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Posted 17 June 2004 - 10:24 AM ( #1 )

Tamagotchi Warnings is the place for you to post links warning other members about accicentally buying a non-genuine Bandai tamagotchi. You are also welcome to use this area to ask if a product is geniuine or not.

Remember that just because a product is not Bandai, it doesn't mean it is a "fake". Every product has a home brand version... the same applies to tamagotchi pets!

As described by Mothra:

If you are looking through ebay and see fakes you are very sure are fakes, you can report the items to ebay.
You really should be sure the seller is passing them off as BANDAI pets first though.
The penalties for bootleg merchandise is very severe so tink before you report if that's some thing you are tempted to do.

I reported a seller selling a fake pokemon game (Diamond & Jaide) a while back.
I hope the seller only got a firm warning but you just never know...


Edited by Bell Sprout, 18 January 2007 - 10:31 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2004 - 10:27 AM ( #2 )

Tamenagerie has a page up with some photos of some fakes...

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 10:44 AM ( #3 )

If you are looking through ebay and see fakes you are very sure are fakes, you can report the items to ebay.
You really should be sure the seller is passing them off as BANDAI pets first though.
The penalties for bootleg merchandise is very severe so tink before you report if that's some thing you are tempted to do.

I reported a seller selling a fake pokemon game (Diamond & Jaide) a while back.
I hope the seller only got a firm warning but you just never know...

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 01:13 PM ( #4 )

In addition to Mothra's post above.....I reccomend NEVER buying any Virtual Pets without reading the description completely....and also making sure there is a photo of the product you are buying. Just my opinion because I have gotten scammed a few times.

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Posted 25 June 2004 - 01:29 PM ( #5 )

best way to buy tama's

GO TO A SHOP ^_^

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Posted 25 June 2004 - 04:48 PM ( #6 )

I live in the U.S., there aren't any shops yet. And I also prefer the original Japanese anyways. It will keep me fresh on my Japanese for one, and also I seriously think they are better than the U.K. is and MUCH better than the U.S. will be. I love the Japanese culture, people and the country.....but they truely are the greediest people on the face of the earth(besides Americans). The Japanese always have to have things BEFORE any other country does, AND they have to have theirs better if they do distribute to other countries. Notice how Japanese got it MONTHS before any other country? And then....takes their time to get it to the U.K. and especially U.S......even though the U.S. was the biggest importer of the Tamagotchi during the last craze? To back that up.....15 Tamagotchi were sold every minute at the peak of the craze in U.S. and Canada ALONE! That's 150 every 10 mins.....and roughly 900 every hour!
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Posted 27 June 2004 - 07:02 PM ( #7 )

Yeah, Japan gets them first because they are developed there. It's also their test market.
But they are just seeming to take for ever to get to the US. ^_^
The official realease date is Aug. 15th for the US.

I guess we're getting a bit off topic of this thread about fakes?
So any way.. read those ebay auction titles very closely, be sure to spend at least $20 for the real thing too. The Suggested retail price is $15 so don't expect big bargains.
Also the real Tama Plus's and Connexions have a rather large screen and just three buttons.
Those fakes have noticeably smaller screen space on the front of the unit.

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 11:55 PM ( #8 )

I found one for 4.99GBP and like 2.00GBP shipping for one of my tama's that I'm hoping to win.....It was bidding though, so I'm sure I won't get for that price =/

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 05:04 PM ( #9 )

Yeah, but the thing that I hate the most is when they put different fake tamas into the real japanese tama plus bubble package, not even hiding the words or anything! because they assume that most americans can't speak or read japanese. Well, they certainly don't have me fooled for one, as I can read that very well.

But still, new releases are an opritune moment for releasing fakes and such. but what they do is low-down and dirty...uh...as for the shoot them all thing...we can atleast sue em....the last thing we need is death :rolleyes:

but anyways, c'mon! they're stooping to the point where they put hello kitty VPs in a tama plus packaging!

C'mon, people! it's Soooooooooo blatant!
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Posted 06 July 2004 - 01:22 PM ( #10 )

I know this is kinda off topic, but I once bought what I thought was a Bandai Hello Kitty Metcha Este. The packaging and unit was exactly the same as the real thing. However, when I started it up, it turned out to be a very faulty dinosaur!!!!! Either Kitty was having a VERY bad day or I had been conned. I managed to return it and get a refund, but the stall owner was really rude to us. ^_^ ^_^ Meh. It's not my fault she sold dodgy, fake goods...

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 04:28 PM ( #11 )

I have that Kitty/Dino.
It's actually a Nano Dino. Those are pretty hard to get. So what if it's in the form of Hello Kitty. I like Nanos. ^_^

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 09:05 PM ( #12 )

Nanos are the second best ever made. I love em too. I HAD a Talking Nano Puppy, a Nano Puppy, and a Nano Kitty. The Talking Nano Puppy broke, and the Puppy and Kitty are packed away somewhere. I need to try to find em.

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 09:26 PM ( #13 )

Yep, Nanos are really great. I like to take one out once in a while and see how long I can keep it around. They are quite long lived and predictable pets.
I have played with the Nano Kitty the most. I really like him. :blink:

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 01:28 AM ( #14 )

I have that Kitty/Dino.
It's actually a Nano Dino. Those are pretty hard to get. So what if it's in the form of Hello Kitty. I like Nanos. :blink:

Really? Oh. I would have kept it, but none of the buttons would do anything. *sigh*

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Posted 20 July 2004 - 05:36 AM ( #15 )

well ask your retailer and check if they have the official bandai®©™ stamp

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Posted 24 July 2004 - 08:42 PM ( #16 )

I have seen the fakes alot on ebay. One way that you can tell is that some of them has 4 buttons. I normal tamagotchi only has 3. Look at the backgrouns as we.. They do not olook like the tamagotchi Pluses neither. No charactr thing on it neither. And another way that you can tell that its a fake is by the logo. If itwas a real tama it would have the Banddai's logo but most do not. Thoswe who do has BanaTop. Thats a fake as well.

A real Tamagotchi will have 3 buttons. They will have a picture of one of the characters. And have the correct Bandai's label on them.

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 01:34 AM ( #17 )

I have seen the fakes alot on ebay. One way that you can tell is that some of them has 4 buttons. I normal tamagotchi only has 3.

Haha

Gotta love Hong Kong.

Be wary of any seller from Hong Kong, or Singapore. Those two countries are infamous for their bootlegs and counterfeit items.

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Posted 30 August 2004 - 03:17 PM ( #18 )

I know what the Tamagotchi looks like and i still bought a fake one, since the picture on the Ebay auction was that of the real bandai version :rolleyes:.

My advice is to always ask the seller in front if it is a real Bandai version. Don't buy it if the seller doen't respond. Also check if the picture is taken by the seller and if the tama looks like the colours released. I've collected the available colours at my site.

Some people can't buy Tamgotchi in their country, like me (T_T), so they have no other options than to buy it online. Here are some reliable Ebay sellers:
- Jason
- DMP88
- Jenny

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Posted 30 August 2004 - 03:23 PM ( #19 )

its too expensive to buy off of line, i got mine for $15 and i see that the same one on there is bout $50..too bad for the ppl who dpnt have em in their countryies yet...

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Posted 05 September 2004 - 08:36 PM ( #20 )

Yep, Nanos are really great. I like to take one out once in a while and see how long I can keep it around. They are quite long lived and predictable pets.
I have played with the Nano Kitty the most. I really like him. :)

I like the Nano Double. I seem to have the rarest ones--Double and Dino. My Dino lost its back, though...so I have to tape the batteries in.