I was doing a price survey on Whiskybase for a Port Ellen OB 9th release 2009.
By comparing the different retailers i noticed there is a HUGE price difference between them (sometimes 100%..this occurs with a lot of prestigious OB's from closed distilleries)
Can someone explain me why there is such a big difference ?.. does a "fake" market exist online (that is with 'respected' official retailers.. not Ebay)... if yes,how can you detect that ? http://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies.php? ... kyid=10610
The difference in prices can be caused by many different things, such as how much did they pay for it, how much stock do they have, and if they just got it back in stock how much did they sell the last one/batch for. Generally a respected retailer will not be selling fake and as far as I know it is almost impossible to tell on an online purchase. A place like The Whisky Exchange, Royal Mile Whiskies, etc generally would not want to risk their reputation by selling a fake as they have too much to lose.