I just cannot be bothered with people like these. I do always politely answer, and explain how much kits and materials cost and point out that after eBay/PP fees I do not make much profit even on $500 doll. AND then I block them.
Many years ago I made this doll:
It was a very cheap very dolly kit, that I got to practice making African babies, and was not very happy about my painting - I could not get the shading right. I listed her for $120, and got this woman trying to talk me down. Anyway, somebody snatched her just after I answered telling her she can have her for $100 if she picks her up and pays cash. Then she went on and on how her daughter needs a black doll, and there are none nice in shops, and how broke she is and would I make another one. Her messages were full of spelling mistakes, and so badly written, that I started to think English is not her 1st language. Then I let my imagination run wild, thinking that maybe she is refugee from Sudan. We had in that time several thousands coming here, and people were not nice to them, and I imagined little African girl who experienced some untold horrors before coming here, and how strange it would be for such child to be surrounded by white people, and not being able to have a black doll. Fortunately, I realized just in time she was just somebody who wanted something for nothing.
Friend of mine told me in that time that people who are really in dire straights do not do this; it’s opportunists who are trying to rip people off who are asking for ridiculous discounts.