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Revealing ‘Comments’ response to whisky fraud confirmation

Looking at the ‘Comments’ made following the articles about the discovery/conformation that around a third of Scotch whisky which demand high prices due to their classification as ‘Vintage’ is revealing.

Third of rare Scotch whiskies tested found to be fake

I won’t waste time and effort quoting any particular one, since so many are similar.

What I find interesting is that most are made by people who are clearly envious of anybody that has money, as the cast disparaging remarks about the whisky, and those unwise enough to speculate on its value.

Few, if any, of those commenting seem to realise that this is ANOTHER organised fraud, and example of counterfeiting which, in this case is easy to point at wealthy speculators. The commenters seem to be too thick to realise that the same criminals are targeting them with many other counterfeit goods nowadays, which may be as silly as designer label or brand-name rubbish (which can have silly prices), or more serious if it relates to medicinal products.

It’s one thing to lose some money, quite another to lose your life or health to that particular type of crime.

It’s no surprise to find that vintage whisky has been targeted, just as ‘normal’ whisky has been counterfeited.

Anything that can attract ‘premium pricing’ for no actual good reason is an obvious target for the counterfeiters, who can produce visually similar item for pennies (in relative cost terms), and sell it for the same elevated price as the genuine item.

Getting caught is unlikely, as they people really making the money are well removed from the sharp end, being organisers who set up manufacture in distant plants, and distribution at arm’s length. They can afford to walk away from all those facilities, and just set up elsewhere with others ready to stand in the front line.

It’s like the classic car ‘boom’ seen years ago, where just about any old wreck was worth sending for a back-street restoration, with bits being tacked together to create a body that could be packed out with filler, painted and made to look shiny and new, while being a wreck underneath, almost impossible to detect without taking it apart.

But it would do that itself after a few years, as the rotten metal hidden beneath the filler and paint carried on rusting, weakened, blistered, and gave itself away.

After a while, the best way to find a genuine classic was to find one that wasn’t worth the price being asked, and had its restoration documented. That was because many such cars (once the bubble burst) simply weren’t worth the cost of a genuine restoration, although quite a few did get such a job done properly when the prices were high.

At least that (classic) cars has settled down to something more realistic, although the historic marques and genuine rarities seem to have become even more valued by speculators as a result, and looking at their auction prices can make your eyes water.

Even so, I’m still intrigued to find new buyers are still being caught out by replicas, and buy what they think is an exotic super car, only to find it is a shell mounted on an ordinary road car chassis with a little engine buried inside. They’re so keen on their bargain, they will grab it without even a test drive, and only find out when it is delivered.

In those days, the poor people insulted the expensive car buyer by declaring them all to be Yuppies.

Now, the poor people insult the expensive whisky buyer by declaring them to have sense of taste, and that whisky tastes disgusting anyway.

Pity both really just showed the poor people were just jealous.

Fake Whisky

Fake Whisky

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21/12/2018 - Posted by | Civilian | , ,

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