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The humiliation of a Pokemon knock-off retailer

Mark Fletcher
October 5th, 2016 · 5 Comments

The story goes that a parent bought a Pokemon card game pack from a shop because that shop’s price was half all the others. The kid went to play with mates but could not because the cards were not authentic. The kid was humiliated. They went home and ripped into the parent. The parent went to the shop and was told they are half price, what do you expect.

If someone tries to sell you Pokemon cards at half price or a massive discount to what is usual, they are probably a knock-off. Selling knock-off product of any brand can seriously harm your business.

Only purchase licenced products from a business that you know has the licence.


Category: Ethics

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jonathan Wilson // Oct 6, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    If someone is selling knock-off Pokemon cards (and more to the point is 100% aware that they are selling knock-off cards) doesn’t that mean they are violating the law?

    If I saw such a thing I would report them to the legitimate owner of the license. Companies producing and selling knock-off product (whether it be knock-off Pokemon cards, knock-off Peppa Pig toys, knock-off LEGO sets, knock-off iPhones or knock-off designer handbags) hurt everyone who sells the genuine legitimate article.


  • 2 Craig // Oct 6, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    My kids love Pokemon and I know some $2 shops are selling Pokemon cards at prices greatly reduced than those in newsagents. I wonder if they are legit, it is hard to tell at a glance.


  • 3 Paul // Oct 6, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    If they are like some of the other CCG titles they will have a blue stripe actually embedded in the card that you only see if the ends are frayed ! The biggest error the counterfeiters make is they often dont get the trademark information correct or in the right font at the bottom of the card. There was a big thing about Magic the Gathering cards where a particular card that trades fo up to $1000 was being counterfeited in China and sold on Ebay and at the card tournaments apparently. The counterfeiters were apparently making seriously big money.


  • 4 Clare // May 7, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Hi there,
    A Newagency in Caringbah is selling fake cards. The owner got very angry at my 9 yo daughter when she asked for a refund and refused to serve her anymore. Very rude and horrible owner.


  • 5 Peter // May 8, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    We sell fake news, why not fake cards.

    Though I believe Clare should get a refund.


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