Be very careful when spending you hard
do these four smurfs have in common? Well there are
two things. Firstly they are all relatively rare figures
as they were only in production for a short period
of time but most importantly, they are all FAKES.
As with all collectibles, the rarer items tend to
be targetted as they yield the highest profit for
the faker and smurfs are no exception. For a long
time the Praying smurfs, the Christmas candycane smurf
and the #1 Grad smurf have all been victims of unscroupulous
dealers. Their quality is often very good and it can
be very difficult to tell these fakes smurfs apart
from an original, especially from a photo.
fakes cause two major problems for the smurf collector.
There is a chance of spending a large amount of money
on a figure that is not an original and it affects
the price of the real ones. The price drops because
there seems to be more available and collectors are
scared of buying a fake.
Please remember, if you
are looking to purchase one of these expensive smurfs,
check as thoroughly as you can to see if you are getting
a genuine figure.