So, I avoid any discs coming out of the Russian Federation. They are almost assuredly bootlegs. All that I've seen listed, anyway.
The real problem with buying these "unofficial" versions is that you are giving potential hackers a lot of information about yourself...your name and complete address and your buyers ID and confirmation that you have a pay pal account....I know because months after I bought one from mother Russia my Ebay account was compromised....it doesn't take much for a professional hacker to gain access to your account...and from there they can go into your personal life....I'd be watchful of Taiwan as well for another reason...sometimes there are legit releases of titles in Asia that were produced without access to the master tapes and they don't sound nearly as good....
Newer converts to surround music usually get burned on at least one title take it from me. I bought what I thought was a legit disc once because of an insane appetite for anything surround.
It's about being uninformed is all, I never participated even in swapping music (napster) which still goes on today (wink, wink) some won't talk about it but do it on the sly, than scold others that exchange money to aquire their highly cherished and sought after titles.
Knowing guys that tried to make it in the music business and failed is tough and all artists deserve to be compensated for their music.
There are a few Blu-ray titles on eBay that are selling in the 10 dollar range, I try to inform buyers to stay away from the China or Russian Federation discs cause those are surely not properly licensed products. But if it's something you have to have, and just knowing it's taking money away from the artists and putting it in the coffers of possibly a criminal enterprise that's all we can do is educate.
This probably isn't the way you imagined your beginning on this forum....sorry about that....there are some "hot" button issues on here that trigger responses...some rational...some drama queen in nature....we are mostly a friendly group...with a few grumpy souls...but if you stick it out during this initial "hazing"...I think you will enjoy yourself...I live in Clearwater(I only work in outer space) and forum legend Snood lives in the Orlando area...if you have any questions about the forum...feel free to send me a PM...