Starter dolls are cheap (in bjd terms..) dolls. Being cheap, they don’t hurt your wallet as much as a more expensive bjd would, thus they are very popular among newbies.THIS IS NOT A BAD THING. Newbies learn and soon their bjd, cheap or expensive, will look awesome. However, it does make some snobby people look down on the cheaper dolls. They find them ugly and urge other newbies not to settle* and to save up for a more expensive doll.