The consensus seems to be that oversaturation of the market with repros hurts the value of the originals. With this in mind, it might be wise to wait on purchasing an original robot, which is slated to be mass produced since you might be able to pick up the original at a reduced price later. I was thinking about bidding on that BO blue Planet Robot on Ebay, but now I'm afraid that if the Chinese manufactuers decide to clone it extensively in the future that it might consequently reduce its value.
Just out of curiosity, how many of you think that reproing increases interest in collecting?
Thanks everyone for your feedback on Guy Antique Gallery in Japan. Because of your favorable testimonials, I decided to go ahead with my purchase with them. However, the robot I was originally interested in was on hold for someone else who didn't show up, and therefore, Moktar offered it to me. Now, the original guy is planning to go through with the deal this weekend, so I probably won't be getting it. I guess a little competition always helps motivate people.
Anyway, they have many other nice items on their site, and now I know that I can buy with confidence from Guy Antique Gallery.
I'm thinking about making a purchase from Guy Antique Gallery in Japan; however, I wanted to get some feedback regarding the reliablity of this business. So if anyone has purchased anything from Moktar and Guy Antique Gallery, I'd like to hear about your experiences with them.
I'm not an expert, but I think it's better to wrap the box. I had some record albums that I had purchased in the 1970's, which I placed in mylar protective sleeves since new. Recently, I took my record collection out of storage. The ones in the mylar sleeves looked brand new--no yellowing and bright graphics--even after 30 years! The ones that were not in the sleeves had some yellowing and looked "vintage." Therefore, I think it's probably better to wrap the boxes in some type of safe plastic or mylar.