How does eBay sell DVD Complete Series so cheap?

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  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Piracy, and perhaps people who've watched them are just looking to unload. I don't know but the first thing when I see something so cheap like that, it raises a flag. Either they're counterfeit or something else is up
     
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    eBay goes off of customer feedback, so if all the customers have been happy, they wouldn't ban a seller.
     
  5. LadyX, Aug 29, 2014
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    I'm pretty sure the one you got is a bootleg copy. The seller won't state that it's counterfeit in the product description. Have you contacted him prior to the purchase to ask whether or not it's an authentic copy? It's hard to detect whether or not you got a counterfeit because the outside packaging and picture may look very identical to an authentic copy, that's the case with a lot. Check the box from the outside, the pictures, colors, and compare to an original one. A lot of times, the colors are slightly different. Also the way the DVDs are organized/packed inside. Plus, if you compare an authentic and a bootleg, most likely the color(s) of the DVDs are different.
     
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    If it really is counterfeit, you bought it, just keep it. Your life isn't in danger because you have a counterfeit copy.
     
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    This is what eBay says you should do:

    • Beware of cheap bargains.


    If you got a fake product (You must be certain!)

    • Give the seller negative feedback and make sure to tell in the explanation.
    • Demand your money back
    • Report the seller to eBay
     
  9. markyr17 macrumors 65816

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    Well, I don't think you need to be as paranoid as you are.

    If you're fine just watching the show as you would if it were real, just do it. There's nobody that's going to stop you.

    If you feel the urge to do what's "right" then report him to eBay, give him bad feedback, etc.

    You aren't even sure if it's fake yet, though

    I, for one, would just use the product, unless it doesn't work properly.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't think they advertise the product as counterfeit. Perhaps eBay does ban them, so you only see the ones who have not been banned yet.
     
  11. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    There are many reasons that a person could be selling something like that on eBay. Just because it has a low price doesn't make it a counterfeit. It happens. I've seen people who got a box set as a gift, sell it. They assigned the value based upon what they would pay for it, not what it was worth. If you can't tell if it is counterfeit, neither can anyone else who is not an expert. It could be real.

    Now, if the label looks like it was printed on an inkjet and the disk says, DVD-R then you pretty much know it isn't something that you should have.
     
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    Years ago, I bought Walt Disney Tradin Pins online. The price was so cheap that I was sure the pins were bogus. I decided to report the seller to Disney. They sent me an email thanking me for reporting it, he's still selling even now. So I don't know if they were faked or not but I figured that I'd done my part.

    You might send an email to the record company with a link.
     
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    OP, send the seller a message. Ask him if the boxed set you bought from him is genuine or not. He might ignore your message, or he'll tell the truth ... or not. Maybe it's an authentic and he has a reasonable reason for the low price (of course other than "it's a copy").

    There are lots of sellers on eBay who sell original copies of DVDs and lots who sell counterfeit and they get positive feedback rate because there are lots of buyers, who aren't like you, and just don't care if they're legitimate or not, they can tell the difference, but they simply don't care as long as the DVDs work.

    Check his feedbacks. I know you said he has a lot of positive feedback, but like I said, many people don't care. Check the negative feedbacks, what are they complaining about? That they got bootleg copies?

    Also, if you want more help, post images of the DVDs, the box, packaging, etc. Or even the eBay page you got it from. You haven't given us a description of the DVD box set, how was the packaging, actual contents ...

    Again, if it's a really good deal, that you feel is too good to be true, then it's very likely a bootleg.
     
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    I would hope these people never go into business for themselves. :eek:

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    Dude, you need to get laid. :p
     
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    Especially with DVD (vs. BD), there are lots of legitimate sources for bulk buyers: warehouse sales, overstock, inventory from closeouts/shutdowns. That $120 MSRP DVD set was probably sold at various discount stores for $60-65, eventually sold off through various channels of for about 50-cent-on-the dollar, this seller probably make $10 or less.
     
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    Well as far as I can tell they are original until proven otherwise. The seller has a lot of positive feedback so I guess I should just leave it alone.
     
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    You must be new to eBay if you think things like special characters, poor grammar, typos, excessive exclamation points and all caps in feedback are a little strange.
     
  21. outback1313 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not new but very little experience yes. Like I said until I have proof that they aren't authentic I will believe that they are and that I got a good deal.
     
  22. LadyX macrumors 68020

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    OP, why do you keep deleting your posts? I strongly suggest against doing that, makes the thread confusing.
     
  23. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Always check positive feedback too, not just negative if you suspect something. Some people will be happier just with a discount.

    There are many, many reasons why these DVDs would be much cheaper, and not just because of piracy. If you own a store and close shop, where do you think these things go? You can either donate and get no money, go to a store and get trade-in money, go to Craigslist and deal with low ballers, or you can go on eBay where the fees are outrageous, but you'd probably get the most money.

    We were lucky that the other video store took our remaining stock, but that's not always the case. That place doesn't even exist anymore either.

    Complete box sets sell the best at the very beginning, but probably sit on a shelf for 5 to 10 years afterwards I would think. Same thing applies to the ones that get bought. Heck, the desk I am using right now came with three seasons of Friends stashed in it. :D Those go for like $20 new on Amazon, but these are very old copies.

    They also get discounted on Amazon very often. Both digital and physical copies.
     
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    OP you can request the thread to be closed by using the report button.
     

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