So a friend of mine recommended this site to me. Anyone got experience with it? I'm mainly interested in the anime stuff but the pricing seems to good to be true in most cases.
It's basically chinese ebay for western market. Thousands of sellers, different quality. If any deal is too good to be true, it's probably a bootleg. If it's 5-10% cheaper than normal it MIGHT be genuine, but might not
Its the place to go if you want bootlegs.
there was a thread a while ago saying it was a good place to get mecha hangars, because they were almost exactly the same as the real version
I actually bought two things from this store. Thing is, they take very long to deliver (like a month) but the items looked as legit as can be. First was an unreleased Jakks Excadrill, and the other was a big Lights/sounds Black Kyurem figure
>"crazy" toys Cap
This has to be a scam.
Sounds about right.
Some of their bootlegged MP Transformers and DBZ Figuarts are near perfect, and even fake MTG cards the tournament officials cannot tell them apart from the genuine cards sometimes.
Found another Hot Toys bootleg, this time it's AoU's Captain America going for $49.79 though nowhere near as good a quality as the Hot Toys Groot.
The description mentions it's articulated/movable joints but I suspect they just did a direct casting of the HT figure with its outfit on and possibly only put balljoints in the shoulders.
heres the black kyurem i bought, just for the record
forgot to mention that his head was popped off its neck and hanging by the electronic wires when i received it. in the end, it still has lights+sounds even if the action button is a bit unresponsive
Is Sakura worth the gamble?
i got the figma mikasa (AoT) for $20 austrlian a little while back and i reckon its pretty damn good, i dont have the real one so i cant completely compare them, but it poses very well and looks fantastic, also all the accessories are great and it comes with tons of them. thats the only one i've bought from alie tho, so i dont know if any others are good.
So what are the odds that this ends up a shitty bootleg?
Aliexpress is fucked for refunds. I bought some wearables for my 1/6th stuff, and the item arrived so badly cut that instead of a snug fit it hung like droopy pajamas. Shot a refund request. The seller insisted on either a full tracked return or a $3 discount refund.
I stood my ground and said I received something different from the samples and description. They insisted it was a "minor" difference and that I'm just being subjective.
I raised the seller to aliex, and they sided with the seller and closed the case with a $3 refund.
When I left negative feedback, the seller asked me why. Later Aliex "moderated" my feedback and removed the text I left asking buyers to beware from the product review.
Really, for them and taobao, just buy stuff you don't give much fucks about. Their system is rigged to protect their own Chinese sellers.
I only use Taobao myself, but I also don't buy bootlegs (stuff I buy on Taobao is actually only stuff from chinese artists in my hobby of choice, since they rarely sell outside of China).
Aliexpress is for bootlegs and made to rip off silly westerners who can't see a difference and don't know better.
Yeah, because the fees are probably lower?
Don't get what you want to tell me here.
Keep in mind that it's also a great way to lure people into buying bootlegs because while most realized that ebay can be a risky place to buy from they do not apply that knowledge automatically onto another store with the same products.
Still won't buy from that place. Zero interest in bootlegs or shitty fake toys and if I want something from a chinese person I either contact them directly or use their Taobao shop.
Lately on eBay with the KO TF sellers in China, with more than a few of them in recent months, that they either sell their accounts or get hacked, because a formerly honest seller will suddenly drop all their prices by half, make a lot of sales, and a month later they get flooded with negative feedback because no one got anything.
At least with eBay you can get refunded, but Ali seems to have a habit of siding with sellers unless you bypass them and file direct with Paypal.
MP KOs are typically around $30-$35 shipped, KO G1 Primes are around $40-$45(up to $70 for the solid white version), and 3P have their typical going prices. Avoid the sellers who drop well below that. That $17 shipped G1 Prime I saw on eBay this weekend? I bet no one gets their orders.