This may seem like an odd question, but I've been spending a lot of time on BJD forums lately and there's often a lot of hubbub over owners who have more than one of the same type of limited doll, because they're "taking away the change of owning" that doll from another fan. Now, that may seem totally unrelated, but when you think about it a lot of lolita clothes are very limited, especially print series. Even more sought after are shirred items that can fit larger lolitas. I'm just about at the edge of what most non-shirred or partially shirred clothing will fit- I'm not necessarily "plus size" but I'm busty and so I'm often just an inch or two over the sizes of non-shirred items. However, there are a lot of girls with much larger measurements than I have, and we may be competing for the same shirred items. There are also girls who fit into the regular sizes but choose to buy shirred dresses for whatever reason- they like the style, or they're too small for regular sizes and the shirring can "shrink down" to their size, etc etc.
So I wonder... if you're a larger lolita, do you ever resent people who are smaller than you buying shirred items and taking them off the market? I know that some of the fully shirred print items and such go for a lot of money (Closet Child's been pricing their larger items VERY high lately, and Meta who sell a lot to overseas lolitas and have larger items have gotten quite expensive as well) and are in high demand. So do you feel fully shirred items should be "left alone" by smaller lolitas and girls close to the maximum measurements should get more chances to buy them?
I have to admit, sometimes I've seen a photo of a cute skinny Japanese girl in a sold out shirred dress that I like and thought "Why do you need that, why not just buy the non shirred version?". It's jelousy, but is it warranted?
Just curious what you guys think. Hoping there can be a civil conversation- I'm not trying to start drama. I'm just curious to hear the opinions of the community.