Shopper's Alert! The Thread

Discussion in '-off topic-' started by flowersofnight, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. flowersofnight -moderator- -moderator-

    flowersofnight
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    Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 11:26 pm

    Here's a hot shopping tip: $10 off AbeBooks orders of $100 or more with this promo code ::cred::
    AGC5XEVIALIBRI

    I used it on a first edition of "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" :)
     
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    Cantavanda
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    Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 3:19 am

    Are the demo tapes on Yahoo Auctions that popped up today real or fake?
     
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    flowersofnight
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    Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:22 am

    You mean like these?
    https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/j648801547
    https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/r403441998
    https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/q368291055

    Well let's just have a look around and see what else this seller--
    https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/p765698687
    What's this? Dozens of X-Japan demo tapes? My nonsense meter is sky-high right now. The guy does at least put a "I don't know if these are real" (i.e. These Are Not Real) disclaimer on those, which he doesn't on the Malice Mizer-related ones.

    Let's take that Girl'e tape as an example. The tape itself is a Denon RS-20, which seems like kind of an obscure make, but you can just buy new blanks right off of Yahoo:
    https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/u64608923
    If you look at picture 2, there seems to be a label on the back side (because you can't see through to the art)
    But then when they take it out of the case and photograph both sides (check the screws to verify) there's no label. That kind of makes me suspect that this guy has a real original and a fake that he made from it - my guess is that he bought the Flower Records copy which was also white. That copy was $600, so someone selling it starting at $50 also raises suspicion.
    EDIT: actually, maybe that "label" is just the lyrics sheet stuffed behind the tape.

    Of the two copies of that tape I have, one is similar to this one, unlabelled on a Denon tape with a pink cover. The other, which seems more authentic, is on an LX tape, is labelled "GIRL'E" on the tape, and has a red cover. Neither had the lyrics sheet.
    However: the "faker" one in this case actually had better audio! Maybe it was copied from an original that had been played less? Or maybe both are fakes of different quality?

    At any rate, I don't particularly trust this. I'd only buy from a seller like this if you're trying to get your hands on an unripped song or want to gamble on getting better-quality audio of a song that's already out there with lacking quality.

    The other two Malice Mizer tapes, the type of tape they're on at least matches my copies. But there's no proof that mine are real either.
     
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    Cantavanda
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    Posted: Sun Jun 7, 2020 3:08 pm

    flowersofnight wrote:
    I got CHALICE from there a while ago! The owner of this store is my shopping service from Japan.
    I sent him a message asking for the pamphlets hahaha. I hope they're still in stock since often he forgets to update the availability of something in his store.
     
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    flowersofnight wrote:

    After a hard day's work...and almost being driven mad by despair... you just made my day Flowers.
     
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    Cae wrote:
    Despair drove him
          MAD
     
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    flowersofnight
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    Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:15 pm

    Did anyone here snag this one? 3 demo tapes by "Previous", which is supposedly Kazuno of Moi dix Mois' previous band.
    https://www.mercari.com/jp/items/m57288699560

    Not that I expect anything great from it, judging by his later career.
     
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    Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:27 am

    Let's have a sexual

    I like the woman sex
    organ

    I can only imagine those in a Borat voice.

    Very nice!
     
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    Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:37 pm

    flowersofnight wrote:
    Are you sure it's fake? Seems pretty convincing to me.
     
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    Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:42 pm

    Cantavanda wrote:
    The tape looks legit to me, but it's overpriced. I've seen them go for less than half that price.
     
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    flowersofnight
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    Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:52 pm

    Cantavanda wrote:
    Who's to say? They didn't even include a picture of the tape itself. That photo looks pretty suspicious though.
     
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    Cantavanda
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    Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:31 pm

    I remember that some here were pissed off they missed the David AL pamphlet.
    https://www.mercari.com/jp/items/m16371115937
    Here it is again! But it's from that suspicious seller that sometime sells reals and sometimes sells fakes.
     
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    flowersofnight
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    Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:46 pm

    Cantavanda wrote:
    This is probably legit (at least the booklet itself) because it seems unlikely that anyone would bother faking the different colors of paper bound together in one booklet, and the fold-out pages. 9500Y is ludicrous though.
     
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    Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:06 pm

    Is it pretty easy to shop on Mercari without a proxy site buying for you? What does the cost compare with something like Celga as a proxy shopping service?
     
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    sanctum
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    Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:33 am

    If you guys are really desperate for something on Mercari I do have an account.