On a recent Basenotes.net thread, someone asked if this was a fake:
This is the thread in question:
Of course the biggest problem here is that Scannon was spelled incorrectly! On ebay one can sometimes see a tester of this scent, and it always looks like this (in my experience):
Of course I can’t say that it can’t be real, but if you believe it is, I’d guess you are quite a gullible individual in general. The person who posted the top picture on BN said that it, “almost looks like an internal tester that never should have seen the public,” but how does he know what kinds of test product bottles they use? Also, a tester isn’t a “refill.” I’ve purchased refill bottles and the ones I’ve seen have always been at least 200 ml (and none were spray bottles). None have had the word tester on the bottles or boxes. And what is it going to refill? Legitimate Envy for Men EdT testers are sealed spray bottles! I’ll also mention that the color is likely incorrect too, though it could be due to the lighting. There are two color variations in real bottles, one being paler than what you see in the bottle that has the correct design, but it doesn’t look that pale, nor does it have that slight brownish tinge (I have tried both colored liquids and can’t tell the difference between them, scent-wise).
I happen to have a tiny bit of insight into the possibility (however remote) that it is an “internal tester” because several years ago I purchased a Lagerfeld test bottle (from a former employee of the company), so I thought it would make sense to post a picture of it here in case anyone comes across something like this; they will have at least some more information at their disposal:
And though it’s an aftershave, I’d say it’s more like and EdC or even stronger (and smells right; I have a vintage sealed EdT spray bottle to compare it to). But I’ve never tried the aftershave of this scent that was marketed to the public, so that’s the most I can say about the smell of it. Also, at the time KL Lagerfeld for Men was selling for very little – the cost of this bottle probably wasn’t much less than what I paid for it (total). At the time I didn’t know if it was valuable as a unique item, and since it was a buy it now ebay listing I decided to take the chance.
Not long ago I saw an ebay listing for an odd-looking 125 ml EdT Mark Birley bottle. It wasn’t listed as a tester, but it had no box or cap. There have been testers of this fragrance on ebay, but they had round stickers on the back that said Tester. The most troubling thing is that these bottles (I saw two of them from different sellers) had black sprayers that appeared to screwed off, and they were aesthetically quite ugly. And when I compared the tubing to a real bottle I noticed that these all black sprayer bottles were not all transparent; towards the top they were white. I think someone might have taken off the original sprayers and used a plastic one that wasn’t so different as to look utterly ridiculous (perhaps using some kind of “crazy glue” to hold it on), as you can see:
One of these sold for less than $30 total and while the other sold for just over $40 total (both around 90% full), at a time when real ones were selling for a whole lot more. One of the sellers seems to mostly sell “name brand” makeup while the other sold mostly used fragrances that are not known to be faked. And both had over 500 feedback each with only one negative (a fragrance bottle broke during shipping but the buyer just left the negative feedback without trying to resolve things first, apparently) and no neutrals. Here’s a real bottle – notice how much smaller the sprayer apparatus is and there’s not white part to the tube, and you can also see the tester sticker, which is on the back:
So perhaps a reader will be able to clear up one of these two “mysteries” up for us!
UPDATE: After I wrote the above I noticed someone selling the odd-looking Envy for Men refill/testers for $298, but on these Scannon was spelled correctly. To me this is even more suspect, and the seller had nine of them! So, just when prices for this scent appear to be hitting all time highs, a “hoard” of tester/refills (which I’ve never seen before) that look really weird and are inconsistent with known tester bottle designs appear on the market? And if you wanted to create one, all you would need to do is to print out this kind of label, find some old bottles, and get some of the “dupe oil” for this scent (perhaps you’d also have to buy some dyes to get the color close). As they say, it would be like printing yourself money! Needless to say, it appears that only those with little patience and even less aversion to risk would buy such bottles.
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UPDATE: I was contacted by someone who said that postal codes for Paris are 5 digits, beginning with 75, so the testers in the weird bottle with Scannon spelled correctly are almost certainly fake, because they still have the code as 7001. Apparently, the person selling these read about the online discussion and changed the label to correct Scannon, but since nobody pointed out the postal code issue, that was kept the same.