I am somewhat new to this website and I am not sure if this goes in this section, but here goes.
We all know sellers on eBay love to sell "mint" or "like new" video games to the consumer without knowledge that the game has been altered in some way. Specifically what I'm referring to here are the video game CASES.
For this example I will use a NE PlayStation game, Breath of Fire III. If you have a keen eye, you will notice that the center holder for the disc sometimes has a different emblem depending on the video game company or video game.
Aside from that, you usually notice two number sets on the case (this one has three). I have included these in my supposedly "like new" version of Breath of Fire III as I bought it from eBay.
I have included some pictures as a reference ONLY - The picture quality is very bad but I am just using them for reference locations.
This first picture here is a number at the bottom left portion of the case where the CD is held. The number reads TM04SC.
This one is located on the opposite side of the case (bottom right) and the number reads DS-J5. I also found this same number on the first half of the case where the instruction book is held after opening, in the bottom right portion.
I have also noticed that some of my games in my collection don't have any of these numbers at all. Does this mean that my game case has been swapped?
My question is this: What do these numbers mean and How can I determine them? I doubt I will get a response to this, as most "Collectors" are unaware that their eBay or seller counterparts swapped their original cases out without their knowledge.
I like to do my research before investing. Sorry for any trouble.