I can't stand the ridiculous "you have to phone" thing. Other expensive perfume houses let perfume sellers list prices. They are high but not that high. So a London shop kindly sent me a handful of samples and I detested them all.
I detest them, too. All of them. And look at the hideous bottles.
I am fairly indifferent to bottles and boxes, provided the fragrance itself is good and the sprayer serviceable. And I will give Creed props for having great atomizers. But yeah, where do they get off charging an arm and a leg for this chaff?
I see Creed as basically catering to the conspicuous consumption crowd; people with a little too much time and money and a strong desire to feel special or important.