Originally Posted by scentinell
Thanks, I replied in that post as well. I suppose getting a fake is possible almost anywhere but a full priced retailer (even then I suppose it could happen). Frankly, and don't anyone take this the wrong way, if the packaging looks real and the scent seems real, why should I care who REALLY made the product. On the other hand, if I get a fake or something I think is fake (yes, I've bought stuff at dept stores that seemed "different"), but the store cheerfully refunds my money (as in your Frag. Dist. experience), that's ok by me. To get something half priced or more, that's returnable if I'm not satisfied would not deter me from shopping there again. And, smitsky, no offense at all, but it seems that aside from your take on the scent, you would not have thought the products you bought were fake -- how can you be sure they weren't just "off" as all of know can happen? Perhaps the shop didn't even know for sure.
I can appreciate what you have expressed here. I guess it all depends on your point of view and your objectives.
As an example of what I mean here, let me say this:
If I buy a bottle of AdG for $42 at a store in the fragrance district and, because of my fragrance experience I am able to detect that it closely resembles a no-name (as in popular designer) fragrance that I can easily pick up in the same district for $3 (you've read it correctly - three) in scent quality and longevity (in this case the $3 product lasts longer), chances are that I might feel that I'm getting ripped off (if I wasn't a step ahead of the game).
I offer this as well: AdG retails for $65 before tax in Sephora. Walk out the door with a bottle after tax and you have paid roughly $70.36. The question is, if I have paid $42 (the going rate these days for a 3.4 Oz. size of AdG in said fragrance district) and am saving roughly $28 for a piece of junk that I might be able to pick up for $7 - $9 or so, based on the quality... what are we really "saving." This is a rhetorical question.
But... as you have suggested, if I like how the product that I have paid $42 for smells and how it lasts, why should I "care" if it is not what it says it is?
On to the other product:
Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
Due to my aforementioned fragrance experience, I am able to detect a symptom of a fake fragrance, namely poor lasting power, chances are I am going to feel absolutely ripped off if I pay $60 for a fragrance that normally costs $110 before tax. I want original Coco Mademoiselle. I do not want to pay $60 for something that is very inferior. $15 maybe (it did smell true to the original) - $60 not a chance.
The question remains, do I actually want original Coco Mlle & AdG, or am I willing to accept a fake and what price should I pay for this.
Also, keep in mind that these store owners would never try to sell something for above, say $25 - $30 that is not being touted as an "original." So, they are engaged in a scam if they try to sell such things. Telling you Coco Mademoiselle when it is not original is like you pharmacist saying here's an antibiotic which costs $90, when in fact you are getting a placebo sugar pill which should have cost you $1.99
Hope this gives you some idea of where I am coming from.