Well, we have to give Sam's Club the benefit of the doubt to a certain degree. It is doubtful that close attention is paid by their bulk buyers when it comes to what is actually bought, just the idea that it's a lot of them and the price is right. Like anything that goes through any bulk place, what isn't sold is moved out based on what new things are coming in, not quality of the leftover objects. In other words, Sam's Club just provided a product for the public; the maker of the product is the one that pulled might have pulled a scam. It is also possible that the maker was unaware of the problems on the disc, but I can't make any call on that one as I have no idea who made it or whether or not they got permission or any of those things. I DO know that MADE IN CANADA was boldly stamped on the face of both of the discs that came with what I purchased. The box was more or less the same as the original but there was no manual inside. It is doubtful that Sam's Club would endorse selling a faulty product knowingly, as that is one of the quickest ways to bankruptcy.
As comp. games are low on the bulk priority list, it's doubtful that Sam's had any inspectors to check out the batch of games in anything but on a surface "does it work?" level. They don't have the resources to "deep scan" every multi-thousand or million item batch of widgits that they buy, no matter what it is.
All WE can do is safeguard ourselves and depend upon fair buying and selling practices to allow us to return a product that we are unhappy with.
That is what I ended up doing and although it was a pain, the end result was worth it because I ended up with a cool sim game.
Had I not found the Canadian copy, it is doubtful I would have found T2 as the run is now two years old and I don't get a lot of comp. game mags. or notifications.
When T2 came out, I was still saving for a computer so I missed the initial release.
Thanks for your response and sorry about the content thing-I didn't figure out how to activate quotes until after I had posted.
Stupid I know but we can't all be Snoopy. (the beagle out of "peanuts")