spoons wrote:So in short my view is that the right to own repro should not be judged, but the creators of near perfect repros designed to fool people are the bane of this hobby.
When I first renetered the hobby before I found SWFUK and VR, I reviewed my collection and realised I had picked up a few Repro weapons on the way. I wanted legit copies so I picked up a figure and weapon and sold off the figure with the Repro item on eBay (always clearly marked). A woman contacted me and said she was buying on behalf of her 8 or 9 year old son. He was into his Star Wars but couldn’t afford legit copies of the weapon. She asked if I had any other. Later when I was selling off a couple more the boy emailed me directly through her account and bought them all. After I found SWFUK and VR and made a clear decision to stop selling any Repro I picked up accidentally and file them instead, I would sell weaponless figures and he would buy them and enquire if I had a Repro weapon to complete it. It is for this reason that I say there can be a place in the hobby for Repro but like Spoons I feel it should be clearly identifiable. I admit that because of the cost of accessories, there will always be a market for the creators of near perfect Repro, and I don’t have a solution for this. Would we all be anti-Repro if it was clearly marked, easily identifiable and provided at cost. Probably not. But like it or lump it, it is here to stay and so we can just work together to drive people like paugildin-6 and tomli_6 out of the hobby.