After eBay’s recent investment in Funko, we (and others) thought that the spate of fake Pop! figures would change on the e-commerce site.
So when we checked earlier today for more Price Points for the 1950’s Elvis, eBay showed 24. Of them, 20 featured the King in his original packaging.
And all of them (ALL 20 OF THEM!) were fake. And of the four out-of-box figures, only one was genuine. Someone even paid $400 for a fake out-of-box Elvis!
That is fake percentage of 96 percent! New collectors would never even know, as it seems they all come from China and sell for about $30-40.
eBay is really doing the community a disservice. And I did not even mention all the Fake Stickers eBay earns money on.
This is a problem for all honest collectors, Funko and elsewhere, and needs to be stopped.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever fallen victim to an eBay scam? Let us know in the comments below!
How can you tell they are fake (for a non-Pop guy)?
For a non-expert, this is an $800 POP and all of these sell for $30-40. Then they all come from China and this is a product from the early 2010s and there is just no Chinese retail market for them. It is also very rare so hard to see how so many are coming to market.
After that you want to look at the photos and if there are only stock photos that is a big red flag. If there is a real photo you want to see all sides of it and that is where real expertise is coming in (it is something like a spelling mistake, a sticker deviation, a ref number mismatch, quality or layout of the sticker, print quality and many, many other small differences like the logo font.
This would make a great article!
So much Lego is fake as well. Fall for it a few times in the beginning
Same problem with the Funko Pop Donald Trump Vote 2016 figure. Lots of fake ones being openly sold, to unwitting collectis! I keep reporting them, but nothing happens.
I actually posted an auction with information on how to spot a fake Trump pop. I got lots of thank yous because the people bought fake ones and then eBay terminated the auction. They don’t care if it’s fake they take 15% of the sale. Money is money has nothing to do with principal.
Ebay are only interested in collecting their fees!
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