The world now is such a small place,
Connections and word of mouth work magic,
Like every thing else, perfumes are made by humans and sold by humans,
What I mean, in more than one occcassion I have seen small retailer shops
which do not have direct contact with the perfumes house, happen to know
somebody from the authorised dealer,
to give you an example: I know a shop here in Oman which I know
that it carries designer knock offs, but in the other hand they have connection
with Oman's most dominant perfume agent, Muscat pharmacy, and they carry many
niches, they buy from them niche bottles(mostly amouage) by hundreds, and
in the process they get a lot of testers, then they would sell the bottles
at capital costs, and then would sell the testers to their establishd regular customers
and that how they make thier pofits.
They also have some connections in Dubai, and i see some familiar houses like Kilian,
Bond No9 pop up in their shop from time to time.
This is just one shop, and there are plenty out there.
That is why i only now buy from authorised retailers.