What was the seller's name!!??
Thread: -Sigh- eBay fake...
Well, another victim speaks. I ordered a bottle of D&G The One from eBay, seller had perfect feedback and all sat right with me. It came in the mail today, I opened it up, and the moment I saw the bottle, I knew it was a fake. Lettering is a different color, nicks on the glass, heck, the letters weren't even "taped" on right!
I thought to myself...maybe it's just the bottle. Nope, the smell of burt tires and syrup ran through my nose.
I contacted the seller, and within 15 minutes the issue was resolved (same ol same ol, "It's the vendors fault")
Oh well, guess I have a new room fragrance...
What was the seller's name!!??
Well, at least it was resolved quickly and favorably.
It just makes you wonder how many people have absolutely no knowledge about fragrances and think it's the real thing. It might not be the seller's fault but I highly doubt this is the first time he's sold a fake fragrance.
One of the problems is stock photos. If you'd been able to see photos of the actual bottle your seller was listing, you would probably have realized it was fake.
I've only ever bought bottles from sellers who took their own photos. Nothing I buy gets faked, but even so, I want to know what the bottle and juice look like!
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Too many fakes of new frags and even some old ones, such as By Man. My rule is that if the ebay seller is undercutting the major online discounters (who also sell on ebay) then something's wrong, so it's best to just buy from them or from a BNer you trust.
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Name and shame.
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Agreed. I actually got my first bottle of The One here from a seller. Excellent as expected. I couldn't find a 3.4 oz so I resorted to eBay...never doing that again.
Sometimes you do get what you actually paid for.
When buying from eBay t's probably better to buy used bottles than BNIB.
Certain fragrances simply should not be purchased on Ebay.
99.9% of cologne on ebay is fake. End of story. Period. If its too good to be true, then it is.
I must be lucky then. I've bought over 40 bottles on eBay and I've yet to come across a fake. If you avoid the really popular fragrances (best sellers), are realistic about the price you're looking to pay and only look at testers and partially used bottles, you'll be OK for the most part.
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I'm confused as to why you went to eBay as a resort for, as far as I know, an easily obtainable bottle??
I like to buy off of amazon an actual listed amazon retailer, never had any problems
I wouldn't go as far as to say 99.9% are fake. I've purchased fragrances on eBay before, and all but 1 have been authentic.
I resorted to eBay because the cost was lower. Typically, I would follow the "if it's too good to be true, it is" rule, however this was an auction and not a BIN. Definitely careless on my end.
Ebay = scammers marketplace, and I'm sure they make a lot of money off counterfeit fragrances there. I don't understand why there are all these threads "another fake on Ebay" .. duh.. I mean obviously. You could get better values on the REAL deal at places like Marshall's, TJ Maxx, and Ross; and websites like Amazon, and Scentedmonkey..
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PLEASE DON'T AGREE TO SEND IT BACK TO THE SELLER!!!
I'm a firm believer that we have to look out for each other. If you send that fake back to the seller, he or she will sell it again to someone else - possibly one of us. I got burned on eBay by a woman selling fakes. There were signs on the bottle that I wasn't the first person to receive it. She offered me a refund if I'd send it back to her. Oh hell no. I'm not ok with being even partly to blame for someone else getting screwed. I fought that.
eBay and PayPal have no interest in protecting anyone but their business, so they're not really protecting either sellers or buyers. Their #1 goal is to avoid having to ever admit in writing they're being used for illegal activities. eBay and PayPal were both insistent that I ABSOLUTELY had to send the counterfeit back to the person who makes a living selling counterfeits. Oh! Hell! No!
I went to the police. Problem solved. After having already denied me a refund no less than five times (!!) PayPal immediately issued me a full refund.
The only reason I'm not posting the seller's name here is because the police officer I met with specializes in internet crime and said he'd look into setting up a sting if he could find evidence suggesting this wasn't an isolated incident, not just to bust the seller but to get further up the food chain.
It's really worth checking to see if your local police department has anyone who specializes in internet crime. If it does, have that officer confiscate the fake and give you a receipt. Then scan the receipt and upload it to your case at eBay and/or PayPal. And when you speak with someone at eBay or PayPal, do not get off the phone until that person has acknowledged that he or she has seen the police document you uploaded (remember: they record all calls).
You can get your money back without returning a fake to be sold to someone else, and hopefully get a seller or distributer of fakes out of business in the process. Win, WIN.
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yet to get a fake from ebay, but stories like this scare me...and from a reputable seller ay ay ay
Good for you.
I am pretty pissed at ebay for doing zero when I bought a counterfeit (the money was nothing, £5, but I later found someone else selling exactly the same fake and they didn't even remove the listing.)
I will look into this police internet crime specialist thing.
I sell a lot of decants and bottles on EBAY. I always take my own pictures of the Box, Bottle, and decant atomizer. I list the Batch # in the description. I do not allow returns, b/c I don't want to be used to test fragrances for free...but I agree, I won't buy from stock photos...I just saw today a guy with 33 Neg. feedback so far this year. Reading down through they were fake, fake, empty box, fake...I wondered how people could buy from a guy like that...96.9% IS NOT A GOOD PERCENTAGE FOR FEEDBACK!!
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BTW...Don't think that b/c it is AMAZON, it is genuine...I find many comments there that they received fakes. Most amazon purchases come from outside dealers too...
Last edited by Possum-Pie; 10th October 2012 at 09:11 PM.
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Yeah, agreed eBay is definitely a scammers marketplace. It's just that in my 7 years using eBay, not once have I purchased a fake designer item. This is the first (scratch that, second, I just recalled buying a fake bottle of Le Male. Would anyone like to know the sellers excuse? "Vendor we usually buy from is reputable...we'll do something about it").
Anyhow, the bottle is not being sent back. I have it sitting on my dresser. It makes a nice paper weight, and room spray when I do not feel like wasting my limited edition Febreze.