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10 September 2009 @ 01:47 am
Bootlegs  
I've been looking at some figures recently on eBay, but I'm having trouble figuring out what's a bootleg and what's authentic.

Some of them are easier to figure out, like the Playing Arts figures and some of the random low quality key chains, but I was really looking at the Prop Plus Petit figures... and I can't tell at all if they're fake.

Does anyone know if fakes were made of these? Or any ways to tell the fake from the real?

Thanks.
 
 
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Cat Spectacularpyro_edward on September 10th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
I bought the PPP figures on the assumption that they are knock offs. ...I really just wanted the charms to make crap out of. I plan on buying the "real" PPP figures sometime, but until then I will enjoy having throwing knife, Black Hayate, and apple pie earrings.

I'm not sure if they're fakes or not, but they sure seem like it. $70 a box vs. $15... Yeah, gonna have to say that be a bootlegger. Not to mention these people are selling them in boxes of nine (unopened) instead of boxes of ten like they SHOULD come in. Suspicious? I think so, especially if they say the boxes are "unopened". I doubt they can tell that they are giving you nine unique figures when sending you nine unopened boxes. =P

You can't really tell from photos, either, since bootleggers do tend to use stock photos.
RosaLuirosalui on September 10th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
Greg Ayres did a panel on bootlegs once. ^^' If you found the clips (probably on youtube) I'm sure they'd help you.
live4him4evalive4him4eva on September 10th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Personally, who cares if it's bootleg if you'll enjoy it just as much?
Unless you have a problem with supporting bootleggers, then I understand. -nod-

Also, I know nothing about this subject. If I just said something really stupid, blame my ignorance.
armor-alchemistarmoralchemist on September 10th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Well the problem with supporting bootlegs is that you are doing harm to the licensing industry...

So, yeah. It's either I buy nothing or I buy the real thing.
D:: just passing bymilchstrasse on September 15th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
It's rather hard spotting bootleg merchandise online, especially if the seller uses official pictures instead of pictures of actual product merchandise (or, in some cases, the seller uses pictures taken by other people). I think it would be wise to do some research first: like how much the PPP series sells for at online stores with good feedback and reputation, e.g. HLJ, Kid Nemo, etc. Then compare them to the sale prices on eBay. If the deal sounds too good to be true, it's most probably a knockoff.

It would probably be better to get the said set at a store you can trust. I checked, and HLJ has this in stock: http://hlj.com/product/BAN957489