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I'm not leaving the hobby in a huff or anything like that but the part of the hobby that includes buying new dolls requires a greater time commitment than I am able or willing to make. And let's face it, they aren't exactly cheap either so the financial commitment is an issue as well. With two young children to raise and the price of dolls and action figures going up while income does not, something has to give. For now, at least, Mia will probably be my last new PN purchase.
That's not a bad thing at all though. I've been able to amass a nice little crew and find several dolls on my "want list" at reasonable prices, so I consider myself very fortunate in that regard. I also want to spend more time documenting the adventures of my existing girls rather than just acquire more to put on a shelf somewhere.
A hobby should be fun, although it can also be difficult, frustrating and even disappointing at times but spending an evening sitting at my computer, hoping for a chance to buy something I wanted was no fun at all. Even though I actually managed to pre-order this doll and I am pleased that I didn't miss out, the episode convinced me that this isn't how I want to spend my usually limited spare time.
*Addendum* OK, so maybe not so freakin' fast since Mia has remained available for pre-order at HLJ for at least 8 hours. Admittedly, this is during late night and early morning in North America but it's still shocking that she's been up for sale this long.