Reminder: I am ANTI-RECAST.
I want to reiterate this occasionally:
I am against BJD recasts, I consider it completely illegal.
I have a zero tolerance policy for recasts when it comes to my services.
I am simply shocked by the whole culture out there who thinks recasts are acceptable. Just google the term, the results boggle the mind. One person literally wrote "Buying a recast should be a last resort". A last resort for what? BJDs are not kidneys! They are luxury items. If someone cannot afford one, that doesn't give them the right to steal one. Would you take a doll from a dealer's table at a convention and make off without paying them? Because that is the exact same thing.
1. Be careful when buying BJDs second-hand. Ask for CoAs; screenshots of the company order page with the seller's name listed; If your seller is not the original owner, contact the previous owner. It can be tedious - you have to decide how important it is to you to support the artists.
2. Be very careful with eBay!! Ebay is a rabid market for recasts, and often they are not marked as such. If a seller has 10 dolls in stock, and the price is lower than the company's price, IT IS MOST LIKELY A RECAST. If the seller uses the company's photos but does not state they are an official agent, IT IS MOST LIKELY A RECAST. If the seller lists something as "pretty BJD, free faceup" without mentioning the name of the sculpt and has several in stock, IT IS MOST LIKELY A RECAST. Sorry to say, most of these sellers are located in China, which is another red flag for buyers.
3. When in doubt about a third-party dealer like an eBay seller or a website (of which there are now disturbingly many exclusively selling recasts) - contact the legitimate company and ask if that person or website is an authorized dealer. Companies like Iplehouse, Soom, or FairyLand will answer very quickly to protect their COPYRIGHTED PROPERTY.
Thank you for buying legitimate BJDs! :)