Why do I feel morally weird buying KO's?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Wazzpinator, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. Wazzpinator

    Wazzpinator is playin ODST

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    As you may now, I have been desperatly seeking Classic Optimus Prime, yet he is rare, and expensive, however a certain user pointed me towards this

    Classics Optimus Prime Blue Head - Classics & Classics 2.0 at KOTOYS.COM

    I don't know, but I can't bring myself to buy that, I'm not quite sure why, it's not worrying about quality, but more about some weird morality, I don't know.

    Although, god, Nemesis Prime be tempting me.
    God damnit.

    Is it even legal to buy these?
     
  2. TornadoQuakeX

    TornadoQuakeX Decepti-Creep

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    I saw a couple sell for under $40 shipped on eBay, recently. You should check it out. You might get a good deal.
     
  3. Wazzpinator

    Wazzpinator is playin ODST

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    Knock off's or Genuine? Never mind, I don't like ebay very much anyway
     
  4. mac&cheese

    mac&cheese Well-Known Member

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    i know why, because your paying pretty much the same as the real deal. high quality ko tf are very expensive. i know because i buy them.
     
  5. TornadoQuakeX

    TornadoQuakeX Decepti-Creep

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    Last edited: Apr 14, 2010
  6. OptimusGinrai

    OptimusGinrai Is Not The Breakman

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    Cuz You think it's wrong to buy a non-legalised ,untested, unofficiel product and you'll be supperting Knock-off makers?
     
  7. Xaddion

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    The Decepticon symbol on that KO Prime is proof that KOs are inherently evil.
     
  8. Bent_Lee

    Bent_Lee Crippled Asian Rapper

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    'cus it looks worse
     
  9. Grimlockprime16

    Grimlockprime16 Me Grimlock King!

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    I also have been thinking about getting the ko prime. whats the qc like on him?
     
  10. Ace96

    Ace96 Well-Known Member

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    I can not bring myself to buy KOs. Makes me feel dirty. LOL
     
  11. xNotMyFuturex

    xNotMyFuturex Well-Known Member

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    Yea that Nemesis Prime is pretty tempting.
     
  12. Auto Morph

    Auto Morph Gimmick Bot

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    NOT NOT NOT judging anyone who likes/buys KOs, but I will never in a million years buy one.

    I can't quite put my finger on the reason why, but to me, the figure would not be a Transformer. It would just be an imposter. I collect Transformers, not toys that look like them, no matter how well made or accurate a representation they are.
     
  13. fateastray

    fateastray AnakRepublikMalukuSelatan

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    To me, buying a knockoff is like downloading the music by your favorite artists, rather than buying their albums.
     
  14. Auto Morph

    Auto Morph Gimmick Bot

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    I see what you're getting at, but in the end you still get almost exactly the same product.

    KOs are NOT the same product. The may look practically identical to the untrained eye, but really they are just a facsimile.

    A better analogy would be buying a cover version of a song by your favourite artist.
     
  15. Magnus' Mate

    Magnus' Mate Well-Known Member

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    KOs are NOT Transformers. They're inferior product made up to look like Transformers.

    What's bizarre is that they're often as much or more than the genuine/original item and yet people still insist on buying them!?!
     
  16. Human Beastbox

    Human Beastbox The Murdinator

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    There is nothing wrong in buying KOs if they're what you like and they're of toys that may never likely be re-issued. Even if the quality isn't the best, there are legit releases we get these days that have some of the same quality issues as KOs.

    What's wrong to me is paying a vintage price for a KO or someone passing it off as vintage when it is actually a KO.

    Otherwise, I don't really see why you should feel especially sorry for Has/Tak when they probably won't re-issue the figure in question anyway. They don't make any money on a vintage G1 toy do they?
     
  17. Ash from Carolina

    Ash from Carolina Junior Smeghead

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    The whole reason there are knock off figures is because there is some niche that Hasbro is unwilling to fill. Knock off figures just fill that void.

    So if the after market price is just insanely high for the original I don't have any moral issues with a fan deciding they want to go with a knock off. It isn't hurting Hasbro because they only make money off of new figures and there are still plenty of fans willing to pay a seller for original figures so the after market isn't crushed by knock off stuff.

    Plus some times knock off figures come in colors you wouldn't get anywhere else so if someone is a fan of a mold it's more chances to get that mold again in color Hasbro hasn't used.

    Only moral issue I'd have is selling a knock off as an original. As long as seller is honest though about it being a knock off then no problems.
     
  18. ersico

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    nothing wrong with it...fake toys need love too :)  plus..it feels the need to help out other companies not as powerful has hasbro :) 
     
  19. mac&cheese

    mac&cheese Well-Known Member

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    perfectly said! hasbro should start encoreing more of the classics. then the ko would not go for so much money. i hate the prices the most for the ko. for example to get a ko defensor set. the cheapest is approx: 100.00.
     
  20. doomboy536

    doomboy536 Universe Onslaught fanboy

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    Ebay:
    If it wasn't for KOs, we wouldn't have wonderfully lulzy names.
     

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