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|Suspected Bootlegs From eBay-Land|
These albums are supposedly long out of print, or otherwise rare...yet I own them, having paid the measly price of GBP 1 for each of them. At the time I purchased them (which was within a span of a couple months in 2019), they were also on offer all over UK eBay, from numerous different sellers, on a daily basis. Upon close inspection, they seem 100% genuine, with none of the telltale signs that even the best bootlegs tend to let slip. Something still does not compute, though... I know this 'not-quite-bootleg-just-not-exactly-legit' phenomenon is somewhat of a thing in Brazil and other such countries, but I am not aware of it happening in Europe - our bootlegs are usually a lot more brazen and obvious about their status. What do you guys reckon?
|1||Queens of the Stone Age|
Split: Queens of the Stone Age/Beaver
The most obvious example. According to Wikipedia, it's long out of print. So just how the f-- were there 5-10 of these on offer on eBay, every single day, for weeks on end?
The Waste Lands
Again, rare item, but there were multiple on offer at the time. This one even stuck around for longer than the rest, as I did get it a few months after all the other ones had vanished from the platform.
Red Light Fever
Granted, this one is not *quite* as rare as everything else on this list. Still, how do multiple shops have dozens of copies of this for sale, at the same time, and then never again?
I do not actually own this one, unfortunately, but it definitely fits the pattern.
Somewhere Over the Slaughterhouse
Same deal as 4. Not quite as prolific as the others on this list, but did still show up a couple of times, along with a few others, like Nocturnus' The Key and a couple of those dodgy posthumous Jimi Hendrix compilations
|I've found discogs pretty great for comparing bar codes, catalog numbers etc to check for bootlegs or legit original pressings|
|I own ...And Justice For All on cassette (the original mastering), supposedly from Russia. I got it from dirt cheap in a record store in my city. As far as I know, they haven't released the original mix for quite a while, so I guess is it kinda rare?|
|I have what is said to be a Peruvian release of Robert Johnson farting at the crossroads in the deep delta of Mississippi on a tuesday evening circa 1936 on reel to reel. I got it dirt cheap at a garage sale in nova Scotia on holiday with my good friend Jp Mcmunson. Is it rare?|
|who would ever bother bootlegging Cold Lake|
|I also found Garage Days Re-Revisited / Hero Of The Day (a Metallica bootleg containing the Rod McGovney demos plus some rare live tracks and a then-new song off Re-Load) at a charity shop one time. I knew THAT one was unofficial, though.|