This is true. I love those ladies at TPC, but the pricing is just insane. I have not bought from them in years.
There are lots of samples available at the Crystal Flacon, and many of the sellers there are UK based: http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewforum....8db58655656a41
Also try ScentSplits: http://scentsplits.wikidot.com/current-splits
You really need to develop a sample trading circle there in the UK. I was part of one here in the US for a few years and it was very cool. We just sent sample packs around and you would add to it as it came to you. You could make requests, etc. Great fun and a free way to try new things you might never have samples otherwise. Tough to organize, and you need to be selective about members. You cant have someone join who just collects a million samples and never adds to the pot. That frustrates everyone.