WHen I first started in fragrances, I too was looking for free samples...I quickly found that there were very few quality frags. that had "free" samples. Even dept. stores wouldn't give them out. At first I was furious...They want me to spend $$$$ to buy their stuff, and won't even give me some to try??? then I gave up and started buying niche samples. Screw the dept. stores, they didn't want my business. I quickly realized that Many samples I bought, I didn't like, so I collected a bunch, and sold them on EBAY...I don't end up spending much on them overall, and they have helped me pick out many quality full bottles. I have since Never bought from the dept. stores, and around my way, many of them have down-sized or done away with their fragrance counters altogether. It cost YSL $4 for the fragrance, $5 for the bottle and box, and they sell it for $80. Screw them then. Can't give a few samples to the fragrance counters in their retailers for serious shoppers??? I understand that many teens, and dead-beats looking for free with no intentions to buy are out there, but and Sales Associate with half a brain can tell a serious shopper. Big stores like Nordstrom's will hear me talking about Notes, Longevity, and Sillage, and pull out freebies, but stores like Macy's won't, and are not even given samples...at least in my neck of the woods.
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