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    Default Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    * AdG was one of the earlier fragrances I purchased when I first started the hobby.
    * I bought it on ebay from a reputable seller, for like $45
    * I looked at several youtube videos, and I don't see anything ostensibly wrong with my bottle.
    * The sticker at the bottom word or word is accurate, no misspellings or anything out of place. But there are airbubbles in the sticker
    * I'm either convinced that my bottle is legit or a VERY VERY convincing looking fake
    * It is scratched a little bit, but that was my doing. It didn't come like that
    * The black circle inside the black circle of the sprayer is not at center, but a little bit to the upper left.
    * As for the smell, it smells just like the one I remember at the store, but it's been a while. The projection is good but the longevity is only a couple of hours (is this normal).
    * My camera is low quality and the lighting isn't great
    * I'll go to a store and look at their bottles, but right now I just want your opinion
    * I threw away the box a long time ago.

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    Looks fine to me.

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    Sorry, but what exactly is causing you to question its authenticity!? From what you have written about it I fail to understand why you'd be suspicious. It looks legit to me too.
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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    I'm sure it's fine.

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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    Nothing that stands out as a fake to me. That sticker looks awful though but you said you've owned it for a while. Was the eBay member a top seller? You can basically be rest assured it's real if they have that yellow ribbon next to their name.

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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    Looks good to me.

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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    The fake AdG bottles are the most perfect copies I have ever seen. I bought one several years ago for about $40 and figured out it was fake after about 6 months. The smell is pretty good too but when you test it at the mall you will see the difference.

    I think its fake just because of the price you paid....... sorry.

    There is such a high demand at all times for AdG that real bottles are very hard to find for more than a few dollars off retail.
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    Aah, I get it now - I forget how big a difference there is between $45 and £45 sometimes! I also now share the OP's suspicions.
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    Likely fake if you didnt pay at least $65 for it, unless you bought it from someone in the community.
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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    I compared your photos to a bottle that was recently gifted to me and purchased from Macys. The bottles look identical. I would not worry about it.

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    Does it smell like it? If so....who cares right? I'm kidding, well kinda. I think its real

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    Actually, I think I'm siding with heperd on this one.

    Acqua Di Gio isn't just one of the best-sellers, it is THE best seller. So counterfeit markets have perfected immitating by now.

    It's look like it's the real thing, but that's the point. Counterfeits of best selling fragrances are made very close now.

    Even the font is identical, and the font on the bottle is very specific.

    It still smells good and gets compliments, but I do think it's a little different from the one in the store.

    I'll have to go to the store and check.

    For now, I'm assuming it's fake.

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    I get quite a few ppl trying to return AdG at my counter every year. One of the main things to look for is the glass "rim" on the bottom of the bottle. I have never seen a real AdG bottle where the rim wasn't nicely pronounced and to the naked eye seems well centered and has an even border around the bottle. Also look at the stem inside the bottle, in fakes this is usually thicker and sometimes bends to the wrong side. From what I remember the stem in the real bottle goes to the right if you are looking at the front of the bottle, but I will check this tomorrow and try to take some pics of the differences. I think we kept a fake on hand for training and comparison purposes. Check the above on your bottle and see how it matches up.
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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    Looks good from the photos
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    OK, I was hoping to get more pics, but we had a delivery today. Here is a pic of what a good edge on the bottle looks like:



    I was wrong about the stem. In the real AdG bottles the stem goes straight down, the fakes bend off to the sides.
    Someone said that the testers come with caps and indeed they do, or at least the ones I have.
    Hope this helps a little
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    Anyone got a pic of what a fake edge on the bottom looks like?

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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    As to one of your original questions (on longevity), I have an old bottle that I bought from a Macy's or somewhere like that, and I never remember the longevity being fantastic.

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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    I just checked checkcosmetics.net and the lot number on the bottom of your bottle checks out to being produced in July of 2010. Based on this and your pictures I'm inclined to say it's real.
    I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?

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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    May I also request a verification guys? :)

    Received this 6.7 oz bottle from some kind of giveaway recently, I guess around 1 oz is used already.
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    - The stem is not straight
    - The sprayer is NOT leaking
    - I can lift the bottle by holding it from the cap, so it's not loose

    Longevity seems to be a few hours, it's not amazing but since I hadn't used ADG before I can't tell whether that's right or not. I have to say it was a very cold day, as it is winter here though.

    Could anyone help me out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    * AdG was one of the earlier fragrances I purchased when I first started the hobby.
    * I bought it on ebay from a reputable seller, for like $45
    * I looked at several youtube videos, and I don't see anything ostensibly wrong with my bottle.
    * The sticker at the bottom word or word is accurate, no misspellings or anything out of place. But there are airbubbles in the sticker
    * I'm either convinced that my bottle is legit or a VERY VERY convincing looking fake
    * It is scratched a little bit, but that was my doing. It didn't come like that
    * The black circle inside the black circle of the sprayer is not at center, but a little bit to the upper left.
    * As for the smell, it smells just like the one I remember at the store, but it's been a while. The projection is good but the longevity is only a couple of hours (is this normal).
    * My camera is low quality and the lighting isn't great
    * I'll go to a store and look at their bottles, but right now I just want your opinion
    * I threw away the box a long time ago.

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    Hi, Recently I found a bottle of Acqua di Gio 100ml in a store which costs me around 75 Pounds. I bought it on condition that if it is fake the seller will take the return. So I have the return option open. The smell is okay so far, better than recent versions, which intrigued me for purchasing.. The only confusion is whether ihis version is real or fake. Because I have already searched on web and see mixed reactions. So I need your help on this guys. I repeat again, I can return it.54203979_2843614738982840_1610573681862377472_n.jpg53903840_489363341595555_439185862287163392_n.jpg53532416_843871772613319_383436873252470784_n.jpg53532416_843871772613319_383436873252470784_n.jpg53723722_295068957835078_6381156138573889536_n (1).jpg
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    Your valuable opinion will be highly appreciable. I wish to keep this one. But if it is not real, then I can return the money and buy another fragrance.

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    its real..

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    Actually, I think I'm siding with heperd on this one.

    Acqua Di Gio isn't just one of the best-sellers, it is THE best seller. So counterfeit markets have perfected immitating by now.

    It's look like it's the real thing, but that's the point. Counterfeits of best selling fragrances are made very close now.

    Even the font is identical, and the font on the bottle is very specific.

    It still smells good and gets compliments, but I do think it's a little different from the one in the store.

    I'll have to go to the store and check.

    For now, I'm assuming it's fake.
    Hey noirdrakkar, welcome back, haven't seen ya for a while.

    I agree with you that AdG is highly counterfeited, but if you buy from a reputable dealer like Fragnet, or straight from a department store, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

    You can check out other similar frags, like 360 Red, and Paris Hilton Just Me, and be rest assured you're getting the real deal, as I don't believe these are faked.

    As for your bottle. I checked mine, and they look different. Curious as to where you got your from? I bought from a guy on Ebay for like 35 bucks or something, had thousands of good reviews, it turned out to be fake. The seller said he had no idea, and i showed him pics comparing it to a real bottle, he sent me a refund. On my version the cap is more solid on the inside, the sprayer and neck of the bottle look slightly different. Although I do know for a fact, the older bottles are slightly different both in size, and the atomizer and caps, they are a little less rounded off and chunky looking. The color of your juice looks more yellow too, but it should be more clear, although this could just be your lighting too. The bottle I have on my shelf looks much more clear. I'd have to look in my drawer for my other bottle to see if it's the same. The atomizer works excellently, very full and spread out dispersion.
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    I did some further research, and as I suspected, if it is real, which I think it is, it's an older bottle, which could be good, because the ones I have one from 2014, and one from 2016, both have really bad longevity, and only project for an hour or so tops.

    According to checkfresh.com, and yours appears to be from 2010, which probably explains the bottle differentials.
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    Default Re: Is my Acqua Di Gio real

    The inside of the cap looks different for the current version (as The_Cologneist mentioned) -

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    I have a fake ans a real one I purchased from Macy’s, and the only difference on inspection is the fake has that thin lip on the inside of the cap. My fake looks exactly like the one pictured above that is in question. I also got my fake on Ebay from a highly rated seller for $35. I would guess regardless of seller rating that nearly all of those that are so far off from normal retail price are fake when talking about ADG.

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    There has been so many versions, bottle shapes with reformulation, pre-reformulation issues that this eventually becoming very very volatile, bearing certain risks. There are lot of reviews with different versions and moreover if I go for buying again from Armani Boutique I will most probably get the current formulation. Don't know what to do.

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    Looks fine




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