With prizes for Mario - Gold Edition still rising and plenty of "how to" guides out there for transforming your regular Mario into a gold plated money maker, chances are, you just might get duped and spend top dollar for a fake. But don't worry, we are here to lend you a hand and help dodge those dubious counterfeits.
The Gold Mario was only ever released in North America and Australia. This should give you an advantage when buying a sealed Golden Mario. Not only should you eliminate sellers from unlikely territories, but packaging can also tell a great deal. The North American version should have chocking hazard warnings on the sides of the packaging. In English on the right side and French and Spanish on the left side of the packaging. The back of the package should have plastic around the hole to strengthen it. The back and the front of the cardboard should feel different to the touch. The back is glossy and should feel slick, the front has a matte finish and provides more resistance. You should also pay very close attention to the seal of the packaging. The plastic should be fairly straight, warping is a dead giveaway that the package has been resealed.Warped packaging is something we are seeing more and more lately. People buy an original Silver or Gold Mario. Remove the packaging. Sell the original amiibo out of its package. Paint a regular Mario amiibo silver/gold. Reheat and reseal the package with the fake amiibo inside and sell that as well.
A regular Mario that has been painted Gold or Silver needs to have its eyes and Mario logo reapplied. A logo that is off-center or a Mario that does not look out of the corners of his eyes are also indicators that something could be amiss.
If you are buying an unsealed Gold or Silver Mario, make sure to check the bottom of the base for the four letter identification code. Despite being the same model, Mario, Silver Mario and Gold Mario have different codes. The code for Gold Mario is ABAG, the code for Silver Mario is ABAH, regular Mario is coded ABAA.
I hope you now have enough information to navigate through the murky depths the Internet where fake amiibo resellers will try to separate you from your hard earned money.