Lately, I have received a number of CDs from well known online retailers (CD-WOW, Zavvi, TheHut etc) which have seemed a 'little off'. Something about them just hasn't 'looked right'.
e.g. I recently purchased 'The Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way' CD from Zavvi only to find the transparent tray that holds the disc in place had been replaced with a cheap and nasty opaque one - thus obscuring the picture behind the disc! The booklet/inlay was also printed on poor quality matt paper instead of high quality glossy paper that one would expect. Anyway, I repurchased the exact same disc in ASDA for £1 and it had both the transparent tray and high quality glossy paper booklet! Conclusion, the online purchase was indeed not as I had expected and was to put it bluntly was vastly inferior to the shop bought one.
So WTF is going on? Why the huge disparity in quality with the EXACT same product? (identical release, identical catalog number etc). Are old second-hand CDs being dressed up in new jewel cases with reprinted (but low quality) booklets in an attempt to recondition them as *new*. Is there a more logical explanation, or are we being hoodwinked by the retailers/suppliers/record companies?
Something is certainly amiss IMHO. Has anyone else received goods that are not as they should be or that just don't 'ring true'.
BTW, for the avoidance of doubt I should stress that I am NOT suggesting that items are either fake or counterfeit.