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    Default Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    I've just noticed many different sellers on ebay offering decants of edt's and extrait's, eg 2ml / 4ml etc.
    Is this now allowed ?
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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    Why wouldn't be? There selling them like samples I believe.

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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    I've bought many 5-10ml decants on ebay in the past.

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    There's been decants on ebay for quite a while now. I don't think it's allowed, ebay probably just got tired of regulating this sort of thing. Bigger fish to fry.
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    They need to sorry about the sea of bootleg BS, and not decants.

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    They are not allowed but they can't police every auction. If they're up long enough though they'll probably get taken down.

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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    It's not allowed, but they let certain sellers do it for the long haul. There's one in particular that I know is a lawyer by profession and does the decant business in his spare time. He's that CERTAIN kind of seller.

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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    It was banned under E.E.C. regs. (according to Ebay), but only some have their listings pulled - many are private listings.

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    I find it tough to understand how this can even be policed. It's your personal possession and if you want to sell a portion of it, no matter the means... how can someone else tell you that's not allowed?
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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    Quote Originally Posted by Christian M View Post
    I find it tough to understand how this can even be policed. It's your personal possession and if you want to sell a portion of it, no matter the means... how can someone else tell you that's not allowed?
    Would you be ok buying half my pepsi bottle? I put it in a different container and only drank out of the original.

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    all restricitons come from the fragrance industry: here it is: both manufactureres and retailers want you to buy full bottles blind, or almost blind at the best... and it works most of the time. this is the perfect world for the fragrance business... the regular fragrance chain stores here in the u.s. don't even carry samples.
    who makes 10ml original spray bottles and have them for sale widely available? and why not? cause it will end up being a horror for all those making the big money in the industry
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    Quote Originally Posted by starshipvelcro View Post
    Would you be ok buying half my pepsi bottle? I put it in a different container and only drank out of the original.
    I'm sure someone would love to.

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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    I can tell you Bond is none too thrilled about it citing BS copyright policies

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    decants been selling on ebay for a long time already

    they just don't care when the monies's dangling in front of them
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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    its kind of like downloading illegal music or cheating on taxes.

    it is illegal and frowned upon, but not enforced well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    its kind of like downloading illegal music or cheating on taxes.

    it is illegal and frowned upon, but not enforced well.
    good comparison, but it is still somewhat different. you can sell your original bottle on ebay, even partially full. the restrictions for decants sale comes from the fragrance industry people.... but why don't they make smaller bottles or have samples widely available? the idea is not to produce smaller containers for smaller sale price (not talking about attars, pure parfums , etc.)
    f.e.: if a 50ml bottle costs say $50, and a hypothetical 10ml bottle costs say $25, it is very likely you will buy the smaller bottle, then never buy that fragrance again. you would only buy a big bottle of what you really like very much, instead collecting bottles.... in the long run the loses for the fragrance industry would be horrific.
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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    Yeah, this has been going on for a while now.

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    I've bought a lot of decants on Ebay without issues. I've only noticed cut downs on Bond fragrances.
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    An Ebay seller I had been dealing with just had all her items pulled because of a continuing infraction. Felt bad for her.

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    The music piracy analogy is terrible.

    The only thing you can compare to that is walking into a store and stealing a bottle of perfume.


    Say I buy a bag of Doritos. I go to a busy part of town and stand on the street selling 1 Dorito for $.05.

    Someone that might feel like having a Dorito, but not wanting to buy a whole bag would love this. He may even buy 10 Doritos, and be totally satisfied.

    I still bought the bag of Doritos perfectly legitimately.

    The problem comes from corporations not wanting people to get a small taste. They figure, this guy could have come and bought a whole bag, but instead the guy on the street sold him 10 Doritos. So now he's not going to buy a bag.

    Designer, niche, whatever. They don't care about you. They care about money. This is a business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    its kind of like downloading illegal music
    No, because you actually are giving or receiving physical property. There should be no restrictions on ebay or basenotes for that matter.
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    I am sure Ebay also has concerns about the contents of these small bottles regarding toxicity. I heard the original threat of lawsuits had more to do with the possible tarnishing of the brands due to diluted or otherwise fake decants.

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    Stuigi, was I seriously just internet reprimanded for calling someone's comment a foolish rebuttal?
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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    Looks like even spray original bottles aren't safe. This happened yesterday: http://www.makeupalley.com/board/j.asp?bid=4&tid=455838.

    And I think noirdrakkar's music downloading comparison was only about the enforcement; that is, that there are random crackdowns but it's impossible to stop it completely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kagey View Post
    Looks like even spray original bottles aren't safe. This happened yesterday: http://www.makeupalley.com/board/j.asp?bid=4&tid=455838.

    And I think noirdrakkar's music downloading comparison was only about the enforcement; that is, that there are random crackdowns but it's impossible to stop it completely.
    It's probably easier to stop than many people may think. If EBay really wanted to stop decant sales, all they would need to do is keyword searches, very much like the searches here on basenotes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuigi View Post
    I am sure Ebay also has concerns about the contents of these small bottles regarding toxicity. I heard the original threat of lawsuits had more to do with the possible tarnishing of the brands due to diluted or otherwise fake decants.
    The toxicity issue makes a lot of sense from a legal standpoint. Plus there's quite a bit of bacteria that alcohol won't kill so your next decant of 1 Million could give you a nasty case of C. diff or MRSA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starshipvelcro View Post
    Would you be ok buying half my pepsi bottle? I put it in a different container and only drank out of the original.
    Yours? No.
    President Obamas? Sure.

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    One purchase of a I was trying to make a while ago was cancelled. I was unaware of the restriction and had not paid yet.
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    Default Re: Decants Now Allowed On Ebay

    Don't know the exact law, but there has been a problem shipping perfumes not in their original & sealed containers to Germany for ages.

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    The decant business on ebay has been going for years unchecked. It used to be banned and then they got lax. The way it seems to be got around is by showing the whole bottle and mentioning the decant vial or picturing it beside. This will all presumably get axed by the postage regs anyway.
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