Let me set this up for you. Store in my city sells used games exclusively. They have everything from Intellivision games to virtual boys, 360 HD DVD drives and a large rack of current gen games. Now they charge an arm and a leg for old stuff that people would actually know. Basically any rpg is going to cost you around $80-$150. That isn't my big problem here though. They make carts of games that were either cancelled and never saw a release ANYWHERE, or of games that never came out here. I don't know how exactly they do this but I assume it has to do with roms. Two specific examples (one of which nailed me) are Nightmare Busters and the original Clocktower.
Now Nightmare Busters is a game that WAS in development by a French company called Arcade Zone. However it got cancelled, then later picked up by Super Fighter Team who are working on it now. This is what got me as I saw the cart and thought the game might be finished and someone had traded a copy in. At $80, not too much more than what it would cost to buy the game from SFT and have it shipped to Canada, I thought this was an alright amount to pay. I did look at SFT's site but glossed over the part that says the game won't be out until 2013. As far as I know there are no carts of this game in existence anywhere. When I went to return it the guy tried to tell me it was a translation of a released Japanese game. I called him on his bullshit as the game wasn't released, but this is when I found out about the copy of Clocktower.
He told me they had a guy who translated Japanese games and put them out as playable North American style Snes carts. Quick wikipedia check and, yup, Clocktower on Snes never left Japan. Now the practice of putting fan translations on carts (or hell even unreleased games like Nightmare Busters although I'm pretty sure it's unfinished) and selling them to people doesn't bother me. The price tag of $80 does. More importantly, putting these fake carts in with real carts and then not telling customers that they are indeed fakes, pisses me the fuck off. Is it just me, or is this a really scummy thing to do?