With my curiosity unsatisfied, I wanted to ask the owner of the store. There was a female person there who I thought to be the owner. She is a Chinese-Filipino because she speaks fluent Tagalog, and Mandarin or probably Fukien (well, I heard her talk with her husband and I am quite sure it's Chinese). So, I asked her where she got all those merchandise. She said that they are from Singapore. She added that the imitations are "Class A". This is their term for those products that are very close to the originals as there are poor imitations belonging to Class B and C. The buyers refer to these knock-offs they are buying at the store as Class A Singapore perfumes.
CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?
More likely in a single glance, you could not tell the difference. They look similar. They have the same height, shape of the bottle, font and font size for the label, and seemingly the same cap. The devil however, is in the details. If you will scrutinize, there are actually a lot of differences. The tubing of the sprayer is bigger in the fake one. The name of the perfume is clearly and deeply etched on the top part of the cap of the original. You can hardly read the name on the cap of the fake one because the way the name was written is erroneous as it's actually a mirror image. Also, the sprayer of the fake one is poorly constructed. You can see some plastic protrusion. The sticker at the bottom that lists the ingredients of the perfume is a dead give away. The printing is sloppy which is so different from the sharp prints in the original sticker. The bottle of the fake one if examined closely is not finely formed. The edges are the dead giveaway.
For those who cannot tell the difference in smell, let me give you this list of things to check - red flags so to speak if someone tries to sell you a bottle of perfume. Here it is:
LIST OF 5 THINGS TO DETERMINE IF A PERFUME IS AUTHENTIC.
1. be wary of the price. If the price of the perfume that someone is selling you is more than half the price of the commercially available perfume, chances are it's a fake. There are times that department stores, distributors, and resellers offer big discounts, but it is highly improbable that they will give you a 90% off. Authentic perfumes sell for 70 to 150 US dollars. If someone sells you a bottle of a branded luxury perfume for 10 to 15 US dollars then you better stay off of it.
2. check for peculiar things in the bottle and cap. Perfume manufacturers spend billions of dollars in research, production, and marketing of their products. Thus, you are sure that the bottles (and of cours the content) are of high quality. Some perfumes even have lead crystal, and sometimes expensive silver crystals for their bottles. A rugged edge or an uneven bottom marks a counterfeit. The caps should not have protrusions or little things sticking out of them. The cap should perfectly snug into the bottle. It should not be loose and should not wiggle. Bottles and caps should always have fine quality.
The picture below shows the imperfections in the sprayer of a fake perfume.
3. inspect the quality of the tubing and sprayer. When you spray an original perfume, it will spray a very fine mist. Yes, this is known as "vaporisateur" natural spray. Most perfume manufacturers employ this. Fake ones can hardly achieve this fine mist. Most sprayers of fake perfume "squirt".
The picture shows the difference in the tubing. The one on the left has a thick and somewhat opaque tubing while the one on the right has a thin and transparent tubing. Obviously, left is fake and right is authentic.
4. examine the labels. Originals have high quality labels. Spellings are correct. Prints are readable and perfectly positioned on the cap, body and bottom of the bottle. Prints should not be easily scratched off.
The pictures below show the quality of the etching on the caps. The first picture shows the poor quality of the fake cap. The spelling is incorrect and some letters are inverted. The second picture shows the high quality etching of the cap of an authentic perfume.
5. examine the packaging. Originals have high quality packaging. Fakes have poor quality images and colors in their boxes. One of my friends who worked for a printing press tells me that you can tell that the images in the fake packaging are of poor quality when you check the edges of the pictures. He said that this is because they are scanned images (probably from the original packages), blows them up, then reprints them. The quality degrades in this process. The images aren't as sharp as the original. Also, the original perfume packaging are sealed. Fake ones do not even use plastic shrink wraps. They use ordinary thin plastic films and wraps the boxes with them. They use an empty glue gun to heat the edges of the plastic wrap.
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