G1 Is it just me or do you notice this too?

tulagirl

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Na while I agree old toys have germs, they are easy to clean and sanitize. Plus, with MIB G3's please remember all toys are handled by people at factories. That means if they scratched their bum with their bare hands and then reached for a pony to do the final touches before boxing you have one contaminated pony. All the snotty nosed, sneezing, upchucking children touched the boxes in the store. I seem to recall seeing a news program on this. They found more e coli germs on brand new in the bag underwear than they thought possible. The reason. Stinky, yucky people who bag and box stuff don't wash their hands. Nothing in this world is germ free, and I would guess it isn't clean until I say for certain I have cleaned it. New does not equal clean, MIB does not equal clean either. I have doubts that a dirty pony has discouraged collecting...just my opinion. Most of us love to clean our ponies, its all part of the fun of owning G1. I also don't believe that people throw their hands up and stop collecting at all due to the prices. I know many people that just wait for that pony to be a price they can afford. There are so many brags where people have found grails for 1.00.
 

Skycakes

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Agreed, Im a really semi neat freak. (my mom made me this.) I wash mostly everything I get from a store. Including underwear. Dirty ponies never have stopped me from buying them there is something rather satisfying for me cleaning a pony or toy and making it feel brand new even if it is old. I don't however want to block the germs completely we need germs bad and good to fight against each other.
 

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Na while I agree old toys have germs, they are easy to clean and sanitize. Plus, with MIB G3's please remember all toys are handled by people at factories. That means if they scratched their bum with their bare hands and then reached for a pony to do the final touches before boxing you have one contaminated pony. All the snotty nosed, sneezing, upchucking children touched the boxes in the store. I seem to recall seeing a news program on this. They found more e coli germs on brand new in the bag underwear than they thought possible. The reason. Stinky, yucky people who bag and box stuff don't wash their hands. Nothing in this world is germ free, and I would guess it isn't clean until I say for certain I have cleaned it. New does not equal clean, MIB does not equal clean either. I have doubts that a dirty pony has discouraged collecting...just my opinion. Most of us love to clean our ponies, its all part of the fun of owning G1. I also don't believe that people throw their hands up and stop collecting at all due to the prices. I know many people that just wait for that pony to be a price they can afford. There are so many brags where people have found grails for 1.00.


....tulagirl strikes again
 

Sweet Daes

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I am not talking about germs. That's the easy part.

I am specifically talking about pink/blue/chartreuse highlighter-attacked/hair-bleed victims; glue-discolored, marred, cut, abused and neglected ponies that can find their way to listings with two photos that make them look in marginally collectable condition with some light TLC, (left and right sides) where one of them is nothing but the hair which has the tendency to cover up major issues.

For instance, I spent a bit on a really lovely G1 Brilliant Blossoms Merry-Go-Round only to find that there was something growing inside of it, which (at the end of the escapade) forced me to behead her because the tail and the mane had to be removed due to the funk eating away at the glue, rusting the tail and discoloring the hair from scalp up. And it stank.

Oh.
My.
God.
Did it ever stink.

The inside with covered in a slick, slime mold layer over the ENTIRE inside surface area AND in the head that had discolored the white vinyl from the inside-out. I have a feeling that the person I bought it from knew what they were selling because they gave me the runaround for almost 3 weeks until I got eBay involved over it not being as described. They relented, but it seems that I was not the only observant buyer they did that to as their account was "newer" from 2017 and is no longer registered. All of their ponies were being passed off as owned by an "adult collector".

That experience, and two others with similar problems completely turned me off from wanting to go head-first into G1. I think being burned 3 times was enough.

Lesson learned- I refuse to purchase any pony without more details unless I feel that I can trust the source. I ran into too many problems with G1 ponies being passed off as "semi-collectable condition" when they were total baits at the beginning. I am very wary about G1s because of my experiences. I am more likely to consider buying them face-to-face rather than over eBay. If it's in a lot I see it as collateral damage since it's more likely to have deep-rooted issues that the seller doesn't know about or don't care about. And if the seller doesn't reply to my questions then I won't bother buying from them. It's too risky, and too much work to restore the dears to their best condition, especially if you have to remove the head of the pony to do a thorough clean.

That's why I skipped right to G3. New to 7-year-old ponies are easier to restore than ones that are 24-36 years old, and I am less likely to run into issues with a dishonest seller because of the striking value difference between generations.
 

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I am not talking about germs. That's the easy part.

I am specifically talking about pink/blue/chartreuse highlighter-attacked/hair-bleed victims; glue-discolored, marred, cut, abused and neglected ponies that can find their way to listings with two photos that make them look in marginally collectable condition with some light TLC, (left and right sides) where one of them is nothing but the hair which has the tendency to cover up major issues.

For instance, I spent a bit on a really lovely G1 Brilliant Blossoms Merry-Go-Round only to find that there was something growing inside of it, which (at the end of the escapade) forced me to behead her because the tail and the mane had to be removed due to the funk eating away at the glue, rusting the tail and discoloring the hair from scalp up. And it stank.

Oh.
My.
God.
Did it ever stink.

The inside with covered in a slick, slime mold layer over the ENTIRE inside surface area AND in the head that had discolored the white vinyl from the inside-out. I have a feeling that the person I bought it from knew what they were selling because they gave me the runaround for almost 3 weeks until I got eBay involved over it not being as described. They relented, but it seems that I was not the only observant buyer they did that to as their account was "newer" from 2017 and is no longer registered. All of their ponies were being passed off as owned by an "adult collector".

That experience, and two others with similar problems completely turned me off from wanting to go head-first into G1. I think being burned 3 times was enough.

Lesson learned- I refuse to purchase any pony without more details unless I feel that I can trust the source. I ran into too many problems with G1 ponies being passed off as "semi-collectable condition" when they were total baits at the beginning. I am very wary about G1s because of my experiences. I am more likely to consider buying them face-to-face rather than over eBay. If it's in a lot I see it as collateral damage since it's more likely to have deep-rooted issues that the seller doesn't know about or don't care about. And if the seller doesn't reply to my questions then I won't bother buying from them. It's too risky, and too much work to restore the dears to their best condition, especially if you have to remove the head of the pony to do a thorough clean.

That's why I skipped right to G3. New to 7-year-old ponies are easier to restore than ones that are 24-36 years old, and I am less likely to run into issues with a dishonest seller because of the striking value difference between generations.
OMGS!!:eek:
 

bluerose9978

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I am not talking about germs. That's the easy part.

I am specifically talking about pink/blue/chartreuse highlighter-attacked/hair-bleed victims; glue-discolored, marred, cut, abused and neglected ponies that can find their way to listings with two photos that make them look in marginally collectable condition with some light TLC, (left and right sides) where one of them is nothing but the hair which has the tendency to cover up major issues.

For instance, I spent a bit on a really lovely G1 Brilliant Blossoms Merry-Go-Round only to find that there was something growing inside of it, which (at the end of the escapade) forced me to behead her because the tail and the mane had to be removed due to the funk eating away at the glue, rusting the tail and discoloring the hair from scalp up. And it stank.

Oh.
My.
God.
Did it ever stink.

The inside with covered in a slick, slime mold layer over the ENTIRE inside surface area AND in the head that had discolored the white vinyl from the inside-out. I have a feeling that the person I bought it from knew what they were selling because they gave me the runaround for almost 3 weeks until I got eBay involved over it not being as described. They relented, but it seems that I was not the only observant buyer they did that to as their account was "newer" from 2017 and is no longer registered. All of their ponies were being passed off as owned by an "adult collector".

That experience, and two others with similar problems completely turned me off from wanting to go head-first into G1. I think being burned 3 times was enough.

Lesson learned- I refuse to purchase any pony without more details unless I feel that I can trust the source. I ran into too many problems with G1 ponies being passed off as "semi-collectable condition" when they were total baits at the beginning. I am very wary about G1s because of my experiences. I am more likely to consider buying them face-to-face rather than over eBay. If it's in a lot I see it as collateral damage since it's more likely to have deep-rooted issues that the seller doesn't know about or don't care about. And if the seller doesn't reply to my questions then I won't bother buying from them. It's too risky, and too much work to restore the dears to their best condition, especially if you have to remove the head of the pony to do a thorough clean.

That's why I skipped right to G3. New to 7-year-old ponies are easier to restore than ones that are 24-36 years old, and I am less likely to run into issues with a dishonest seller because of the striking value difference between generations.
It's instances like these that a lot of G1 collectors rely on buying only from certain reputable sellers who know how to clean ponies, describe in detail and are willing to go the extra mile to make sure their buyer is happy. There are a lot of sellers who don't know a thing about old toys and others who just don't care.
 

Sweet Daes

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It's instances like these that a lot of G1 collectors rely on buying only from certain reputable sellers who know how to clean ponies, describe in detail and are willing to go the extra mile to make sure their buyer is happy. There are a lot of sellers who don't know a thing about old toys and others who just don't care.
Well, yes. But, then again, it never came to my mind that being a reputable trader of old kids' toys was on par with being a reputable breeder of pets. A year ago I had no idea, and that started my diversion to G3 before I decided that G3/G4 was my jam.
 

bluerose9978

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Well, yes. But, then again, it never came to my mind that being a reputable trader of old kids' toys was on par with being a reputable breeder of pets. A year ago I had no idea, and that started my diversion to G3 before I decided that G3/G4 was my jam.
Well, they are toys that are 30 years old, played with by children in their hey-day. They're practically antiques. And just like antiques, they need a professional's touch and not the touch of a novice. But to each their own. If you prefer G3s and G4s, more power to you.
 

Sweet Daes

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Well, they are toys that are 30 years old, played with by children in their hey-day. They're practically antiques. And just like antiques, they need a professional's touch and not the touch of a novice. But to each their own. If you prefer G3s and G4s, more power to you.
The point I am making is that when you're new to collecting anything of antiquity this is not logic that comes naturally. There isn't a "Collecting MLP for Dummies" book or website. It's sink or swim, so with my own experiences I didn't learn the backstroke and went freestyle.
 

ActionHank

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I've never really seen the need of professional advice when it came to collecting antiques, but then again every "professional" I've seen selling any thing I've been remotely interested in is usually way overpriced, but then again I manly collect vintage electronics and them main thing I usually have to deal with on those filth or needing new cords.
 
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