How to Spot ‘bootleg’ figures WHILE BUYING

Ebay is probably the most fishy place to buy anime figures off of. You have to take many steps to make sure that the one you’re buying is real, and not a ‘bootleg’. I searched ‘hatsune miku figure’ on ebay. Look what came up! Let’s look at the first one:

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Pretty good price, eh? For a figma that is usually $120.00? A top rated seller? Free Shipping? Wait. Hold on a second. That. Is. So. BOOTLEG. I don’t know if you know a lot about ads, but if you do, this item has a case of glittering generalities.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glittering_generality <— go here to learn what ‘glittering generalities’ means) Okay, so we know to avoid that one. But, lets look a little closer to prove it…. Okay so, first we see the ‘free shipping’ symbol on the picture. Also, it states, ‘more than 10 available.’ I personally think that is sketchy. Look at the item location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong. When you buy figures, be careful to NOT buy from some Chinese sellers. I always try to get figures from the U.S, or straight from Japan. Also, look at the history of how many sold! 7 people. 7 of those people didn’t watch out. That could have been you- but luckily, I saved you from fraud. Okay, to REALLY insure you that this is bootleg, you might want to read the description:   If I were you, I would ONLY BUY if the seller states the figure is authentic. This Miku Sakura Figure was a LIMITED EDITION only available in Japan. For 1.99? No.

Woah. I think this one speaks for itself. REAL!   Now, I will give you some challenges:

Okay, so here’s the description…..

So…Which is it? Real? or Fake? Obviously FAKE!

Ready? Here’s how I could tell…

1. Shipping from china

2. Never said it was real in description

3. Unreasonable price

4. In the title, It was called a ‘toy’

5. Also in the title, It says ‘Luka Megurine’ which is not the character.

Note* Just because it is MADE in china doesn’t mean it’s fake. Pretty much all anime figures are made in China.

Okay, so I think you get it. Don’t be one of those people!

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About animizzi

Salutations! I'm Izzi. I love anime and Japan and started blogging on wordpress Feb.12,2012. I hope you enjoy my blog! ^^

Posted on February 14, 2012, in Anime Figures. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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