eBay has been useless, so far, on my conterfeit claim. I too ordered a DVD set that was listed as in Dallas, TX. Instead, I got a package from Shanghai with obvious poor video quality, and most importantly, no copy protection on the DVDs. I was able to copy the contents from the DVD directly to my hard drive, which you cannot do with legitimate DVDs. When I filed a complaint with eBay, they told me to get a statement from the manufacturer or local law enforcement WITHIN TWO DAYS, or send it back. I can't believe this response from them.
. There is legitimate no way that anyone could get the Sopranos complete series cheap enough to sell to you for $80 and make a profit.
Thanks for your reply; it helped me identify my bootleg copy of the Sopranos Complete Series after I'd already ordered it. Below are some pictures and a brief summary of the info you posted.
I recently ordered what turned out to be a bootleg copy of the Sopranos Complete Series box set on eBay. It was $64 + free shipping (which should have given it away immediately). Unfortunately, I only did my research on bootlegs *after* ordering. I was disappointed and frustrated enough to immediately go out to Best Buy and purchase an authentic copy for $200. Unfortunately, the outside packaging of the bootleg set is nearly identical to that of the real; the biggest differences are noticable only once the set has been opened. If you are considering buying a set on eBay, you should insist that the seller post pictures of the DVDs themselves, including close-ups of the undersides of the discs, for reasons that I will explain below.
Since I had both the fake and the real sets (before returning the bootleg), I decided to take some comparison pictures and post them here in order to help others avoid making the same mistake I did, and to aid people in identifying bootlegs that they may already have purchased. The following photos illustrate the differences between the two sets; the fake/bootleg copy is on the left or on the bottom in all pictures.
A summary of the major differences:
1) The dead giveaway is that the bootleg DVDs come individually wrapped in thin plastic sleeves. The authentic DVDs do not.
2) The undersides of the bootleg DVDs have the season and disc number spelled out around the holographic center. The authentic DVDs have bar codes and numbers in the same place.
3) The bootleg DVDs are all primarily shades of green or grey, and are different colors than their authentic counterparts, which come in a wider variety of colors (one color per season).
Hope this helps.