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    Default Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    I'm a little confused. I've done a few searches in forum archives to see how one can determine a D&G By Man fake, but opinions are divided. Some stipulate that the inside of the cap should be black, and others, white.
    With conflicting information, it leaves me really none the wiser.

    Can anyone please tell me *exactly* what to look out for in terms of bottle/packaging to determine fake from real?

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    If you can buy it now, it's fake.

    Edit: seriously, I'm interested, too, but frankly I would think it would be hard to tell, and the apparent increasing availability of this rarity makes me highly skeptical of any bottle.
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    Most of the 3.4 oz. bottles are fakes. If you buy on ebay I would say to only buy the 1.7 oz. bottles. Also, I've owned 2 50ml bottles of By and both caps were white on the inside.
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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread



    Dimi, by an amazing stroke of luck I managed to grab two in my local pharmacy a couple of years ago. They were indisputably the genuine article and were both definitely WHITE inside the cap.
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    I love this fragrance. I bought it when it came out. Inside cap is totally white.

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    Perfect, thanks gents!
    The white cap / black cap dispute is all the proof I need. I have a 50ml on order and will be curious to see if it is indeed the genuine article.

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    Yeah you should be fine with the 50ml.

    Fantastic fragrance by the way! And for what it's worth, I bought a 100ml tester from this seller and it's 100% authentic. They obviously know about the cap, and always include it in their pics.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/DolceGABBANA-D-G...ht_4830wt_1139
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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    i've purchsed a 100ml bottle a while back in dj, and it's white cap.

    btw, fragrancenet has it back in stock (kinda pricey), but trustworthy

    http://www.fragrancenet.com/by-colog...mf/en_US/00375

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    Yes, thats where I placed my order hdp.

    I used to work as a sales assistant when By Man was launched. When I think of how many BY MAN training goods and freebies I GAVE AWAY, it kinda makes my hair whiten. I'd just like a bottle for old times sake

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    Anyone want to do an analysis of this bottle?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dolce-Gabban...item3f1a753713

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    It's missing the plastic piece that holds the bottle within the metal casing...similar to a slip joint washer. You can see the piece in this auction for a 1.7 oz bottle: http://www.ebay.com/itm/By-Dolce-Gab...item19d3a6c5ab

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Anyone want to do an analysis of this bottle?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dolce-Gabban...item3f1a753713

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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Anyone want to do an analysis of this bottle?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dolce-Gabban...item3f1a753713
    Looks like the fake bottle i bought recently. The glass easily slips out of the casing since the cheap glue inside is dried out. No serial number anywhere on the bottle. Smelled like watered down L'Homme. Got a full refund from my bank and got to keep the fake bottle as a souvenir.
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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    Got a full refund from my bank and got to keep the fake bottle as a souvenir.
    That turned out well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Anyone want to do an analysis of this bottle?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dolce-Gabban...item3f1a753713
    Looks like a fake. The collar is missing and the "By Man" print on the bottle is too bold.


    This listing, is an absolute FAKE bottle for $350 and in the description it says "Authenticity: 100% Guaranteed". The seller should take a look at this thread... haha

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dolce-Gabban...item4ab9a8a033

    Here is a pic of my real 3.4 oz and 1.7 oz to show you the plastic sleeve is missing in the pics on the bottle from eBay..


    Last edited by 1280adam; 30th July 2012 at 09:53 PM.

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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    White cap = real
    anything else = fake

    Thats all there is to it.

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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    Prada, can you speculate on the differences in codes on the bottles and boxes?... I have an authentic bottle (been wearing By Man since late 90's so I'm 1000% sure, white cap and all, etc..) with a 6 digit code on the sticker on bottle and box, 1280adam says he has 4 digit codes, and his bottles are authentic as well... what do you make of this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinL611 View Post
    Prada, can you speculate on the differences in codes on the bottles and boxes?... I have an authentic bottle (been wearing By Man since late 90's so I'm 1000% sure, white cap and all, etc..) with a 6 digit code on the sticker on bottle and box, 1280adam says he has 4 digit codes, and his bottles are authentic as well... what do you make of this?
    Here are my box and bottle codes..




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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    My box has the same upc code... the code on my bottle is 204909... same on the box.. will try and get some photos up for you shortly
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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    I ran into 3.4 oz at a good price, but was suspicious. Short of purchasing and unwrapping the thing to look at the cap, is there anything else that the box could indicate a fake?

    The silver printing on the box for the text on the back seems a bit distorted/jagged for lack of better terms. It's not as sharp and crisp as I'd expect, but perhaps because it's old?

    It even has the This product is only be sold by Dolce and Gabbana dealers type of message printing on the back at the top.

    Hmm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by G Man View Post
    I ran into 3.4 oz at a good price, but was suspicious. Short of purchasing and unwrapping the thing to look at the cap, is there anything else that the box could indicate a fake?

    The silver printing on the box for the text on the back seems a bit distorted/jagged for lack of better terms. It's not as sharp and crisp as I'd expect, but perhaps because it's old?

    It even has the This product is only be sold by Dolce and Gabbana dealers type of message printing on the back at the top.

    Hmm?

    Super easy to tell.. I put up pics.



    Fakes have the thickness of the letters 'By' way too thick. It should look like this



    The back of the box on the fakes will have writing on the entire panel. The real ones only have it on the bottom panel under the silver stripe.



    It's funny how many 'sealed' bottles there are but are all missing one simple thing. The sticker at the top.



    The barcode at the bottom should look like this and a lot number should be there. I saw fakes that have the smartphone scan box (i forget what it's exactly called) on the bottom. Yes because the iPhone didn't come out until '07 and that scan thing didn't come out until i think around '09.

    By Man was discontinued in '06...
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    ^ QR codes have been around for about 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    ^ QR codes have been around for about 20 years.
    Oh man, didn't know that haha.
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    The back of the box on the fakes will have writing on the entire panel. The real ones only have it on the bottom panel under the silver stripe.
    The one I saw had other languages written on it too, which made it take up the whole backside. Indeed it had a QR scanner type thing on the bottom by the barcode. I wonder if it's a grey market version and not a fake? The one you have Adam, looks like it was exclusively meant for English speaking countries.

    I just want to find out if it's fake or not, for two reasons:

    1. If it's real, I am really lucky to get it at the price.
    2. If it's fake, I will let the owner know to look into it/remove it so other people don't get fooled into buying it. That's assuming the owner doesn't know they are fake.

    edit: the boxes I saw looked like a member's pictures from this thread: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/258...ce-and-Gabbana

    back with different languages and "dealers only" warning at the top: http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/4065/img0781f.jpg

    bottom: http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/7784/img0780lc.jpg

    their cap is black...AKA fake as deemed by a few people: http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/1453/img0782a.jpg

    The so called fake black caps have a different interior design, including 2 holes: http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/4968/img0784w.jpg

    The so called fake also seems to lake the lip or seal around the glass to ensure a snug fit: http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/9916/img0783wz.jpg

    The widely accepted real cap inside is white and solid: http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/o...2408/ByMan.jpg
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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/By-Dolce-amp...16.m2518.l4276

    That's quite the write-up in their description

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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    Here's an oddity... this 50ml bottle looks pretty legit to me except for some peculiarity with the lettering. i understand how some of the letters can be rubbed off, but... MISPLACED?



    Notice how the "G" is floating off above where "DOLCE & GABBANA" normally is. I've occasionally seen letters rubbed off on these bottles, not shifted around. But it looks to have all of the important parts covered, including the plastic sleeve. Unfortunately the inner cap is not exposed and I can't obtain a photo of it.

    So apparently THIS 50ml bottle is legit and it does have severe rubbing, even partial displacement of the lettering, so I guess the one I've shown above is legit. And it seems the consensus is that nobody fakes the 50ml bottle, because all that effort is best put towards the 100ml bottle that will sell for more.
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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    [QUOTE=cytherian;3217817]Here's an oddity... this 50ml bottle looks pretty legit to me except for some peculiarity with the lettering. i understand how some of the letters can be rubbed off, but... MISPLACED?



    Notice how the "G" is floating off above where "DOLCE & GABBANA" normally is. I've occasionally seen letters rubbed off on these bottles, not shifted around. But it looks to have all of the important parts covered, including the plastic sleeve. Unfortunately the inner cap is not exposed and I can't obtain a photo of it.

    So apparently THIS 50ml bottle is legit and it does have severe rubbing, even partial displacement of the lettering, so I guess the one I've shown above is legit. And it seems the consensus is that nobody fakes the 50ml bottle, because all that effort is best put towards the 100ml bottle that will sell for

    The letter "G" wanted no part in this enterprise..lol
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    Default Re: Definitive D&G 'By Man' Fake thread

    There's still fakes floating around, but it seems some of the sellers have gotten wise to the white cap. You rarely see the black cap now.
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    Hum After reading this, it makes me a little depressed -- I bought a 30ml of By Man many years ago from someone...
    The inside of the cap is white, but the box has all the languages on the back.
    I *do* have a QR code on the bottom, the UPC # is:
    8011003075072
    Batch code stamp is DV05, stamped (embossed) on the box, and is also on the sticker on the bottom of the bottle itself.
    There also is no white ring around the bottle...but I'm thinking maybe the 30ml is different?
    Hm...I will start to fume if I find out this is fake..!

    Here's a 30ml / 1oz on eBay right now:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/By-Dolce-Gab...3D141680600081

    I notice...
    1.) No multi languages on box like mine has
    2.) No QR code on bottom of box like mine has
    3.) No white ring around bottle (mine is the same here)
    4.) No "36M" cosmetic code on bottom of box, no fire symbol on bottom of box, mine has both
    5.) Ingredient list compared to mine is much shorter -- mine lists many more things
    6.) Bottom batch code says "22" - weird...Mine is DV05
    7.) The actual sprayer itself, the little circle thing is black with the eBay one. Mine is silvery / grey.

    Here are some pics of the bottle / box I've had for a few years...was gonna edit them but too tired :|

    http://i62.tinypic.com/iefpjk.jpg
    http://i62.tinypic.com/533b82.jpg
    http://i57.tinypic.com/2135i1.jpg
    http://i62.tinypic.com/jh54xk.jpg
    http://i59.tinypic.com/24pjdb8.jpg
    http://i61.tinypic.com/2afxyrr.jpg

    I don't think that just having all the languages on the box is indicative of it being fake -- especially because the inside of the box on the black part with silver print is all in another language (french I think?). Any opinions on mine? One person has already told me they think it's real.
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