Amazon sent a replacement, it was another bootleg. Great. Second one's to the right. Look at the direct bottom of the package. The second one doesn't have "SonyComputer" like the first one does. It's even more of a bootleg than the first.http://www.imgjoe.com/x/img1096.jpghttp://www.imgjoe.com/x/img1097.jpghttp://www.imgjoe.com/x/img1100.jpg
The phone call sure went down funnily. I explained my situation to the guy on the phone. Before even looking at the pictures, he refunded my money and told me to just keep the cables. After a brief period of time on hold, he said he did just that and also put a flag on the cables as being questionable and maybe bootleg. They would be removed from the site immediately until further action was taken.
Since I'm a cracker jack guy, I then offered my services to help make sure that it doesn't happen to anybody else in the future. He then looked at the first set of pictures. (We never got to today's set.) He then started sounding like he thought he goofed up by giving me these two cables for free. His train of thought was that since the packaging looks so legitimate that it must be a regional difference. I then explained to him that I've never seen a Japanese PSP logo like that. He then kept on going on and on about how if it was bootleg, the fact that it looks so much like the official thing is an indicator that the bootleggers are poor, but then he backtracked to the idea that it was a regional difference. By this point it was just pointless because I already had my refund and the cancellation of the return shipment of the first cables. He continued to go on and on about how regional differences sometimes cause the names of games to change and the look of the packaging to be different. I then repeated to him that I had never seen such a logo on a legitimate PSP thing anywhere in the world. He started talking about betting his car on the fact that it was a regional difference, and I continued to refute it. Somehow he even brought up the Dreamcast. After a few minutes of this, I stopped arguing. I got my refund. I would have gladly shipped the cables back, but I didn't even have to do that.
So it's been about an hour. The listing is still showing. It was supposed to be gone immediately. I'm thinking this guy thinks he's covering his ass by not saying anything to anybody when in fact the cables really are bootleg. Or maybe it's some sort of company pride where it's like "hey, Amazon doesn't sell bootlegs". I'll give it a week. If the listing is still up, I'll write a review for the cables warning that they are bootleg. Just another shitstorm that could have been avoided by somebody taking the time to listen to me and having enough faith in me to believe me. Story of my life.
I'll have a full report with pictures of the cables sometime this week. Maybe a bit later if I decide to order official cables. (I probably will.) I did open one of them. There is no PSP logo on the little box where the three cables split. I believe somebody said in one of these threads I posted (I posted this same topic across a bunch of forums) that there is supposed to be a PSP logo on it. That's just another nail in the coffin. The good, er, okay news is that that they do work. I had a strange incompatibility with HEN and playing regular PSP UMD games, but UMD games started playing just fine when I disabled HEN.