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from HongKong on eBay? (free shipping) [Buyer Beware]
« on: January 26, 2018, 05:42:26 PM »
Has anybody bought the old-art edition currently for sale on eBay?  Free shipping from several sellers in HongKong and China, all using the same photos in their ads. 

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Carcassonne-An-English-Board-Game-2-5-Players-Card-Game-For-Party-Family-Friends/222706002247?hash=item33da4fe947:g:VbIAAOSwWZpZ~ZZc

Definitely on the cheap side, so I would expect these might be lower quality.  I'm just looking for tiles I can use for custom expansions, so I can deal with poorer quality of score board, box, etc.  I just need the tile backs to be somewhat indistinguishable from those I already have.

Last time I bought an item with free shipping from Asia it didn't show up.  They offered to send a replacement.  The replacement also didn't show up.  By this time it was too late to complain to eBay or PayPal so I lost my 7 bucks.  Still, I was bothered.  So this is why I ask.

Linkback: http://www.carcassonnecentral.com/community/index.php?topic=3798.0
« Last Edit: January 28, 2018, 07:20:13 AM by Decar »

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Re: from HongKong on eBay? (free shipping)
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2018, 10:59:11 PM »
First thing that I expected it to be was the knock off version that shows up every now and again, like this one:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carcassonne-with-6-Expansions-Board-Game-Party-Family-Free-Shipping-from-China-/122646374449?_ul=GB
But this one seems more legit. Although I wouldn't be sure this will actually be a RGG version to be honest.
That aside, and assuming this would be a legit version:
Free shipping from China usually just takes ages. Although somehow some companies are able to speed it up these days, most of the time it will take a long time, that is why they can offer it for free  ;) and a legit copy for this price with free shipping, you start to wonder how and where they make money off it...
All in all, I occasionally order stuff from AliExpress and such, knowing shipping will take a long time. It usually works fine; I've never had something not show up at all
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Re: from HongKong on eBay? (free shipping)
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2018, 12:51:07 AM »
I believe someone over on carcF picked up a copy.  The quality was terrible. Save your coins and buy a big box from a reputable source!

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Re: from HongKong on eBay? (free shipping)
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2018, 06:27:07 AM »
My understanding is that the Chinese versions of Carcassonne are printed illegally. If that's true, we should not participate in the piracy chain. (Also the quality is usually bad.)
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Are those legit?
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2018, 10:21:20 AM »
I found a seller who likes to sell his CS&S tiles... Marktplaats Seller



They have never been released this way right?
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Re: Are those legit?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2018, 10:34:49 AM »
I've only seen them in a box.  I held a box once, but never opened it......
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Re: Are those legit?
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2018, 10:48:45 AM »
I've only seen them in a box.  I held a box once, but never opened it......
Yes I also only know the tuckbox version of this. Didn't knew they were printed like this

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Re: Are those legit?
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2018, 10:52:51 AM »
What are you waiting to check it?  ;)

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Re: Are those legit?
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2018, 12:44:16 PM »
No! These are not legit!
These are part of the Chinese knock off version that is sold on eBay every now and again. The tiles being printed 'upside down' is a give away, and mostly the fact that the blank tiles are not white, but green.
See attached a picture of how they sell it.
C,S&C has only been sold in the tuckbox with white blank tiles and never 'upside down'

If you want you can buy them of course, but it doesn't support the official channels in any way I'm afraid.
And he states that they are new in their package, which would likely be the blue box with Chinese on it, and not the tuckbox.

 
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Re: Are those legit?
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2018, 01:14:41 PM »
No! These are not legit!
These are part of the Chinese knock off version that is sold on eBay every now and again. The tiles being printed 'upside down' is a give away, and mostly the fact that the blank tiles are not white, but green.
See attached a picture of how they sell it.
C,S&C has only been sold in the tuckbox with white blank tiles and never 'upside down'

If you want you can buy them of course, but it doesn't support the official channels in any way I'm afraid.
And he states that they are new in their package, which would likely be the blue box with Chinese on it, and not the tuckbox.

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Re: Are those legit?
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2018, 03:14:38 PM »
Tnx Willem. No I don't want them. I like my version more :D

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Re: Are those legit?
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2018, 04:10:04 PM »
Another tip-off that these are bogus is the fact that they are punched from the wrong side. Zoom in on the image that shows 6 fronts and 6 backs, and you can tell that the cutting die was applied from the back side instead of the front. This will cause all the tiles to feel as though they have been "printed upside-down."

Cheap, knock-off rubbish. (And also illegal, I believe.)

EDIT: Oops, Willem already pointed this out. Sorry I overlooked that.
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Re: Are those legit?
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2018, 07:19:16 AM »
I'll merge this with the recent Chinese printing thread.

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Re: Are those legit?
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2018, 08:55:03 AM »
I'll merge this with the recent Chinese printing thread.
Tnx Decar. We indeed do not need two toppics about stupid Chinese stuff.  :gray-meeple:

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Re: from HongKong on eBay? (free shipping) [Buyer Beware]
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2018, 02:25:10 AM »
I'd add to this topic that if you were recently fooled on aliexpress, you can very easily being reimbursed by opening a dispute.  O:-)
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