Originally Posted by mlsweeney
First of all, I like buying my fragrances in an amount between 75 ml and 125 ml for my personal collection. I go to their website and find that their prices are ridiculous for 75 ml. The price between 50 ml and 75 ml is more than double when most companies like to offer more for less money. Here are some prices of Chergui
which is what I was looking to acquire:50 ml (USA)75 ml (USA)75 ml (Europe)
Can someone explain the ridiculous price in the middle? Especially since Europe is much cheaper adjusted to foreign currency translation.
Essentially, the 75ml bottles are bell jars (splash bottles), prior to their availability in the US, are exclusive to Paris. Some of the bell jars have 50ml spray counterparts, the so-called 'distribution line', or export line, such as Chergui.
Since there is now an agreement to let some retailers in the US to bring in the bell jars, it appears that the retailers priced the bell jars higher than it would have cost in Europe, regardless of whether the bell jars have export line counterparts, since they believe there is a market segment willing to pay for the convenience of obtaining such bell jars in the US now. This may account for why the bell jars cost so much more in the US compared to in Europe, and why the 75ml bottles are also so much more expensive than the 50ml sprays.
Buying the bell jars is, of course, much cheaper in Paris.
To buy Chergui in the US, go for the spray bottles, which can be had at good prices on online retailers, as some other posters may have pointed out already. Go for the bell jars only if you want the exclusives that are not available in spray bottle.