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Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:04 am
by mrkoelie
Sup?
The barcode on the underside of my dreamcast starts with "DR". Here is a screenshot:
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Afaik it always starts with "DE" or "DU". Can someone tell me what the "DR" stands for? Thx :)

Re: Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:16 am
by ElkinFencer10
That's a Dreamcast that was sold in Rwanda. DE is "Dreamcast-Europe" while DU is "Dreamcast-United States." DR is rare for "Dreamcast-Rwanda." Rwanda has a little known but very active Sega fanbase.

Re: Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:25 am
by mrkoelie
Whut :lol:

Shipped from Japan. I've never heard of Dreamcast-Rwanda...

ElkinFencer10 wrote:That's a Dreamcast that was sold in Rwanda. DE is "Dreamcast-Europe" while DU is "Dreamcast-United States." DR is rare for "Dreamcast-Rwanda." Rwanda has a little known but very active Sega fanbase.

Re: Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:26 am
by Ack
Sorry, mrkoelie, Elkin was making a joke. We use blue text here to signify sarcastic comments. He was kidding and not being helpful.

As for the barcode, I have no idea. It may be a particular distributor or something like that.

Re: Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:29 am
by mrkoelie
LOL! Thanks Ack!

Hopefully somebody else knows what it is :)

Ack wrote:Sorry, mrkoelie, Elkin was making a joke. We use blue text here to signify sarcastic comments. He was kidding and not being helpful.

As for the barcode, I have no idea. It may be a particular distributor or something like that.

Re: Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:35 am
by marurun
Did you buy it used? Could be a stock or inventory number.

Re: Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:40 am
by mrkoelie
Yeah, i've bought it used. But the product code (670-14248B) is also unknown.

More pics:

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Re: Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:48 am
by isiolia
My guess would be one labeled for sale in Russia. Sega didn't officially offer it there, but apparently Sega of Europe sold their remaining stock to a third party who did (via Sega Retro). It's clearly an EU unit otherwise, so maybe that's why it has the different stickers?

Re: Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:11 am
by mrkoelie
isiolia wrote:My guess would be one labeled for sale in Russia. Sega didn't officially offer it there, but apparently Sega of Europe sold their remaining stock to a third party who did (via Sega Retro). It's clearly an EU unit otherwise, so maybe that's why it has the different stickers?


Thx a lot! I've also asked the same question on Reddit, and this is the answer i've received:

What has me stumped is that it's a model produced by ASAHI Electron and as far as I am aware they only ever produced NTSC variants for the Japan and American markets until June 2000. They briefly produced a small number for the South Korean region in 2000, though that would have been NTSC too. If it has heat pipes I am thinking it could be a demo/kiosk type revision...

Re: Strange barcode on the underside of my Dreamcast

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:31 pm
by ElkinFencer10
Ack wrote:Sorry, mrkoelie, Elkin was making a joke. We use blue text here to signify sarcastic comments. He was kidding and not being helpful.

As for the barcode, I have no idea. It may be a particular distributor or something like that.

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