~ HINTS & TIPS - SPOTTING FAKES ~
Spotting Fake CDs & CD-Rs
Whether it's the "Viva Forever - Ginger Fairy" CD or that rare CD-R promo you've been searching for for ages, here are a few tips on how to determine if it's real or fake. Most fake CD's etc, tend to come from Asian countries where they are renowed for bootlegging CDs and DVDs. Avoiding these countries (China, Taiwain, Indonesia) does not guarantee you won't get caught buying a fake CD - especially as these counties do, in fact, have genuine releases in their regions. Read on for tips on avoiding fake / counterfiet CDs.
HAVE A GOOD LOOK AT THE PHOTOS
Have a good look at the photos provided in the listing - sometimes you can tell if the CD is fake just by looking at the printing on the CD or on the cover artwork. You can't always tell from the photos alone, but definately have a really good look and see if you can spot any discrepancies or inferior printing.
CHECK THE INNER RING OF THE DISC
On a genuine factory pressed CD, the discs catelogue number will be printed into the inner ring of the disc. If it's not than it's probably a fake disc. If there are numbers like 80 or D80 it is most likely a brought recordable disc, which means that someone has homemade the CD.
LOOK FOR MULTIPLE LOTS OF "RARE" ITEMS
If a seller is selling multiple copies of a "rare" cd, chances are they aren't genuine.
WATCH FOR THESE RED FLAGS
When trying to determine if a CD is fake there are a few red flags to watch for from sellers:
While most Private Auctions / Listings are genuine, it does make it easier to hide the sale of multiple "Rare" items if the listings remain private.
Descriptions / Unclear Photos
If a listing has little to no description and / or unclear photos chances are they are hiding the fact their item isn't genuine. For an item that usually has a high sale price, most sellers will take the time to take decent photos and provide a decent description. Most sellers will also photograph any evidence that proves the authenticity of their item.
While most second chance offers are usually genuine, there are some things to be aware of when considering a second chance offer on a "rare" cd.
- When did the
auction close? Did the seller give the highest bidder / buyer
enough time to pay for their item?
- Are they offering you a second, third or fourth copy of the item? If so, chances are it's fake.
Negative Feedback / Mutually Withdrawn Feedback
No matter what you're buying on eBay it is VERY important to check the sellers feedback. Look for sales of multiple copies of a "rare" item and always read any negative feedback carefully looking for complaints of counterfiet / fake items.
CHECK REPUTABLE SITES
When trying to determine if a CD is fake there are some sites you can check to see if such a title / edition exists. Head to sites such as Amazon, DIscogs & All Music to see if there is such an edition available on those sites. If it's not listed on any of those sites, chances are, it's fake.
GINGER FAIRY VIVA FOREVER CD
Undoubtably the holy grail for most Spice Girls CD collectors, the Ginger Spice Fairy Viva Forever CD is probably the rarest Spice Girls related CD. WIth only 500 being made, only available in Australia, and only available through various competitions [Insert in the other Fairy CDs, TV Hits, Big Hit Magazines] it is highy sort after and highly collectable. It is, therefore, prone to being counterfieted. With some copies going for $500+, it's no surprise that this does happen. When looking at purchasing this CD follow all of the above steps and be cautious.
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