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When relatives buy you a present and it's a bootlegWhen relatives buy you a present and it's a bootlegDiary

NinaScottexNinaScottex5 years ago
This is something that just happened to me:
My aunt, a lovely person, has recently found out about my passion in anime, manga and figures, and was surprisingly interested! I was always known in my family as "the artist" because of my interest in art and comics since I was a child, so maybe they are used to seeing anime girls everywhere in my room.
Since my birthday was a month ago, she told me yesterday that she sent me a package. I had a feeling she could have bought something related to Japan! Today, it arrived safely, although the box was definitely treated poorly by the postal service >__>
While I was opening it, I recognized her... OMG IT'S MADOKA! Madoka in a kimono! I've seen this figure literally anywhere on the Internet, and my excitement was growing even more. My aunt sent me a Madoka figure! Hooray!

But then I remembered...
wait a minuuute...
isn't this that really expensive Madoka by Aniplex?

Suddenly, I got a bad feeling. My family isn't exactly rich and they don't know anything about buying figures on the RIGHT websites. So, uhm, it could only mean one thing...

BOOTLEG!

Ouch (゚´Д`゚)゚

When I examined the box, it became even more evident. Which is seriously sad. I still opened it to check my poor Madoka, obviously. I could never leave her there alone even if it's not original. Well... the quality is bad. Like, really, really bad. Her umbrella is so fragile that I'm afraid I could break it with my bare hands and the handle is made of metal, without any detail. The paint job is so poor that it makes cry. The materials used for her kimono are greasy and... uh... almost rubbery? Basically, anything you should NOT get on a figure. When I was a newbie I bought a lot of bootlegs at my local con (Romics) and when you compare them to the PERFECTION of the original works you start to become much more cautious... who could imagine that I would receive ANOTHER fake figure?

Still, she's undoubtedly adorable! Oh, how I wish she had not been a bootleg!

PICTURE #1360535
PICTURE #1360534

Soooo... in the end, I have a lot of mixed feelings. I'm seriously grateful for this gift because my aunt bought it for me to make me happy, and she even chose a popular character that I probably liked 'cause she didn't know which series I'm into (yes, auntie, I love Madoka!). On the other hand, I have another reason to be angry with the bootleg industry... not because "omg I don't want a DIRTY BOOTLEG in MY case! Get it away from me!" (jeez, I'm not an ungrateful little s**t). What makes me feel furious is that people (like my relatives) spend THEIR MONEY thinking naively that they are buying something authentic while they're not! I don't know how much she paid, but even if it was 10€, it's not fair. For the ones buying them, for the ones who are going to receive these figures and most importantly, for anyone who has produced it originally and gains absolutely nothing >:(

tl;dr I'll take care of this Madoka anyway, but as soon as I can I'll order the original figure and... I'll just pretend I was given her in the first place... poor auntie, she only wanted to send a present!
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Sonixa5 years ago#3384038Povera tua zia, lei ci ha provato x°D
Ma posso capire la tua frustrazione! Anche io, subito, ero ignara dell'esistenza di questi bootleg e mi sono fatta fregare più volte...infatti ora li detesto, non ne comprerei mai, mai più uno!
Sai come potresti risolvere la cosa? I miei a Natale mi hanno preso la Figma di Link perché hanno visto la mia wishlist Amazon, e ne avevo messa una che ero certa fosse originale! (Non ne esiste il bootleg ma puoi provare con altre figures da siti affidabili! La wishlist di Amazon può aggiungere preferiti anche da altri siti ;D )
La colpa é tutta di queste aziende che continuano a fregare la gente... mi spiace molto per te ma soprattutto per tua zia che ha voluto essere gentile ma é stata presa in giro! Ogni volta che vedo su eBay immagini ufficiali di una figure e scritto piccolo nela descrizione "chinese version, not japanese" vorrei tanto vederli bannati >_>

Non avevo pensato alla wishlist di Amazon! D: potrebbe essere una buonissima soluzione! Grazie dell'idea! ^w^
5 years ago
AWWW, That is soo sweet! If I was in that situation, I wouldn't say anything and Thank her for being so considerate and caring. She sounds lovely! My family would never do that! :)
5 years ago
NinaScottex5 years ago#3383802Thank you for so many comments! ^__^ I'm glad this post was interesting enough to receive many views. I see that this is a common experience for collectors. I agree that it's the person who made the present that matters, and not what you were given, this is why this Madoka is still a precious gift for me. I'm displaying her next to my manga and books, she looks very cute near them. I think I'll still inform my aunt that bootlegs exist, if only to prevent her from wasting her money in something that isn't legit! I actually appreciate any kind of thoughts from the people I love, however if her or another relative wanted to buy another figure for me in the future it would be better to tell them that they could accidentally buy a fake one. And for an awful price! As Rinnzlerr (and others) said:
In any case, it's good to mention that eBay is the worst place to buy this kind of things >_<;


No probs, bootleggers should never win or prey on the people who are not informed of their devious plans. Another idea that could help is a public wish-list for some of the sites you shop. Though that might be kinda hard for a figure wish-list, maybe a blog with specific links? Though that could cause double purchases if two people went with the same one. Now I feel like I'm over thinking this haha
5 years ago
Povera tua zia, lei ci ha provato x°D
Ma posso capire la tua frustrazione! Anche io, subito, ero ignara dell'esistenza di questi bootleg e mi sono fatta fregare più volte...infatti ora li detesto, non ne comprerei mai, mai più uno!
Sai come potresti risolvere la cosa? I miei a Natale mi hanno preso la Figma di Link perché hanno visto la mia wishlist Amazon, e ne avevo messa una che ero certa fosse originale! (Non ne esiste il bootleg ma puoi provare con altre figures da siti affidabili! La wishlist di Amazon può aggiungere preferiti anche da altri siti ;D )
La colpa é tutta di queste aziende che continuano a fregare la gente... mi spiace molto per te ma soprattutto per tua zia che ha voluto essere gentile ma é stata presa in giro! Ogni volta che vedo su eBay immagini ufficiali di una figure e scritto piccolo nela descrizione "chinese version, not japanese" vorrei tanto vederli bannati >_>
5 years ago
Thank you for so many comments! ^__^ I'm glad this post was interesting enough to receive many views. I see that this is a common experience for collectors. I agree that it's the person who made the present that matters, and not what you were given, this is why this Madoka is still a precious gift for me. I'm displaying her next to my manga and books, she looks very cute near them. I think I'll still inform my aunt that bootlegs exist, if only to prevent her from wasting her money in something that isn't legit! I actually appreciate any kind of thoughts from the people I love, however if her or another relative wanted to buy another figure for me in the future it would be better to tell them that they could accidentally buy a fake one. And for an awful price! As Rinnzlerr (and others) said:
Rinnzlerr5 years ago#3381372Like others have said I'd most certainly talk to her about it, casually of course. I know it's the thought that matters for the gift but there's definitely consequences if you just let it go. What if she ends up just buying bootlegs all the time?? You'll be angry at the bootleggers, sad that your auntie didn't know, and not really sure what to do with another bootleg. Pretty much if you don't talk to her, you be in this situation again when the Holidays roll around.

In any case, it's good to mention that eBay is the worst place to buy this kind of things >_<;
5 years ago
it sucks when that happens...but at least she got the right series from. I'm sure anyone from my family would gave me just a barbie doll XD;;
5 years ago
Happened to me too, my best friend bought me this little kise ITEM #172641 but apparently, it was a bootleg.
I never told him about it tho, I really appreciate his gift so I don't really mind and I still display him inside my case.
5 years ago
Seiidaishougun5 years ago#3382258You could incidentally mention bootlegs of expensive watches and purses and such, and that there are pretty much bootlegs of anything.
This. I'm sure your aunt would never believe on her own there's bootlegs of plastic toys like those of luxury items, so if you feel she's interested in knowing more on the subject you could easily explain how it works and "suggest" safe retail shops to trust, rather than bootleg heavens (or hell) to avoid like eBay might be for inexperienced users.
5 years ago
khmergod5 years ago#3382202The thought that counts. It looks decent unlike some others. cough, sader, cough
Sader would be the centerpiece to any collection now, though! D:

Anyways OP, I can relate. My dad bought me the L Nendo and the Snow Miku one in San Francisco and they were bootlegs. When I found out later, I didn't have the heart to tell him they were knockoffs, since that's his claim to fame on "getting me started on figure collecting" xD
5 years ago
been there. have mixed feeling too :(
i still displayed the bootlegs tho, but outside my case
i told them to only buy me things beside anime merchandise from now on, told them i already got all figures that i want and don't want doubles. so every now and then they bought me clothes and such, no more bootlegs figures :D
5 years ago
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