There is a great deal of counterfeiting that comes from overseas, some of which could pass for legit product, and plenty more that is clearly not the genuine article. Today, we have a report originating from Asia, where some poor Nintendo fans were getting their legs yanked while buying some fake Amiibo cards.
According to a report from Apple Daily (originally posted on Twitter by ChineseNintendo), a 35-year-old man from Taipei was arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit NFC-enabled cards on Taobao for around $16 Taiwanese dollars, the equivalent of 52 cents USD a card.
Police discovered the man was in possession of 6,850 fake cards, some of which used fan art in lieu of the official art.
“The Bao Er Corps pointed out that it has recently been discovered that major online auction stores have appeared to imitate the company’s trademarks, making the “Amiibo” dolls into “cards”, “NFC cards are not Amiibo dolls”, “NS NFC props cards, Collectible cards, self-made cards and other keywords are dumped in large quantities, each selling for about 16 yuan, compared with the original Amiibo doll about 500 to 600 yuan, can be said to be quite low, but also many players mistakenly believe that the purchase of affordable Genuine game plug-in cards.”
“After reporting to the Taipei District Court of Taiwan for issuing a search ticket, a counterfeit commodity was seized in a man named Wu, a Xinyi District, Taipei City.”
On the plus side, at least the folks who bought these didn’t lose a ton of money. There needs to be much more work done to deal with all of the counterfeiting that happens overseas, but that is sadly out of our hands. Best thing you can do as a consumer is support the official releases and avoid the knock-offs.