While they aren’t as exciting as a long-desired Blu-ray release, the new 2017 DVD box sets of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager arrived this year with brand new packaging and artwork designs, the first re-release of each series in the United States in over a decade.
In addition to their artwork changes, the two box sets hit stores with substantially-reduced price points from their earlier runs on DVD, with each one now selling on Amazon for $95 or less for the complete run of each show.
Now, just a few months after their debut, bootleg copies of each new release have begun to arrive on eBay and other reseller marketplace, which a look of authenticity that may confuse unsuspecting buyers in to purchasing counterfeit copies of each show, for prices nearly identical to the real thing.
The “real” DS9 and Voyager box sets each feature three DVD cases in an external slipcase — two large, ‘Epik Pak’ plastic cases, and a seven-disc case for the final season of each show:
The bootleg editions, now appearing on eBay and other third-party resellers, feature slipcases that emulate the originals nearly perfectly, but they contain five plastic DVD cases inside instead of the proper three-case arrangement:
We confirmed with Paramount today there have been NO changes made to the packaging on the official Deep Space Nine or Voyager DVD boxes, and senior brand manager Matt Arsulich also shared the information on Twitter this afternoon.
Some eBay sellers are selling bootleg copies of DS9 and Voyager. If you see a configuration like this it's 100% fake pic.twitter.com/vjaC2SXPu1
— Matt A. (@matthewverygood) April 25, 2017
So if you’re looking to pick up a copy of these releases for yourself, stick to reputable retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, etc. — or if you must buy third-party, be sure you’re getting the real item before you fork over any cash for the box sets sight-unseen.