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Also, see this topic on pirated (i.e. intellectual property theft) kits. This is a continuously evolving issue with many complicated origins and interwoven plot strands, but MSW is working hard behind the scenes to help ensure that designers can fairly profit from their work -- even designers in China. BTW, some of the promo photos for the Chine knock-offs -- including possibly the one you screen captured -- don't even show a finished model made from the kit; oftentimes it's a cut-and-pasted photo of the same subject built from a different kit or from scratch.

Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
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Current builds: Brigantine Phoenix, Speeljacht

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50 minutes ago, RustyNail123 said:

This is a cancer that has hurt the figure world for years.

Yes, it is particularly harmful to esoteric, niche hobbies. Apple and Gucci will still make their money when faced with illegal competition, but mom & pop hobby suppliers are a different story.

Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
- Tuco

Current builds: Brigantine Phoenix, Speeljacht

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Yes, there are a lot of scammer out there.   Looking at the posted ad, the price itself sets off alarm bells.  It could be a scam or it just could be really tiny... but my money is on "scam".

Mark
"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans - ON HOLD           Triton Cross-Section   

 NRG Hallf Hull Planking Kit                                                                            HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               

 

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CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         

         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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The postage for my express delivery from China to the United States is $26, which is the price obtained through the freight forwarder, including the agent's customs clearance fee, but this is the price of 500g, more than this weight, $6 per 500g. Then I have to send the package to the agent. The total price is $30. It's hard for me to imagine that the kit costs only $13.14 and includes postage. 

 

There used to be a micro model kit in China's market, but it's only a cross-section model. The price is about $26, but the postage in China will not exceed $1.50.

 

So....

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