I was looking for some beater figures for a friend of mine, and I found my grey-haired Ben I had stashed away from a lot I picked up long ago. I finally looked it up and compared it to pics online - turns out I have a mint Ledy Ben (made in Mexico)! Basically that means a little more rare and worth more $$. I'm keeping this fine specimen and swapping him out for my boring white-haired Ben that's made in Hong Kong.
Coos (county of origin) never meant squat to me back in the day, but I am starting to care more now, especially when it comes to my own collection and trading with the wolves. Fun story with that. I traded some Taiwan figures and 3 line early coo figures long ago for a "friend," and didn't know at the time or care what coo they were. I might as well have thrown a few hundred dollars in his face. The sad thing is, this person knew damn well what he had received and didn't say anything. My fault I guess. Needless to say I check the backside of all my figures now and horde them until I am 100% positive I know what I have. Knowledge is everything, and there's a lot of snakes out there.
I have also been known to get drunk and hand out figures without even looking at them. Oops. Free figurez! Everyone gets figurezzz!!
Moral of the story here is Star Wars collectors are not prejudice when it comes to scammers, don't do business while intoxicated, and you better know your shit if you're making a deal.
I don't know everything and variants are my weak point, but I am learning. I am also selling to people I trust 100% from now on. I give first dibs to my most trusted friends too. Yes I treat people differently, and it's because they earned my trust and respect. So if I ever pm you about something I have for sale/trade, consider that my way of say thank you for being amazing and awesome.
You know who you are. :)