Saturday January 12, 2013
DVD sellers make big bucks by mailing pirated consignments to Singaporeans
JOHOR BARU: DVD sellers are raking in thousands each month from Singaporeans who want their pirated DVDs to be delivered across the Causeway.
DVD sellers, especially at major shopping malls and hypermarkets in the city centre, have been providing the delivery service to Singaporeans for the last few years.
They are now using courier service to send the DVDs to avoid getting caught by the Malaysian and Singaporean authorities.
A DVD seller, who wants to be known as Tan, said his customers were mostly Singaporeans and he has been delivering their orders for the last five years.
He pointed out that, previously, he would send the DVDs directly to his customers in Singapore but now had to change his tactics due to stringent checks at the Causeway, as it is much safer and the risks of getting caught were minimum.
“If our Singaporean customers ordered more than 20 DVDs we would charge them about S$3 (RM7.50) per DVD and if they ordered more than 50 DVDs then it is about S$2.50 (RM6.25) per DVD on top of the normal RM5 for movies or RM8 for a television series.
“This is to cover the delivery cost and we would put the DVDs into a box filled up with polystyrene foam before sending it,” he said.
Another DVD seller, who wants to be known as Ramli, said that Singaporeans preferred buying the pirated DVDs here as it was cheap and the quality was good.
He added that the strict anti-piracy laws in the island republic also prompted many Singaporeans to cross the Causeway to buy DVDs in Johor.
“Pirated DVDs are not sold openly in Singapore unlike here which is why many Singaporeans prefer ordering from us,” he said.
Johor Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) director Ayub Abd Rahman said that the ministry's hands are tied as the DVD sellers are exporting it to another country.
“The ministry could only take action against sellers who displayed the pirated DVDs on shelves.
“However to tackle this problem, the ministry has set up a taskforce where it conducts surveillance and operations at known hotspots where such DVDs are sold,” he said.