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LilSeebsLilSeebs13 years ago
Bootleg Finders
This club is dedicated to finding bootlegs and preventing people from buying them. What's a bootleg? Broadly speaking, it refers to any item/media/etc. that is reproduced and sold without licensing or taxation; it is an illegal business! Many places sell bootleg figures and media because they are cheap to reproduce and have a bigger profit turnover. Sellers take advantage of both new and old collectors alike with this business. The goal of this club is to educate and prevent members of My Figure Collection from falling for bootlegs.

If you find products you think are bootlegged, are not properly marked in our database, or aren't linked here please post or let a MOD or ADM know so we can change it.

For an ongoing list of Ebay bootleg sellers please check this thread: club/139/discus...

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Some common signs of bootlegs and a bootleg seller:

• Price too good to be true (e.g. $40 USD for a figure that normally retails for $100-$150 USD)
• Shiny, fake plastic looking skin or parts
• Noticeable seams, details seem to be missing, parts may not be molded correctly, eyes look different than original figure
• Lack of a holographic sticker (may or may not be true, some official products lack official stickers as well)
• Jointed figures (Nendoroid, Figmas, Figuarts...) may appear loose or like they're about to fall apart
• Seller lists other known bootleg products or other large amounts of cheap merchandise (jewelry, electronics, etc.)
• Seller's username is a combination of random letters/numbers (e.g. 1327198, xmg50427867-4)
• Listing does not state the company or that the figure is legitimate. They may use phrasing such as "China version, China original, China homegrown product", terms such as "new PVC statue, PVC figure, 100% High Quality Brand New", or nothing at all
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Nefere1 day ago#114089152You're right, the brand (manufacturer?) name and less than prize quality is suspicious. The translation of the description says it's a "improved version of China" and a "handmade" product. Other than that, the figure you found is sold by a 3rd party store located in China. You can check their address and phone number (with China country code) by clicking the name beside "Sold by" and "Shipping by".
Buying from Chinese shops is risky, unless they are highly reputable and/or sell China-exclusive licensed figures.
The figure itself has a page on MFC: ITEM #285420 and it does have a warning that the counterfeit versions exist. You may look at the gallery and compare photos of original figures and bootlegs.
Buying via Amazon Japan is fine, but keep eye at who sells and ships a figure - if it's Amazon itself, then it's safe (even if people sometimes complain about quality of packaging, you may check a thread here thread/1392). If it's someone else, it's better to check ratings and reviews of the shop.


That's what I thought, seemed too good to be true! Also, thank you for your advices!
1 day ago
Aztecslayer1 day ago#114079135Hello guys, do you know if this figure is legit?, the brand says CEYONE, and the pictures look suspicious. [url=]www.amazon.co.j...南ことり+フィギュア&qid=1664550970&qu=eyJxc2MiOiI0LjgyIiwicXNhIjoiNC4zMCIsInFzcCI6IjMuNDMifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=kotori+mi%2Caps%2C149&sr=8-64[/url]. Also, do you recommend buying figures from Amazon japan?. Thank you!You're right, the brand (manufacturer?) name and less than prize quality is suspicious. The translation of the description says it's a "improved version of China" and a "handmade" product. Other than that, the figure you found is sold by a 3rd party store located in China. You can check their address and phone number (with China country code) by clicking the name beside "Sold by" and "Shipping by".

Buying from Chinese shops is risky, unless they are highly reputable and/or sell China-exclusive licensed figures.

The figure itself has a page on MFC: ITEM #285420 and it does have a warning that the counterfeit versions exist. You may look at the gallery and compare photos of original figures and bootlegs.

Buying via Amazon Japan is fine, but keep eye at who sells and ships a figure - if it's Amazon itself, then it's safe (even if people sometimes complain about quality of packaging, you may check a thread here thread/1392). If it's someone else, it's better to check ratings and reviews of the shop.
1 day ago
Hello guys, do you know if this figure is legit?, the brand says CEYONE, and the pictures look suspicious. [url=]www.amazon.co.j...南ことり+フィギュア&qid=1664550970&qu=eyJxc2MiOiI0LjgyIiwicXNhIjoiNC4zMCIsInFzcCI6IjMuNDMifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=kotori+mi%2Caps%2C149&sr=8-64[/url]. Also, do you recommend buying figures from Amazon japan?. Thank you!
1 day ago
melonpriest8 days ago#113829403Thanks for confirming! I usually just ignore and block the sellers with bootlegs, but the fact they're selling her for $200 with no mention of it being bootlegged bothered me too much lol... Yeah these people really have no shame and steal inexperienced collectors hard earned money.
8 days ago
KarlaAlex8 days ago#113829396100% bootleg, one of the nastiest ones I’ve seen so far Thanks for confirming! I usually just ignore and block the sellers with bootlegs, but the fact they're selling her for $200 with no mention of it being bootlegged bothered me too much lol...
8 days ago
melonpriest9 days ago#113829384Just saw this pop up on Mercari, her hair and mouth are giving me weird vibes. Is this a bootleg? Thanks! merc.li/re8mPyu... 100% bootleg, one of the nastiest ones I’ve seen so far
8 days ago
Just saw this pop up on Mercari, her hair and mouth are giving me weird vibes. Is this a bootleg? Thanks! merc.li/re8mPyu...
9 days ago
xxkurenaixshixx10 days ago#113786058This figure site popped up as a Ad on my Facebook www.populartoys...
Was googling for more info and such but not much there.
The shop is based in Malaysia and offers resin statues. Most of them are made in China in limited quantities (few hundreds by most). They are usually unlicensed made without the creator's approval, but are massive and usually of high quality. Check reviews of statues like BLOG #54148 and BLOG #52427. Licensed statues do exist, Prime 1 Studio and First 4 Figures make a lot of them, along with some PVC figures.

The prices listed on the site are deposit only and doesn't include shipping with private couriers. That's why the prices may look "to great to be true".

As if the shop is trustworthy, I'm not sure about it. You can ask about it in CLUB #72 by adding the new thread.
10 days ago
This figure site popped up as a Ad on my Facebook www.populartoys...
Was googling for more info and such but not much there.
10 days ago
Goth-Octopus10 days ago#113775985Should I try to get it then?I bought from Maxjun before and the figure i got was legit. If this is the only way for you to get the figure then give it a shot.
10 days ago