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Unboxings of Colognes from Unverified Sellers

Updated: May 17, 2021

My unboxing images of unverified purchases are posted or linked here. None are from retailers I have verified with the perfumer as authorized retailers; some are pending a call.


Authorized Retailer status must be verified by each brand the retailer claims is authentic.

  1. Montblanc Explorer 4.2 oz. EDP

  2. Halston Z-14 4.2 oz. cologne

  3. Davidoff Zino 4.2 oz. EDT — on order

  4. Kanøn Norwegian Wood EDT 3.4 oz. EDT — on order

The Value of Unverified Unboxings

I have nothing to indicate any of the above are fake or suspicious; all are from sellers who claim to sell only “100% authentic“ items purchased from “authorized sellers.” But as you know, all eBay sellers make this claim, but virtually none will back it up with evidence, and an alarming number sell fakes. Such a claim has zero authenticating value on its own.


Nevertheless, there is value in recording and posting these images. Over time videos of verified originals may support these (or prove them frauds*), and sellers may come forward with the proof requested. If your unverified purchase is of a different design than mine, one of ours is a demonstrable fraud. But remember, for true verification, only a proper purchase will do.


1. (eBay seller ForeverLux) Rating pending call to Burberry. Upgraded from Fake to Undermined/Positive. This was a tricky purchase, because I failed to see any batch code whatsoever on the bottom or anywhere on the bottle. No batch code on a bottle is proof of a phony. Only after giving up did I accientally see a faint hint of one in a highly magnified image. It does not authenticate this, but it is clearly the same as the one on the box, which is a very positive sign. I have not called Burberry to see if ForeverLux is one of their verified retailers.

2. (Duane Reade) No rating; no receipt; call to Halston pending. A holiday bargain, December 2020. HLZF423064 (aftershave: HLZF423023)


I have nothing to indicate any of the above are fake or suspicious; all are from sellers who claim to sell only “100% authentic“ items purchased from “authorized sellers.” But as you know, all eBay sellers make this claim, but virtually none will back it up with evidence, and an alarming number sell fakes. Such a claim has zero authenticating value on its own.

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