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    Re: Buying from Amazon ?

    Amazon has gotten so big and they've swallowed up so many stores and sellers, I don't think they keep track of things (or care as much about quality) as was the case 4-5 years ago. Customer service...
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    Re: Buying from Amazon ?

    Amazon has morphed into a sketchy entity over the years. Buying from Amazon used to be safe, as long as the phrase "ships from and sold by Amazon" appeared under the price listing; but now that blurb...
  3. Re: Scent of a freshly mown or late season prairie (hay, chamomile, narcissus, coumarin, broom)

    Blue Grass (Elizabeth Arden), Antelope (Weil), Tobacco Rose (Papillon)
  4. Re: How much should you spend on my fragrance collection?

    My perfume-buying days are pretty much over, but in the past I spent much more on perfume than clothes, shoes, etc. Always make sure you pay your bills first, and try to maintain a cushion in your...
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    Re: Favorite Opoponax?

    Vintage Caron En Avion extrait
  6. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    A very nice post, indeed.

    One of my first jobs out of high school was bank teller. The head teller was a very pulled-together, tailored, no-nonsense middle-aged woman with a short cropped haircut...
  7. Re: Do samples feel weaker on you than the actual bottles?

    I agree.


    This has been my experience, too.
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    Re: Do you wear fragrance even at home alone?

    Same here.
  9. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    No, I don't pay attention to anything at all except whether I like a perfume, and am in the mood for it.
  10. Re: What is your least favorite part about buying a perfume?

    ^ ^
    This. Because, like Kitty2Shoes, I live in a perfume desert and anything that isn't at TJMaxx has to come by mail.
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    Re: Regarding shelf life

    As Luca Turin says in the Q&A section of his 2009 A-Z Guide, a well stored fragrance should last 200 years! I believe him, as my perfume cabinet is full of venerable beauties from the 1920s, on up....
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    Re: Your 2019 vintage standout discoveries

    A 1994 bottle of YSL Paris Fleur de Parfum, a concentration midway between EDP and extrait (with a slightly different balance of notes). Equally good, is a late 1980s bottle of Chamade Parfum de...
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    Re: Guerlain Samsara - Help

    As others have said, vintage Sahara is plentiful on eBay - IMO, purchasing a bottle there would be preferable to trying to find something current that is Samsara-ish. I think that the 1990s EDT and...
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    Re: Your top 5: aldehydic florals

    Thank you for this! You have added to my understanding and appreciation of perfume.
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    Re: Your top 5: aldehydic florals

    To me, a soapy-type smell is associated with synthetic or "white" musk; aldehydes are fresh and fizzy, like ozone. But I am not a perfumer.
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    Re: Your top 5: aldehydic florals

    Vintage only, any concentration:

    Youth Dew ​(Lauder)
    Je Reviens (Worth)
    White Shoulders (Evyan)
    Jardins de Bagatelle (Guerlain)
    Nahéma (Guerlain)
  17. Re: Givaudan Evaluator Interview part 1 - “Always Find Something Positive” Naila Hamayed

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading those interviews. It's fun to have a glimpse of the human element within the industry.
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    Re: Heavy animalic reccomendations?

    Study this page: http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-recognize-chanel-perfumes.html

    I recommend vintage Bandit, the famed reference animalic chypre.
  19. Re: How to ask what perfume a coworker is wearing?

    Agree with my fellow BNers - just sk her! Say that you're a fragrance aficionado and have never smelled the beautiful perfume she's wearing...would she please tell you what it is?
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    Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    There are some occasions for which I wouldn't wear any fragrance at all - funerals, job interviews, medical appointments, in packed theaters - but otherwise, I just wear whatever I'm in the mood for....
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    Re: What is your ideal perfume longevity?

    6-8 hours is a good range for me, as then I'm not pinned all day to a fragrance I'm no longer in the mood for. A few (like Casbah) last through two showers, so I seldom choose them.
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    Re: 20+ year search over???

    Oh boy, you've just jumped down the rabbit hole! 20-year searches seldom culminate in The One. Have fun! :) And welcome to Basenotes.
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    Re: What is your ratio of samples to bottles?

    I don't usually buy samples, but there's half a shelf of them in my perfume cabinet that were sent to me as gifts with the purchase of full bottles.I don't know how to figure a percentage, but my...
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    Poll: Re: Which one best describes you?

    I'm Seasoned and Complete, mainly because I'm so old and shelf space is scarce.
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    Re: question about 'Fougeres'

    Jicky is a lovely oriental fougere, and readily available.
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    Re: For Unto Us...

    Clearly, a changeling.
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    Re: For Unto Us...

    Yeah, that's a big baby! Got a 10ml decant around? Merry Christmas! :D
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    Re: RIP Mr Ungaro - a tribute thread

    Wow, we lost Lagerfeld at the beginning of 2019, and Ungaro at the end. Very sad news.
  29. Re: How do people get official samples of Xerjoff?

    Whenever you buy a bottle of fragrance from Luckyscent, they allow you to request a few samples of anything you like (subject to availability) at no additional charge. It works out well for both the...
  30. Re: How do people get official samples of Xerjoff?

    Luckyscent is authorized to sell Xerjoff samples, and so they are authentic (although no carded). That's where I get mine. See this page: https://www.luckyscent.com/search?gsearch=xerjoff
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    Re: How does maturation work

    Thank you for that link. I like Elena Vosnaki's articles very much, and forget to check regularly for new ones.
  32. Thread: RIP Barneys

    by Bonnette
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    Re: RIP Barneys

    I think so, too - there were a few I was watching, and all of them seemed to disappear little-by-little.
  33. Thread: Fragrance X

    by Bonnette
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    Re: Fragrance X

    I've never known FragranceX to offer any coupons apart from their year-round 15% discount code. As others have said, they have good customer service and reliable shipping - but they often run out of...
  34. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    I feel sorry for future generations, who won't know what they've missed unless they stumble across something wonderful and develop the vintage bug.
  35. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    They will be, give it a year or two. ;)
  36. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    In 2014, Frederic Malle predicted the demise of high end perfumery if something like this were to happen; he said that he would be "finished." Then he sold his line to Lauder, as if to prove the...
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    Re: Dating Vintage Je reviens by Worth

    You're very welcome. :)
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    Re: Dating Vintage Je reviens by Worth

    There was a parfum de toilette in the 70s, but I don't know the specific production years.
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    Re: House Affinity/Aversion

    Guerlain has been my fragrantic "soul mate" from the outset. I don't have an aversion to any house, though Chanel has lost its lustre with recent reformulations.
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    Re: Ebay now charging sales tax

    Man, that tax is STEEP! I realize it's based on the buyer's location and not some arbitrary figure from eBay, but it's still shocking to see the actual cost of an item (especially vintage) when all...
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    Re: Millenials are changing the perfume business

    I thought this was a strange statement for a perfumer of 34 years' experience to make: "A person is born liking one specific scent family and that preference rarely changes, says Mr Delforge, whose...
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    Re: Interview Fragrance Advice

    Same here.
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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    I don't find myself drooling over this collection, despite the unicorn - those gems don't look like they've been given the respect they deserve, I'll bet half of them have gone off.
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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Fellous doesn't discuss materials or shortages, she just says that Jacques Guerlain began working on Mitsouko during WWI, finally presenting it in 1919, when he was satisfied that he'd created a...
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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Yes. Collette Fellous makes this point in her beautiful book, Guerlain (1989), where she says:


    "In the history of perfumery, Mitsouko is indeed exemplary because its formula is short,...
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    Re: Best of the Decade

    Papillon Bengale Rouge and Dryad would be right up there at the close of this decade, but there are so many to name over the whole 10 years that my mind goes blank.
  47. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    Starblind, I remember that! It sounds like you did get your money back finally (after a pitched battle), but what a nightmare.
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    Re: Option to 'hide' threads?

    Some of the forums I belong to allow members to select only the threads and subforums they wish to see (via the Options panel in Account Settings), and it's great. That feature might require newer...
  49. Thread: Gone off?

    by Bonnette
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    Re: Gone off?

    I'm not a Chanel bottle expert, but I think that the small "c" in the Chanel name on the bottom of the bottle would be enough to cause Chanel to destroy the entire run, if such a mistake had occurred...
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    Re: A Tribute for deceased members.

    I don't think I've ever come across her blog...if I had, I know I'd have bookmarked it. Thank you for posting about it, I've just now read a few of her entries and they're marvelous.
  51. Re: Vintage perfumes - question for the experts, what to keep ?

    I would certainly keep the Diors.
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    Re: The NonBlonde :-(

    Oh, what sad news. Our community has lost a great light.
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    Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    That line really stuck out to me, too...what a strange thing to have to say as a closing gambit.
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Yes, absolutely. A well-preserved vintage is a revelation. Of modern houses, I think Papillon come very close to offering the richness and depth characteristic of vintage perfumes.
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I don't exactly get a mentholated note in the base, though my brain might have labeled it differently...whatever it is, I don't like it. To me, the drydown is a big generic disappointment, and I...
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    After wrapping the bottle in a pillowcase or large handkerchief for your safety, smash it to smithereens with a hammer and use the shards as a decorative base for aquatic plants or false flowers.
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    I would dispose of the fake bottle at your city's recycling center (or drive to a location that has such a center, if yours doesn't). That way, the bottle wouldn't go into a landfill or fall into the...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I wonder why it's so hard to find original matte cap bottles - you'd think there'd be plenty around, since Malle hasn't been around for that long..
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    It is sounding more and more like it would be worthwhile to track down the originals with the matte caps. Malle, himself, must surely be distressed about the changes...though I doubt we'll ever hear...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    Thank you, papillo. The fact that a little still goes a long way offsets their cost somewhat. I bought my Carnal Flower and PoaL around the time of the acquisition, so I don't know if they were old...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    Thank you for that input - I have never smelled either of them, and was especially curious about Iris Poudre because I love iris.
  62. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    Chanel's Les Exclusifs EDTs were so distinctive, just superb...I wish they'd been allowed to live alongside the EDPs, but I suspect the differences would have been too evident.
  63. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    Frederic Malle's website FAQ states outright that concentration amounts have never been officially designated, and that nowadays the labels EDP, EDT and extrait are used as market positioning devices...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I'm really glad to hear that Lauder didn't cheapen them, I was really afraid of that because the current versions of Azurée, Cinnabar and Youth Dew smell very different than vintage bottles (with the...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    Thank you for your views, rum. It's a relief to hear that MR, French Lover and PoaL are still good, and in fact that you find PoaL better now than it used to be. My PoaL was purchased around the time...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    rum, which ones do you think have suffered? Are Iris Poudre, PoaL and Une Fleur de Cassie among them? I'd heard that PoaL was changed for the worse before the Lauder acquisition, but that many people...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    Wow, donna255! That is amazing and encouraging. Lauder clearly has not been bad for Malle, as so many of us (myself included) feared it would be.
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I am relieved to hear that. Barney's closeout sale made me wonder if Malle was still worth the high pricepoint, even on discounted items.
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I'm really glad to hear that you think the line is doing well, cacio and hednic.

    Diamondflame, just saw your reply - your points are well taken.
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    How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    It's been five years since Lauder acquired Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle. Is there a consensus as to how this line has fared under new management? I'm wondering what Basenoters have observed,...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    The color of your Mitsouko is perfect. You have a grand bottle there.
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Ponyboi, that is gorgeous.
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Shalimar would indeed be a nice itch to scratch next. :) Good thing you opted for the smaller size of Mitsouko, as it does have an unusual combination of notes and qualities.
  74. Re: looking for the best masculine chocolate fragrance

    Yes! I just came here to recommend Borneo 1834, which I think will tick all of Robin's boxes.
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    Re: back-ups storage question

    I'm showing my age, because I forget where I put things if they're not where I can see them! :D So I just like to keep all of my bottles together. But from the standpoint of protecting your perfumes...
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    Re: back-ups storage question

    From the standpoint of your perfumes, either storage option would be fine - but it might be more convenient for you to store them at eye level on the cupboard shelf (assuming it has doors).
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    Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    Those closeout prices certainly are high...wonder how that's been going for them. I'm pretty surprised.
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    Re: back-ups storage question

    I store mine in their original boxes, cellophane (if any) intact, alongside my current bottles in a closed wooden cabinet, at room temperature. I have not found heat to be much threat to perfume, but...
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    Re: Norma Kamali Incense Perfume

    I have many decades-old perfumes that smell wonderful, and wouldn't knowingly buy anything that had started to revert to its base. "Going off" is not the same thing as losing topnotes; the latter...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Like N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer, I decant splash bottles into glass atomizers and spray my perfumes. I decant 10ml at a time and store both the original splash bottle and the decant in a closed perfume...
  81. Re: Please help in identifying two women's perfumes

    The cap is close, but Duff's With Love has a woven-type metal collar and the bottle's facets are not quite the same shape. Here's a link to a picture in the BN directory:...
  82. Re: Please help in identifying two women's perfumes

    Thanks for those comparison photos, Gozen. I'm stumped!
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    Re: My fragrance experience yesterday

    What a great surprise - helpful SAs, generous samples, a surprisingly nice break from meetings!
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    Re: future vintages

    The strict regulation of ingredients is an experiment of sorts, but that's probably exactly how things will pan out.
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    Re: Tabac Rouge.......Damn This Is Good Stuff

    I've recommended Tabac Rouge so often that I'm almost embarrassed to comment, but yes, it is just wonderful...great any time, but around the holidays it's extra special.
  86. Re: Please help in identifying two women's perfumes

    That's what I'm thinking...a substitution.
  87. Re: Please help in identifying two women's perfumes

    Looks like Avon Facets, but the cap is wrong - Zealot Crusader, are you seeing this?
  88. Thread: RIP Barneys

    by Bonnette
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    Re: RIP Barneys

    Thanks! I absolutely love it.
  89. Thread: RIP Barneys

    by Bonnette
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    Re: RIP Barneys

    My only fragrance from Barney's was bought online, a Lutens bell jar of Borneo 1834. It arrived with a large makeup bag filled with wonderful beauty products - I was very surprised and impressed....
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    Re: Best performance Vintages

    Chanel No. 5 cologne from the 1970s.
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    Re: Got my Knize ten and knize ten golden

    I like both versions of Knize Ten, and the notes in each one are basically the same - but they've been juggled around and rebalanced, so that the Golden Edition is slightly softer and a tad more...
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    Re: 100 Fragrance Milestone

    The ones you get rid of are the ones you'll long for later - seems to be a law of life for collectors of anything.
  93. Re: How many people do you encounter during your day that are wearing a fragrance? (best guess)

    Maybe it's a western state thing - it's very inhibiting, whatever the reason.


    Exactly. It doesn't seem to be a rural issue, either, as I've almost never smelled perfume anywhere in the state -...
  94. Re: How many people do you encounter during your day that are wearing a fragrance? (best guess)

    Almost none. It's quite a surprise to encounter someone wearing perfume where I live - I'd say maybe 2%, and that number would include me.
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    Re: Are you kidding me?

    Wow, that's chutzpah.
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    Re: I suck at blind buys

    Agree completely with this. I've had great luck with blind buys in the past, but disappointing reformulations have pretty much cured me of blind buying current fragrances.
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    Re: Does your partner understand your addiction?

    My husband is completely onboard with my fervor for perfume.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Wouldn't that be delicious? I remember an early interview she did with Kafkaesque, in which she said how hard it was to get oakmoss down to an acceptable percentage in her earliest formulations -...
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    Re: share your method of application

    I know it must seem weird, but I don't want my perfume to project very far...I wear just enough for me (and anyone who might be close) to enjoy wafts of it throughout the day.
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    Re: share your method of application

    One spray on each forearm, repeated in 6-8 hours if necessary.
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