En Julio de 2003, Bettina Costa nos envió el siguiente aviso / In July 2003, Bettina Costa emailed us with this advice:Dear Beercoaster collectors,
PLEASE READ THIS MAIL AND PUBLISH THE NAMES OF COLLECTORS WHO PRODUCE OR TRADE WITH FAKED COASTERS!!
In January 2003, Eugeny Bogushev (Suslova st.2/2 - 11 - Nizhny Novgorod, 603106 - Russia - e-mail: Bogushev@yandex.ru or email@example.com) wrote to me and proposed me an exchange. He had several interesting things, in particular coasters from exotic countries. I accepted and sent him my coasters first (end of January), as I normally do, because I wanted the stamps from my package back.
Middle of March I wrote to him and asked if he had already received the coasters. He said he had received them and that he would send his package in a few days.
End of March I wrote to him again, once, twice, three times. No answer.
Middle of April I wrote once again. He answered that he had already sent the coasters and he added that if I didn't receive them in the next weeks, he would send a second package.
May 2003, no notice from the package. I wrote again. He said he would send a second package. That sounded very strange... I mean, normally, if I have to replace a sending that was lost, I don't have ALL the same coasters that I sent the first time specially when they are exotic ones. He could have said: ".... sorry, but that one or this one I have no more... can I send you something else in exchange"??? I thought: "What a lucky guy that has so many doubles, specially from exotic countries!!!! I began to distrust him.... or was perhaps my sixth sense that told me something was wrong?
June: no notice from the coasters, no answer to my mails. It was possible that the first package was lost, but also the second one???? If a package that I sent were lost, I would send the second one registered. I don't risk to lose twice!! I wrote several times and no answer. I lost my patience and wrote to him that if he didn't send the coasters or if he didn't answer my mails I would warn all the collector I know in Internet about his unserious behaviour.
July 11th 2003: Today arrived the package from Bogushev and to my surprise I found that most of the coasters were FAKES!!!! He printed them on cardboard and cut them with a scissors (not very smart, by the way)!!! You know, after scanning so many coasters, I know something about photo programms and I can recognized if something is real or a copy. The quality of printing is not so good. At first I thought to myself: in some countries they don't have the tools (programms, printers, etc, I mean the professional printers who make this work) to make good quality coasters, so it is possible that the quality of these coasters isn't good. But I compared some of them with other coasters from the same breweries that I have, and I realized that they are complety different in quality.
Two of the coasters have more or less the same
colour, (although in the scans that he sent they had different colours) as when
a cartridge is almost used up and they don't print in the expected colour. I
assume the yellow cartridge was used up. Have a look please at the scan attached.
I can see in some of them which have 2-sides, that they are really two
cardboards which were pasted together.
It is also possible to see that they were scanned,
because some of them have scratches from the use and if you look (againt the
light) at the surface of an original coaster which have scratches, you see the
scratchs on the surface and you can also feel them with the finger. In these
coasters which have scratches, the surface is smooth.
What I have yet discovered! I assume he doesn't
have self the coaster from Uzbekistan: he has also a COPY in his collection. How
did I realized? He sent the scan from this coaster alone (other coasters he has
scanned together, 6 x page and it's possible to see clear the surface over which
they are placed). I compared the scan from Bogushev with the coaster in the
homepage from Renata Gorska: IT'S THE SAME!!!! This man cheats himself!!!!!!