The Scuba, Skyscraper, RC Clothing, First Season Limited Edition etc. we’ve heard it all. Probably to a person out with the Stardoll website these titles mean nothing, but when you step into the online world of Stardoll – just uttering these few titles can make any member squeal in delight and sometimes in horror and disgust.
I’m not specifically sure when this all became such a massive part of Stardoll. In 2006 having clothes on Stardoll didn’t really mean anything as it was all about the dress-ups but now in the early months of 2011 this has all changed. It is astonishing how the main focus of one website can change over a span of five years. Before it was all about dressing up your favourite celebrities online in any shape or form but now it is seems to be all about the Medolls and how we perceive ourselves through Stardoll with the hundreds of blogs, thousands of clubs, magazines and all the other works. What happened to such an innocent site?
I don’t know whether to state that including Real Life Brands on Stardoll was a good idea or not. It brought that sense of reality to Stardoll but it has also caused breakdowns in friendships, hacking of accounts and scamming of other classified rare items and stardollars. I’ve heard some terrifying stories of fall outs between friends online and in real life – just because they thought they could trust this one person with their password and the other would do anything for a slice of rare – even betraying their own friend. Once you have read those stories you definitely know this whole mess has gone way too far.
I cannot understand why people strive for such things nowadays. We have the Limited Edition and Antidote and other Real Brands such as Killah and Miss Sixty – why strive for more expensive items when you could by lots of pretty new things? I’ve been in that situation – before the release of anything LE or Antidote – and it really isn’t a good place to be. Trust me, having over four years experience on Stardoll I’ve seen the lot. I don’t know how much money I wasted at the time and the whole “Rare” business essentially led up to the hacking of my own account.
What frightens me the most is that people are
wasting spending all their money on virtual clothes – not because they like the design but because they see this as a status symbol (much like the Diamond of the Stardoll Royalty). Now I’m going to take this Diamond as an example. I’ve had people message me previously, asking about the Diamond and how to receive this little icon because they “need” it. I’m not twisting their words now, they literally stated that and they were actually being serious. It boggles my brain that people think to receive some amount of respect or praise on this website that you need to have a little blue diamond next to your Avatar. That’s not true at all and wasting money on this site just for that icon isn’t worth it at all. The same can be said for rares.
I’ve seen little debates on the comment section on some Stardoll blogs and people use this statement as some excuse for their erratic spending. “I’m addicted. I just have to have it all”.
Sure enough I’m not going to hold a grudge against anybody because they own rares but what truly worries me is the fact that so many members of Stardoll now are only buying these pixels because of how they think people were perceive them after they purchase these rares.
Shouldn’t you only buy items on Stardoll if you actually like the design and not what it stands for in the Stardoll society?
I received that amount of self content when people asked me for my old rares (when I collected them) and letting them down. Knowing that I had something that they didn’t. Looking back it wasn’t such a great feeling and it was pretty petty of me to think so at the time.
I’ve seen those Guestbook exchanges between other members on Stardoll when dealing/trading for Rares. Others looking down on certain members and claiming that they should “Brush up” their amount of rares. So now Rares are like little trophies, signifying how much money you have spent on Stardoll? Or are they just little ornaments to decorate your Suite for other naive members to look in awe? Do they stand for something completely different or are they just a bunch of over priced pixels?
Some may deem these items innocent, but when you look at it this perspective then I wouldn’t think so. All the hacking stories and scamming claims – the majority of these cases include the exchanging of “Rares”. My hacker didn’t touch a single thing on my account – they only emptied out my little Stardollar purse and took all my expensive items. Just shows that these people only want the one thing and they’ll go to all the lengths just to do so.
We see the so-called “Elites” of Stardoll, with a RC handbag strapped to their virtual wrists. With these gossip blogs and other projects – many members look up to these people and I’m sure the thought goes into their heads that by owning several amounts of expensive clothing online makes you somebody, somebody special. The majority of members I have met through Stardoll are there to fill a hole in their own real lives. Whether that may be through friendships or the creativity space – and some people are here for acceptance. People want to be accepted in the Stardoll society and the people who desire it the most will occasionally do the most terrible things and in the end they’ll be permanently branded “Famewhores”.
Not a nice to title to own or to have. Some people take pride in this – I would be more or less ashamed of myself.
I think everyone can admit that these gathering of pixels in our computer/laptop screens are nicely arranged and do look very nice on our Medolls but I don’t believe they aren’t worth their hefty price. They aren’t even as limited as Limited Edition. I have seen so many Scubas and Skyscrapers around Stardoll that it is actually quite hard to fathom.
Dictionary definition of Rare:
1. coming or occurring far apart in time
These items – I believe – are really only branded Rares because of the amount of Stardollars that need to be paid in order to own them which only a selective amount of Stardoll members can afford/are willing to do so. Not because there are so few (I’m discussing the DKNY and such like – not RC which is a different story).
I also believe that even Stardoll could not predict what the release of all these Real Brands and Starbazaar would create in the future.
I’m not telling people they cannot search for rares – I’m only stating that if you are doing it for justified reasons then yeah sure, go ahead. However if you are just looking for something to hang up in your wardrobe and something of a status symbol then I would really think twice if I were you.
Short rant I know, may build it up later but it is 2am in the morning.