Hey everybody. Way back in June of '13 (on page 106 of this thread) I posted here about my bad experience w/this set and am checking back in w/another post. I hope somebody can give me some guidance here, because believe it or not, I'm still in the wilderness w/this thing, and need advice.
The Fugitive is my favorite show of all time and I still don't own a copy of this set. I'm somehow just paralyzed by either bad luck or confusion, or both, here. I've never experienced anything like it.
Each of the multiple sets I've ordered has been Riddled w/problems, and the famous yellow-sticker-over-the-UPC-code version, which is what I understand to be the corrected version, has just eluded me.
In total, since this whole thing began, I've ordered & received, from various 3rd party sellers and fulfilled by Amazon, FIVE new sets (all old/1st-generation sets w/the 5 discs needing replacement, unfortunately), and had to return them all - the most recent just last week - because they've ALL had variations of the same problems I outlined in my post of 6/13, namely:
In addition to the 5 bad discs covered by the replacement program, each of my sets have contained Multiple discs with issues up the Ass, causing playback problems that for me are just unacceptable deal-breakers.
When I originally posted, at least one other member responded by confirming that one or two of the problems I described were present on his set, too, but if I remember right, it seemed that he was ultimately unbothered by what for him were relatively minor issues that didn't spoil what was the generally okay quality and performance of the set he'd gotten.
Maybe I'm a freak, but to me, scenes that skip ahead in the middle of viewing them, pauses/freezes between episode segments, an inability to scan ahead on fast view, or back in reverse, etc, etc, are unacceptable problems.
And again, I'm talking about discs Beyond the five w/the universally-recognized problems, and covered by the replacement program. The details and all the little variations on these problems I've experienced w/these other discs would just take too long to go into in detail, but it all adds up to my having received seemingly one batch of bad discs after another.
Over the time, I've regularly checked back in here but have found no posts that even remotely mirror my experience. The general pattern seems to be guys getting their sets, ordering the replacements, having no problems w/the set's other discs, calling it good, and living a happy life.
I've of course also seen talk about getting corrected sets (the yellow sticker), and I'm just like, WTF, dude. I just can't seem to connect, here.
So when I just saw stringbean's posts above re importing to England a set being sold by a 3rd party seller on A., I thought I should speak up, again reporting my experience, and also ask for help for myself, because what I'm doing is just Not working:
My thought is that a corrected set will be my best chance for getting a good Whole set.
Does anyone know where I can buy one?
[color=rgb(40,40,40);font-family:'Merriweather Sans', sans-serif;]To me, it seems I've been on the wrong track, sticking w/Amazon. I finally realized this after the last return I made (I'm slow, and dumb). That they don't offer it for sale through their own retail service, but only fulfill 3rd party offerings, suggests to me that they know the set's a hot potato w/issues, and don't want the full share of the headaches. Of course you wouldn't think so, going by the recent positive reviews there; again, everybody seems happy as clams.[/color]
But my experience tells me that if I order a set there Today, it's an old set, sitting on a shelf since 2012, or whenever this came out, and I just don't want to deal w/that anymore. It seems like going backward if the corrected sets are out there Somewhere; I feel like I'll have a good chance of just jumping over the problems w/these past sets, if I can just get my hands on one of the new ones.
Lastly, I've tried to contact various other online retailers in advance, asking about which set they're selling, the color of the UPC sticker, etc, and it's just a stone wall, no one knowing or caring about what I'm asking, being unable or unwilling to physically check a set in the inventory location, etc. - no one's going to help me Not Buy what they're selling...
So if anyone can help steer me home, I'll be very grateful. Sorry for the length of this, and for the bitterness, etc, but you can tell it's therapy/venting; it's been a long damn saga for me, and it's not over. But any info or direction will be appreciated. Thanks.