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Would you buy a restored pony? (symbols or eyes painted over, rerooted ect)

yes
19 (35.8%)
no
7 (13.2%)
depends on how they are restored/what wrong with them
27 (50.9%)

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Voting closed: November 20, 2019, 04:19:34 PM

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Offline cloud_weaver

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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2019, 04:19:22 AM »
I put no as it's the closest to my feelings. Generally no, things like donor tails replacing washers etc I don't care about. But the more extensive the restoration the more rare the pony should be. So for example I'm not going to buy a restored cotton candy, but a Nirvana would be more reasonable. I'd still rather an original Nirvana with cut hair or missing symbols than restored

I think this sums up my feelings.  I once found a Mimic who had her horn and part of her hoof nibbled off by a kitty.  I sent her to a customized to restore her with clay and a repaint (just the areas where the clay was).  The restoration was fantastic and barely noticeable.  I later sold her for $60 when I downsized my collection.  But as rare as she was (or sought after, however you look at it), I wanted to have her properly restored and didn’t mind her in my collection.
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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2019, 11:28:49 AM »
No.

To me, rerooted hair ponies are customs.

To me, repainted ponies are customs.

I would wait for one that was original. I might commission a special custom from someone, but I don't placehold with customs. I would rather have an original with a hair cut or a flaw.

I have one exception to this which I didn't buy as a restored pony. She was a Greek baby and she had no eyes. And I got PkW to repaint her eyes (which she did beautifully) because she just looked so sad otherwise. But she's now restored and thus in my mind she's more like a special custom than an actual nirvana pony. Which is no negative remark against PKW's work, she did an amazing job - it's just how I feel about changing a pony.

Rerooted hair however is my main bugbear, because it involves removing original hair to put in new hair. And my mantra is do no harm - to me removing any part of the original is doing harm to the pony.

All these things are just my personal opinions, but I wouldn't buy a restored pony.

The only exception to this would be donor tails if they come from the right pony - but this is only possible on common ponies, since you can't just purloin a tail from a rare pony to fix yours (or should not, I better say). That's about as far as I would go, since you don't have to damage a pony or a tail to put a replacement tail in.

I also don't believe in breaking the neck seal to clean inside unless the situation critically demands it, and then I would consider the pony damaged. Likewise replacing the washer etc with a ziptie to prevent future rust - I wouldn't do it, because it's not original.
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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2019, 11:50:12 AM »
It depends. I'd buy a "bait" pony over one that's already been restored, as I much prefer to do most of that kind of work myself- for me, restoration is all part of the fun!

On the other hand, I might buy a restored pony if it's one I really want, (so I wouldn't get a restored peachy, but I'd certainly consider TaF yum yum) as long as the seller is honest and has fully disclosed all work done on the pony.

I know some consider repaints customisation, but it wouldn't necessarily be a deal breaker for me. It's something I'm reluctant to do myself, as I don't have a very steady hand, but if it was just a matter of touching up eyes and symbols, as opposed to altering them, then I could live with that.

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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2019, 12:38:09 PM »
yes. i think restoring often means replacing missing material and cleaning the collectors item up.
i am not a fan of fullbodyrepaints, as they have a different feel and translucency than the original plastic.
i love and collect customs an i like restoring ponies that are in a really bad state, like many others wrote here. for me it is cherishing them and bringing them back to life. ^^
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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2019, 03:09:24 PM »
It depends on the pony and what has been done to it :)

I have restored some of my own ponies and bought ponies already restored :)

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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2019, 05:07:38 PM »
I personally prefer restored and pristine looking to shabby.  It would be important to know it was restored.  I always thought a nice way of showing that would be to root a a little of the hair that's a different color.  I also don't like complete body paint.

But I think the ideal pony for restoration would be severe "bait".  I wouldn't want that done to a pony that was really rare or would had been good enough for someone else.

I also haven't bought any ponies for years so... I'm probably not someone you would look to market them to.
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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2019, 05:27:37 PM »
I say yes, but for the most part I do restores myself. If it was a HTF or MO that I need I wouldn't hesitate if it was restored in some way.

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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2019, 05:51:27 PM »
I'll bet you can find someone to buy a restored TAF Yum Yum, as she's pretty hard to find. 
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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2019, 06:27:08 PM »
im in between no and depends what they have had but i would have to see alot of really good photos to decide, iv bought rehairs and i have done alot to restores/repairing but i haven't touched symbols, maybe the odd eye if easy, if they are rare and im paying a lot of money for them then NO. :)
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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2019, 07:38:41 PM »
I would if they were one of my most sought after ones, I am not picky when it comes to condition. My only accept ions are mold and smoke damage. I do have a rehair bow tie from across the pond, and love her anyway.

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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2019, 05:32:03 PM »
im in between no and depends what they have had but i would have to see alot of really good photos to decide, iv bought rehairs and i have done alot to restores/repairing but i haven't touched symbols, maybe the odd eye if easy, if they are rare and im paying a lot of money for them then NO. :)
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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2019, 06:15:11 PM »
Wow, that's a lovely restore!

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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2019, 09:16:38 PM »
When ponies are restored well it’s about saving something and making it beautiful again - very different to customs.

Ponies can be rehaired so they look almost indistinguishable to the original.

Symbols are harder but it can be done so they look very, very much like the original.

I wouldn’t buy a restoration unless it had been done very well, but I have several ponies in my own collection that I’ve restored and I don’t like them any less!
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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2019, 10:01:49 PM »
I wouldn't buy a restore if
a) it wasn't super well done (so that I could barely tell)
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b) it wasn't cheaper than an original in poor condition.

I consider them partially customs and of much lower value.
 Doesn't mean that the restorers work are bad in any way but collector wise I don't find them to be of the same value as a good condition pony.

That being said - I would still appreciate a placeholder but would prefer it in CB condition instead of restored =)
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Re: Would you buy a restored pony?
« Reply #29 on: November 16, 2019, 01:06:40 AM »
Yeah! I would buy a pony with any type of modifications as long as I liked the pony!