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POLL: Purchasing "Loose Figures" on the Internet?


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
no problem - few recasts
86
25%
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slight worry
122
35%
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major concern
27
8%
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not concerned
24
7%
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won't buy loose figures
8
2%
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recasts are good
1
0%
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have never bought loose figures
44
13%
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never buy second-hand figures
18
5%
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no opinion
20
6%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Earlier this month, TMP reported on the case of goblin-goodies, an eBay seller who has been identified by several sources as a recaster (someone who illegally copies figures and sells them as "legitimate").

Recasters generally sell their products as "loose figures," since they can't produce the original packaging for their counterfeit items. However, not all "loose figures" on the second-hand market are counterfeit - many legitimate purchasers discard the packaging when they purchase their figures.

How many recasts do you think are really out there - on eBay, at flea markets, or elsewhere? Is this practice endemic? Is it rare? Is it something to be concerned about when buying loose figures?

When you purchase loose figures via the internet, what is your attitude toward recasts?

no problem - few recasts

No problem. Very few loose figures on the market are recasts.

slight worry

Slight worry. Recasting is a growing trend.

major concern

Major concern. There are more recasts than I thought. I don't want to buy from criminals.

not concerned

Not concerned. I just want the figures.

won't buy loose figures

I won't buy loose figures any longer. There are too many recasts out there.

recasts are good

It's a good thing. Figure prices are too high. Recasting makes expensive figures more affordable.

have never bought loose figures

Doesn't apply to me, since I've never bought loose figures on the internet.

never buy second-hand figures

Doesn't apply to me, since I don't buy second-hand figures on the internet - even if in original packaging.

no opinion

I have no thoughts on this issue.