First off, Im doing this because its my passion (collecting toys) also. Im not looking for customers here, I could care less if you are interested. I just want your idea's and thoughts which you have given. Thanks for all who posted.
Some stuff that I feel you might need to read from some other boards:
Originally Posted by mabudon
BTW, in the case of variants and such, what kind of material analysis would be done to determine if the whole thing is the "real deal" anyways???
I'd have half a mind to craft up a fake red-cape bib fortuna or something just to see if I could do it- would there be some kind of "insurance policy", in case a really good fake somehow got past the system???
I have some star wars experts I would ref these kinds of items to. If they were undecided on it, it would be returned to the customer without shipping refunded. I will make note of the name of the person who submits this kind of thing and have a data base with photos of all questionable items submited and then returned. I will for the most part just return the item back to the customer, I have no problem with this. I might go as far as just send a item back to a person that I think is trying to pull some shate. The good ol' we have the right to refuse service to anyone! This I will take to the extreme! Not everyone will be able to submit stuff, blacklists will be up and running also.
Ok not being mean but asking this just as a normal question but what references do you have?
I have some ref's from hobby shops, a hot wheels designer and my friend from gentle giant studios, also my ebay name is westcoastdiecast. Thats just a few, but I will have all of that on the web site once the site is up.
Are you on ebay at all?
How should i feel safe sending my figures to you when you are a new guy?
Send your item with a delivery confirmation with insurance via usps.
What form of reference do you have?
I have a 100pt system in place for loose figures. Example a C8.0 is my 80/100.
I think another thing is what all will you be grading or how would you be grading a figure?
The figure will have the 100pt system in place to judge such things as: Paint wear, loose joints, broken parts, discoloring, etc. I will have my "figure autopsy" Diagram which is pretty cool that details every point taken from the 100. I will out line in figure diagram where the paint loss is, broken pieces etc. I dont want to get into to much detail on this yet.
Thanks for all your questions.