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    Default Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    I made a strange purchase this week and have a few questions that hopefully some of you can answer!

    I picked up a bottle of Kouros from a bricks-and-mortar (and lovely) perfume shop in the mall. It was essentially retail price ($80 for a 3.3oz) and was sealed.

    When I got home and unwrapped the packaging I noticed that on the bottle, the batch code had been removed - like an exacto knife had cut around the batch code and removed it. The same thing had been done to a portion of the box.

    Why would this be? Could it be that this is a fake? Here in Canada, Kouros is not a popular scent - I have never seen it in a department store or even at Sephora, etc.

    The funny part is, I wore it out that evening and it lasted beautifully, projected well and attracted compliments. Smells great.

    Any explanations? I'm pretty confused.





    - Kent

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    Maybe it was just grey market goods. Looks fine to me.

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    Thought the same.
    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Maybe it was just grey market goods. Looks fine to me.

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    In the trade, this is known as "decoding" the bottle. It is done to make it impossible to track what retailer or distributor was the original purchaser of the bottle. This is done by the original buyer to offload overstock, or to simply go into the gray market as a side business, without the manufacturer figuring out who's diverting. This is all as I understand it, I'm no expert.

    I may be wrong about this but I personally see a decoded bottle as a sign of authentic product. No one's going to decode a fake. No need to.

    High-end labels like to keep their product moving through authorized channels. Decoding is a sign that you bought the bottle through unauthorized channels. The gray market, this is called.

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    interesting!

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    Yes, what Wheatstraw said. If you like it and you're happy with it, then no need to worry.

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    The only thing is usually the gray market merchandise, albeit not fake, should be less expensive than the coded one.

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    Looks like u got the reformulted kouros

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    Thanks everyone. After hednic referred to it as "grey market," that gave me a search term to work from, and I learned so much here on Basenotes. I had no idea.

    Thanks for everyone's input!

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    Grey market, you're fine.

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    Default Re: Kouros - Batch Code Removed from Bottle?

    bottle probably dated 2011 or 2012, but it's original, no fake.

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