about my purchase of the course on eBay, and now that I've received the materials, I can't figure out if I have a legit copy. Considering the high price of copies of the course, I find it possible that someone would indeed go to great lengths to fake a copy.
I can't tell whether the imperfections in my copy are red flags for a scam, or if the PLI just produces a shoddy product. I'm leaning toward the former.
- The printing of the high-quality covers seems legit, but for the misalignment
. (Note the space between "PLI's" and the edge of the cover.)
- There are a few inserts in pocket of the binder with horrible photocopy quality
. Not to mention, they're messily stapled.
- Some of the photocopying is misaligned
- The pages have a copyright date of 2006
, even though the eBay seller claimed, "Set is complete and most current for 2011." I don't know if they just haven't updated the copyright date, however.
- The labels on the CDs are a little better in quality than cheap stickers, but they're inconsistent -- some have a darker shade of white than others.
- The data side of the CDs are not professionally burned (you can see the dark ring indicating that the CD's been used).
Additionally, when I inspect other eBay listings
for the same product
, I've found:
- The included booklets should utilize a closed binding. Mine have a plastic spiral binding
- The READ ME FIRST insert should be folded, with a big, bold "READ ME FIRST" printed on the outside. Mine doesn't have the big bold "READ ME FIRST" on the reverse.
- The Patware 9.0 disc was tucked into the pocket of the binder, rather than provided in a paper sleeve.
Finally, if anyone bought theirs new:
- My binder came wrapped in a particularly crinkly plastic.
- My booklets came wrapped in a less crinkly (different type) of plastic (not as soft and pliable as Saran Wrap).
So was I scammed? Or does PLI just produce a low-quality product?