Thread: Online Shopping
Wow, dpak! Thanks for doing all this work, it's a very helpful list.
I'd just like to put in a plug for Parfum1, with whom I've had good ordering experiences. Their prices are reasonable, the juice is good and shipping is lightning fast. The Perfumed Court is terrific for samples.
www.shoplondons.com is excellent - no problems- shipping updates, they used USPS Priority Mail .
** Someone help - is perfume emporium safe ? Do they deliver their goods ? I have ordered from them and they are crap at shipping updates and answering the phone- I only get a voice mesage and they say they will call back . So far no call back today.
EDIT : OK panic is over. In the end they got in contact via email and apologised for not returning calls. They emailed shipping info etc. The perfume came yesterday - new, sealed and well packed.
So Perfume Emporium came through. I seriously think they need to upgrade their site with a way to log in ,track orders and shipping info .Also they need to have a customer service rep who actually answers the phone during business hours.
Last edited by Mimi Gardenia; 25th September 2009 at 08:36 PM.
Petty small minded people have no place in my life.
I live in the U.S. and have ordered from the following stores.
Note that Ebay is also always worth considering, with Toolhaus.org being a good way to ensure sellers are on the up-and-up.
Overall: 5/5 (good prices, discounts, reliable)
Reliability: Good (no issues)
Price: Good especially with discounts. Free sample of Exceptional. Discounts: Coupon code BASENOTES 15% off + Bing cashback 10% + always free shipping over $70
Samples: Minis & samples, samples very cheap
Overall: 4.5/5 (good prices, usually reliable)
Reliability: Pretty Good (One item I ordered was not in stock but I received refund quickly and they were apologetic), Fairly reliable and usually decent prices.
Price: Good. Discounts: http://www.bigdiscountfragrances.com...e_coupons.html Coupon code shopbarg for free shipping >$50, cv1free80 for >$80, cv550 5 off 50, cv1080 / cv11080 10 off 80.
15% off til nov 10: PREHOL15
Samples: Minis & samples available for cheap
Shipping: FedEx Ground
3) Scented Monkey
Overall: 4/5 (cheap, reliable, but selection lacking with lots of items out of stock – they do let you know up front though)
Selection: Good for mainstream scents, a lot of stuff seems to be out of stock however, otherwise I’d give it a 5
Price: Good, $3 for all samples, free shipping
Samples: Good selection, see below
Shipping: Free shipping with either UPS ground or USPS.
COME4MORE for 6% off even on samples
Overall: 3.5/5 (because of high prices)
Selection: Good but a lot of the stuff I look for ends up being out of stock or only available in large sizes.
Price: Fair (not as good as the competition). Looks like they have free shipping now, though. Discounts: You can usually find a coupon code on basenotes or google, or http://twitter.com/scentiments
Shipping: FedEx SmartPost / USPS
Overall: 3/5 (because of out of stock items, failure to reimburse until I e-mailed them, and they still did not reimburse the full difference)
Reliability: Samples are often out of stock after order. I did not receive my refund for the samples they didn’t send after a week so I contacted them; a few days later I received a refund but not for the full difference. This is probably the most well put together website / correspondence in terms of usability but they are pretty shady about items that are out-of-stock and reimbursements. A calculated risk.
Price: Good + discounts available. 3 Free Samples with every order. Search google for coupon code or join their mailing list for 10% off coupon: http://www.beautyencounter.com/mailinglist.html
Samples: Minis & samples available
Shipping: UPS, they automatically sign you up for UPS quantum view shipping notifications
6) Amazon (I’m only referring to items sold directly by Amazon.com)
Overall: 3/5 (because I rarely find the best deal here)
Reliability: From Amazon.com, very reliable.
Price: Rarely the best deal, free shipping over $25.
Samples: Haven’t seen any.
Sites I often buy samples from:
1) Scented Monkey
Overall: 4.5/5 (cheap, good selection & reliable)
Selection: Good for mainstream scents
Price: Good, $3 for all samples
Shipping: Free shipping with either UPS ground or USPS.
COME4MORE for 6% off even on samples
Overall: 4.5/5 (cheap, good selection of niche)
Selection: Good selection of niche
Price: Good, $3 for most samples, $3 shipping
Overall: 4/5 (good selection & reliable but high prices)
Reliability: Very Good
Selection: Good, focusing on niche
Price: High, $6 shipping.
4) BeautyCafe (I really only used this for the Bond No. 9 samples)
Overall: 3.5/5 (good but sent the wrong sample & did not respond to e-mails)
Reliability: I ordered the 5-pack of Bond No. 9 and listed 2 alternates. I received 4/5 of my top choices and the packing slip listed one of my alternates but the 5th one I received was not on my list at all (it was Fire Island). Also, the first e-mail told me I would receive an update when the item was shipped with tracking information but I never received it. I sent an e-mail inquiring about shipping details and never received a response (although the item showed up shortly thereafter). I also sent an e-mail about the incorrect sample and never received a response. I was still fairly happy with the order.
Selection: Good for what I wanted
Price: $15 + shipping for 5 samples I couldn’t find anywhere else is a very good deal in my book
Overall: 2.5/5 (limited selection and several samples had gone bad probably due to age)
Price: Good, $1 samples and $6 shipping
Last edited by hammersj; 27th November 2009 at 11:49 PM.
Im told by a friend that online stores can sell watered down products, yet still say the product is authentic. Is there any truth to this?
Im concerned about buying creed, and for the price would not want to be ripped off.
Thanks for the info, i ordered from fragrancex.com lowest price i found, plus ordered few time b4 this. great prices good products/prices
Creed Imperial- smells like heaven
also if anyone wants to sample creed like i did, parfumsraffy.com i was able to order samples of w.e i wanted!
Anyone used sendmescent.com based in the UK?
First time I've ever posted on here and wish to say how much I enjoy reading the website. Always been a long time lurker as I don't often post on forums.
It's unfortunate my first post is not a happy one.
I've got a problem with this company and always use the free shipping to the UK without tracking.
I've ordered quite a few perfumes from them and ,with the exception of two transactions - first time they sent the wrong perfume, but I kept it - everything has been great.
But the second transaction...
Waited a couple of months, but still hadn't turned up. Got the usual email saying been patient. Then I contacted Paypal in AUGUST. They didn't respond so I issued a chargeback.
Fragrancex then produced out of thin air a tracking number. But they never sent my perfume with a tracking number! Then they never responded again, so I contacted my CC company.
Got my money back and thought that was the end of it. I have even made purchases with them since.
However, today I received a letter from my CC out of the blue stating that " we have received a reply from FrX and they have confirmed that the goods have now been received. If this is not the case can you please advise us immediately by completing the enclosed form. If we do not hear from you within 10 days from the date of this letter, we will assume that the matter has been resolved and will recharge your account with £amount"
Well I'm gobsmacked.
Filled in the form stating that I had never received the goods and feel as though I'm being accused of fraud. I've suggested Fx retrieve their money from the delivery company as it's obviously been lost in transit. Finished the letter off saying if the monies are re-charged I will seek a legal remedy.
Any thoughts appreciated.
FragX is a nitemare if there's a problem with your order. They always reply as " Be patient " as stated above. They never help you. I emailed them at least 10 times about my order but their response never changed ; " Be patient! ".
After 40 workdays I sent a fax to my bank and requested a payback. And I got my money back the day after.
I'll only try FragX for under $20 orders , no more.
I've bought an Unforgivable Men from CS and I think they sent me a refill box... Because what I've got is this one [ actually darker than that bottle ];
not this one ;
Last edited by keyn; 9th November 2009 at 03:06 AM.
Any recent purchases from www. namebrandsperfume. com? Are the fragrances real?
Or does anybody know where I can buy Bond No.9 at discounted prices
Last edited by Moderator; 15th November 2009 at 04:55 PM.
You can call Bond No 9's corporate office at 212-228-1976 x 19 to find out whether that site is licensed to sell their products. If you want to be sure you are getting the real deal, you can order directly from Bond No 9 by calling 1.877.273.3369 and mentioning MUA. They will then give you a 15% discount and free shipping in the US. They wrap everything up very nicely and the last time I ordered they included six samples of other scents too.
As far as the rest of the site is concerned, I have no experience with them. They seem to be a mirror site of americanafragrance dot com. The selection is relatively limited but I saw a nice deal on a limited edition bottle of Petite Cherie that's quite tempting.
Last edited by socalwoman; 14th November 2009 at 08:45 PM.
Thanks for the advice. I have emailed Bond but haevnt gotten a reply.
Does anybody have any experience with the site? Their prices are really good.
check this out....
Guess I wont be ordering from that site anytime soon.
I've bought from them a couple of times before and both times the perfume arrived really fast, much faster than I expected and service seems good so far.
Been looking longingly at the site and wanting to buy loads but I have too much perfume already and not enough money at the mo. Thing is they are so cheap is tempting to get a few at once! They've got Cachet, which my mum used to wear years ago, really cheap, and Green Tea by E.Arden which I quite liked when tested in shop, and loads of other under £10 and under £20 ones which would normally cost more ...
Would you do business with them again? Yes
I ordered ADG, L'eau d' Issey and Rive Gauche Pour Homme, they had excellent packaging, I ordered around Saturday evening and arrived Wednesday afternoon. Very Cheap, will definitely do business again whenever they have their mad sales.
Only problem I had was, during the sale a lot of my to buy items were already sold out, so I hope they stock more items next time.
What country they shipped to?
South Carolina, USA
Excellent service! Used one of their %25 coupons in addition to free shipping. My fragrance came wrapped in a package (fresh & new) within 2 days. Definitely will shop with them again
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Order from ScentedMonkey and the service was excellent (next-day delivery for standard shipping! wah?) this is my new website for shopping.
There's a thread here originally discussing poor service from 99perfume.com et al, with some response from the company itself.
Last edited by makeitrainharder; 11th December 2009 at 04:18 AM.
I've ordered samples from the Perfumed Court several times now and had good experience with them each time. They are really the only source I've found that works well for me because I only do samples. There's no way I can even get through the samples, let alone full bottles of anything! I'm picky and seem to have odd tastes, but PC have a wide variety of samples, many of which I find interesting. As someone else pointed out, prices are a little on the high side, but this is compensated for by being able to try a large number of scents with minimal commitment. They ship promptly within the USA, the vials are securely packed but not overpacked, and the scents and quantities are what they are supposed to be.
Just bumping this so newer members know where to buy and where NOT to buy...
So i found a 20% coupon off for this place. First time using it. I figured it was a week before thanksgiving i'd start out for my girlfriends christmas. So i ordered it. I believe it was c lassified as a tester.It came packaged the same way the last christmas i got my gf the chanel chance from perfumania i didn't think of anything about it./..Well my girlfriend opens it on christmas.. And as you know, women know their perfumes. Her words? "This is fake or very very old"
So now, i think ok. I'll just return it. Well, fragrancenet.com return policy is 30 days. Does that count even for their fake/old perfumes? Has anyone else had any experience with this? I sent them, an email . But i am gonna call them monday when they are back in the office.This is the first time i've ordered from them.I figured it was a legitimate company. Well... i guess not. I got a good deal on it as well with the 20% coupon and 10$ back from billmelater but it's not a good deal when your girlfriend looks at you and insists it's fake/old.. My roommate who is a female also tested them. (my gf has some of hers from last year left) and there is such a clearly different smell it's offensive that they'd scam like this.
Last edited by willwill; 27th December 2009 at 06:39 PM.
Welcome to Basenotes!
Generally speaking, fragrancenet has a good reputation here but it'd be hard to say how they may handle this situation. I hope you let us know what happens
Surprising for sure, I just hope they will refund me. I do not wanna take another chance with them... pardon the pun lol.. From now on, i am gonna just stick with perfumemania they have a local shop at the prime outlets in case something happens anyhow.