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Initial post: 5 Apr 2013 12:11:20 BDT
justamumof3 says:
I am wondering whether a dvd that my daughter ordered from a market place seller is a fake.

How do I check for certain? It is a region 1 dvd, will I be in trouble if I approach trading standards?

Posted on 5 Apr 2013 13:26:29 BDT
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Posted on 5 Apr 2013 13:32:39 BDT
Mark says:
You could try checking the sleeve on the dvd case.Most fakes are not the thickish shiny paper and will be normal printing paper.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2013 13:58:53 BDT
justamumof3 says:
It is the thickish paper, but the print quality on it is poor, and the colours look wrong.

Rather more oddly, the dvd case is European, which is unusual for a US import (it has the European recycle mark) - and it has clips for paperwork/advertising and there is none.

My son thinks the DVD is genuine, but that the case and sleeve are not... I suppose that could make sense if the seller is shipping a lot of dvd/cds from the US?

Posted on 5 Apr 2013 18:45:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2013 18:47:38 BDT
Mark says:
Another way of spotting a fake is....Hold the dvd disc close to your desktop/laptop screen.If you can see clearly (read the words on your webpage) through the disc then its fake.

Posted on 7 Apr 2013 19:19:33 BDT
Mr Fox says:
Another way to check if the dvd is fake is try it in a dvd player or xbox that is not configured for multi-region playback.Some of the copies that are coming onto the market via amazon,play etc are really high quality and only discernable by the method i have mentioned.

Posted on 10 Apr 2013 22:07:16 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2013 01:42:12 BDT
Colin says:
I doubt if you would actually "be in trouble" if you approached Trading Standards and it is a fake. If it is a fake they might want to know from where you bought it, and I would think Amazon would also want to know, but if you bought it off Amazon then you bought it in good faith.

Posted on 17 Apr 2013 18:54:57 BDT
Dark Moon says:
Report the seller to trading standards if it is indeed a fake.

Posted on 19 Apr 2013 20:50:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Apr 2013 20:51:53 BDT
It is completely legal to import DVD's from any region for your own personal use. The only ban on importing such is for trade purposes, in other words, importing them and reselling them within the UK for commercial purposes.

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 14:57:55 BDT
Johnny Bee says:
First get yourself a blow torch..........

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2014 12:50:04 BDT
Si Mondo says:
its only illegal to sell imports in shops because they don't carry the BBFC rating.

Posted on 14 Jun 2014 23:28:15 BDT
Dark Moon says:
Some independent shops used to sell region 1 DVD's.
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