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I just came across this insane Indiana Jones prop replica store. Everything on there looks far too good to be true. Am I about to get ripped off if I buy a Grail Diary?

 

My excitement is clouding my reason. What am I missing here?

 

https://www.kittiway.com/collections/indiana-jones-collection-50-off  - DO NOT TRUST!

 

UPDATE: THE ABOVE LINK LOOKS DODGY - WITH IMAGES FROM OTHER ETSY SELLERS! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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Wow. This actually looks really good! I love that they also have an orichalcum machine from Fate of Atlantis.

I’d be careful with buying something though. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Maybe start by ordering one thing, and going from there?

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Yeah, the main thing that would hold me back is how amazing that diary seems to be for only £40 (make sure you've got 'prop replica' style selected). 235 pages of content, plus 24 impressive inserts, themed packaging, and it's all hand-aged..!
Plus they have 'made in the USA' logos, but they're based in China, they don't have a Facebook or Instagram (the links just take you to those sites' homepage) and there are only two reviews for it which are both dated in the last couple of days, and in the video on one of those reviews all the inserts look massive, which is a bit odd.

If I could find a reddit thread or something with some reviews that didn't feel astroturfed, I might be tempted to risk the £40+p&p..!

 

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I did find this while googling around! https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/537089950/make-your-own-grail-diary-200-high
And also this unwrapping of a pre-made one (also from etsy, but it's £150): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShgKh1WHUDA
They all seem to be working with very similar material, maybe kittiway bought that pdf pack and are willing to make it up for people on the cheap, I dunno...

 

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DON'T ORDER THERE! That's is one of the typical scam sites, which pop up all over social media, all the time. They usually steal their images from sites like Etsy. Their store pages look all the same, each time.

 

If something looks too good to be true, it usually isn't. There's no reason for Indiana Jones props to be that cheap.

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1 hour ago, Laserschwert said:

Truth be told, I fell for them one time, on massively reduced Star Wars Black Series helmets. Never again!

 

Dang. Were you able to get your money back? I'm reporting the FB ad now. Maybe I can stop others falling for it.

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Nope, money was gone. My credit card company said there's nothing they could do, since I voluntarily gave them my credit card number to order. If my order wouldn't show up after a few months, I could make them start an investigation, but that would have cost a fee, plus it most likely wouldn't have resulted in anything anyway, they told me.

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41 minutes ago, Laserschwert said:

Nope, money was gone. My credit card company said there's nothing they could do, since I voluntarily gave them my credit card number to order. If my order wouldn't show up after a few months, I could make them start an investigation, but that would have cost a fee, plus it most likely wouldn't have resulted in anything anyway, they told me.

 

😮 You should be legally protected against this kind of fraud. Your bank might have been trying to fob you off making a claim, but you should be able to get that back if you paid with a credit card. I hope it wasn't much.

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Wow. I'm amazed they got anything at all! Although it was clearly a scam in the sense that they didn't match the images (which were stolen from another site), they did receive a facsimile of the dairy. Bonkers.

 

It's actually better than I would have expected!

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There's an interesting bit in the comments (always read the comments!) that says the site in question is known for offering copyright infringing copies of real items, so it looks like that's what the reviewer got. Which means there must be a legit item out there somewhere - the diary contents are quite impressive if the item is a pure scam, after all - it's just a question of finding it.

 

Your life's work begins here, TP.

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The original high quality version is here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/730309245/the-grail-diary-last-crusade-inspired 

 

£150!

 

The quest for the perfect Grail Diary Replica is a common one :) A lot of prop enthusiasts make them apparently. Here's that guy from Mythbusters talking about the one he made for himself after a break up...

 

 

(He's not on coke, he has allergies.)

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6 hours ago, ThunderPeel2001 said:

The original high quality version is here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/730309245/the-grail-diary-last-crusade-inspired 

 

£150!

 

The quest for the perfect Grail Diary Replica is a common one :) A lot of prop enthusiasts make them apparently. Here's that guy from Mythbusters talking about the one he made for himself after a break up...

 

 

(He's not on coke, he has allergies.)

I'd say it's the holy grail of prop replicas, but...

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