This is an Ebay Public Service Announcement. (image courtesy of Fragrant Funster)
This bottle was bought empty on eBay on 4/7/07.
This bottle is being sold full currently on eBay. Very rare bottle, very hard to come by, very tough to find full of parfum, almost topped off, and, surprisingly, unsealed.
Let’s take another look at an empty bottle bought by the same person that bought the Le De empty bottle. It’s a Rival Poivre with the box. Very beautiful… very empty. Bought on 3/30/07.
Here’s a Rival Poivre bottle, being currently sold on eBay — very beautiful, very full, by the same seller as the full Le De parfum.
Let’s see what else we have here… This Coty Complice bottle was bought by the same person who bought the empty bottles in example 1 and 2 on 4/17. Very rare, very beautiful bottle, and…. completely, utterly empty.
The same seller of the FULL bottles in example 1 and 2 currently has this lovely Coty Complice up for auction — of course, it is full — to the brim! Not even a little evaporation. Miraculous, no?
What is very, very sad is there is
another ID two other IDs that also buy empty bottles, and full bottles of the same perfume show up in listings of the same full bottle seller. I could fill up pages with these examples. Anything that seems to be too good to be true probably is. I did buy from this seller twice. One was a small 1/4 oz vintage Cuir de Russie for my own personal use. The other was a large Vol de Nuit parfum. I did check against my square Guerlain factory sealed bottle, and it smelled the same, and I believe it was authentic, but out of an abundance of caution, I have pulled that bottle from my inventory and will not sell from it because with the sort of things from above, I just don’t want to use anything that came from a tainted source, no matter how firmly I believe it to be the real thing.
You can do your own research too. Any time there is a full bottle of something up, just do a search in completed listings for that name, and if you find a person that bought an empty bottle of the same thing and seems to buy lots of empties that another person has as fulls later…. well, duh.
This has been a Public Service Announcement with special thanks to the sleuths at MUA who did the research.