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Keychains: Is it possible to spot a fake?
« on: November 21, 2005, 01:50:13 »
Here's a good example of a home-manufactured keychain:

Gabrielle

I'll attach the pic to the bottom of this post also since the listing will eventually become out-of-date.

As you know, this Gabrielle figure is extremely common and not a "Werbefigur" as is claimed in this listing. I notice the seller is careful not to imply that this is official merchandise and simply refers to it as a figure with a keychain. ::) 

Someone would have to be either very misguided or very foolish to pay 24,99 Euro for this. I've been watching this person's auctions for several months now, and this is not the first time they've come up with an unusual or rare keychain which I have never seen elsewhere using a modern, easy-to-come-by figure. Maybe they're putting them together themselves, or maybe they're buying them from a flea market. It's difficult to know without asking them directly, I guess. :hmm:

« Last Edit: November 21, 2005, 10:51:32 by Sylvia »
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Re: Keychains: Is it possible to spot a fake?
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2005, 04:43:35 »
Sylvia,

Perhaps you could jot down a "how to" on how to tell an authentic  from a home-made key chain?  ???  That way folks (like me) can avoid getting scammed.
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Re: Keychains: Is it possible to spot a fake?
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2005, 10:48:00 »
I wrote a few thoughts on this subject here: Authenticity

The major problem with judging authenticity is not having any official Playmobil guide or catalogue for reference. A lot of the time my own judgement is based on instinct. That's not to say that I couldn't also make a mistake, but I like to think that this is less likely after collecting them for so many years. ;)

I check the keychain listings regularly (used to be daily, but now I'd say 3-4 times per week), so I get a feel for what is readily available in the marketplace. If I'm doubtful about authenticity and am considering bidding on an item, I usually write to the seller first, asking them more about where they obtained the figure. If it is an older one (like a fig from a retired set), I will sometimes ask whether it has any other identifying marks like a logo on the back. Unfortunately, not all keychains have this now, which is a bit of a shame as this was a very useful way of spotting the real thing. :(

In the case of the seller above, when I first saw one of the unusual keychains they were offering, I was almost duped into believing it was an official one too. But when I checked their other listings, I noticed they were selling several supposedly rare keychains I'd NEVER seen elsewhere. This was the warning sign for me - for a seller to come across one or two "new" keychains might be plausible, but to find a whole bunch of rare ones and no "common" ones at all is highly unlikely. :P

All I can say is if you're ever in doubt, contact the seller for more info. Sometimes they might be able to tell you the origin of the keychain, othertimes not. Failing that, ask me and I'll give you my gut instinct on it. ;D I have ALL the common keychains on my site. The only ones remaining for me to get are the rarer ones now. ;)


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Re: Keychains: Is it possible to spot a fake?
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2005, 17:01:17 »

The major problem with judging authenticity is not having any official Playmobil guide or catalogue for reference.

Oooh...maybe you could write a little book and become famous! :)

Thanks for the tips!
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