On my holiday in France I bought what was advertised as a NEW copy of Shenmue II, the PAL Dreamcast version. It was sealed, but I have some doubts as to it being the FACTORY seal and not something some nitwit put on using a sealing machine, like they do in Japan. I'll post some pictures to clarify:
This image gave rise to the first doubts: the "spine" part of the case inlay has been bent back. I guess this can happen "by itself", but I'm not sure.
Second, there is this.
A tiny piece of creased cardboard/paper seems to stick out from the inner side of the outer case. Also, this might be a production error, as the surrouding area appears to be undamaged.
Now if I compare the seal on Shenmue II to the one on my sealed copy of Record of Lodoss war, a significant difference becomes apparent: ROLW has the opaque strip on the seal (which you can use to pry off the seal), and Shenmue 2 does not. Some detailed pictures of the seal edges here, here, here , and here.
Can anyone verify if this is an authentic factory seal or something put on later? Did Sega even seal multi-case PAL games?