Cosplayers have many choices for how and where to get their costumes. Those who would rather buy than learn to make have so many options, which is the right one?
Commissions have a lot of advantages over point-and-click purchasing from overseas bootleg websites.
"Custom Fit" really means custom-fit
Most bootleggers don’t actually custom build any costumes from scratch, they simply choose a pre-made costume that matches some but not all of the buyer’s provided measurements. A commissioner genuinely works from your measurements and builds you a costume meant to fit you exactly.
Higher Material Quality
Commissioners can choose to use better fabrics rather than the cheap, flimsy polyester materials that mass produced costumes contain. Higher quality materials mean longer-lasting costumes you can wear again and again – and wash without fearing that the fabric may tear or bleed.
Customer Service is fast and easy
When buying from a mass-producer overseas, if you need to return or exchange your costume, there is no guarantee you will ever get satisfaction. It takes time for international shipments and your order can often get caught up in customs. Or, the company could refuse requests for repairs and refunds. A good commissioner will stand by their work, and repair or replace it if something has gone wrong.
The price point isn’t drastically different between a commissioned costume from Strange Land Costuming and an oversees bootleg, especially when shipping is added. Gone are the days of $50 costumes, even throwaway Halloween costumes are $65-100 now. Shopping around will find that a commissioner may only be charging $50 over the bootleg sites, not $200 or more.
Any Costume! No Matter How Rare
That rare costume you want? You can actually get it. Mass-producers may carry one default costume for a character but not the five other costumes they wear over the course of the series. If you want a costume that no overseas bootleg company carries, you have to either make it yourself or have it commissioned.
SLC would love to be your commissioner of choice, and can promise you:
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