I would like to welcome you Tom AKA kiddo. You will certainly learn a lot here. I happen to be a German major at a university right now. I know how difficult it can be to learn a new way to communicate. Many members here are from places that do not speak English as a first language so you will find nothing but patience from these people.
Although it is disturbing to hear when people own the scents you really enjoy, it doesn't mean that they are not good. I often look for something a little less popular so it is more personal to me but I still have a bunch that are wildly popular. I guess that distinction is made at your discretion. Who knows though, you might find something interesting in those fragrance lines that you mentioned.
Anyway, I'm happy to welcome you and hope you find exactly what you are looking for.