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Yeah, I have, someone gave me a fake MAC Daisy Blush. It was such an obvious fake, too. The awkward thing is it’s actually more pigmented than any MAC blush i’ve tried, I feel so guilty that I haven’t thrown it away yet because I don’t know it’s back story!

The closest I have to a “fake product experience” is from working at Bath and Body Works. People would fill the body splash bottles with water and return them (presumably keeping the real product in a different container). Ah, people are amazing sometimes…

Sorry this post is SO long but this topic just outrages me!!! I can’t believe how LOW people will go, I’m continually amazed and disgusted with how trashy and greedy people are! I buy occasionally from honest sellers who aren’t robbing brands of their business. Or scalping LE items by buying them up on-line and then charging ridiculous prices because the item is sold out or they can’t get it in their country etc…but that’s a whole other long story! I don’t understand why they don’t regulate fake items being sold on Ebay more! FAKE, MAC seems to be prevalent but I’ve seen plenty other brands too and a lot of other high end designer brands of just about anything. Some of the MAC is so obviously FAKE, I just can’t believe people buy this crap and then give the seller good ratings! They obviously don’t have a clue what they’re buying. There is SO much FAKE MAC and FAKE Hello Kitty/MAC and obviously it’s FAKE because MAC doesn’t even make half the stuff they are selling and the eye shadows w/mirror & applicator inside!…etc. How GREEDY and WRONG can people get??? Although, sometimes I just think people are really stupid not doing their homework before they buy a product, like, compare prices etc. before buying it. If your getting a high end or designer brand for $2 and not many are bidding and it’s brand new, the chances are it’s FAKE and these people actually think they’re getting a “great deal!” I have been duped a couple times though and I have to say Ebay has gotten much better about refunds etc. so at least you know you can get your $$$ back! To Arabella, if you like the product then don’t blame yourself, some of these fakes can be amazingly real looking! I HATE the fact that MAC is getting misrepresented and ripped like that and people are profiting off it. I’d just chalk it up to experience and enjoy it, IMO. I certainly wouldn’t buy from them again because what they are doing is obviously SO WRONG!!! I would write to them and say, “You have a good product, why not just put the proper brand name on it and start from the beginning as all other co’s have to do? I actually love the item but HATE what you’re doing and won’t buy from you again! Try marketing honestly instead of using someone else’s hard work to line your pockets!” If they know it’s fake themselves and would do that in the first place, they have NO ethics and they probably won’t care but for my own piece of mind I’d tell them what I thought of it and I’d leave neg FB and let other buyers know it’s FAKE!!! I purchased a used spray bottle of very expensive, discontinued perfume on Ebay from a seller with good feedback, even though they are NOT supposed to be selling used perfume on Ebay. We tried an experiment before buying it. First, I wrote to the seller and found out why she was selling it. She had gotten it as a gift and didn’t like it. Next, I had my fiancé try to get the spray top off an old bottle of my perfume. Let me tell you, it was SO hard to open! He had to use a special, metal cutting tool to get it off and the metal was all hacked up as a result. So, I assumed it was real and I was happy with the perfume, when I got it. *Last Note: These people returning bottles filled with water is just revolting and so is selling FAKE items. Life is hard enough, how do people LIVE with themselves? I just couldn’t! xXx…Sorrow

some people are plain outrageous. at the hardware store i used to work at, someone tried to return a portable bbq..or so it seemed. it was a sealed portable bbq box filled with ROCKS. unbelievable!

wow that is really bad, considering BBW is not even expensive. A friend of mine worked at Saks and told me people would return Le Mer creams the same exact way though, fill them with some dollar store lotion, but the employees were still required to process the returns.

Wow! I used to work there, too, and I never saw that but I totally believe it. The return policy at BBW was so lax. Worst I had was people returning things that we hadn’t sold for 10 years and saying they received them as a gift and didn’t like it. Either they were lying or their friends are really bad regifters.

Nope never. I only buy makeup products from Sephora and Nordstrom with occasional exceptions from actual brand websites if there’s a major promotion, like Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier… etc. I just don’t trust Ebay and other reseller websites when it comes to stuff like this, as well as for skincare products.

No I always buy from a reputable store i.e., Sephora, department stores. I dont’ buy from ebay, especially not makeup. Ewww.

If I COULD find a fake MAC Ripe Peach blush – cheap – I would absolutely buy it! I just like the way it looks, I could not care less about its authenticity and they go for $100 on eBay D:

i have bought a fake mac hello kitty blush on ebay : the color was a horrible pink and there is a brush (very bristly) in it : it was so obvious it was a fake! the blush was sold out and i think i’m lucky to get this but in reality not so much. I was refund and the seller said to keep it : it’s always in my bathroom but i don’t use it ? i don’t know why i don’t throw it out!

I don’t understand :why buying a fake (which can be dangerous because we have no idea if all the ingredients are safe), when you can find dupes from reputable brands in reputables stores ?

Yeah I could care less if it’s authentic or not as long as they aren’t trying to charge me the price for a real one and it’s a spot on dupe.

I have never bought makeup from ebay or anything unreputable so I can pretty much say I haven’t.

…except fakes are illegal for a reason. counterfeit products are linked to organized crime, it violates copyright law, governments lose millions in tax revenue, etc etc

oh, and because they’re fake, they also don’t follow government regulations. at best it’ll be something like your counterfeit sunscreen not working because it wasn’t formulated with any uva/uvb protection, but people have been poisoned from it.

why don’t you just look for a dupe?

eRiN: perhaps check out Estee Lauder (MACs parent company), they have an ombre blush that might be a dupe to Ripe Peach. It costs a bit more than MAC but it´s authentic and brand new then 😉 In any way it is probably less expensive than Ripe Peach on Ebay.

Oooo, you shouldn’t do that, though. If someone is dishonest enough to be willing to counterfeit a product and sell it as the real thing, they’ll be dishonest enough to use unsafe dyes, work in nonsterile environments, etc… Nothing you want to put on your skin, in other words! 🙂

Yep in a swap I got a bad mac eyeshadow and I think off Ebay when I was first starting out and didn’t know better then to buy Mac on ebay.

Sadly…yes 🙁 Benefit Coralista. Because where I’m from (Philippines), Benefit is not available locally.

1st time – bought on ebay. I already gave positive feedback before I found out it was fake.
2nd time – ebay again. The seller guaranteed it was authentic. When I opened the package, it was still fake. Thankfully, the seller was nice enough to offer a refund & I shipped back the product.
3rd time – still ebay. Finally…authentic! I should’ve bought from that trusted seller.

Yes! An acquaintance from high school sent me some “MAC” makeup after I commented on one of her statuses. The labels were so fake, and the lipglass smelled like citrus and was called “snow”.

No, not at all. I’ve never purchased makeup off eBay. No matter how much the product may entice me, I’ll just say “oh well” if I cannot have it authentically.

No, I haven’t, I always buy from reputable stores, too. But one time a lady at a railway station in Athens (Greece) stopped me and offered me some MAC products for 10 euros each. They were *so* fake! The funniest thing is that the MAC store was less than 50m away!!!! I didn’t buy and I went and talked about it to the MAC store manager and she went out to search for that lady… (yeah, I can be such a b**** sometimes)

I have bought one (hopefully real) MAC product from eBay and it was Bite of An Apple from the villains collection. I was very iffy about buying because I ALWAYS buy from Sephora, MAC, or their websites, but I decided to try it. Stated it was BNIB (brand new in box) and it did look brand new and unused. The box was real with promotion art and the packaging looked real not fake. If it is fake, it’s still a good blush. I saw makeup blogs of people who owned the real product with pics of them wearing the blush, swatches and of the actual packaging….it all matched up. Don’t think I’ll buy makeup again from eBay but my experience all worked out good.

Fake Benefit from eBay and I returened on time.
Tons fake MAC and givenchey sale on aisa eBay or retail stores in hong kong.

Yes, I bought fake 3 Benefit box blushes off ebay!! I found out a year later they were fake when I compared the boxes at Sephora.

No, I have not. I do buy makeup off of eBay because it’s cheaper, but I’ll only buy it if I know for sure it’s authentic. Probably 80% of the MAC eyeshadows on eBay are fake, so I read auction listings very carefully.

Unfortunately, yes. I’ve had fake ‘MAC’ pigments, eyeshadows, lipstick and even a fake Superglass from ebay sellers 🙁

Someone was selling a fake MAC palette, obviously fake because it has 8 colors, but I loved to color combinations, so I just bought it. It was very cheap, so no worries about that. Pigmentation isn’t bad, so I still use it.

I feel obligated to comment whenever I hear anyone express similar sentiments. If you look into how makeup is made, and what is and isn’t safe to use on your face, you’d be more wary about putting stuff made by counterfeiters on your face. They aren’t concerned about their brand reputation as MAC is, and if you get a reaction (or develop future issues from repeated use of unsafe ingredients), they won’t be held accountable. So, they don’t care if they are using dyes or other ingredients that are unsafe to use on the skin. They don’t care about producing their makeup in sterile environments.

Unfortunately i have. I was given a number to this girl who was selling MAC cosmetics really cheap. I ended up meeting up with her in the back of some gas station. Should have been my first clue, but it wasn’t. I kept asking her question and the more i asked the more she lowered the price. I kept asking stuff like this container looks funny and who dies this stuff not have any names on it. She kept making these story up, and i kept asking. Finally she said will if you buy one of each color ill give them to you for 4 dollars a color. I had managed to talk her from 10 dollars a pigment down to four with out even trying. Well i said WHat the hell and bought all the colors, along with some lipsticks, dazzelglass and she also hand some that looked like the barbie , hello kitty, and heatherette collection. So i bough a little of this and a little of that. About a week later it kind of hit me that all this stuff was fake MAC, but since i didn’t spend MAC money on it i was not that upset about it. some of the product was pretty horrible. THe dazzleglass looked very similar to the real one but when you put it on its was very sheer and so was their creamlipglass, but at 3 dollars a tub not a big deal. Now The blush and the pigments, i will admit was a good buy. The colors were very pigmented, the colors were bright and with all my make up i wear a primer it stayed put. For four dollars a pigment (and this is before MAC went to the smaller pigment bottles) it was a lot of product. Some of the container were super cheap and broke, I had to transfer them to other bottles. No i did not get an infection or had any breakout, and truth be told, my real MAC (true fuchsia) always stains my skin for like 2 days and the similar fake one does not. In retrospect, for the price i payed it was a great deal. some thing were great other were a hot mess. Would i ever buy fake MAC again? NO. I probably would have been upset if i had spent MAC prices but thank god i didn’t. So for all of you out there if the deals seem to good to be true its probably is. Hope this is helpful to anyone out there!

Yes, I’ve ended up with a fake Chanel quad and a fake YSL quad from eBay once. The “Chanel” quad is actually really pretty and very pigmented, so I’m in two minds what to do with it, lol. I’m a lot more careful now by the way and always research first, but sadly I see many fake items being bought on eBay by naive people who just see the name and think, yay, a bargain! It’s a shame, because there are a lot of genuine sellers on eBay, I myself sell my unwanted make up and skincare products and I never sell fakes. So eBay is not an evil place altogether, but people do need to be very careful and research their purchase beforehand. Also, just because a seller has 100% feedback doesn’t mean their items are all real, I have seen many receive positive feedbacks for obviously fake products, because people are not aware of the authenticity what they’re buying.

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