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    Black is Black

    We hear a fair amount of talk around here about "flippers" and "the secondary market" when in fact that's not it at all. There isn't any secondary market, or grey market for that matter, what we have is a Black Market with it's accompanying degrees of criminal activity.

    So lets call a spade a spade, what flippers are doing is selling on an illegal Black Market and that's how I suggest we refer to it.
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    Re: Black is Black

    Agreed, I like the term 100!. Black Market Devils.

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    Re: Black is Black

    Denizens of the Dark whose seedy activities shun the illuminating light of Day.
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    Re: Black is Black

    I wonder two things about the black market. One, how much is counterfeit? With home brewing and home wine making supplies readily available, it's not hard to re-seal a bottle. Two, where does this stuff come from? What I mean is it seems fishey, like at least some bottles must get diverted directly to the black market.

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    Re: Black is Black

    I doubt a counterfeiter would care what was in the bottle so long as it was a passing color. It's not like they're looking for repeat business.
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    Re: Black is Black

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulO View Post
    I wonder two things about the black market. One, how much is counterfeit? With home brewing and home wine making supplies readily available, it's not hard to re-seal a bottle. Two, where does this stuff come from? What I mean is it seems fishey, like at least some bottles must get diverted directly to the black market.
    Aside from the absurd price, this is the main reason I'd never buy a bottle from any secondary source. All you have to do is look at the price empty bottles are pulling on Ebay and elsewhere to know that this is already happening on a pretty wide scale.

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    Re: Black is Black

    I haven't been paying attention, are bottles of the correct shape moving as well?
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    Re: Black is Black

    I know it's a little OT, but I think "collectors" are causing supply issues as much or more than flippers. I've seen people buy 3 cases of something they have never tried just because they wanted to make sure they didn't miss out on the latest bourbon fad/trend.
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    Re: Black is Black

    I figure, as long as the counterfeiter at least used something like the cheapest blended whiskey, na´ve people would admire the label and convince themselves they like it.

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    Re: Black is Black

    Can the Buffalo Trace foil tops (used on the BTAC and Pappy line) be counterfeited? It seems pretty distinctive and hard to duplicate, but what do I know?

 

 

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