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Re Sealed Item, No Submarine Patch.
on November 4, 2011
I got this item as a gift for my wife. As an avid vintage toy and film memorabilia collector, I've learned to spot re seal jobs on packaging quite quickly, and this is yet another example of dirty pool. Inside a certain handful of each of these is supposed to be an exclusive submarine patch, and low and behold, greedy sellers and distributors have yet again, figured out how to rip off the average hard working person and remove the fun from an otherwise really neat idea, for the sake of making more $$$. Here's what went down: the box set I ordered was described as "Factory Shrink Wrap Sealed". LOL, it was "sealed" alright, but the cardboard piece of paper that holds the set shut UNDER the shrink wrap was torn, with NO damage to the surrounding outer shrink wrap directly above it. In other words, the set had been RE sealed. When my wife removed the shrink wrap, we also noticed that the cardboard strip had little gelatin stickies under it, holding it down. Those stickies had been pulled up (as evidenced by old paper pulled and torn beneath them), then RE stuck down...obviously to get into the set before re sealing it aftermarket, and advertising it as "factory sealed." Now why would someone do this? Simple, to check for the exclusive Submarine Patch, and if it was in there, get the patch out of it and then re sell the set sans patch to the little guy (i.e., me) who would normally be none the wiser. I have a gut feeling a LOT of sellers on Amazon and elsewhere, advertising "Factory Sealed" sets have done this dirty little trick, and it really burned me up seeing this when I received the set. Realizing the chances though of receiving a REAL, unopened, factory untouched set via re order, or going to a different seller in hopes they were more honest to get one and ergo...a REAL chance at getting the patch, seemed a bit futile in retrospect. The creators of this set thought it would be a neat idea to make the patch exclusive. Well, it's a great idea, until greedy sellers and distributors figure out dishonest and frankly, illegal ways of cheating the system. Little do the end recipients like you or I often know, that they never stood a chance in getting the patch at all. And that's how these sorts of things go un reported, and un checked. When one can re sell the patches boldly advertised to collectors in with opened sets on sites like Ebay and Amazon for $200+ dollars EACH, it's a recipe for dishonest practices. This purchase taught me a lesson to NEVER again order products like this (those advertising a sealed, "limited to certain random sets only" premium). From here out, I will be purchasing items like this from Costco or Target, live, sight seen, straight off the shelf, and in person.