I've thought about this since the lolidoll ebay listings went up. And a couple of interesting ideas came up in the discussion thread. about recasting dolls...buying knock offs and all the terrible moral things that go along with it. Scenario.... IF they are complete recasts... and someone bought one... painted it... and NEVER told anyone it was from (insert company).... took pics of it... posted them in a photostory with their other dolls... how would anyone know? What I am asking is this... Once they are out of the listing and in the hands of a person, how would anyone know it wasn't the actual doll JUST by looking at a pic? I think THAT is the stigma with copies, fakes if you will. They are dopplegangers passing as the real thing. Doppelgänger From Wikipedia, A doppelgänger (pronunciation (help·info)) or fetch is the fictional ghostly double of a living person, a sinister form of bilocation. The word is also used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection. They are generally regarded as harbingers of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person's friends or relatives portends illness or danger, while seeing one's own doppelgänger is an omen of death. In Norse mythology, a vardøger is a ghostly double who precedes a living person and is seen performing their actions in advance. What happens to the retail value of the REAL sculpt when copies are passed off as originals? What about resale of such copies? Here OR on Ebay? Will it drive prices lower? When purchasing secondhand... you may or may not be able to tell once the doll arrives. What if the seller of one of these dolls also bought it second hand and did not know the difference? Through no fault of their own sold it as it was represented to them? as an original? What long term consequences to the hobby and the value of ABJDs do you foresee if complete copies continue to surface? I am not looking for "Copying is bad." "I would never buy"...etc....that goes without saying. I am thinking of a debate that involves the long term effects of the problem as if it is continuing or growing. What could be done to prevent it, how to recognize these "Dopplegangers", What toll it might take on current sculpters and future work they might do? and a whole bag of other questions that I am sure will come up.