Author Topic: Graffiti Kingdom doubts on a factory sealed copy ebay UK  (Read 3754 times)

jessie88

Graffiti Kingdom doubts on a factory sealed copy ebay UK
« on: February 20, 2020, 09:55:55 am »
Hi,

I have some doubts regarding a copy of this game and I wonder if anyone can help me.

I found this auction on Ebay UK from a seller who has some nice ps2 games, although apparently most of them come from the European market (Germany, Italy, etc).

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ps2-GRAFFITI-KINGDOM-brand-New-sealed-pal-playstation-2/143490388275?hash=item2168b19133:g:FZ0AAOSwqgFeDyL-

In the description it says 'brand new and sealed' but if you look at the pics you can tell it is missing the PS2 security strip at the bottom.

I sent a message to the seller and this is what they replied:"

Hi Jessie,
Yes, that depends on the year of release and on the market the game was originally released for.
This is the Italian version (manual and case in Italian, but the game is in English). Some of the older playstation 2 games for the Italian market come actually without that line. You can also read it on Google.
"
OK, I had a look at Google, but can't really find anything helpful.
Is there anything that can be the final proof?
TNX!

Re: Graffiti Kingdom doubts on a factory sealed copy ebay UK
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2020, 10:20:10 am »
I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of strip- it is known the later PS2 releases don't have it. In fact, if you look at the other sealed copies of that game currently on Ebay, NONE of them have it.

I would worry about the lack of photos of the seam edges- everyone who knows about sealed games knows you need to check the seams. If he knows enough to know about the strip, he knows he should have put in seam photos.

Of the other listings for that game sealed, two are similar/cheaper priced and have seam photos. The two more expensive listings show some sort of plastic pull-string around the lower third of the box. I'm not familiar enough with PAL or sealed releases to know how significant that is, but you might check those out before commiting to this listing.

jessie88

Re: Graffiti Kingdom doubts on a factory sealed copy ebay UK
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2020, 10:36:01 am »
Many tnx Hoshichiri,

Yes I am also watching another auction on my ebay, this one is slightly cheaper as it comes with free delivery, but I'll ask for more pictures.

If you mean the Y-fold corners though actually I know about those, but I read also that it can be faked as well.

For example: https://atariage.com/forums/topic/278972-scammers-duplicating-y-fold-seals/

Probably they would not waste their time to reseal Graffti Kingdom but...you never know  :-\

I would worry about the lack of photos of the seam edges- everyone who knows about sealed games knows you need to check the seams. If he knows enough to know about the strip, he knows he should have put in seam photos.

ignition365

Re: Graffiti Kingdom doubts on a factory sealed copy ebay UK
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2020, 12:12:58 pm »
That Digital Bros sticker on the back of the case concerns me as well.


jessie88

Re: Graffiti Kingdom doubts on a factory sealed copy ebay UK
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2020, 12:29:20 pm »
That Digital Bros sticker on the back of the case concerns me as well.

Tnx Ignition!

Didn't notice that one before.
I looked for them and I've just found this https://www.digitalbros.com

they seem to be videogames distributors or publishers based in Italy.
Any Italians here who can tell us more?  ;D

ignition365

Re: Graffiti Kingdom doubts on a factory sealed copy ebay UK
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2020, 01:57:20 pm »
Oh... Digital Bros is the parent company to 505 Games, the publisher of Graffiti Kingdom in PAL regions.

I learned something new today.  I would say if that sticker looks like it's on the outside of the wrapping, it's definitely sealed.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2020, 02:00:28 pm by ignition365 »


jessie88

Re: Graffiti Kingdom doubts on a factory sealed copy ebay UK
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2020, 01:02:58 pm »
Oh... Digital Bros is the parent company to 505 Games, the publisher of Graffiti Kingdom in PAL regions.

I learned something new today.  I would say if that sticker looks like it's on the outside of the wrapping, it's definitely sealed.
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Eventually, I bought from another seller  ;D 8)
but yes also this one seems legit.
Tnx!