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JasonMalice Mar 27, 2014

What have most of you done with those albums which we were once swindled for, out possibly, hundreds of dollars?

thanks,

Jason

Ashley Winchester Mar 27, 2014

I've only every had three bootlegs:

Final Fantasy Tactics: Gave it to a friend... but I did tell him it was unofficial and didn't misrepresent it.

Wild Arms 3: Threw it away... I didn't want to look at it. The price for a four disc set should have been a dead giveaway.

Castlevania Judgment: Got this as a gift... I didn't really tell the person that got it for me as it was the thought the counts. If I run into someone that wants the thing I'll gladly give it to them. Again I would tell the person about it not being official.

I've had two bootleg GBA games: (far from surprising)

Doom II: I couldn't get the seller on eBay to admit that it was a bootleg when it very clearly was. I sent it back (with delivery conformation) and the seller wouldn't admit that he got it back. I just let it drop despite losing $20... this was before eBay revised their policies on bootleg items and it was much easier to deal with this. I did end up getting a legit Doom II last year however.

Castlevania Aria of Sorrow: Holy crap was this thing bootlegged like crazy. Gave it to a friend... but I did tell him it was unofficial and didn't misrepresent it. The game worked but I don't allow this crap in my collection. I did get an official copy a few months later. You can usually tell what you're going to get by the price. A bootleg usually runs $18-20 while a real copy of the game creeps into $30 territory.

Amazingu Mar 27, 2014

I only have two: FF7 Reunion Tracks and the Arcade OST of Street Fighter Zero. They were the very first soundtracks I ever bought so I knew nothing about bootlegs, and I just decided to keep them anyway, as a warning more than anything else wink

GoldfishX Mar 27, 2014

I was never swindled...I was aware of them prior to beginning my collection (thanks to the message here on STC), I just chose to buy them because of the price and because they were readily available. To me, the lack of resale value and lower packaging quality was worth being able to explore more music than I would have been able to afford at the time (imagine a world where 10GB hard drives was considered LARGE). I have unloaded many of them at a used CD store, but I have kept around a good 40-50 (primarily anime albums, since they aren't as high a priority as VGM and had even less availability). Most notably for VGM, my Seiken Densetsu 3 OSV, King of Fighters 98 OST and both Dracula Battles are SM/EA.

James O Mar 27, 2014 (edited Mar 27, 2014)

i had quite a number of anime and a few vgm Son May albums when I first started collecting albums (couldn't beat the price!).  I found out a few years later they were bootlegs.  Once I did I stopped getting them and started replacing them with the legit versions over time and as money permit.  They're still kickin around in a bin somewhere, never to see the light of day again.

JasonMalice Mar 27, 2014

I'm with you James, and that kind of predicament, since I started collecting early before whose legs were "found out."

Now the question for me begs to differ, what to do with them?

I'm not one for nostalgia and I'm not one for wasting space, especially in this digital world.

It's a pity there is not some kind of "donate your game music to the orphans" type of charity. But that eventually it would just become a problem for them as well. Quite the conundrum.

GoldfishX Mar 27, 2014

JasonMalice wrote:

I'm with you James, and that kind of predicament, since I started collecting early before whose legs were "found out."

Now the question for me begs to differ, what to do with them?

I'm not one for nostalgia and I'm not one for wasting space, especially in this digital world.

Quite honestly, I've thrown them away before. It's just the ones I've had have endured so long, they're like welcome bastard children in my collection.

Funny part is, it's hard to find SM and EA for some albums. I've seen fewer SM OGC4's than I have the real ones. Not to suggest it's worth more, but it may be some sort of an unintentional collectable. I think downloading killed the pirates awhile ago.

Jay Mar 28, 2014

I only had a couple (a Panzer Dragoon Saga and maybe a FFVIII) before suspicions arose and I went searching online for info, which is how I first found this site and Adam was so helpful and willing to share info that I have stuck around ever since - must be almost 15 years. As for what happened those CDs, they are probably still buried at the bottom of a box somewhere if they didn't get lost among a nasty theft many years ago, from which I had a bunch of really good VGM albums stolen. Either way, I haven't seen them in a long, long time. If I came across them, I'd probably end up binning them.

Adam Corn Mar 28, 2014

I suppose I bought a dozen or so before I figured out what was going on with them.  The only one I'd say I got swindled on was the first, a $50 FFVI Grand Finale from either Game Cave or Die Hard.  The rest were $15 from Game Music Online back when that was all they carried.

Not much else to do with them but stash 'em or trash 'em.  I managed to replace most of mine except for Orchestral Game Concert 4 and Symphony Ys '95.  Would love to replace the latter with a legit used copy the next time I'm in Japan; OGC4 I know is never gonna happen.

Kakichi Mar 28, 2014

I was one of those that when I started collecting didn't know any better and ended up with a few bootlegs, most of which still have a home in my collections simply because I don't have the money to purchase replacements. I would gladly buy legit copies if only to actually show my support of the music that I love so dearly, but unfortunately now that most albums are posted up on YouTube to listen to, it's becoming harder to spend money on albums except for the few that I REALLY want to own these days.

As for my bootlegs, they'll just remain on my shelf as, mentioned above, my bastard children. Some of them are nice enough looking that only myself will ever know or care that they're not legit in the first place. Hard to collect or care when only one friend and not one else in my life really cares about collections anymore. sad

tri-Ace Super Fan Mar 28, 2014 (edited Mar 28, 2014)

I don't think I was ever really swindled. I was informed about bootlegs pretty early on. I think the only bootleg CD that I personally bought was a Rayearth anime album, and I can't recall if I knew it was a bootleg when I bought it or not. Either way, it was extremely cheap, and I was happy with it for a while. Sold it for a couple bucks a few years later, but that was more a matter of losing interest in collecting Rayearth goods than anything else. When I first got with my fiance, who grew up in NYC where bootlegs are commonplace, I absorbed a handful of bootlegs into my collection. We still have some, probably under 5, though. They're shelved with our legit soundtracks, but I don't consider them a part of my collection proper and we pretty much ignore their existence at this point. I could just as well get rid of them for all I care. I know we did, like my Rayearth one, sell at least one or two many years ago, disclosing that they were bootlegs, of course.

The_Paladin Mar 28, 2014

As Goldfish alluded to, bootlegs aren't nearly as ubiquitous on ebay now as they were when I was starting my collection, so I might have had 10 or so bootleg albums before realizing I had been swindled.  The frustration of people using stock photos or obscuring the facts led me to creating the ebay bootleg seller blacklist.  Most were thrown away or given away, but the last three remnants of Hyrule Symphony, Soul Calibur, and Ogre Battle 64 finally got replaced with legit copies over the past year or so.

KOHTA Mar 29, 2014

I'd say the first five or so Dance Dance Revolution CD's I bought were bootlegs, which then prompted me to create a guide on eBay about how to identify them and avoid them, as well as how to identify a legitimate soundtrack.  I had no problem throwing them away and it's nice to see they aren't as plentiful as they had been in the past.

JasonMalice Mar 29, 2014

Admittedly, I have a quite revered bastard child Ever Anime bootleg of the (Tecmo) Kagero Deception II OST. 

that's the only one that comes to mind as actually "worth" something, albeit sentimentally.

(Psst, (Kagero) deception IV came out this week for PS3 and Vita)


GoldfishX wrote:
JasonMalice wrote:

I'm with you James, and that kind of predicament, since I started collecting early before whose legs were "found out."

Now the question for me begs to differ, what to do with them?

I'm not one for nostalgia and I'm not one for wasting space, especially in this digital world.

Quite honestly, I've thrown them away before. It's just the ones I've had have endured so long, they're like welcome bastard children in my collection.

Funny part is, it's hard to find SM and EA for some albums. I've seen fewer SM OGC4's than I have the real ones. Not to suggest it's worth more, but it may be some sort of an unintentional collectable. I think downloading killed the pirates awhile ago.

Schala Mar 29, 2014

I used them as the basis for my website. ^_~ I set up a box at various anime-related events we went to and let people take whatever they wanted for free, and the rest I probably donated to our state library's annual sale. Bootlegs though they were, it was also a time when game music wasn't widely known and I wanted any chance I could to spread the word about "Final Fantasy" music and that such soundtracks existed.

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