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How to tell the difference between authentic and fake/bootleg anime figures?

Fake anime figures are the poison of the anime world!

Firstly, fake anime figures are the ones destroying the market prices. Secondly, these fakes discourage the authentic hard work put in by their makers. Third, this practice discredits the source of the character. It is humiliating to the creators because it rips off years of hard work.

All in all, this is discrediting the whole line of manga artists, anime producers, visual artists, figurine makers, graphic designers when people support unoriginal work. As a consumer, do not get cheated by this unfaithful replications!

Moreover, some people do not have reservations about owning fake anime figurines because they claim that the figurines look essentially the same. For something that looks the same and cost much lesser, it is fair enough to go for the fake or bootleg figurine. So, why would you buy the more expensive one?

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Top 5 Tips on buying Anime Figures, Figurines, Merchandise on Carousell

As promised, here is a detailed list of tips before you buy anything on Carousell. This should help you when buying expensive anime figurines on Carousell.

Read up about my overall experience on Carousell here. As much as you would want to buy on impulse, please do go through this checklist mentally and exercise these necessary due diligence!

Here is a summary:

  1. Do your research
  2. Check the reviews and authenticity of the seller
  3. Ask for Photos
  4. Find out how to deal
  5. Double check the product before proceeding with payment

1) Do your research

Research is about everything. Do check out these useful tips!

Am I getting a good price for this item?

You can start your research on the usual retail price through anime merchandise websites such as Good Smile, Amiami, Hobbylink Japan, 1999. Some of these sites display their prices with Yen or USD.

I would use my Oanda Currency Converter app or do a quick Google search to get the prices in SGD with about +/- 3-5% deviation. Local banks websites also have conversion applications. 3-5% deviation happens because your debit/credit card will have surcharge for paying in foreign currency.

Try adding the items into cart and see how much the costs add up, in terms of shipping, taxes and other costs. This would give you a good estimate of the price.

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Carousell Experience with Desudesu

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How to deal anime figures on Carousell?

I can’t believe it has been 4 years since I started out selling anime figures, merchandise and toys on the platform Carousell. Carousell is a tech start-up created by a group of Singaporeans in 2012 as a platform to facilitate Consumer-to-Consumer purchases – basically C2C.

Gosh, I am starting to remember my days in university understanding and explaining these business terms.

These are things that you should know before going into the app too deep!

  1. Carousell users do not only post listings to sell
  2. The Carousell community is rife with fraud, shady dealers
  3. Deal at your own risk
  4. Negotiations are the norm in Carousell
  5. What does ‘convenience’ mean at Carousell?
  6. Shipping Costs
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What are the different types of anime figures?

Too many variations of anime figures!

Have you seen shops in Singapore with so many different types of anime figures on display? Well, I sure have!

There was this shop that I went when I was 16 years old. and the vast number of colors, line sand contrasts was overwhelming. I left the shop after a while, feeling deeply impressed and dizzy at the same time. (The spotlights did not help!)

Supposedly, you want to buy an anime figure of your favorite series. A big question would be – where do I start? The anime merchandise industry is huge. There are just way too many different types of anime figures from so many different anime series.

I am pretty sure this is a common experience for many people. To begin with, you need to find out more about what you want. Fret not, I will be guiding you through the different types of anime figures that are out there.

1) Nendoroid

Nendoroid (ねんどろいど nendoroido) series is a brand of anime figures created by Good Smile Company. They are unique in the sense that they have a larger head and a smaller body.

This gives your favorite characters a very cute and child-like appearance. It is something like chibi, if you are familiar with the term.

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