factories can, so we don't typically advertise this way. Our advertising is done by listing on sites like this or any of the more popular e-commerce sites. You can still be taken advantage there as well, unfortunately, so go back to point #2. Research the artist. If your doll is being shipped from China, that is another huge red flag.
4. Silicone vinyl dolls. For some reason, these types of scammers haven't educated themselves on the difference. Either that or they are hoping to capitalize on the popularity of silicone dolls and decided to combine the two terms. There is no such thing as a "silicone vinyl" doll. The are either silicone or vinyl, never both, so if you see this term, run!
5. Doll descriptions are generic. If you look at the listings of legitimate artists, your will see that we take pride in our work and want to tell you all about it. We list the sculpt, sculptor, then plenty of detail that is specific to that particular doll. Scammers will have little to say for obvious reasons, so they take our pictures that they stole and write a generic description right beside their super cheap price.
6. If after doing all of your research you are still in doubt, ask the seller for a safety photo. A legitimate artist will have the doll in hand and will be able to provide you with a photo of the baby next to a piece of paper with a date or some other message on it.
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