How to Avoid Fake Sonic Merchandise Page 31
Fakery and junk abounds when bootleggers think they can get away with knocking off Sonic the Hedgehog!
Fight back by educating yourself on what NEVER to buy with these pages of photos and tips!

Remember, you vote with your money...any buying of fake junk only supports and encourages them to make more. Wouldn't you rather have awesome official items? Wouldn't you rather enjoy cool good quality stuff you know you can depend on? If you want the real deal, bootlegs are never the way to go.
Remember what a 'bootleg' item is:
It is an unofficial or unlicensed product being sold to the fans- by NON FANS. These can be home-made or made in a factory. They are not approved by the company who holds the license and are NOT made to any standard. The quality is usually low, leading to items which may break or wear out. Fake items may also be unsafe. Remember, bootleg makers are only after your money. They don't care at all about Sonic the hedgehog and are only out for a quick buck. Don't waste your money! Buy official SEGA Sonic things only, look for copyrights, and demand the real deal.
Iron On Transfers Submission: CLOSED (every single art on the internet can be one of these, know that it exists & if it's a transfer of any type it IS A FAKE. Bootleg Avoidance HUB Page
Holo Button Fake Tag Chinese Sonic It's 'holo button' phony Sonic...but this time he's small.
For a while, in the early 2005 or so, bootleg companies got a hold of some holo-foil substance & started using it. Hologram material is generally expensive, which is why 'holofoil' cards and such are rare. This also means that your every day run of the mill bootlegger will stay far away from foils like this because they're so costly.
Which is why....when someone got a hold of some, they went on a holo rampage to try and convince consumers that these plushes and products were authentic. You'll have seen a similar plush to this on previous pages of Avoiding Bootlegs, but it was larger. Instead of a cloth-tag, these dolls employ a plastic button with the holo finish label trapped inside. A fancy button isn't enough to convince anyone to add other quality though: there are solid shoe buckles, a really long nose for no reason? Bent up front part of face, giant finger, and the eye embroidery is poor, with a layer of light green at the top & a gap there too. The mouth is also extremely vertical. This is likely based on the 'big shoe dolls', as you can tell with the foot structure, but they didn't do an amazing job. Though there's also a paper tag with OK graphics--they really tried to go all out to appear authentic with this one.
However:
Quality of the item itself, not the quality of how far the tags/buttons/labels will go is the real marker of something good. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
BUYER BEWARE:
DONT BUY COLORING BOOKS ON AMAZON.
Yes, it's another 'buyer beware' announcement, and this one is for Amazon instead of the usual (ebay). In 2019, you may notice an abundance of FAKE Sonic Coloring Books all over Amazon. Amazon is getting lazy policing for phony merchandise, so these nasty books are running rampant. They do everything fans hate to see like stealing Sega's art, stealing fan art from kids to make a profit for themselves, tricking people into paying for ugly fake art, false advertising (ex. showing pictures you don't get) , and providing incomplete/cropped art. However, there's a way to spot the fakes by following this list

1. MIXED characters: Avoid books with Sonic, Mario, Mickey Mouse & more. Companies don't like having co-staring characters / remember who has copyrighted what.
2. MIXED Modern/Classic - A very normal bootlegger slip up, they'll mix modern & classic Sonic characters together
3. Sonic X - There is no such thing as "NEW" Sonic X anything, it's fake
4. MIXED GAMES - If there's a book, it's based on ONE game, you won't get like Heroes&SA1 and then Colors.
5. TV SHOWS - NO US show ever had a coloring book, so if you see SatAM, AOSTH, or Underground, it's FAKE
6. Fan art / Fan characters - ALWAYS stolen from fans to grub money
7. A publisher you don't recognize. Who published it? Look up the company. Can't find a result? Don't buy it!

What to do if you find a fake?
Complain to Amazon. If people complain and write Amazon every time they spot a phony Sonic thing, Amazon could act to tear the listing down or warn the bootlegger. Reporting is your strength! As a fan, when you see a fake, call it out & get it punished away from the shop. Other people (Grandparents, etc) are not as savvy as a Sonic fan they are buying a gift for, and may be fooled by fakes so it is up to fans to complain when they see bogus garbage.

Buyer Beware Coloring Books alert found by: Princess PandaLover