Telling a fake product from an original one can really prove to be impossible at times. It might also be the case that, at times, the sellers you are buying from, themselves do not know of the product being a fake one. This is also true at a lot of Duty Free Stores.
However, there are some ways in which a fake product, like a perfume or a liquor can be differentiated from a real one. Read below to know of 4 such super tips to spot a fake liquor from the pack.
Why should you not consume Fake liquor?
While you are shopping for liquor at an airport duty free store, and you found a Jack Daniel’s at a great price! You are happy. But that happiness won’t last long if you were to fly back home only to discover that the Jack Daniel’s you bought is a fake.
But even if you can handle yourself at being duped, there’s more to a fake liquor than just the that. Most important factor is that consuming fake liquor can be very harmful. It can even claim one’s life in some cases.
Fake liquors are produced at unlicensed distilleries and sold to the public without a license. Sometimes methanol is used to make fake Vodka, and just FYI consumption of methanol can even cause permanent blindness.
While real alcohol contains ethanol, many illegal alcohol manufacturers use methanol which can hamper one’s health beyond control.
Fake alcohol can at times also contain antifreeze, nail polish remover or even paint stripper. A drink containing even a little amount of isopropyl alcohol can lead you to coma and/or death.
In some cases, it leads to severe poisoning and the symptoms include:
- loss of coordination
- slow breathing
- blue-tinged or pale skin
- being conscious but unresponsive… etc.
So long story short – Fake Liquor consumption is HIGHLY risky for you!
How can you spot Fake Liquor?
While there are lot of ways of testing a fake liquor from an original one, like even lab testing and stuff… But for the usual person there are 4 P’s to remember while check the authenticity of the alcohol beverage you want.
According to the UK Trading standards, you should remember the “4 P’s” while shopping Liquor:
Always buy alcohol from a trusted store. Make sure the seller has a license. Do not buy it from a door-to-door vendor or unlicensed market traders. Of course, most Duty Free Stores are a safe bet, but still on must trust the well-known chain of Duty Free Stores across the globe to be doubly safe.
The first thing you should check is the price of the product. You cannot expect to get a bottle of Chivas Regal for $15-20. If you find the price of the liquor bottle you are inspecting below the expected range, don’t buy it, it is probably a fake. Yes, there are liquor available at the lowest and best prices at a lot of Duty Free stores and you can find those prices at DutyFree.buzz as well. But beware of suspiciously lower prices.
If you have tried the same liquor before, you could be aware of the smell of the product. So go on, smell it. If it smells foul, it is perhaps a fake. Also, look at the solution, if it looks dirty (not clear), or has suspended particles, DO NOT BUY IT and definitely avoid drinking it at all costs.
Also, the color – a lot of Duty Free Stores have a color-wheel for the shades of a liquor and how old it is. Match that and also check it out, based on your own experience and gut.
Some of the very obvious clues can be found while inspecting the packaging. Check the spelling of the product, if the Smirnoff bottle you picked spells the name Smarnoff or Smurnoff, keep it right back and leave, don’t return to that store ever to buy anything.
Loose packaging can be indicative of a fake product as well. If your smartphone has a barcode scanner, scan the barcode to find out the truth. Brands are very particular about their products and how well they are packaged and how they are presented. The fakes will overlook this aspect.
The obvious signs to look at are:
- Neatness of Packaging.
- Finish of the packaging and the bottle.
- Spellings and brand names.
- The Registered Trademarks and their absence from the bottle as well as the packaging.
- The case / box of the bottle and it’s finishing.
- The Shape of the bottle and the design language of it.
The above tips can help you from wasting your money & time and save you a lot of health issues caused by fake liquor. Hope you don’t have to struggle much doing the inspection.
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