How do I avoid Knock-offs?

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  1. Tigertrack

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    Hello there. Without having the actual item on hand, is there a way to tell if a G1 Transformer is a knock-off or not? Several ebay listings do say KO and some do not. I'm assuming the KO ones are knock-offs. Obviously, the ones that look like the TRU anniversary encore reissues are genuine.
    I've seen several Sunstreaker, Wheeljack, and Mirage Transformers in what look like original G1 packaging, and some in same packaging but with Japanese writings.
    The Decepticon Skywarp and Thundercracker duel package I just received are an Encore package and in Japanese writing. Both toy's look 100% genuine to me.
    Also, what's the difference between a Transformer "repaint" and a knock-off? I've noticed several knock-offs are repaints and some repaints are not.
    In my search for Sunstreaker, I've asked the seller the question, but how do I know if I'm getting the genuine article?
     
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    There's a stickied thread up at the top about how to tell the difference.
     
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    Yes I just now saw that! LOL! I should have looked harder before asking. :D 
     
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    buy from people with excellent reputations, The sponsors of this website are a good source for legit G1 transformers. and if all else fails ask on here is something is legit many people are glad to help. A repaint is a recoloring of an existing mold to use it as a different version of the same character or as a different character. a good example of a repaint would be G1 Swerve is a repaint of G1 Gears ( Swerve has a new face though)
     
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    I think I mentioned before the only "repaint" I own is a black Sideswipe.
     
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    Just follow TFW and used the KO thread thingy.
     
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    The following have never been officially reissued, so if you see a MIB/MISB one on ebay for circa £30-40 it's fake:
    Sunstreaker, Mirage, Wheeljack, any of the Dinobots

    The Insecticons have been officially reissued, but never (either by TakTom or Hasbro) in a reproduction of their original packaging. Those are KOs.

    The only combiner that has been officially reissued is Bruticus/the Combaticons - all others are KO.
     
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    Yes, I have the TRU reissued Insecticons. All three came in one neat package at a very reasonable price.
     
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    many minibots have kos aswell.

    Scourge Cyclonus exsist as kos aswell
     

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