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Unread 05-02-2016, 06:47 AM   #1
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Cheapest costume shop ? Chinese cosplay wholesaler ? Any help ? Experience ?

Hello,

Anybody has experience buying costumes from China ?

I think about China because I guess it's the cheapest, but if any other good place please tell me ?

I don't mind the quality so much as I always adapt my costumes and improve, I just need a base, any idea ?

Thank you to everybody.


ps: I am also interested by wholesalers as I might want to start selling my own creations if I could find good prices to start.
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Unread 05-02-2016, 02:27 PM   #2
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I've used Chinese costumes as bases before, and I can say that there are a lot of Chinese companies that do an acceptable job, so long as you're willing to modify, resew, and build off of them. I've purchased from EZcosplay before, and they seem to have some pretty nice bases. CSDDLinkcosplay is another alternative. If you have any other questions I would be more than willing to offer my experience on the matter if you PM me.
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Unread 05-03-2016, 03:53 PM   #3
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eBay is a nice place to start off at. They have a large selection of cosplays that you can browse through. When buying it if you want to start off safe, start with the known cosplay sellers, and if you're feeling daring go with AliExpress. The price at AliExpress can be cheaper, but research well before buying.
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Unread 05-03-2016, 04:20 PM   #4
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Procosplay is good! Redstarcosplay on etsy is very cheap, the quality can be bad, but if you're just using them to improve they should be fine
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Unread 05-09-2016, 03:20 AM   #5
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Thank you I will check ! Luckily one of the posters here didn't come to tell that Chinese costumes are dangerous and are will hurt me :-)
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Unread 05-09-2016, 11:49 AM   #6
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My bad, I assumed that everybody knew cheap polyester twill sewn by slave labor will give you hives.
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Unread 05-09-2016, 03:51 PM   #7
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When dealing with Chinese Companies, BEWARE the language barrier.

I dealt with Zentai-Zentai, and the experience was a nightmare. They couldn't get anything right and refused to follow simple instructions, then started nickel and diming me for services they confirmed included at the beginning of our correspondence. "Oh, that will be extra. Oh! This will be another $XX. If you want ___, it will be $XX more." I was completely fed up! When I finally got my suit, it was all wrong, so I ended up cutting it up and using bits and pieces of it to make the costume myself.
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Unread 05-12-2016, 01:04 PM   #8
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I've bought a Ciel and a Kirito cosplay both off eBay and they've held up very well the past 2 years from regular use, so personally the only complaint i have is a few bad stitches and the shipping times.
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Unread 05-12-2016, 05:39 PM   #9
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I've had some positive experiences with sellers on eBay and AliExpress but with these you really need to check the feedback carefully.

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Unread 07-16-2016, 06:22 PM   #10
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any update ?

hello, anybody has the name of a seller that was good lately ?

I am slow but still looking ! hahahaha

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Hello,

Anybody has experience buying costumes from China ?

I think about China because I guess it's the cheapest, but if any other good place please tell me ?

I don't mind the quality so much as I always adapt my costumes and improve, I just need a base, any idea ?

Thank you to everybody.


ps: I am also interested by wholesalers as I might want to start selling my own creations if I could find good prices to start.
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Unread 07-16-2016, 08:33 PM   #11
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nope, maybe about the price china is the cheapest, but how about the quality?
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Unread 07-17-2016, 03:22 AM   #12
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From my experiance all cosplay costumes, that you can buy from those stores are made in China. And there is no significant change happening inbetween a few months regarding price or quality. Their prices are already low, compared to what a commissioner would take for a personal order.

As always check their reviews and keep in mind that you can still end up with an unsatisfying product.
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Unread 07-21-2016, 12:14 AM   #13
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I think there's always a a little risk when it comes to buying from whole sale costumes from overseas/China. Not everyone can afford to pay up large sums of money for a commission or know how to make their own stuff, which is understandable.

Anyway, I ordered a costume from E.Z.cosplay for my husband, made sure to measure him and order an appropriate size. Sadly, it came in still a little too small, though a cosplay jacket ordered from there fit perfectly. Later I bought two-three cosplays from Cosplay.F.U.

The overall costumes came out well, I personally got a Sieglinde Sullivan Cosplay (Kuroshitsuji) and my Husband got a Lubbock Cosplay (Akame ga Kill) I would say for the price, they were overall good. This time, I got both cosplays custom sized after the mishap with EZcosplay. The dress itself came out perfectly, especially since I had it customized to be floor length instead of just to the ~lower knees like their preview showed. My husband's cosplay came out pretty well too. Might of not been the best fabric, but it still looked good for the price. My only complaint would be accessories they came with. The details fell off or a necklace was super cheap lace, but those could easily be replaced (choker) or resewn (glove accessories) on.

So in your case, I don't think going with a resale shop or costume shop from China would be bad. Just like others said, try looking into reviews (though in my experience they tend to be very mixed). I also recommend going with custom sizing if you can, and make sure you communicate if you want anything custom done to the cosplay. I only personally dealt with CosplayF.u.'s customer service, but they were pretty nice and there was only a minor issues with language barriers/mistakes.
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Unread 07-22-2016, 02:04 AM   #14
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I think it can be hit or miss. I dealt with cosplaysky through amazon and they were great, but I later emailed them through their main website and never got a response out of them.

I think whenever you get a chance you should probably custom size things though.
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Unread 07-22-2016, 04:12 AM   #15
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So in your case, I don't think going with a resale shop or costume shop from China would be bad. Just like others said, try looking into reviews (though in my experience they tend to be very mixed).
From my second hand opinion (only saw other people buying, never did it myself) its safe to say that those stores, no matter how popular, are a hit or miss. There seem to be a huge pile of satisfied customers, a decent sized pile of "its okay, I guess" experiances and then, out of nowhere, come the huge fuck ups and horror stories of the most messed up orders and no customer service at all.
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