Originally Posted by Style
Nobody in their right mind would say that. Most Creed fans on here have said it a million times:
Creed's batch inconsistencies suck.
Creed's quality control sucks.
Creed's inflated prices suck.
Creed's marketing hyperbole sucks.
Creed makes some of the best smelling fragrances in the world. Which is why many of us still stick with them.
But that seems inconsistent. Most of the complaints about Creed on here relate to a "bad batch" or an incredibly weak or off variation, so I'm not sure how anyone can be sure what they ultimately get is the "best smelling in the world."
It's Fragrance Lotto, and some Creed defenders would have us believe you can't win fragrance bliss unless you are willing to play, even if it bites your wallet good.
Heperd's ironic aside: "I guess you guys just arent sophisticated enough to own Creeds" does speak volumes about why people who spent $150+ on a small bottle of liquid that ultimately disappointed them are still willing to defend their purchase. To admit that and that they were caught up in the parade of hype is to come face to face with that disappointment, and for repeat buyers who have burned been multiple times - their failure to make rational purchasing decisions.
So instead of committing to do better, the Excuse-o-Matic (tm) from Creed's reps fires up: It isn't the fragrance that is the problem... it's your misunderstanding of the "art" contained within a flacon that is hit or miss when the top comes off. It's not that Creed is pocketing enormous profits instead of investing in quality control processes that ensure customers get a consistent product for their fragrance dollar... it's the fact you are not really good enough of a fragrance connoisseur to appreciate what they bothered to make for you and you should damn well appreciate it.
I see this kind of rhetoric in a lot of high-end marketing, especially once the curtain gets pulled back and customers discover what they were paying hundreds of dollars for only cost the company a few dollars to produce. The rest was simply ravenous profit-taking and they laughed all the way to the bank. Surprisingly, people will defend overpaying for perceived luxury goods, so long as they can be self-satisfied they own something unique and above what the little people have with their Paris Hilton and Liz Claiborne "mall scents."
After the big economic downturn, I remember reading an article in a newspaper that featured people that used to have money burning a hole in their pocket now re-evaluating their conspicuous consumption and how the shock of the Great Recession made them reconsider the real value of what they formerly blew hundreds of dollars to acquire.
Reality Check: It just wasn't worth the money.
That's basically how I feel about Creed scents. There are several that I like, but there is no way in the world I would invest hundreds of dollars on a few ounces of... something, if I wasn't absolutely certain what I was getting was exactly as expected. Fragrance manufacturers like Chanel would not think twice about dumping any batch that failed to meet consistent standards and customer expectations. Creed is doing the opposite -and- using marketing rhetoric to try and embrace that practice.
It's unconscionable in my book, especially with the price tag.
With thousands and thousands of scents to choose from, it simply is not worth the risk -- not at Creed's prices. I also think Creed devotees might also want to consider the importance of sending the company a message they have ignored for far too long. Batch inconsistency at their price point is intolerable. They obviously don't listen to customers so long as they keep shelling out money for more. But you can believe they'll hold some high level executive meetings if sales numbers suffer because of it.