WHAT ARE THE FALSE?
I'm falsified items, counterfeit, imitations, unauthorized reproductions, of merchandising material (Statue, Action Figures). There is talk of False Anime Manga, especially statues and merchandising. They are illegal, but they are still sold on the Internet and in the Italian Comic Fairs.
WHAT FEATURES HAVE?
They are made of poor material; are often made on commission from Asian Mafias; they are often done using stolen or stolen projects. Often the Action Figures and Statues of Fake Anime and Manga are the best-selling items at comics fairs in Italy. A quick estimate suggests that at least 80% of the stalls at Lucca Comics sell, totally or partially, falsified items.
HOW CAN YOU IDENTIFY?
There are various methods of limiting the possibility of hitting fake articles.
- The price too low compared to the market is an alarm index (for example, an item sold on average a 120-180 € cannot physiologically cost it 60 €);
- A useful tool is the portal MyFigureCollection: each article has user photos, and there is the possibility to view even if the statue has a fake, oppure no, or compare with other users;
- view company, if you have the chance, the article: fakes are physiologically very badly made compared to the original counterparts, have smudges, of color, production errors, different and bland colors - you can compare the item with the photos you find on MyFigureCollection;
- The boxes often have printing errors, they are made of poor material;
- Some fakes have an unpleasant smell, they smell of oil and PVC;
- Buy only from GSC qualified stores;
- To ask, When possible, photos of the article and the box, in case of online shop.
MYTHS TO DISCUSS
They do not exist, in the most absolute way, "Fake well done". This is a lie that many consumers justify in order to "settle" for taking crap. A fake, imitation or reproduction, will always be less beautiful than the original.
WHY DO NOT BUY FALSE?
Being this of the Action Figures a niche and end market without basic necessities, there is no need to buy a fake.
For this, 30 € of imitated item is not a saving, but only a consumer scam, of the shopkeepers, of the manufacturer, of the original creator and all the induced that works with it.
Rather, we recommend not buying anything, neither original nor legitimate, as the vicious circle of the chain of fakes entails a series of disastrous consequences:
THE STATUES OF FALSE SOULS MANGA FALSE CORROE THE ORIGINAL MARKET ↡
THE ORIGINAL MARKET IS FORCED TO RAISE PRICES TO STOP THE LOSS OF FALSE REVENUES ↡
LESS PEOPLE BUY BECAUSE THE PRICES ARE HIGHER ↡
LESS THINGS COME OUT, MANY COMPANIES CLOSE AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY HAS LESS FUNDS FOR NEW SERIES, NEW PROJECTS AND NEW RELEASES, LIMITING THE AVAILABILITY OF CATALOGS AND BUDGETS FOR FUTURE SERIES
Moreover, fakes are generally produced and treated illegally by Asian mafias. The story of the attack on President Good Smile Company is famous, where you literally tried to "stalk" it, following his "crusade" to avoid the theft of projects within his company.
Furthermore, there is also a health problem: fakes are made of deadline material, derived from plastic and petroleum components. Not being regulated, you have no idea what could be inside. If you are willing to breathe unknown oil components, take a seat: you can easily buy a counterfeit item.
FORGERY: A PUNISHABLE OFFENSE WITH YEARS OF RECLUSION
Counterfeiting is a crime, punishable even with years of imprisonment. Find further information on the website of Ministry.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Talk to a convinced friend that a fake “is not this big problem”. Try to make him understand who he is also a matter of civilization, fairness and education. In a world that is losing its humanity, it is these small gestures that make the difference.
Keep in mind that in the case of a counterfeit item, you can make a complaint at the nearest Authority headquarters (Police Headquarters, Carabinieri station, ecct).
WHAT WE DO
We fight against fakes daily. We are Official Partners of Good Smile Company. We advise against and take a clear and clear stand against counterfeit items, falsified or illegal. Buying from us means supporting distribution and intellectual property to 200%. We don't tolerate, and we will never tolerate, the distribution or promotion of falsified items. 🙂
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