Has anyone come across so-called “Haunted Dolls” for sale on online sales sites? What do you think about them?
Naomi and I have noticed this more and more often and I admit that it worries me. Not because I believe that all these dolls are cursed or haunted or that they are “spirit dolls” a term I’ve come across recently but because I feel that sellers may be using these descriptions to charge more than the doll is worth. We hate it when we see buyers being ripped off.
First of all I want to say that I am open minded about spirits. It may well be that there are restless souls who appear to some of us. Our mum told us such stories and Naomi has seen things that are hard to explain any other way. However, we are also aware that there is often a practical explanation for these things too. Like the haunted voice we heard at 2am that turned out to be her computer’s virus checker saying “Scan completed”. So while we concede that there may be the odd doll that has a spirit attached we do not believe there are huge numbers of them out there.
I am sure that in at least one previous post I have complained about the trend of calling old dolls “Creepy”. I get it that some people don’t like dolls, that’s fine but every old doll is not Chucky.
Now I want to talk about the “spirit dolls” because whilst browsing Etsy the other day I came across a seller who had several of these dolls for sale. These were not ugly dolls and in fact the one I stopped to look at I found rather attractive so I read the description. It was really long and talked about the doll as if she were a real baby or at least the spirit of a baby. The seller talked about how many people have claimed to see the doll’s eyes move and that they said she was alive. She also talked about seeing auras etc. This seller gives a disclaimer that she can’t be responsible for any paranormal events and that she will only sell to people over 18. The doll looks to be a modern vinyl baby, a nice one but is she worth $688? Curious, I checked out the seller who is Australia based. There were 20 other “Haunted Vessels” in her inventory. All different types of dolls and some of them costing more than a thousand dollars. I’m not going to show the sellers ad. She may be selling these dolls in good faith and she certainly has a lot of happy customers going by the reviews. I don’t want to call her out if she genuinely believes in what she is doing. However, I don’t feel happy about it.
Another doll I found comes with the claim that she has powers to influence the decisions of the people around her. The seller says the doll is very old. It’s a vinyl doll from the 1960s by the look of it so not that old to me. She says that it’s eyes change to milky white as if it is some kind of power. I’m sure we’ve all seen old dolls with milky eyes. This seller too has a lot of “haunted dolls” again all kinds of dolls of varying types and ages. One is actually a 1990s Ken doll. They all seem to have detailed stories.
Etsy apparently has rules about how “haunted” items must be described which is why the sellers publish a disclaimer. Here is one I copied from one of the sellers.
So I guess that they are not doing anything illegal and they are not all as expensive as the first group of dolls I mentioned although looking at them just as old dolls I feel the sellers are charging more than they are worth. If you go to Etsy or eBay or any of the other online sellers and do a search for haunted dolls or spirit dolls I’m sure that you will see many of the same type of thing that I’ve described. I suppose that if the people who buy them believe that they are what they are claimed to be they may feel that they are worth it. I guess I am too pragmatic a person and too skeptical to believe that it’s not about the money though. I’m also concerned at the idea of people messing with spirits when they shouldn’t be. I feel the same about Ouija boards.
I could take one of my old dolls and sell her as a creepy or haunted doll and if I wrote convincingly enough about it people might believe it. That is my point. In fact all the photos in this post, except for the featured image, are of dolls that belong to me. Some people might consider them creepy because they are a bit faded, have wonky eyes or look old.
I’d be very interested to hear what readers think. Are these dolls a rip off or are the sellers genuine believers? If you have had a strange experience with a doll tell us about it.