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I'm looking at the Lego Super Star Destroyer on eBay and I see that a number of people are selling it for ~$600 USD. From time to time there are bids that sell at ~$300 USD that claim to be sealed and brand new. These sets come from Hong Kong or China from a user that has a 0 feedback. This seems to me to be a bit fishy since the set is now discontinued and it should fetch higher than the original selling price of $400 USD.

If you search Lego minifigures from the superhero lines, you get Chinese users selling packs of five minifigures for far below the asking price again. I asked about this one in the past.

Has anyone else noticed this? Do we have a brick authenticity problem? mj

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LEGO-Star-Wars-Super-Star-Destroyer-Spaceship2-New-Building-Set-Battleship-/251594504283?pt=Building_Toys_US&hash=item3a9433785b

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The SSD auction will be a scam and the minifigs are indeed knock-offs of which eBay is awash.

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That's terrible. There are lots of people bidding on those items and it's a pity that they're getting robbed. –  mj_ Jul 24 at 1:01
    
In terms of the knock-off minifigs, these are all over the place, including Amazon through sellers. –  Zhaph - Ben Duguid Jul 25 at 13:48
    
@mj_ Indeed - there apparently is no end to either human greed or human foolishness :( –  Zhaph - Ben Duguid Jul 25 at 13:50

For sets currently available through LEGO.com or other online retailers, the cheaper sets may be authentic, but part of a scam known as drop shipping.

This type of scam works like this:

You order a remarkably cheap, new LEGO set from eBay or the like.

The seller uses your contact information and a stolen credit card to purchase a set directly from an authentic retailer.

You pay the illegitimate seller.

You receive a package directly from LEGO that has a packing slip with someone else's information on it.

The "seller" now has cash from the transaction without needing a PIN for the stolen card.

You now have a cheaper set that was obtained via illegal practices.

A 3rd person is a victim of credit card fraud.

LEGO products are unfortunately ideal for this type of fraud, as they are high value and high in demand.

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