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    I know a lot of online stores that sell official albums brand new, but my problem is that I'm not interested in most brand new soundtracks. I'm a fan of mostly older game music.

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    Expect to pay a LOT more for the older soundtracks....they're even harder to get!
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    Yahoo! Japan is a great resource for older game soundtracks, if you have someone who can bid for you. Even with the added fees this usually entails, it is not uncommon for you to play less through this method than you would on ebay when it comes to the rarer stuff.

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    Yup, that's what I do when there are no other options. It's a pain because I usually have to pay $30-$40 more than the bare winning bid, but it's worth it for some albums.

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    Ugh. I checked both of my Ocarina of Time soundtracks (Hyrule Symphony and Remix) and they are both Everanime pirates. So is one of my Pokemon albums.
    Oh well. I bought them years ago, no sense crying over it now. At least they sound good and the packaging is actually good quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxlords
    Exactly. Most of the Sonmay/Everanime stuff I've gotten is used, so they don't bring any profits in to the pirates. Just avoid buying the stuff sealed from resellers on eBay and the net and you'll be fine. Basically, those of us outside of Japan can't really support out favorite game composers in any noticeable way, considering how unbelievably hard it is to get new game soundtracks when they come out. 99% of ALL my soundtracks were bought used, from friends, or on clearance somewhere. They're almost impossible to find new. I try to get originals as much as possible, but it's VERY difficult. My best recommendation is to try to avoid buying pirates if you can, but ultimately, get the music and enjoy it, and that's as much of a tribute to the composers as any of us can REALLY make.
    These retailers sell legit products:

    www.cocoebiz.com
    www.otaku.com
    www.gamemusic.com(they still have a handful of taiwanese boots, but mostly are legit business now)
    www.cdjapan.co.jp
    www.amazon.co.jp
    http://jungle-scs.co.jp/en

    you can get legit ones on ebay but only if the seller is saying "this is not a bootleg, this is authentic"

    and yahoo japan sells only genuine cds, although there are a few fan subs out there(some of them are actually quite good) but they are pretty easy to spot(doujin)

    I dont know how vendors like cartoon passion(they are in my town of los angeles) can get away with selling bootlegs over the counter. It would be the same as spending counterfeit money for something, those bootlegs arent worth 10 cents much less 10 dollars.
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    Grr. Recently I wanted to pick up the Biohazard OSTs...I could see the ones on eBay were all Sonmay pirates. Damn them. Just gotta keep looking till one shows up that's expensive

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    Ugh...I passed up 3 variant Biohazard soundtracks back in the day when EB was stocking import soundtracks. All legit too and $5 each. *sniff* I didn't know!
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    Hey, I have a factory sealed copy of the soundtrack for Kyukyoku Tiger II, published by Pony Canyon Inc., Japan. It appears to be 100% original and legit. Any ideas what it's worth? Anybody wanna make me an offer for it?
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    i recieved the gitaroo-man soundtrack last week through ebay.

    it was a bootleg and the label was mica/miya if you want to add it to the list.

    great post by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butchass
    i recieved the gitaroo-man soundtrack last week through ebay.

    it was a bootleg and the label was mica/miya if you want to add it to the list.

    great post by the way!
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=KECH-1190

    there is where you can get an authentic gitaroo man soundtrack, they are still in production, so it would be a good idea to get it now before it goes out of print.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie2B
    I'd strongly recommend downloading some songs and burning your own disc over buying a bootleg. Sure, it's still illegal and hurts the business of the real companies, but it's the lesser of two evils. ... :/
    just curious, but if you download and burn an out of print cd, then how are you hurting the industry? It isnt like the cd is still being printed and sold anywhere legally, so how are the original composers losing any money at all?
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    Here's a list of bootleg sellers on ebay to watch out for too:
    http://www.chudahs-corner.com/refere...otleggers.html
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    I think I found another bootleg brand not mentioned, it's SM Records. I have some Virtua Fighter cd's from them, but there is no sign of copyright and the cd's we're released by an other company in Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp
    I think I found another bootleg brand not mentioned, it's SM Records. I have some Virtua Fighter cd's from them, but there is no sign of copyright and the cd's we're released by an other company in Japan.
    sm= sonmay. EA=everanime

    they are the 2 biggest taiwanese bootleggers. others include alion and archer, there are probably tons more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dracula

    sm= sonmay. EA=everanime

    they are the 2 biggest taiwanese bootleggers. others include alion and archer, there are probably tons more.
    Sorry I didn't read it a bit better. I didn't realise that SM is sonmay. Anyway I knew it were bootlegs when I bought them, but as they were price a euro each I found it a good way to check I liked the cd's and buy the original.

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    Ugg, I just checked my FFVI OSV and it's from Sonmay, and I got from gamemusic.com I think like 8 years ago.

    Man after reading this thread again and going back and recheaking a lot of stuff online it's almost impossible NOT to buy a bootleg, but like other people have said, since it's nearly inevitable, I'll be buying all future soundtracks used, that way if I do get a bootleg without knowing it at least I didn't fund the actual company.

    Also besides Yahoo Japan anyone know of any online retailers that sell non pirate SDTRKs?

    EDIT: are there any good places to download game music? I know downloading the stuff is wrong, but I have to agree with others in saying that it's better to download it yourself than fuel a pirate. At least if I download a game soundtrack it's for my own personal enjoyment, and not to be resold on ebay for $14.95

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    Checking through some of my game soundtracks...

    Nationally all the stuff published thru/under the Microsoft Game Studios is all legit (Sudeki, Halo, Halo w/DVD, Halo 2 Pt.1, Crimson Skies, Project Gotham 2 (3 different soundtracks), NHL Rivals, Advent Rising, Jade Empire among others).

    Also stuff released by BanDai Entertainment as well as Gencon/Pioneer (my .Hack Best Collection (Pioneer) and .Hack Legend of the Twilight (BanDai) ) are also legit.

    I do have one pirate that I know for sure (i've got more primarily DDR ones, but they arnt with me ATM) is by Smile Face International Records and its for Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty Soundtrack 2: The Other Side. No where does it mention Konami and the booklet is a simple one pager. Now my MGS3 soundtrack is all Konami (and is legit), comes with a spine card and looks freaking amazing, especially when compared to my MGS2 soundtrack. Both of these were purchased from a Japanese import store in a Japanese mall.

    I've got more which I can hopefully check later (Pop N' Music and some FF ones).
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    Really, I wouldn't say it's that hard to get only legit albums. I haven't had any problems, and I've bought mine from numerous different sources. There are enough good resources out there to find the info you need on generally any album you could want. Once you know the official publisher, it's just a matter of comparing the two. And if you can't get the info you need from the listing or photo, asking questions never hurts. If I don't get a response at that point, then I just rule out the purchase.

    And I don't know what problems gamemusic.com had several years ago, but now they should be okay. Or so I've heard from the hardcore soundtrack collectors; I've yet to buy from them myself. Even with the lower shipping than from buying straight from Japan, the prices tend to be high.

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    I recently bought two anime soundtracks from Music Factory. If they are pirates, they are really good pirates because they are packaged quite nicely. I bought them from a nice anime store in a nice mall in Kuala Lumpur. Anybody heard anything about Music Factory?

    They weren't cheap like pirates, but they weren't super expensive either....

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxlords
    My best recommendation is to try to avoid buying pirates if you can, but ultimately, get the music and enjoy it, and that's as much of a tribute to the composers as any of us can REALLY make.
    Well put. If you're buying it for the music then enjoy it. I don't feel bad when buying pirates, if the actual honest release was there I'd buy it instead - but it isn't, sucks to be them then. What I'm saying is along the same lines as why I buy used import games. I would love to support the industry for those titles here, but the publishers don't bring the titles stateside so they don't get my money, a reseller does. (and importing games IS ILLEGAL) Yes one is an honest release (the games) and one is a pirated item (music) but the people that should get the money don't either way, because they don't want to provide me with the product directly.

    Back when Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon was huge in the US (1998 or so) Sailormoonstore.com was making a killing selling the SonMay releases. In fact ALL of my Sailormoon CD's are SonMay releases - why? Because that's all that anyone here could get their hands on. Although they're pirated the quality is excellent on all of them - in packaging, case, the booklet, disc artwork, and sound quality. Same thing with all my Macross CD's.

    And since the day it went on the market, every damn copy of the Ridge Racer Type 4 soundtrack I come across has been an EverAnime copy. With artwork on the inside from the game, Reiko Nagase on the back of the case, stills from the game on the inside, and Namco right on the front - was this the only release and possibly a legal one?

    I'm really not crying over my pirated soundtracks, I knew that when I bought them. But until some of these game companies and publishers set up a North American branch to make these soundtracks available, then I'm going to keep right on purchasing the pirated soundtracks. Why? Because it's how you get the freaking music. Then when the game companies and publishers say "the market in the US isn't large enough to sustan us selling soundtracks there" they can look at the amount of bootleg sales that are taking place here and wise up. Until that day they can cram it.

    It's not like I think "if I just buy the pirated version I can save $20" it's "I had to search and dig for years to find JUST this pirated version, that's all I came up with, I'm buying it because that's all there is!"
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    if you are looking for ORIGINAL GAME SOUNDTRACKS - come to me, I'm selling only authentic ones.
    I can find whatever you would like to get, but prices may be high - official osts are expensive, but ultimately - worth it!!
    good post

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    Yeah, but they're not THAT high. Your prices are overinflated compared to the real market values. You try to squeeze good deals out of the fans on marketplace forums by giving offers so low that they're insulting, and then you try to immediately sell back the same albums to the same communities with a ridiculous price inflation.

    It's bad enough to see you constantly hawking your goods at SoundtrackCentral and Chudah's Corner, but now I gotta put up with it here too? :/ You could at least make some attempt to be a real member with posts that actually contribute to discussions, but so far, 99% of your posts are for advertisement purposes. And while you can get away with it in the forums intended for advertising, at the very least, have the decency to not crap up this forum and other discussion forums with that stuff.

    I apologize to everyone for getting off-topic and ranting. I just don't want anyone falling sucker to her misleading advertising and ridiculous prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InsaneDavid
    And since the day it went on the market, every damn copy of the Ridge Racer Type 4 soundtrack I come across has been an EverAnime copy. With artwork on the inside from the game, Reiko Nagase on the back of the case, stills from the game on the inside, and Namco right on the front - was this the only release and possibly a legal one?
    http://page6.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/f39339917

    Here's a couple photos of a legit copy. Seems there's no back insert (both copies on Yahoo ATM don't have one). My Parappa the Rapper soundtrack is like that, though, so it's not surprising.

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