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Another KILLER Fake vs. Real video by fake cip: Acqua di Gio Pour Homme (Giorgio Armani) 3.4 oz. EDT

My favorite frag-authenticator fake cip just posted a new video, Fake vs Real Armani Acqua Di Gio Perfume 100 ML. Take a look, "Like" it, and subscribe to his alerts if you haven't.


It is astonishing how the original 3.4 oz. (100 ml) bottle of Giorgio Amani's Acqua di Gio Pour Homme (1986) Eau de Toilette is sometimes unascertainable from the fake. Here is my posted comment:


Holy cow, they've gotten good at the boxes! At everything... It's getting to the point where it's down to the nozzle and squeeze bulb. This episode is a really good illustration of a main principle in spotting fakes: You can only authenticate something against an authentic. Just looking at the "fake everything" -- the box, the bottle, the cap -- is not enough. Without an authentic, the general public AND the connoisseur can be fooled, because the fakes are stunning. More at FragWag.com (fka SenseABull). Bravo, fake cip.​​


I was getting pretty nervous there when he was going back and forth between the real box and fake box. The fakes are getting better al the time. Only when he got to the bottle could I begin to see differences (noted below.

THE CELLOPHANE

FC does a remarkable job, and I hope he reads this and does not take it as a criticism: I would love to see him start his comparisons with the cellophane still sealed on both boxes, because cello is still a very hard thing to fake. Those of us who want to avoid getting ripped off could often debunk a fake before breaking the seal on a new cologne. Sealed products are much easier to return for a full refund, as they are resalable and less likely to result in an argument with a seller.

  • Fonts are tricky, and the fake box really nailed it, down to every single line of text on the box, line breaks, wording, spacing, everything.

  • The weight of the real bottle is actually less than the fake. (More below.)

HOW I UNBOX, WEIGH AND PHOTOGRAPH MY COLOGNES

I now have a routine to quickly document and record/compile the following weights: 1] the sealed box with bottle inside: 2] the complete empty box with cellophane; 3] the cardboard insert only; 4] the box only, with the cello intact (I have learned how to peel the cellophane open from the bottom, and slide it up a bit without removing it, for the best chance at faking the fakers if I return it); 5] the capped bottle; 6a] the uncapped bottle and 6b] the cap* (two scales, one shot); and 7a] the uncapped bottle without the squeeze bulb and 7b] the squeeze bulb together with the cap*.

This is really fast, easy and efficient when unboxing 4, 6, 8 or 12 colognes at once.

  1. First, with gloves on, I slit open the shipping package, remove the colognes, and weigh all the sealed boxes right away, in succession (this is no. 1 on my list above). My setup is simple -- both scales side by side; my phone camera on a tripod; and my shutter remote paired with the camera to snap photos without touching and moving anything.

  2. I get a few good shots of the exteriors of all boxes, especially the bottom.

  3. Then I really take my time unpeeling the cellophane at the bottom, flap by flap and fold by fold, without tearing it if at all possible. And I slide the cellophane up without removing it (a neat trick).

  4. I open the bottom of the box (especially tricky, but I figured it out), remove the cardboard insert and bottle, and set the bottles to one side.

  5. Then it's time for the weighing. Cologne by cologne, with the camera and tripod set up to a] snap photos without touching them or moving the scales, and b] capture the weights on the LED (careful: the light can prevent the weight from getting picked up by the camera and make your shot unusable), I weigh and photograph in this order (refer to above): 3, 4, 2, 5, 6a and 6b, 7a and 7b.

TIME FOR A BREAK

I can stop the process here and continue later. There is much more photographing ahead to fully document what an authentic cologne bottle and package look like, but at this point, the boxes can be placed in a plastic bag for safekeeping, future reference, and more photographing; and, since the weights of all components are established, I can now pause to prime the atomizers and sample the colognes (I wait until this point). The weights of the boxes, caps and squeeze bulbs will not change, right?


SCALES

* Note: I use a 100g capacity, 0.01g graduated scale for nos. 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8. These components are always under 100g, and it is great to get these weights as accurate as possible. For the bottles, which are heavier, I use a 2000g (2kg) capacity, 0.1g graduated scale.


KEY DIFFERENCES IN FAKE CIP'S ACQUA DI GIO COMPARISON

  • On the bottle, the real text for GIORGIO ARMANI is distinguishable from the fake.

  • Note the bar code on the side of the real box.

  • The inside of the squeeze bulbs.

  • The more golden/yellow tint of the cap.

  • The bottom of the cap.

  • The tints of the juices.





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