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Taking bootleg dvd's / video games out of Thailand to US?

Posted by grndhouse on 29/11/2009 at 21:06

Posted from within Vietnam.

anyone ever had an issue with this? have about 20 in my backpack for xmas gifts. any info would be great! thanks

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Posted by neosho on 30/11/2009 at 10:38

Put them into a small box and mail them home. Takes about 10 days. Unless your pack was singled out for a complete search you probably wouldn't have a problem anyway. As I'm an old single male in Asia, I seem to get put into the "Chester the Molester" line a lot where they go through everything including my camera and computer.

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 30/11/2009 at 11:55 TF writer

It'll probably cost more to post the DVDs home than you paid for them. Even then there's a very small chance they'll be searched and confiscated (just like if you have them in your luggage).

I've taken DVDs back into Canada (via the USA actually, carrying 10 or so DVDs) with no problem. If you do get searched and the DVDs found, it wouldn't be crazy if you said you didn't know they were bootlegged, that you just thought they were cheap there. The worst they'd probably do is confiscate them.

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Posted by grndhouse on 30/11/2009 at 22:11

Posted from within Vietnam.

think a big ole bushy terrorist beard and a ton of tattoos will put me in the "chester molester" line as well?

might just pass em off to the girlfriend.
thanks for the advice!

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Posted by cdnexplorer on 1/12/2009 at 00:14

When I was last in Thailand I bought 5-6 ripped Xbox 360 games for $5-6 each - none of them worked when I got back. He tested them for me on his machine, but it must have been modded. In any case, a ripped DVD shouldn't pose any problems but be weary of ripped games.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 7/12/2009 at 14:09

If they're in the telltale clear plastic sleeves with badly-reproduced packaging complete with ridiculous spelling errors, it's very likely customs will detect and confiscate them. I've had customs officers find them in my laptop bag and "threaten" to take them away but if I just have a few movies for my own personal viewing it's not a big deal and they've let me keep them.

In your case with 20 movies I would put them in a CD wallet in your checked luggage and discard the packaging material.

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Posted by busylizzy on 7/12/2009 at 17:27

Posted from within Vietnam.

Also be aware that software may have viruses. I bough some in Malaysia recently; and the virus scanner picked up a virus almost immediately. I ended up binning it.

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