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Should Fake Fragrances Be Stopped?

Perfume drama! Even though most of you aren't fond of the designer imposter fragrances, someone's buying them. And that makes Estee Lauder very unhappy. So unhappy, in fact, that the company is suing CVS, Family Dollar, and Preferred Fragrance Inc. for hawking imitations of their famous perfumes. Elizabeth Arden did the same thing in 2005, but later dropped the suit. If you were the judge, whose side would you take?


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
i buy both and am very happy about it. here in UK it's impossible to find real Escada which is my fav.
dazzleme dazzleme 8 years
Bottom line, fakes can't compare to the real thing. A dead giveaway to a fake, is the arrangement of synthetic notes trying to mimic the composition of the lineup in the real fragrance. But,the thing is, fakes do have their place. Not everyone can afford designer, so they need a knock off.
penny1614 penny1614 9 years
The fake ones smell disgusting. Who would buy them?
waffley waffley 9 years
Fake purses aren't so bad when compared to the real thing; fae fragrances CANNOT match up to the real thing. Estee Lauder shouldn't be so worried. Or maybe they just want to leach money out of somebody. Either way.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
those fakes are so ridiculous, and the problem is that they say right on the box what they're supposed to be like: that's breaking copyright laws. if they were smart, they wouldn't use the designer's name, that way no one can say anything...
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I am not sure. Would anyone buy fake fragrances? I guess so if people buy fake purses.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
^ I meant: I do not see why anyone would be buying them since...
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I completely agree with the lawsuit since the companies are making the rip-offs; although I do not see why anyone would be them since the imiation smells horribble.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Omg who the heck cares about those nasty impostors! Yeah...someone is buying them, someone meaning singular!
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
Seems to me if the product is clearly NOT the original, if it is labeled "inspired by" or "If you like (insert brand name of perfume) you might like (insert imposter name)", if it is packaged differently and inevitably does not even smell the same, then I see this as a pointless suit. If it is an attempt to replicate the original with intent to "fool" the buyer into thinking they are buying the original, such as fake designer bags and such a la eBay, then by all means sue away. I think ultimately a suit like this smacks of pettiness, who is going to buy a 5 dollar bottle of Eau de Fake that otherwise was headed to the Boucheron counter? Its almost like aversion to the "Ugly Betties", perish forbid someone who looks the 5 dollar part might accidentally smell like the 500 dollar one? I wonder if some of this thinking is behind it but I loathe to think they would be that petty. No idea...I buy the real thing, but I think people who cannot deserve alternatives, as long as said alternatives are not outright frauds and implying that they are the originals.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
i don't think fake fragrances should be stopped. there are people that can't afford the designer fragrances.
ranksubjugation ranksubjugation 9 years
It'd be one thing to steal formulas, but that is not the case! some people will never, ever pay the big bucks for designer stuff -- and some people will never NOT buy designer stuff; I don't think the target demographics overlap much -- maybe not at all. It'd be like accusing forever 21 of "stealing" customers away from stella mccartney or miu miu or something.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
If the fake is packaged to look like it's the real perfume, then I don't think it's ok especially if it stinks. But I'm not quite sure which fakes we're referring to.
CrazySexyCool CrazySexyCool 9 years
As long as they aren't gouging on the price, I don't think they have anything to worry about. It cost's a certain amount of money to create a good product. You aren't going to duplicate that at half the cost.
morganfay morganfay 9 years
Re: not smelling like *the real deal*: yah, but you only find that out *after* buying them, right? At which point the profit's already been made. They bank on the bottles looking alike. Anyway, I'm torn. I hate the way big companies are swooping down on anyone jeopardizing their profit margins, on the other hand: understandable that someone who didn't do the research or the innovation doesn't get to reap the profits, correct? So I don't know if there's a court case here.
lushylashes lushylashes 9 years
the knock offs never smell just the same as the designer scent so there is not must for larger namebrands to worry with but at the same time, do you really want someone who smells like Raid saying "Oh it's Dior!" when really it is "Di-don't!"
rachi99 rachi99 9 years
The "Impostors" are aways pretty clearly marked (if by no other reason, by being on a shelf next to foot fungus treatments), and I've been told that you can't possibly mistake any one of them for a designer fragrance. Not much of a "copy" if it's impossible to even recognize the origin. So those impostors simply exist to provide a product (and , let's be honest) earn a few dollars from people who maybe can't afford - or do not choose to spend - the price tag of the Big Brands. Does Estee Lauder, et al, REALLY need to go after the $5.99 perfume market?
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
The fake ones smell disgusting and they shouldn't be allowed to copy the originals.
emalove emalove 9 years
Those Designer Imposter fragrances are so gross. Never smell like the real thing.
kahribar kahribar 9 years
Ditto, ditto and ditto!!
soulight soulight 9 years
The only problem with the suit is that the fakes NEVER smell like the real thing. I've even heard that drugstore versions of the real thing don't smell like the one you would buy at a department store. Anyways I don't think this suit has any merit because no one that wanted the real thing has ever been swayed by a fake.
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