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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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Sleepypup3 days ago#120639021I sadly don't know anyone irl or online, i just have one friend irl that doesn't care for anime. That's the reason why I asked if there's a community or place since gifting them to someone I personally know wouldn't be an option for me.
You're probably right about the thrift store honestly it would just end up in the toy section and a grandma might buy it xD there's barely any anime fans in my area let alone I don't think any of them are figure collectors so I didn't think of that at first.
You could ask in the DIY club CLUB #1348 if someone wants the figure for practice.
3 days ago
gxrcxre3 days ago#120639246i saw a really cute figure on ebay for a good price? im new to buying things second hand so im not sure how to tell if they real or not.
www.ebay.co.uk/...
heres the link


From the photos, it looks authentic. If the back of the base has the copy right then that’ll 100% answer whether or not it’s authentic if you wanted to ask.
3 days ago
i saw a really cute figure on ebay for a good price? im new to buying things second hand so im not sure how to tell if they real or not.
www.ebay.co.uk/...
heres the link
3 days ago
Sleepypup ♡ Lover of Cute 2D Girls ♡
I sadly don't know anyone irl or online, i just have one friend irl that doesn't care for anime. That's the reason why I asked if there's a community or place since gifting them to someone I personally know wouldn't be an option for me.

You're probably right about the thrift store honestly it would just end up in the toy section and a grandma might buy it xD there's barely any anime fans in my area let alone I don't think any of them are figure collectors so I didn't think of that at first.


lorycia4 days ago#120606785I would not gift it to a thrift store because there is the possibility that someone buys it thinking it is a legitimate figure, i (personally) wouldn't want that. I know the feeling of the frustration if you realize that the figure you own is just a fake and very often new collectors won't see the difference (or don't even know bootlegs exists).
For example, I had once a bootleg of ITEM #342758. I gifted it to a non collector, but i made it clear it is a bootleg. He did not care that it was a fake figure, for him it looked "good enough", especially for free. Funnily after a while he bought some originals of characters he liked (ITEM #234716 was one of it) and he was blown away by the difference. He is now a very small collector. Without that bootleg he would never get into figures in the first place (and he still owns that bootleg as a reminder btw XD).
Your other options are also good ideas, especially gifting it for customization. That way someone can practice their skills.
3 days ago
Sleepypup4 days ago#120606767What can I do with my old bootlegs I no longer want? Would people who make custom figures or people who review real versus fake be interested in them or is there a community that collects bootlegs that'd be interested? I know it's illegal to sell them but I don't wanna just throw them away Id atleast want to give them away for free. Also If i donate them to a thrift store wouldn't it be illegal for them to sell it? ( I have seen bootleg stuff like purses and shoes being sold at them so i'm unsure )I would not gift it to a thrift store because there is the possibility that someone buys it thinking it is a legitimate figure, i (personally) wouldn't want that. I know the feeling of the frustration if you realize that the figure you own is just a fake and very often new collectors won't see the difference (or don't even know bootlegs exists).
For example, I had once a bootleg of ITEM #342758. I gifted it to a non collector, but i made it clear it is a bootleg. He did not care that it was a fake figure, for him it looked "good enough", especially for free. Funnily after a while he bought some originals of characters he liked (ITEM #234716 was one of it) and he was blown away by the difference. He is now a very small collector. Without that bootleg he would never get into figures in the first place (and he still owns that bootleg as a reminder btw XD).
Your other options are also good ideas, especially gifting it for customization. That way someone can practice their skills.
4 days ago
Sleepypup ♡ Lover of Cute 2D Girls ♡
What can I do with my old bootlegs I no longer want? Would people who make custom figures or people who review real versus fake be interested in them or is there a community that collects bootlegs that'd be interested? I know it's illegal to sell them but I don't wanna just throw them away Id atleast want to give them away for free. Also If i donate them to a thrift store wouldn't it be illegal for them to sell it? ( I have seen bootleg stuff like purses and shoes being sold at them so i'm unsure )
4 days ago
lorycia12 days ago#120268353the account is not even a day old so i suppose it is bait. Just save your energy for serious questions.ur right, getting hard for me to tell since people unironically say stuff like that these days lol
12 days ago
yugyee12 days ago#120268234is this a bait comment?the account is not even a day old so i suppose it is bait. Just save your energy for serious questions.
12 days ago
WildPigeons12 days ago#120268094View spoilerHide spoilerAre bootlegs really that bad? I once got two figures (one bootleg, one original) and I don't really see a difference between them, sometimes bootleg save you money for some expressive figure (example: I want to buy a figure 1 for 300$, but I also like limited figure 2 for 200$ so for figure 2 I'll buy a bootleg what looks like the original and the figure 1 I'll buy original.) Seriously, stop be like some little children who are arguing about who have better stuffs. Bootlegs deverse love too. Imagine being a bootleg, unloved, unwanted, threw into trash...
This club should be deleted, seriously, anyone who have bootlegs gonna feel absoulety sad. I collect original characters, but sometimes I collect some bootlegs because I have seriously many figures so I don't really have something to collect.
I don't care if you gonna hate me or something, I needed to say it :P.
is this a bait comment? I’m not gonna argue with u in the morality of bootlegs, but they’re literally illegal by definition. And basically exist to scam people for easy profit. Whether u buy them or not is your choice, and I’m not gonna judge you for it, a lot of people on the site buy bootlegs and they’re doing completely fine. but this club is extremely helpful for collectors who want to know if they’ve potentially been duped, or if some certain figures may have bootlegs or not. It’s helpful to improve the database. No one is being like children, figures are a luxury, and it sucks when people are taken advantage of and accidentally buy a bootleg when they thought they were buying the authentic item. The club is great for the community and especially newer collectors, who may want to be educated so that they don’t get scammed.

And yes a lot of bootlegs are really that bad lol. Even some of the not awful looking ones still pale in comparison to the original. Though it seems they’re improving, I’ve seen that a lot of bootleg bunny figures are becoming close to the originals. But anyways, this club isn’t really meant to make people that purposefully buy bootlegs feel sad. like I said, it’s very helpful to the community
12 days ago
gundhamqs1 month ago#118810084how can i tell if my fig isa bootleg i actually dk Any luck?
1 month ago