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Topic   Have you ever received a fake item? What gave it away?

nonamesleft
Gold Good Trader
* 17-Jun(#1)
I once ordered Pokemon Sapphire from an Amazon seller. It wasn't that long after the game was originally released, so fakes wouldn't have been as widespread. But what I received was obviously a knockoff. The colors of the box were way off, and the images on the back of the box weren't even the same as the original.

I'm not sure what the copy people were thinking, because there were obvious fakery signs, including what was a pretty funny one: instead of saying 'Game Boy Advance' on the box, it said something like ''Game Foy Advance' or maybe it was 'Game For Advance.' Ridiculous really.
Cevil
Gold Good Trader
17-Jun(#2)
I've seen a lot of fake GBA carts, pokemon is the most common no surprise. See. Some other ones like fake FFV gba carts too. Most fakes are super lazy and just a quick look at the artwork gives it away. Haven't seen many other fakes with other systems surprisingly.
Best1989
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Peru
17-Jun(#3)
GBA and DS are notorious for the number of fake games around. I also remember some fake GBC games when I was a kid, back in the Pokemon Gold/Silver days.
Tony
Double Gold Good Trader
17-Jun(#4)
My wife ordered the DVD of 50 First Dates from someone on eBay and I'm pretty sure it was a bootleg. I didn't look into where it came from, but it arrived in a slim case and the label on the disk didn't look professional at all.
reneeatworld
Bronze Good Trader Has Written 20 Reviews
17-Jun(#5)
Many years ago I purchased a Nintendo GBA game, if I'm not mistaken it might've been Donkey Kong Country. The back of the cartridge said 'Nintondo'
MrBean
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17-Jun(#6)
My only negative feedback in 23 years of eBay history was buying a clear dupe of a Mario gameboy game way back when. I contacted the seller, clearly pointing out that it was a fake, and dude left me negative feedback. The box looked like it was printed out on a ink jet crapty printer and the cart label was so beyond not normal. Still salty about it as eBay never removed it.
Gypsy
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17-Jun(#7)
Best1989 wrote:
> GBA and DS are notorious for the number of fake games around. I also remember some
> fake GBC games when I was a kid, back in the Pokemon Gold/Silver days.

Apparently 3DS fakes are not a thing, at least that I've seen.

The main giveaway for DS fakes seems to be that the contacts are not gold. For GBA, most fakes are obvious but some of the Pokemon fakes are getting really scary.

Tony wrote:
> My wife ordered the DVD of 50 First Dates from someone on eBay and I'm pretty sure
> it was a bootleg. I didn't look into where it came from, but it arrived in a slim
> case and the label on the disk didn't look professional at all.

I have some sets that I wonder about too, part of why I quit buying off Amazon actually. And I mean directly from Amazon. It went to crap once they started comingling inventory. One that I'm like 95% sure on is a Soul Eater DVD set. It mostly looks right, but it's on single layer DVDs... So I think it's a "factory bootleg". I know Discotek had a brief issue with that so it wouldn't surprise me if Funimation did too. I'm glad that these companies have largely moved away from DVDs. Discotek certainly has entirely. Content not good enough for proper bluray is just SD on bluray.
egg
Double Gold Good Trader
17-Jun(#8)
I'm pretty sure my GBA Castlevania double pack cart was fake. (which included Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow) There were a lot of little signs, but the one detail I remember specifically is that one time the game crashed and the cart smelled like it was burning. It worked fine after that, like nothing ever happened.

My Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack was a fake which was apparently very common. I found nothing wrong with the sound quality. But the inserts were blurry and iirc had orientation/cutoff issues.
Best1989
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Peru
17-Jun(#9)
Gypsy wrote:
> Best1989 wrote:
>> GBA and DS are notorious for the number of fake games around. I also remember
> some
>> fake GBC games when I was a kid, back in the Pokemon Gold/Silver days.
>
> Apparently 3DS fakes are not a thing, at least that I've seen.
>
> The main giveaway for DS fakes seems to be that the contacts are not gold. For GBA,
> most fakes are obvious but some of the Pokemon fakes are getting really scary.

Yeah, I haven't seen a fake 3DS cart yet. Wouldn't surprise me to find one though lol I guess it was less lucrative to keep on par with Nintendo's updates to the system, who knows.

And yeah, most of the DS fakes I've seen have weird contacts or plastic with a different feel to it. Back when I was getting DS games I always looked for the ones with complete inserts, as that is something that not many fakes had.

I've also seen lots of Genesis fakes, but those are really bad.
longhornsk57
Quadruple Gold Good Trader
18-Jun(#10)
I got a fake Earthbound SNES cart. They did a decent job actually but I checked the board. I got a refund and the guy said to keep the cart so I was like ok...
CoachMcGuirk
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review
18-Jun(#11)
Years ago (2005 or so) I saw a Stadium Events box on ebay with a BIN of around $100. Pics were cropped so it seemed suspicious, so I spent a good hour or so trying to find if the pics were from another site. I believe this was before you could reverse image lookup in Google. I pulled the trigger on the BIN and kept searching, only to find the scam on another message board about 15 minutes later.


Had an exchange withe seller and they agreed to refund me after some persistence. Turns out the seller bought it from someone else and was actually in a DVD style case.

I felt really stupid about the whole thing. Got caught up in the moment.
Foxhack
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
18-Jun(#12)
There's a small store that sells Amazon returns in town. I found a three season set of some cowboy TV show with Kevin Costner for $2 so I grabbed two of them to resell since it was worth some cash on ebay.

As soon as I got home, I noticed some weirdness with the UPC and artwork after comparing them to box shots online, so I opened them up, and they were all pressed discs, but all of them were off. I didn't bother checking the discs, I just threw them away.

After looking further into the sets, I realized that about 90% of all the copies of this show on eBay are bootlegs.
Kevster
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18-Jun(#13)
reneeatworld wrote:
> Many years ago I purchased a Nintendo GBA game, if I'm not mistaken it might've been
> Donkey Kong Country. The back of the cartridge said 'Nintondo'

Im sorry this happened but i cant stop laughing at the name, makes me want to change my username to Nintondo
PizzaTheHutt
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
18-Jun(#14)
In 2012 or 2013 I bought a used cart-only copy of New Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo DS off Amazon for one of my nephews. It played fine on his DSi, but when he eventually upgraded to a 2DS later that year it wouldn't play on it. I then tried it on my 3DS and it didn't play on there either. I didn't look into it much, I just assumed it was a fake.

nonamesleft
Gold Good Trader
18-Jun(#15)
reneeatworld wrote:
> Many years ago I purchased a Nintendo GBA game, if I'm not mistaken it might've been
> Donkey Kong Country. The back of the cartridge said 'Nintondo'
Ha!
Frank
GameTZ Subscriber 800 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
29-Jun(#16)
Back in the early 2000s my mom bought a copy of Super Mario World for me off eBay. We didn't understand why the game wouldn't save, and she ended up buying me another cartridge later one.

It wasn't until maybe 2010 that I realized the original copy she had bought me was a bootleg. What gave it away is that I still have the original box it came in. It's one of those glossy reproduction boxes.

Missile
Gold Good Trader
29-Jun(#17)
GBA bootlegs are pretty easy to spot. I remember paying 30 bucks for a bootleg at an ebgames when i was a kid, simply because i HAD to know what was in it. Turns out it was just a crappy eprom with a glob of epoxy on it.

DS on the other hand, not so much. The biggest indicator is cart only with a lower quality label, but some reprints also look lower quality than the first prints.
Frank
GameTZ Subscriber 800 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
5-Jul(#18)
Missile wrote:
> GBA bootlegs are pretty easy to spot. I remember paying 30 bucks for a bootleg at
> an ebgames when i was a kid, simply because i HAD to know what was in it. Turns out
> it was just a crappy eprom with a glob of epoxy on it.
>
> DS on the other hand, not so much. The biggest indicator is cart only with a lower
> quality label, but some reprints also look lower quality than the first prints.

Ironically I am now staff on the official Game Verifying reddit and Discord. We get so many requests on the daily!
Tony
Double Gold Good Trader
5-Jul(#19)
Does a faked orgasm count?
lpeters82
Gold Good Trader
5-Jul(#20)
From what I remember: Seinfeld box set, Mega Man cart that played Sector Z, and several fake MTG cards. One MTG seller flat out sent me a few common cards in an envelope instead of Dual Lands.
Frank
GameTZ Subscriber 800 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
6-Jul(#21)
Tony wrote:
> Does a faked orgasm count?

laughing out loud
ManiacMadman
Triple Gold Good Trader
* 6-Jul(#22)
I bought a TurboDuo game Castlevania for like $30 between 2000 and 2002. The guy on eBay had said they were disc only and that it was why the game was so cheap. I had heard that a lot of companies did have disc only games back then for turboduo, Saturn and Sega CD that they just had mass produced but never made cases for. The guy wouldn't refund my money and neither did Ebay. It was a seller out of Puerto Rico and he admitted it was a fake. Also I had bought some Sega CD games like Vay, Shining Force and both Lunars for $15 on Yahoo auctions. Obviously the price was to good to be true and I lost out.

All the games work so I just used them to test systems back then. I gave away the fake Castlevania on here to someone on here that just wanted to play it. I just threw it with someone i traded with so they could play the game as I had no use for it. I still have the fake Sega CD games and just plan to use them if I get a Sega CD again just to test it. I still remember eBay being jagoffs about giving me a refund back then and they still let that jerk continue to sell them to people even though they knew he was selling knockoffs. It still pisses me off to this day that eBay didn't give a refund and I had sent them copies of the email to prove he said they were fakes. I think he was selling a lot of TurboDuo knockoffs and eBay did nothing.
Staraang
Triple Gold Good Trader
6-Jul(#23)
Didn't receive a fake item but I once bought a sealed FF3 (SNES) that was an obvious reseal. Seller wouldn't respond when I tried to contact him. Can't remember everything that happened but I don't believe I was able to get a refund.

I did once spot a fake GBA cart at GameStop many years ago. Showed the manager how to tell it was fake. He had no idea.
Foxhack
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
6-Jul(#24)
Foxhack wrote:
> There's a small store that sells Amazon returns in town. I found a three season set
> of some cowboy TV show with Kevin Costner for $2 so I grabbed two of them to resell
> since it was worth some cash on ebay.
>
> As soon as I got home, I noticed some weirdness with the UPC and artwork after comparing
> them to box shots online, so I opened them up, and they were all pressed discs, but
> all of them were off. I didn't bother checking the discs, I just threw them away.
>
> After looking further into the sets, I realized that about 90% of all the copies
> of this show on eBay are bootlegs.

A slight update on this: The store has upgraded to bootleg Disney movies like Jungle Book, a TV show with Lily Tomlin, DVD season sets of The Mandalorian, and a bunch of other really fakey discs.

Maybe I'll see if they still have some of the Disney stuff that's relevant to my project next week and grab it for funsies.
nonamesleft
Gold Good Trader
7-Jul(#25)
Now that you mention it @Foxhack, regarding DVDs, I bought a set of the 4 Avengers movies on eBay awhile back. It was 4 separate discs. Looked pretty official.

What made me suspect otherwise is that when I opened the case I noticed that the discs weren't all the same color. Seemed a little strange.

Then the discs started freezing in middle of the movies. I think most of the first one worked, and then it just stopped. But I was watching the first one as a recap anyway, so I didn't really mind that much. So I started watching Age of Ultron. Halfway through enjoying Age of Ultron, it just stopped. I'm not sure if the others work or not. I'm guessing they don't. Should probably just throw this out.

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Sid_Ceaser
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews
7-Jul(#26)
The only thing recently was I bought a Studio Ghibili blu-ray collection off Mercari. The price was really low, so I had a feeling it was a pirated set as the real set is big bucks.

Sure enough, they were all burned blu-rays. But I alerted Mercari and the set was mailed back and I got my refund.


Back in the early 90's I ordered what I thought was an "import repress" of an out-of-print Tori Amos album. This was really before the internet was a huge thing and I ordered out of the back of Goldmine Magazine which was a cd/album collectors magazine. The add said it was a gold-cd repress of the album, and I didn't know any better so I ordered it for something like $40.

When it arrived it was just a gold cd-r of the album with photocopied insert and cover.

But that was really the only time I've been suckered. I've never had a pirated experience with games. I bought a Bruce Lee figure off Wish that was a bootleg figure too.


I kinda got out of hardcore game collecting before all this crap was being pirated like GBA games and stuff. It's crazy what they can do.



Gypsy
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
7-Jul(#27)
Sid_Ceaser wrote:
> The only thing recently was I bought a Studio Ghibili blu-ray collection off Mercari.
> The price was really low, so I had a feeling it was a pirated set as the real set
> is big bucks.
>
> Sure enough, they were all burned blu-rays. But I alerted Mercari and the set was
> mailed back and I got my refund.
>
>

Yeah this is a known bootleg set. There is someone that sells them through facebook marketplace as well. I wouldn't be surprised if you bought that same set.

There is no Ghibli box set in the US. You can only buy titles individually. A shame because a nice box set would be awesome.
dunno001
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 10-Jul(#28)
Gypsy wrote:
> There is no Ghibli box set in the US. You can only buy titles individually. A shame
> because a nice box set would be awesome.

Not true, actually. There was a legit boxset released by Disney here. There are bootlegs of this box also, and legit boxes can go for quite a bit now. (A few years ago, legit boxes went for about $500-600. Prices appear to have come down some bases on the legit entry linked above.) Best thing to check would be the Disney reward code; IIRC, it was worth 700 points.
Gypsy
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Jul(#29)
@dunno001 was wondering how I missed it then I noticed it was an Amazon exclusive.

Topic   Have you ever received a fake item? What gave it away?