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I've been doing it wrong, I thought those bags were meant to be open :o
anyway, whatever is the best deal for me as well. I dunno why I would keep them sealed, except for investment.
So bottom line, I couldn't care less about a minifig bag. It actually makes me anxious to buy one in an unopened bag. I've never had any problem why it, but I'm always worried that that particular "bag feeler" is not as good as he thinks he is (because I'm terrible at it).
If I open up a new box, I transfer the figs, unassembled, into ziploc packs.
Reason is to ward off fakes and substitutions- if its sealed, I'll have no way of knowing as it is much easier to fake the factory seal than the lego.
For future re-sales, the price difference between sealed box and opened box/sealed contents is negligible, while protection against "not-as-described" claims and similar does increase.
But used (even once) will be cheaper.
But would it be all that difficult to make a fake sealed bag from new? If the faker already has the right equipment to do such a thing, I suspect not.
For me, I'll quite happily buy sealed from shops if they're on offer, but anything specific I'll buy second hand in shops that sell such things, rather than online.
If they're loose, I know I'm getting all 16. On the other hand, there is a bit of enjoyment in opening the bags one by one.
Loose means more likely to be fake as well though, but sealed could mean getting a duplicate if their skills aren't as great as they think.
Loose opens the possibility of substituted pieces, while needing to returning a sealed set because you didn't get the 16 you were promised could be a huge hassle.
So really, I see cons on both.
Simple solution, eh?
The one time I bought some CMF's on Bricklink, labelled as 'new', the seller had opened the mystery packs, and 'resealed' it with scotch tape. It was advertised as such, so I knew. The minifig was indeed new (to my knowledge), and I was and still am very happy with my Spartans.
I think returning and exchanging sealed packages which contain the wrong figs might be such a hassle, I'd rather buy them opened.
I don't know anything about fake CMF's being sold, but I have not bought anything from E-bay in years either. Ever since they asked everyone to change their password, as the site got hacked, I stopped using it.