Everything looks good except for the lack of Hayley's name on the CD itself. There are faint yellow markings so I'm curious if it could have worn off somehow. Also, the insert's image doesn't seem to be positioned exactly although that could be due to photography skills.
The seller had sold a copy of WITA last December with positive feedback from the buyer. However, the lack of Hayley's name on the CD, the fact that the seller originally registered in Malaysia and the location of the CD is Hong Kong do raise some flags. The seller has a good history though dating back a few years selling different CDs. Of course, I will be contacting the seller but just wanted expert opinions.
Sorry I didn't follow up sooner. Seller claimed he bought the CD in a NZ store a few years ago for $600. He seemed very disinterested at first to answer any questions, which for something that he paid $600 for and is trying to sell seems questionable. My next discovery: www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=428380342 Too bad I can't get one of these limited runs of 1000 either since it's NZ only.
If it is a genuine Walking in the Air it will have an IFPI number in the matrix ring on the mirror side of the cd. it is in half millimeter letters under the asterisks left of the * * CDH. IFPI L283. You will need a good magnifying glass to see it, or perhaps the zoom on your phone camera could pick it up, it is tiny type.
Interestingly the same IFPI number is on Hayley's 2001 album Hayley Westenra Universal Music NZ Ltd 0142852 which also has the same case type as the original WITA and was produced by the same company in New Zealand.
SID codes (Source Identification Codes) were introduced in 1994 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in order to help combat piracy. The mastering SID code is usually found in the matrix area/mirror band of a CD.
The bad news for some people is, if it does not have the IFPI number it is a fake, The fake ones have been sold at a rate of about one a month for the last eight years or more on various sites.
For more information on this subject just Google IFPI numbers on cd.
The mobile phone is the business for zooming in on the tiny details in the middle of a cd, turn the cd over in the case and place it flat on the table in good light from the sides, use a cup, glass tumbler, bean tin or a small stack of cd cases to support the camera in a flat position half resting on the top of the tin the lens end overhanging the cd you want to examine, keep a finger on the camera to stop it tumbling off the tin, you can now zoom and adjust focus on your camera quite easily, you may need to rotate the cd to get it to catch the light on the details you are after. Above method also good for shooting small objects, jewellery, creepie crawlies, small flowers etc.
" But you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the Angels
and then the Angels forget to pray for us. " ......Leonard Cohen