Originally Posted by HDS1963
I can't believe that people are actually excusing this shocking variation in batches.
Guys, this is not a company producing cheap crap, they purport to be a quality fragrance house which seems incapable of getting their own products right - and then charges a ridiculous amount at point of sale for this shoddy workmanship!
Be honest, if this were any other house they'd be shot down in flames on these forums.
But no, because it's Creed, (all bow down at the very whisper of the name) somehow this is excusable.
There are other houses that use natural ingredients but still manage to be able to produce consistent products.
Sorry, I just don't understand why it seems that normally rational fragrance lovers here are prepared to excuse this just because it's Creed.
I do agree with part of what you're saying. The PRODUCT is definitely getting a pass from most of us. If people are sitting on something that has decent longevity, or smells close to what they smelled when they made their purchase decision, they're cool with it. If not, they're POed enough to return.
But I think the BEHAVIOR - whatever on earth the reason actually is, is not getting a pass. Witness all the hysteria, as zz calls it.
Eventually, at the time of Creed's choosing, the explanation will come. It always does. Based on the fact that they went to a lot of trouble to generate the millesime concept earlier, I think it comes down to a practice which is acceptable in hand-crafted items and art. Ship your best effort with what's on hand. Screw reproducibility. And it makes sense to me. The reproducibility of items is a total modernism, and highly undesirable in many things. When I see modern reproducibility in native art, I run.
I would imagine that a lot of smaller niche companies show similar variability, but we never notice it because they're not put under the electron microscope of so many online noses at one time. But Creed is basically attempting to quasi-mass-market quasi-hand-crafted stuff. Everybody wants it, and they want it now, so something's gotta give.
If a change in Creed's behavior would mean no more Windsor I events, or no more Windsors of any batch, I'd say screw it - just keep doing what you're doing. And I'll bet a lot of others feel the same, and that's why Creed gets a pass.