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Old 17th March 2012, 08:35 PM
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Default Hasbro bans KOs & 3rd party goods at Botcon

As the title says, Hasbro has finally taken a stand in regards to Knock offs and Unofficial toys at Botcon.

http://www.seibertron.com/transforme...on-2012/24308/

Although this is only affecting dealers at Botcon, at least they are taking a stand. Hopefully the 3rd party movement success has opened their eyes and allowed them to acknowledge that quality collector focused toys can be profitable and a good market to exploit with the right items.

...On the other hand, they may be all bark and no bite and nothing will really change
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why is this topic doubled up?
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Old 17th March 2012, 08:58 PM
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...On the other hand, they may be all bark and no bite and nothing will really change
This is exactly what I expect will happen... as it happened with KOs - they issued a stern warning 2-3 years ago for BotCon about counterfeit toys, and then we saw nothing from them about it from then on.
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Old 18th March 2012, 01:44 PM
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Without trying to spark a debate on KO's and 3rd party items, I agree with this move completely. It's their con therefore they have every right to dictate what is sold / displayed there. If people don't like it, don't go.
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I'm all for 3rd Party and 100% against KOs. Ar$3holes trying to get bucks from thieving other peoples intellectual properties $h!7 me to no end.
It's good to hear they're getting cracked down on, i only hope they do a thorough and proper job of it!
It's kindof a shame that 3rd party stuffs might have to cop some on the chin through all of this. I think these conventions should celebrate all things transformers related. A handful of these 3/P-companies actually make great contributions to our capitalist hobby and shouldn't be ignored. I do however accept that 3/P dealer booths may not be allowed that's plenty fair enough but having said that, i'd prefer to see them stay.
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I'm all for 3rd Party and 100% against KOs. Ar$3holes trying to get bucks from thieving other peoples intellectual properties $h!7 me to no end.
Are you suggesting that 3rd party companies don't infringe on Hasbro and Takara's intellectual property? :/
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The question now is would 3rd party sellers set up shop like 5m outside Botcon?
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They'll sell their stuff across the road at Robot Convention.
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Old 18th March 2012, 08:22 PM
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They'll sell their stuff across the road at Robot Convention.
Given the current climate, it wouldn't surprise me if the 'Robot Convention' dealer room ends up overshadowing Botcon's after a couple of years.

Hasbro should be smart enough to recognize what is missing in their current business plan and adjust to compensate.
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