Saturday, March 10, 2012

er... "Rare" Polish 1960's Beatles cassettes.. like.. NOT

eBay over the last few days has been just *flooded* with "Rare original pressynks" of Beatles cassettes.. purported to be from the 60's and early 70's..
Only problem is, this was pre - Lech Walensa days.. when the "iron curtain" was well and fully solid.. there were NO official Beatles cassettes there. At all. Period.
Only those smuggled in from (usually) Germany  .. and.. counterfeits.
Many... many many.. counterfeits.
You can do the same now, with a printer and about 5 minutes work..
If I were the fella with these tapes, I wouldn't advertise them as "Rare" first editions, but rather  as homemade "Cold war trinkets"...

You have to be very knowledgeable, and cautious, when buying cassettes from dictatorships, former communist countries, and countries with lax counterfeit enforcement.. such as eastern Europe, Greece or Turkey . Saudi Arabia and other  countries in that region , China (especially avoid Chinese tapes), and  any other east asian country , and African countries  (keep in mind this applies to BIG labels only, the homemade tapes are a veritable treasure chest of wonderful artists, especially in Africa, with it's many afro-beat bands..

'nuff 4 now

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