How to avoid counterfeit fragrances when buying online

    How to avoid counterfeit fragrances when buying online

    post #1 of 34
    Thread Starter 

    Hello all... it's newb BottleJunky. I have some concerns before I feel comfortable buying online fragrances at much lower prices. I've read negative reviews on Amazon both on marketplace sellers as well as those sold by and shipped directly from Amazon. These negative reviews almost all complain of fakes.

    I also have concerns of getting some juice that has been on the shelf forever and is old or has been stored in poor environments.

    So my question is who can I buy from with the assurance that I am getting a legitimate fragrance and not one that is old and weak? BTW... It would be nice if the fragrance industry printed a production date on the box.

    Any input is much appreciated!

    post #2 of 34

    I don't want to be naming places i haven't bought from but the ones i have bought from were

    fragrancenet

    fragrancex

    strawberrynet

    Buying from ebay is hit or miss. I've bought niche fragrances from ebay before without issue but others have had problems.

    post #3 of 34
    I'll add Parfum1 to the mix and Lilydirect. - both reputable and legit.
    post #4 of 34
    Buy from the websites already mentioned in this thread. If you are buying on eBay, ask the seller several questions regarding the fragrance. You will be able to tell if they are shady or not.
    post #5 of 34

    I tend to buy a lot of used bottles on ebay also.

    those are most likely not to be faked

    post #6 of 34
    Thread Starter 

    I'm an Amazon Prime member. Has anyone had any experiences with buying frequently through Amazon?

    post #7 of 34
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BottleJunkyView Post

    I'm an Amazon Prime member. Has anyone had any experiences with buying frequently through Amazon?

    The general consensus that I have heard about Amazon is to buy directly from them. If there is a problem, you can always call them.

    post #8 of 34
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by somethinenewView Post

    The general consensus that I have heard about Amazon is to buy directly from them. If there is a problem, you can always call them.
    Yes, you have peace of mind.
    post #9 of 34

    Regarding Amazon. I bought some juices form them for a newbie starting out. When they came they all smelled like alcohol. I called Amazon advised them of my disappointment with the juices. They apologized and refunded me all of my money..

    post #10 of 34
    Don't overlook the official BaseNotes marketplace, too. http://www.basenotes.net/f/6/market-place
    post #11 of 34
    Ordered from Amazon multiple times and have never had any problems.
    post #12 of 34
    Thread Starter 

    I've heard/read that there have been some fakes sold by and shipped from Amazon. Amazon makes it

    explicitly clear that they do not allow returns of frags because they are liquid. They have however

    refunded the purchase price telling the customer to just toss the bad frag.

    Some get info here... thanks all for the input!!

    post #13 of 34

    If you buy from Ebay or Amazon, make sure they have a return policy in case they are fake.

    post #14 of 34
    Thread Starter 

    I think I got hosed. Ordered Encre Noire from Amazon. It was listed as "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com". It was $33 + so I said what the heck. The fragrance reeked and smelled heavily burnt wood chips and alcohol. No way this is the stuff everybody's been raving about... no way. I didn't even get more than an hour of longevity. Amazon was Johnny on the spot and issued me a full refund and told me to pitch or keep the bottle. Which leads me to my next question... Is the bottle supposed to be translucent or opaque because mine is as black as night. To Amazon's defense... they always make things right and I don't begrudge them. They do business on such a massive scale that things like these will happen. Anybody enjoy the smell of OFF? If so I'll send you the bottle...laugh.gif

    post #15 of 34
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BottleJunkyView Post

    I think I got hosed. Ordered Encre Noire from Amazon. It was listed as "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com". It was $33 + so I said what the heck. The fragrance reeked and smelled heavily burnt wood chips and alcohol. No way this is the stuff everybody's been raving about... no way. I didn't even get more than an hour of longevity. Amazon was Johnny on the spot and issued me a full refund and told me to pitch or keep the bottle. Which leads me to my next question... Is the bottle supposed to be translucent or opaque because mine is as black as night. To Amazon's defense... they always make things right and I don't begrudge them. They do business on such a massive scale that things like these will happen. Anybody enjoy the smell of OFF? If so I'll send you the bottle...laugh.gif

    Feel the quality of how thick the paper is on the box and then look at that nice pretty wood cap on the top of the bottle. Now ask yourself why someone would go out of their way to fake such a nice box and bottle for $33. Think your name is backwards.

    post #16 of 34
    Thread Starter 

    I love this site but I gotta tell you there's a bunch o' snarky snobs here...

    post #17 of 34
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BottleJunkyView Post

    I think I got hosed. Ordered Encre Noire from Amazon. It was listed as "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com". It was $33 + so I said what the heck. The fragrance reeked and smelled heavily burnt wood chips and alcohol. No way this is the stuff everybody's been raving about... no way. I didn't even get more than an hour of longevity. Amazon was Johnny on the spot and issued me a full refund and told me to pitch or keep the bottle. Which leads me to my next question... Is the bottle supposed to be translucent or opaque because mine is as black as night. To Amazon's defense... they always make things right and I don't begrudge them. They do business on such a massive scale that things like these will happen. Anybody enjoy the smell of OFF? If so I'll send you the bottle...laugh.gif

    If it was shipped and sold from amazon then it is very unlikely that it is fake. What you are describing could be what Encre Noir smells like to you. I can see it being described as such. Its a synthetic, chemical vetiver. Do you know what vetiver smells like?

    EN is for sure faked though. Or your own fake direct from Chine here-

    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/ENCRE-NOIRE-by-Lalique-3-4-oz-Men-s-EDT-Cologne-0147/1094948725.html

    post #18 of 34
    Thread Starter

    8/1/13 at 12:08pm

    BottleJunky said:



    Hello all... it's newb BottleJunky. I have some concerns before I feel comfortable buying online fragrances at much lower prices. I've read negative reviews on Amazon both on marketplace sellers as well as those sold by and shipped directly from Amazon. These negative reviews almost all complain of fakes.

    I also have concerns of getting some juice that has been on the shelf forever and is old or has been stored in poor environments.

    So my question is who can I buy from with the assurance that I am getting a legitimate fragrance and not one that is old and weak? BTW... It would be nice if the fragrance industry printed a production date on the box.

    Any input is much appreciated!

    8/1/13 at 12:14pm

    Van Buren Boy said:



    I don't want to be naming places i haven't bought from but the ones i have bought from were

    fragrancenet

    fragrancex

    strawberrynet

    Buying from ebay is hit or miss. I've bought niche fragrances from ebay before without issue but others have had problems.

    8/1/13 at 1:21pm

    hednic said:



    I'll add Parfum1 to the mix and Lilydirect. - both reputable and legit.

    8/1/13 at 1:31pm

    williampaul1969 said:



    Buy from the websites already mentioned in this thread. If you are buying on eBay, ask the seller several questions regarding the fragrance. You will be able to tell if they are shady or not.

    8/1/13 at 1:32pm

    Tony T said:



    I tend to buy a lot of used bottles on ebay also.

    those are most likely not to be faked

    8/1/13 at 1:59pm

    BottleJunky said:



    I'm an Amazon Prime member. Has anyone had any experiences with buying frequently through Amazon?

    8/1/13 at 2:31pm

    somethinenew said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BottleJunkyView Post

    I'm an Amazon Prime member. Has anyone had any experiences with buying frequently through Amazon?

    The general consensus that I have heard about Amazon is to buy directly from them. If there is a problem, you can always call them.

    8/1/13 at 6:10pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by somethinenewView Post

    The general consensus that I have heard about Amazon is to buy directly from them. If there is a problem, you can always call them.
    Yes, you have peace of mind.

    8/1/13 at 6:17pm

    loveisintheair said:



    Regarding Amazon. I bought some juices form them for a newbie starting out. When they came they all smelled like alcohol. I called Amazon advised them of my disappointment with the juices. They apologized and refunded me all of my money..

    8/1/13 at 7:51pm

    fan.of.devin said:



    Don't overlook the official BaseNotes marketplace, too. http://www.basenotes.net/f/6/market-place

    8/1/13 at 9:50pm

    timmy-j said:



    Ordered from Amazon multiple times and have never had any problems.

    8/2/13 at 7:11am

    BottleJunky said:



    I've heard/read that there have been some fakes sold by and shipped from Amazon. Amazon makes it

    explicitly clear that they do not allow returns of frags because they are liquid. They have however

    refunded the purchase price telling the customer to just toss the bad frag.

    Some get info here... thanks all for the input!!

    8/2/13 at 8:43am

    sjg3839 said:



    If you buy from Ebay or Amazon, make sure they have a return policy in case they are fake.

    8/2/13 at 6:38pm

    BottleJunky said:



    I think I got hosed. Ordered Encre Noire from Amazon. It was listed as "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com". It was $33 + so I said what the heck. The fragrance reeked and smelled heavily burnt wood chips and alcohol. No way this is the stuff everybody's been raving about... no way. I didn't even get more than an hour of longevity. Amazon was Johnny on the spot and issued me a full refund and told me to pitch or keep the bottle. Which leads me to my next question... Is the bottle supposed to be translucent or opaque because mine is as black as night. To Amazon's defense... they always make things right and I don't begrudge them. They do business on such a massive scale that things like these will happen. Anybody enjoy the smell of OFF? If so I'll send you the bottle...laugh.gif

    8/3/13 at 8:46pm

    silentrich said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BottleJunkyView Post

    I think I got hosed. Ordered Encre Noire from Amazon. It was listed as "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com". It was $33 + so I said what the heck. The fragrance reeked and smelled heavily burnt wood chips and alcohol. No way this is the stuff everybody's been raving about... no way. I didn't even get more than an hour of longevity. Amazon was Johnny on the spot and issued me a full refund and told me to pitch or keep the bottle. Which leads me to my next question... Is the bottle supposed to be translucent or opaque because mine is as black as night. To Amazon's defense... they always make things right and I don't begrudge them. They do business on such a massive scale that things like these will happen. Anybody enjoy the smell of OFF? If so I'll send you the bottle...laugh.gif

    Feel the quality of how thick the paper is on the box and then look at that nice pretty wood cap on the top of the bottle. Now ask yourself why someone would go out of their way to fake such a nice box and bottle for $33. Think your name is backwards.

    8/3/13 at 9:14pm

    BottleJunky said:



    I love this site but I gotta tell you there's a bunch o' snarky snobs here...

    8/3/13 at 9:14pm

    heperd said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BottleJunkyView Post

    I think I got hosed. Ordered Encre Noire from Amazon. It was listed as "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com". It was $33 + so I said what the heck. The fragrance reeked and smelled heavily burnt wood chips and alcohol. No way this is the stuff everybody's been raving about... no way. I didn't even get more than an hour of longevity. Amazon was Johnny on the spot and issued me a full refund and told me to pitch or keep the bottle. Which leads me to my next question... Is the bottle supposed to be translucent or opaque because mine is as black as night. To Amazon's defense... they always make things right and I don't begrudge them. They do business on such a massive scale that things like these will happen. Anybody enjoy the smell of OFF? If so I'll send you the bottle...laugh.gif

    If it was shipped and sold from amazon then it is very unlikely that it is fake. What you are describing could be what Encre Noir smells like to you. I can see it being described as such. Its a synthetic, chemical vetiver. Do you know what vetiver smells like?

    EN is for sure faked though. Or your own fake direct from Chine here-

    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/ENCRE-NOIRE-by-Lalique-3-4-oz-Men-s-EDT-Cologne-0147/1094948725.html





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