I don't know how some of these sellers get gift sets (GS). Some of them look like they fell off the back of a chuck wagon, and some poor gopher employee had to pick them up, dust them off, and prepare them to be sold. I got an Amouage GS earlier this year, and it looked like absolute crap. The fragrances were fine, and I was confident with their authenticity, but the packaging was beat up. There were fingerprints on the bottles. It appeared that the GS had been rewrapped in shrink-wrap. There was an accidental ballpoint pen mark on it. The suede-like box looked like it had gotten dusty from sitting out (before it was shrink-wrapped).
Before thinking that something is fake when it looks like your Boucheron gift set reportedly looks, I would work through the following first.
- Seller has very low standards as to what is sellable
- GS was returned and not taken care of
- GS is just really old
- GS is just really old + not stored well
- GS was on display somewhere
- GS dropped out of the bag during the burglary through which the seller obtained it
I jest, but some of these GSs do look horrible.
I wonder what would happen if you simply notified the seller. You wouldn't have to necessarily ask for a refund or exchange (unless you really wanted to).
Happiness is a smartly-staffed perfume shop or department, stocked with plenty of paper blotters, testers, and empty drams.