Buying Cosplays Online?

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#1 Xion_Farron on 1 year ago

I am sorry if this isn't the right section for this topic, if not feel free to move it to the proper one if possible.

I am working on a project for school and I want to hear your stories about experiences buying costumes, props, accessories, anything for your cosplays online. Good, bad, anything. If possible, please include where the store is located.

#2 Mangochutney on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Xion_Farron;5051883]please include where the store is located.[/QUOTE]

China. They are literally all in China.

#3 ShinobiXikyu on 1 year ago

Unless you need really really recent reviews and such, take a look in our commissioner review subfotum. Lots of people sharing their buying experience both stellar and abominable.

#4 Xion_Farron on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Mangochutney;5051886]China. They are literally all in China.[/QUOTE]
I've heard of a few in the US, forgot their names though. But yeah most of them are in China.

[QUOTE=ShinobiXikyu;5051887]Unless you need really really recent reviews and such, take a look in our commissioner review subfotum. Lots of people sharing their buying experience both stellar and abominable.[/QUOTE]
I'm just looking for stories from people buying cosplay online. But I need to gather the info myself for my project. That's why I started this thread.

#5 xRenascent on 1 year ago

I've only bought one cosplay online and it was from eBay. It was my Asami Sato cosplay. Only gripes I have are:
[list][*]The gloves they made were horrible. They didn't even fit right. I ended up buying leather gloves of my own and made an electrified glove out of one of them.
[*]I gave them my measurements, and while it fits me fine, I wish it was more form-fitting like Asami's actual outfit in the show.[/list]

Otherwise, I think the cosplay was [i]okay[/i]. Would I buy from the store again? Maybe. It was my first cosplay though so I can't really say much else about it otherwise. Now that I have experience cosplaying and sewing, I also have slightly higher expectations from me and other sellers.

#6 Syon on 1 year ago

I never brought a cosplay online (but might in the future), but it seems like the outcome can vary greatly. You can get everything from decent stuff (considering you don't expect the most fancy thing ever for the price) to absolutly horrible, "how-could-they-even-ship-this?!" stuff.

#7 Mangochutney on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Xion_Farron;5051888]I need to gather the info myself for my project. That's why I started this thread.[/QUOTE]

You can also gather the info by researching people's first-hand accounts in that thread. You do not need to be told directly; the information is still the same.

(And since this is a school assignment, part of the point is that you learn to look up information and find resources. Relying on people to tell you directly won't get you much info, or a broad scope of info. Your work will be more informative and useful to you if it involves better research. If what you're specifically looking for is anecdata rather than specific info, mention that. It changes how people respond.)

#8 Milky Bubbles on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Xion_Farron;5051888]I've heard of a few in the US, forgot their names though. But yeah most of them are in China.


I'm just looking for stories from people buying cosplay online. But I need to gather the info myself for my project. That's why I started this thread.[/QUOTE]

Well, first things first:

What kind of project is this? Do you need to do research or are you just going to rattle off various information you gather from people here on the site?
I ask because if I am going to help you, I want the information to remain relevant!

Anyway, as I am sure it was mentioned, I would definitely take a look at the Commissioner Review Thread for stories!
I have stories of my own but it really depends on if you mean cosplays that were bought pre-made from a mass production website or whether you mean cosplays bought through a commissioner.

The stories are totally different depending on which end of the spectrum you're referring to but if someone's item was bought from a mass production website, the stores are all holed up in China(and maybe a couple in Japan somewhere) so you aren't going to get any variation with that one.

I can relay stories to you through Private Messages since my stories/descriptions of my interactions with commissioners is detailed and long-winded to ensure I don't leave anything out.
I don't typically blurt out about a mass production website I buy from unless the experience is just absolutely awful but I also never wear the costumes as they come, I always end up changing them and altering them to the point where it's barely recognizable as the site's product...but I can try to sit and think of stories about things I have bought in the past to try and give you some information!

#9 emland on 1 year ago

My daughter asked me to make her a costume for Toko Fukawa from Danganronpa. I took one look and saw pin tucks. Nope! Not going to do that kind of detail work, don't have time or patience at this point.

Searched and searched. Really wanted an American based company because I really didn't trust doing business with a Chinese company. Couldn't find one that wouldn't have cost serious money.

Bit the bullet and ordered. They took her measurements and made it to fit perfectly. My daughter is modest and wanted it extra long. Told them the length and it was spot on.

I can't remember the company or I would share. The jumper, skirt and scarf with shipping cost $60. I don't think I could have made it myself for that cost - material alone and not my time. I was surprised and pleased.

#10 ChibiDannimon on 1 year ago

i cant find anyone other than andromeda latex that makes an accurate Evangelion Plugsuit. Sure theres latex catfish but their clothing gives people skin irritation.

#11 Milky Bubbles on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=ChibiDannimon;5051941]i cant find anyone other than andromeda latex that makes an accurate Evangelion Plugsuit. Sure theres latex catfish but their clothing gives people skin irritation.[/QUOTE]

Not at all relevant to the point of this thread but I wanted to drop a possible suggestion for you:

Try Lady Lucie on Etsy!
She made a rad EDI suit and I feel like she could possibly take a swing at a plug suit!

#12 DevilinDetail on 1 year ago

Alright. I have some experience with buying costumes.

First, I cannot recommend any single store. I recommend rooting around in Ebay, Amazon, and looking up misc costume shops. There are some varieties of common costume sellers:

1) Chinese sellers. These have costumes that generally cost from 70-120$. They are usually quite low in quality, made from this odd texture that almost all of them use. They're not that bad, if you pick the right one; generally you should check as many shops as possible for one with as many correct details and coloration as possible, then do your best to fix it up if necessary. (for example, I recently purchased a Amestrian officer uniform. I darkened the coloration by staining it, then added some details they left out, such as ranking badges.) Also, make sure you choose a size that leaves about an inch to half an inch space more than your actual measurements, as these costumes will be very tight fitting otherwise. I also recommend purchasing pants, gloves, etc separately, as they are often incredibly shitty.

2) Used Costumes. These vary incredibly heavily and price, and usually cover both the chinese costumes mentioned above, and custom works. Make sure you check the size is right before even considering purchasing these.

3) Commissioned costumes. These generally ballpark 200-1k+, depending on quality and type. If you choose to go this route, I recommend splurging all out. Cosplay.com's Commissions section has a pretty good group of commissioners, iirc.

tl;dr if you're not going to make your own costume, you'll need to get a subpar chinese costume and fix it up, or shill large amounts of money. Or not fix it up, but that'll be pretty bad.

#13 POOTERS on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=DevilinDetail;5052007]Alright. I have some experience with buying costumes.

tl;dr if you're not going to make your own costume, you'll need to get a subpar chinese costume and fix it up, or shill large amounts of money. Or not fix it up, but that'll be pretty bad.[/QUOTE]

Yeah almost everything commissioned has some problem or some issue that needs to be addressed. I would say the biggest single issue I run into is they don't match the color right. So if you're commissioning, try to make sure the color is right before they send it to you.

Two sites I reccommend are cosplayhouse and cosplay fu, in fact I just commissioned some stuff from cosplay fu.

#14 DevilinDetail on 1 year ago

Oh yeah, and always remember:

Never order cosplays late. Always make sure you order them at least a month in advance. Chinese cosplays take ages to deliver, and most commissioners will also take a while.

#15 Milky Bubbles on 1 year ago

Yikes, it looks like everyone is missing the actual point of the post, haha.
The OP is not asking for recommendations or tips, they're wanting stories(it seems) from people to beef up a report for school!

[QUOTE] I am working on a project for school and I want to hear your stories about experiences buying costumes, props, accessories, anything for your cosplays online. Good, bad, anything. If possible, please include where the store is located.[/QUOTE]