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Back in late September I asked all of you lovely people to answer a very short survey about TBL/”factory”/fake Blythes and I’m sharing the result today!
There were 113 responses, not everyone who filled in the survey answered every single question.
1. Do you own a TBL/factory/fake Blythe doll?
39% said no while 61% said yes, they do own a TBL/factory/fake Blythe doll.
2. Do you consider TBL or “factory” dolls to be Blythe dolls?
It is a bit more divided here. 45% of the responders said no, TBL/factory/fakes are not real Blythe dolls while 55% think that they are.
3. Would you buy a customized doll if you knew it was made from a TBL/fake doll?
An amazing 64% have no issues with buying a customized doll that is known to be from a TBL/fake while 36% said no.
4. Would you buy a legitimate customized Blythe doll from a customized who used TBL/fakes in their other customization works?
An amazing 95% said that they would still buy a doll from someone who was known to use fakes in their other customization works while 5% said no.
5. What are your thoughts on TBL/fakes/factory Blythe dolls?
Here is a selection of some of the comments made by people who filled out the survey:
I feel like its all the same parts. Same plastic to start with, then the customizers worth their magic and make them unique. My first, and only current one is a factory, with all the correct markings, and she is well enough made that I want another one.
I’m big on genuine products as I feel that fakes or stolen items are disrespectful to the company or artist who created them originally. I would buy from an artist who uses them in other works if I really liked their work, but I’d rather support artists who don’t work with fakes or stolen parts at all.
They are not real Blythe dolls. They remind me of what you may find in a street market when someone has copied a designer purse and is selling it much cheaper than the original.
I hate all the controversy. Wish everyone would just play nice.
I think they’re great!
I hate that they are sold as legitimate to unsuspecting sellers and feel they should be marked a little differently so as to be immediately distinguishable but I love the many color combinations available and the hair of the few I’ve met has been absolutely delightful!
They have destroyed the Blythe hobby. Not singlehandedly of course (there is a lot of things wrong with this hobby, but fakes play a major part in the steady decline). I know Takara has released poor quality new releases, but we need to stop using that as an excuse to justify fakes. If you don’t like the latest releases – don’t buy them! I don’t. I only buy older releases. Older authentic stock Blythes are high quality and are reasonably priced too, so you can’t justify fakes by saying they’re cheaper than the real deal – that’s a lie. Also, if you think genuine Blythes are too expensive than maybe this hobby isn’t for you. Just because you want something doesn’t mean you should be entitled too it. Save up and actually earn your dolls. This is the only doll hobby where fakes are so widely accepted and that’s really sad to see because by accepting fakes, we are destroying the doll we claim to love so much. Newbies saying they love Blythe and collect Blythe but only own fakes is absurd. How can you claim to love something and collect something when you’ve never actually seen it or owned it? Also, what about the origins of these fake dolls? By purchasing them, who knows what kind of underworld schemes you are supporting. Drug and/or human trafficking, child labour – these are all things that come out of China, especially from bootlegging factories. People need to stop being so greedy and selfish and consider the bigger picture. By buying into fakes you’re contributing to the downfall of Takara and the Blythe hobby while potentially contributing to the abuse and ill treatment of third world factory workers while lining the pockets of bootleggers. Think about that.
They are beautiful and the quality is good. I like the TBL hair and eyechips’ colors.