Buying a cosplay VS Making a cosplay

Buying a cosplay PROS and CONS

Positives

  • Can find good prices
  • Best ideas if you can’t sew
  • Great if you have no time to work on a costume
  • Usually it’s good quality
  • Can be found online (eBay, commissioners) and offline (cons, anime stores, costume shops)
  • Commissioners allow variations requests
  • Less stress and mess (making costume can be stressful and messy)

Negatives

  • May not arrive on time for con
  • High Risk (no control over result)
  • Price may be higher than thought
  • Possibly poor quality
  • Possibly inaccurate
  • May be hard to keep in contact with seller
  • May not always fit properly

Buying online always has its risks since you won’t see the actual item until it gets there. Sellers might steal cosplayer photos and use them to promotes their costumes, so what you see could not be what you get. Commissioners sometimes have a great gallery but may not always put in the same effort on your costume. There is also the risk that it will get lost in the mail, arrive late, or never arrive at all.

Making a cosplay PROS and CONS

Positives

  • Can enter contests and say you made it
  • Learn many new skills
  • Possibly a lower price than buying
  • It can fit you exactly
  • Can be higher quality than bought costumes
  • Can be altered however you wish (ex. different length of skirt)
  • No added shipping costs, or waiting time
  • Low/No risk of getting scammed

Negatives

  • If you can’t sew, then it may turn out poor quality
  • High stress
  • May be disappointed with results
  • Much more work involved then buying
  • Can take a long time to make
  • Possibly get injured (sewing pricks, small burns)

Making a costume requires you to have some ability sewing, building, or crafting. If you have no costume making abilities and want to cosplay right away, it is probably better to commission it. But if you have the time and want to make your costume then the resources are out there.

Making A Cosplay Vs Buying A Cosplay

Making A Cosplay Vs Buying A Cosplay