Mr Nuke wrote:
Shadow Kingdom wrote:Yeah VEGAS CDs is a whole other animal. I don't know the whole story behind him yet, but people are telling me he MOSTLY puts out illegal pressings and on top of that has the nerve to sell CDRs and falsely advertises original pressings for big money on ebay that's either an illegal pressing or a CDR...
I wasn't ware of him until I bought two CDs from him recently. Two of these were supposed to be originals.
One if obviously a bootleg (the printing on the disc itself, the slim paper backtray, etc) and the other is a good full quality CD, but a russian pressing (a CD-Maximum licensed CD it seems).
Well, at least I didn't pay them an expensive price (11$ and 7$ respectively)...
The real problem with these "rereleases" is that it's sometimes hard to see which are legit and which aren't if one's not in the circuit.
And, my advice is, for dubious stuff, the only way to stop this circus is to avoid paying full price or even more for their bootlegs. Even for older bootlegs. I won't pay 100€ for a MERCYFUL FATE bootleg live LP like some people do. And I won't pay 100€ for a tape off eBay (and a demo tape is a fucking demo, so why selling it at an expensive price, be it rare or not?) while not even knowing it's an original or not...
For some of the rarest yet unreleased stuff, I admit that I bought bootlegs while knowing this, but at a regular price.
Vegas auctions = Retrospect records has 90% bootleg cds (some Retrospect releases have asked the bands or whatever).They say that these cds are released by some Spanish label called Strike Force or some other italian label and they describe them as "budget rereleases" or sth.
If u ask them if these are bootlegs ,they tell u "yes it is and don't buy it"!
They produced hundreds of those cds and they make thousands of money by this .
Also ,i see someone comment that Greek fans or sellers are under the shadow of some misleading sellers on ebay or some bootleggers.
I don't agree with that cause it's like saying that German fans or sellers are under the shadow of the Reborn Classics hoax (and we know how this label developed afterwards) or USA fans or sellers are under the shadow of Vegas auctions or whoever and so on.
Those Greek bootlegs are sold from many others around the world (even in the well-known true metal festivals) and all these people are to blame also.
I hope people stop buying those but i am also surprised to see how many people which are ignorant are willing to pay 200 dollars for the bootleg lp of Spider's Lullabye (among others) for example that the same sellers are selling them every week.That should have made them suspicious at least.
Something more: Greek fans and i only talk about them have proved through the years that they are some of the most loyal, well-informed, active and supporting metalheads worldwide.Sometimes i get the feeling reading some comments here that some ignorant people think Greeks metalheads are thieves or whatever. I needed to get this out of my system