1 in 5 Optimus Primes offered over the internet are fake

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  1. Super_Megatron

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    http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article3258135.ece
     
  2. Sycia

    Sycia Draconian Faction

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    Most fake goods are made in the Far East and South America

    See? Us Asians don't complain about high prices, we just do something (illegal) about it! :lol 
     
  3. Foster

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    I just sold my vintage boxed G1 Optimus Prime on eBay. Good thing there's plenty of box wear to show its legitimacy. Soon it'll be like blue jeans, we'll be selling TFs "pre-weathered." :lol 
     
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    Which optimus prime theres like 342 of them? G1?
     
  5. Roanstalker

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    :lol 

    Too true... :rolleyes: 
     
  6. aussiehippy

    aussiehippy Au contraire, Blackadder.

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    I would imagine this figure to not be limited to the high-quality counterfeit Primes, it will include all the recent robotmasters, powermaster, and energon Prime knockoffs that I've seen on ebay UK. And they are crappy.
     
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    If the fakes have better paint job, parts, and higher quality overall, I see no reason why they're not worth getting.

    The key is, better quality.

    Has anyone ever seen a KO/counterfeit TF being better quality than the originals?
     
  8. shibamura_prime

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    That's funny and scary at the same time. XD
     
  9. SureShot90

    SureShot90 Peace=superior firepower

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    Mm, Mirage just as good if not a tad better.
     
  10. timshinn73

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    Not surprised by this. So many knock-offs out there now.
     
  11. nkelsch

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    And the question is, how many REAL G1 primes have KO-repro parts?

    My G1 prime I still have every single part to it except the back plastic hinge that holds the trailer door on broke.

    If it wasn't the core of the trailer, I might have fixed it with a repro part, and no one would ever know.

    My UM is also all original! Yay!

    Basically I would assume anything not MISB is probably compromised in some way, from stickers to parts to the whole thing.
     
  12. domientius

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    Fnny how the industry answer is the typical "fuck the consumer, they should just pay more. And if they don't we will punish them harshly".
     
  13. 03Mach1

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    I'm not sure if it's sad, ironinc or both. Here's an article that clearly states the problems with fake goods and their negative impact on economies. Yet post after post after post the attitude is if it doesn't hurt me, then cheap is good. What a shame.
     
  14. smkspy

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    Funny, I got the opposite reaction. If the name brand corporations weren't out to swindle consumers on over-priced/high-priced items that are cheaply made, then the need for bootlegs wouldn't exist. Sure there are risks from bootlegs, but there are risks with name brand products also. Bootlegs have always existed, and they supply a service to those who can't afford Gucci or British Tea and Rum.

    And buying bootlegs in any form supports terrorism lol.
     
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    Maybe also shows that 1 in 5 won't take the initiative....

    Either that, or 1 in 5 don't wanna pay Prime prices :) 
     
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    No, but I've seen originals of worse quality than KOs. Mainly the Cybertron repaints of Armada and Energon Minicon packs(Yay for crooked missiles, fragile parts, low-quality paintjobs, mold flaws and ill-fitting/loose other parts)

    Although I have to say that the Laser Rod Prime KO I have with movie-style paintjob is of decent quality. Joints are a tad floppy in places, but he's cool.
     
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    I think I understand why KO could never reach identical quality to the ones they're copying, simply because they do not have the master mold stamp.

    They have to make their own masters from the best existing toy they could find, and of course, similar to vhs tape copying, quality degrades as it is no longer the first hand source.

    Then again, some of these KO pirates would remould from scratch using whatever cad software they're using.

    THe real problem comes at the injection moulding part, the materials used and the skills of the painters/workers.
     
  18. Switchblade

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    Amusingly, most real good are made in the Far East, too.
     
  19. evebird

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    Wow, it's only one in five? I would have almost expected more than that. Ebay is awash wish KOs. I gave up browsing the TF pages a long time ago as a result.
     
  20. Takeshi357

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    On the subject of KOs, can anyone tell me if the KO G1 Shockwave with the goofy head is any good?
     

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