I'm looking to pick up a TV series on DVD. I'm fine with buying used DVDs, but some eBay sellers worry me. I see folks who offer the same collected sets, using the same pictures, and the whole set is selling for significantly less if I bought the seasons individually. Are they trustworthy? Or am I unaware of large discount sales where these people might get their stock? More queries inside.
Specifically, I'm looking at the Bones TV series. There are 4 seasons on DVD (and only one on blu-ray), but because the show isn't done yet, the series isn't collected. There are folks selling the four individual seasons on DVD as a set. Looking at their profiles, they have 100% positive from between 75 and 250 buyer comments. But, in their recent feedback history, they've sold the same series a couple times. If not for that fact, they'd seem safe to me: good feedback, some product info, and based in the US (I'm in the US, and I am skeptical of any US retail copies coming from overseas that can beat US prices, including shipping).
In my days of buying stuff from eBay, I've only been burnt once by bootlegs, and they were obvious when I got them (undersides of the discs were purple instead of silver, and the labels were stuck on instead of printed). The rest of the time, I've been lucky (or they were high quality bootlegs).
Are these decent-to-good quality bootlegs, and people don't know the difference? Or are they legit sales of overstock lots? I've bought CDs and DVDs that had holes or slashes in the barcodes
, but it seems odd that there would be so many promo/remainder copies of these shows around. Has anyone had experience with such sellers, or any info on selling of discounetd or remainder stock?