Wow, that's some pretty bad luck. I have to mention that this is the absolute first time I've ever heard bad things from scentiments regarding their Creed (or anything for that matter). I happened to buy my GIT from them, and the year was 2003 (purchased last year), so a few years old but no noticeable difference from spraying it in various places (decants, department stores). I hope this was a one time screw up because they have been my favorite online seller so far.
I'm sure your decision to go retail wasn't simple, I just hope I don't have to make that very expensive decision in the future. You sound happy and relieved though, and I'm sure you'll enjoy this bottle immensely.