Why not buck the trend and establish a meaningful relationship with a bricks and mortar establishment in your home town?
Here's the downside: you will pay retail.
Here's the upside: you can find the resident SA handling the line and explain that you have chosen to buy here because it keeps the money in your own country rather than fueling the economy of another one. You can go to explain that because you choose to pay retail you will have to wait before you can buy the other bottle in the line you want and would be grateful if the SA could add you to the mailing list (give him your card and/or number etc.), ask about store membership / points programme and see if he has suggestions, possibly samples for others in the line to look out for, and of course, see if he/she will let you know when there might be seasonal discounts / sales.
You could go to mention you are a member of an online fragrance community called basenotes and frequently see other niche lines mentioned - does he/she have any recs? This may also lead to some samples coming your way. Get the SA's details of course, so you can steer customers his/her way, while you're at it.
Does this work? No guarantee but in my own humble case it has led to more samples than I know what to with, never having to pay full retail, invitations to press and launch events and informal meetings with people like Olivier Pescheux, Frederic Malle, Thierry Wasser, advance notice on clearance and limited edition sales etc. and some very pleasant conversations