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Postby Kennyshin on Tue Aug 10, 2004 1:31 am

Verbatim in Singapore sent an email to a consumer in South Korea confirming that the disks they received are fake.

http://www.seoul-media.com/new_home_1/f ... 1&no=53969

Dear Mr. Park

We checked out DVD sample, named AZUL, which you sent to Verbatim laboratory.
Verbatim laboratory confirmed that AZUL is product having nothing to do with Verbatim DVD.
We have never launched such products in any region.

Pls inform other consumers that AZUL is not Verbatim products , such fake products can cause serious damage on their important data.
so consumer should not purchase AZUL.

Best Regards
Kim. Young-Joo
Verbatim Marketing Singapore PTE LTD


The fake media were produced in Taiwan and they are sold in the US market as well probably under the same "AZUL" brand name but also under many other names. If you are uncertain before you buy, send emails to both the store webmaster and Verbatim.
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Postby hydrogen on Tue Aug 10, 2004 3:12 am

Thanks for the information. Does that mean that the Azul media is not made by Mcc? Has anyone tried them and are they any good?

I wanted to read more on that forum, but I couldn't read the language.

How did someone come to suspect it was fake and to email Verbatim about it?

Thank you.
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Postby Kennyshin on Tue Aug 10, 2004 3:38 am

The Azul media were so cheap and it was very obvious to most people accustomed to good media and bad media. Even then, some people bought them expecting they are Verbatim actually, so one person just ordered it to see and sent sample disks to Verbatim. Seoul-media is in Seoul, of course, and it's a known place to sell low-quality media under various brand names that are just temporarily used.

Azul media are made in Taiwan and not to be trusted. The quality's naturally bad even considering the price was around US$0.5 per disk. I posted it here because other media in Europe and North America under Verbatim brand name could also be fakes actually made in some not-well-known lines in Taiwan or China.

By the way, the Verbatim Singapore marketing guy's name is in Korean. I wonder why he is there. :D
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Aug 10, 2004 4:16 am

yeah, this stuff has already shown up in Europe.... not quite as popular as TY code discs though.
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Postby jase on Tue Aug 10, 2004 11:03 am

Yeah we've had fake "MCC" media in the past in the UK, under the "Burnstar" brand among others. I think the company behind Burnstar sold the discs in all innocence, just buying in cheap crap and selling it cheap (nothing wrong with that) but the distributors caught on to the MCC MID and sold them as such. Naughty [-X
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Postby Kennyshin on Tue Aug 10, 2004 11:20 am

jase wrote:Yeah we've had fake "MCC" media in the past in the UK, under the "Burnstar" brand among others. I think the company behind Burnstar sold the discs in all innocence, just buying in cheap crap and selling it cheap (nothing wrong with that) but the distributors caught on to the MCC MID and sold them as such. Naughty [-X


There are other media cheaper than Azul with Verbatim code in Seoul. In this case, they just tried to sell some less-known media at Gigastorage or Prodisc price levels.

Does anybody know the actual manufacturer or where the factory is or who owns it?
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