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For some time now, wine lovers have been observing that empty bottles are probably not only auctioned for decoration purposes on eBay. How else can one explain three to four digit sums for an empty bottle of wine? It seems reasonable to assume that with these expensive empties, the word "recycling" takes on a new meaning. Namely the refilling of the bottles and the resulting deception of the consumer. This approach is also confirmed by Ray Jordan, an Australian wine journalist, who knows of empty 1982 Latour bottles that were bought for 1,000 Australian dollars (about 850 euro) and were re-filled - with cheap wine, of course - and resold as "bargains" to wine collectors in good faith. Achievable price for a real bottle of Latour 1982 in Australia and Hong Kong: 1,450 to 2,500 euro. But this is only one example that shows how much one has to trust the supplier when buying wine.

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