Both the hologram and bar-code can be faked. Let's face it everything will eventually be faked. Currently the bar-code is the most convincing verification device (other than smoking) when verified through www.habanos.com
Why would the lack of the bar-code affect resale value? Well if you have a verifiable bar-code then that is one step closer to a legit product and the absence of the bar-code would be one step farther. If in five or ten years, I had two boxes of supposedly genuine product. One box you are able to verify with my original sales receipt (email receipt) and the bar-code verified by www.habanos.com
and one box with only my original sales receipt (email receipt or paper or other). Which box would you pay more for? Especially when Habanos is promoting that the bar-code is THE authentic marking.
Am I wrong?
BTW, If not apparent, I disagree "The hologram is the security element in the equation."
Holograms are often faked. Maybe not in the correct intensity or "triple-plane" but are easily faked. Faking the bar-code though the habanos database requires real numbers and there are a limited number of real numbers.
Beating the dead horse to death... --Jimmy