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Got a bad Vintage bottle -- what's standard etiquette on Returns?

Well shoot, I got my Bottle of vintage Eternity For Men today and darned if it hasn't gone bad from age!

It's a vintage bottle of Eternity alright (the late 80s splash bottle) but it none of classic Eternity's trademark bright waves of fresh scents come across:

Instead it smells heavy and old, like someone dropped a rusty old nail in the bottle a decade ago.
It's the same sort of rusty smell that the oldest of my two vintage bottles of Tabu has.
I assume I must be smelling oxidation from air seeping in there over the years.

In fact, when I look at it closely, I can see tiny bits of some foreign substance are suspended throughout the fragrance. Rust? Dust? Something strange.
I really thought the splash bottle design would have kept the air out, but I guess not!
A fellow Basenoter who likes to collect vintage Eternity said of half of his vintage bottles were bad, so I guess it's a crapshoot.

Is there anything I could try doing to revive the scent?
Strain it somehow? Find some kind of perfumer's alcohol and try putting a bit in there?
Just wondering if it's mainly the alcohol that evaporates...I don't know much about fragrances.

It is returnable via eBay, however.

So what's the standard etiquette for returns if you get a vintage bottle that's gone bad from age?

I kind of hate to return it because it's a legitimate vintage bottle and I don't have any reason to believe the seller was trying to con me.
I mean they sold it for just $10. But it's just not wearable. On the other hand, $10 isn't a bad price for a first-generation bottle, since it's kind of a collector's item now. At least for me it is...

back in the day I'd put it on just before jumping in my little red sports car and rocketing down the Shuto Expressway to hit the bars and clubs in downtown Tokyo...lots of great memories from then :-) So maybe I'll just keep it for nostalgia and keep hunting for a better bottle.

PS My first bottle of Terre d'Hermes EDT also arrived today and maaan does it smell good!
Nice and woodsy, not too orangey or grapefruity -- just great! My new favorite!

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Got a bad Vintage bottle -- what's standard etiquette on Returns?


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