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Homemade Grover at eBay

Discussion in 'Puppets For Sale' started by zoetrope, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    You know it's not a bad looking puppet and kudos for making a point of actually putting "Homemade" in the item name. Although auctions like these are technically against ebay's TOS there's absolutely no attempt here to mislead potential buyers in to thinking it's something that it's not which we've seen occasionally in the past.

    Also - someone please correct me if I'm wrong - but anyone listing puppets they've made on ebay should specify that they are not a toy because I believe you have to pass certain safety tests to sell an item as a toy in the United States. I believe puppets are subject to the "Stuffed Articles Act" or some such law if they're sold as toys. Selling them as a professional item or "theatrical prop" (which I've done in the past) means you can still sell them to whoever wants them and you're also probably covering your butt legally in case (God forbid) an eye pops off and chokes someone.
  2. zoetrope

    zoetrope Well-Known Member

    I think that law only applies to politicians. :o
  3. doctort13

    doctort13 Well-Known Member

    The Fisher-Price Grover puppet that we had as kids looked more like Grover than this hack-pro knock-off!

    $75!!! #@!* :grouchy:
  4. rtgentry

    rtgentry Well-Known Member

    gee thanks for the encouragement, FYI, I had a reserve of like $500 , I did not plan on selling it, I just wanted to see what kind of response I got from the auction. I can see some of you have very kind personalities and others well stink , thanks
  5. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    I think it's pretty decent, but may I give some suggestions? Just a little creative criticism. His eyes look a little unfocused, which is a big deal. the eyes of a puppet are the most important thing, they symbolize what the character is like. Also, I know noses are hard, trut me, but this one seems just a little off. With a little practice, this guy could look peachy neat.
  6. Beebers

    Beebers Well-Known Member

    I agree, and please don't stop mocking the ebay auctions, someone's GOT to do it.

  7. Beebers

    Beebers Well-Known Member


  8. zoetrope

    zoetrope Well-Known Member

    I hope I'm not in the stinky catagory. :concern:
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I just re-read this thread and I have to make a comment about something. We already know that when someone does it it's copyright infringement, but we still end up saying the same thing every time we see one of these. Personally, when I made a Mahna-Mahna puppet I was torn as to offer it up as an ebay sale item or in a trade, and I chose a trade because I didn't want to get hacked to death by my friends around here!

    Ryan's post in this thread was a breath of fresh air, explaining the magic-triangle (eye focus in association with the nose) and offering constructive criticism. I still say you're cheating yourself starting the price at $75, but now that you mention that you didn't want to sell it anyways it makes sense.

    I guess what I'm saying is that we're always so negative toward folks who make Muppets and sell them off on ebay or wherever (me included in the negative front) and what we should do is be more constructive toward how they build these things, and REINFORCE their puppet making abilities so maybe they WILL begin making their own creations! We can easily say we don't like that they are making puppets of Muppets and selling them in only a few words, but let's stop bashing people over it and start trying to convince them to make their own creations.

    Anybody with me on this or am I all alone?
  10. zoetrope

    zoetrope Well-Known Member

    I'm with you as long as it means I'm not one of the stinky people.
  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Just take a bath and you'll be okay; but for now... :o
  12. Beebers

    Beebers Well-Known Member

    *buys case of Scrubbing Bubbles and deodorant*

    :D :D :D
  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    *grabs dishwashing detergent and turns on the sprinkler; douses self in soap and jumps through the sprinkler*

    Whee!! :)
  14. Whatever

    Whatever Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't it just be easier to head over to the hot tubs? We have a shower set up somewhere...
  15. DPuppets

    DPuppets Well-Known Member

    Great Post Fozzie....I said that just a few post before. But, I think people take it better from someone who post more than a newbie. I do agree with what you are saying.
  16. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Or just dump some Palmolive in the hot tub and turn on the jets! YAY!!

    I think this thread has officially been muffined...
  17. To me, it looks like a fun toy. I would give an A for effort. He doesn't have that thick terry-cloth look to him as the real thing. But considering it's homemade-- not a bad project. I just wouldn't have put it on eBay-- considering what the previous comments have stated (illegal). :attitude:

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