In my previous post, I have expressed my doubt on the authenticity of the Secret Garden coloring book that I bought from an IG seller. I saw the real thing at Fully Booked, a solid proof that what I got was a rip-off! Buying an original is of utmost importance to me since coloring is something that I invest a lot of my time, energy, and creativity in. There are 96 pages to color– think about the number of days, nights, months, and even years of your life you’re spending on this book. How do you ever give justice to your work, furthermore, to the work of Johanna Basford, if you are working on a rip-off?!
If you share the same sentiment with me, please be very sure that you are getting the real thing and your money’s worth when buying your coloring book from an online seller. If you are as clueless as I was and easily lured by these cut-rate coloring book shops online, I tell you, never ever. Go straight to Fully Booked, Powerbooks, or National Bookstore.
Printed in Italy vs. Printed in China. Am I being critical with the one printed in China?
Could this be enough proof that I got a rip-off?
The Guardian says that Secret Garden sold 3M copies in China. It could have sold copies like hotcakes in China and I could have bought a China copy, but how could I be so sure that I got an authentic one that was only printed in China? Nowadays, one couldn’t help but get skeptical with the authenticity of anything made in China. Especially if you live in the Philippines where there is a massive invasion of everything made in China!
Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland, which I bought from an online seller looks, feels, and smells exactly as the ones displayed in legit bookstores. With Secret Garden, it’s a different story.
I saw, touched, and turned the pages of the ones being sold at PHP 320 or PHP 350, they are a total rip-off and of poorer quality than the one that I got online at PHP 500. Those that are Priced at PHP 250 or less are cringe-worthy! What else China couldn’t copy these days, anyway?!
Here are the telltale signs that the copy you have on hand is a rip-off.
REAL THING (left) VS. RIP-OFF (right)
The rip-off has a light brown paper cover.
Color Bleeding — The poor print quality sparked my doubt on the authenticity of the book. Also, it has strong ink smell.
The real thing is thicker, because the pages are made of thicker and heavier paper stock. I read that the newest version has actually become thicker because of the paper used. Perhaps the earlier versions have the same thickness as the rip-off?
The real thing screams superb quality. ‘Nuff said. 🙂
I have now brought this coloring craze to a higher level by adding felt-tip marker pens and pastels to my coloring arsenal!
Dainty blue and white
I brought different brands so I’ll know which works best. I’m loving so much how cheap and efficient Crystal Water Base Pen is. My Color 2 by Dong A has a broad nib on one end and a thin nib on the other. Using it is a bit of a challenge since there’s too much ink coming out. I have to control my force in coloring, if not the color will bleed through even if the paper is already thick. I am yet to use the Stabilo and Faber-Castell.
With pastels, I’ll make another post once I’ve already used them.