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    Default The Perfumed Court

    Today I receivd 5 SL samples of non-export fragrances I've wanted to try for ages (one of them I already had, but I wanted a bit more..). The ones I got were: Un Lys, Chergui, Muscs Kublai Khan, Iris Silver Mist and Rose de Nuit. The ones currently blowing me away are Un Lys and Muscs Kublai Khan. Rose de Nuit is OK, Chergui is lovely, and I don't like Iris Silver Mist at all. But I just wanted to say what a great service The Perfumed Court is to us perfume addicts. Give it a try if you haven't already.
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    All hail TPC! Today I received a batch of vials from Nancy; a decant of L'Eau de Navigateur will be arriving from Lisa in the mail by Saturday. I don't want to live in a world without knowledgeable, reputable, well-stocked decantresses.

    I hope the ladies of the court make a butt-load of profit, have all their e-commerce go swimmingly, and bask in the adoration of the many who appreciate their products and services.
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    Default Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    Well, I hadn't really noticed that the prices have gone up that much there, but I'm sure it's not easy co-ordinating this between 4 decanters in 4 states. I doubt they are getting rich on this, but if they are, good for them. They are nice women who were pretty much treated like criminals by eBay (I used to buy from all of them).

    I like to use them for things I can't get just to try them or to try things like SL exclusives to see if I really want to jump through hoops to buy them.

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    it 's nice to test their 1ml samples for those who don 't live in Paris or New York but their larger decants used to half priced when they used to compete with each other on ebay, as soon as they merged, everything doubled pricewise.

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    I think they may have had some costs in the setting up of TPC, and not having known their prices before, I haven't noticed a change (if that makes sense?!). I think it's an excellent service, particularly for the unattainable fragrances. Now I know what Un Lys smells like on my skin, I won't be afraid of stumping up for a bottle of it should I ever find myself in Paris!
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    Default Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    Yes, but when a 1ml sample costs more than a big bottle on ebay, I´d rather have the ebay option. If you end up not liking the fragrance you can always sell it on or swap it.

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    Default Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    To me, buying 1 ml edt samples does not make much sense unless the item is very rare or precious. Small samples give me hardly more than an idea about a fragrance. If I am seriously interested I need more to really test it for wearing. The postage on such small orders can be particularly painful.

    Somebody suggested to consider this group (...mostly basenoters) in the recent Arabian Perfume Oil thread, so I looked at their offers in detail. I think their prices are far from being compatible in that sector also. The post and respective links were interesting but seem to have silenced that thread. Quel domage!
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    Default Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    Quote Originally Posted by tmp00 View Post
    They are nice women who were pretty much treated like criminals by eBay (I used to buy from all of them).
    I like to use them for things I can't get just to try them or to try things like SL exclusives to see if I really want to jump through hoops to buy them.
    I absolutely agee with you - the girls are very nice and their service is fabulous and they have those fragrances which are difficult to get somewhere else. So I'm using the Perfumed Court for these things as well. But as I live in Europe I still have to consider shipping costs and etc.

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    Default Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    Quote Originally Posted by _R$_ View Post
    Well, the cost of the website won't matter if:
    A.) They offered the decants at a lower price, and sold more of them, or
    2.) (Winking at you fredericktoo) They offer the decants at the prices they have now, don't sell enough to stay in business, and have to shut down the website, netting losses.
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    Remember, too, they're sticking out their collective necks with this venture. If decanting were a get-rich-quick scheme, there would be similar sites popping up all over. I know Lisa travels to France and carts back many of these precious goodies since this is the only way to import them.

    The gals aren't making a bundle on a per-hours basis, I'm sure, so I can't begrudge them any success. For bargains, there's always swapping here or at MUA, but then you have to play the waiting game--that's if the scent you want is even available.

    Don't think I'm picking on your valid comment, Aline. Welcome, welcome, welcome to this smelly, chatty place. Never hesitate to share your thoughts and feelings. I just try to put myself in these women's shoes and, having met lovely Lisa, I know there are more profitable things she could be doing with her time, and she probably couldn't have pursued this interest to this point without the emotional and financial support of her dear husband.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDevilSF View Post
    I recently ordered from Perfumed Court, and I was really pleased with the service. Yes, the prices seem a bit much, but I look at it this way: I am extremely picky in what I wear, and I am confident I save myself a bit of $$$ by getting the decants of the high-end stuff I want to try.

    After getting burned by L'Artisan's Ananas Fizz, I've made it a personal policy to get decants when possible. No more impulse buys after sampling once.
    Likewise, I recently purchased some non-export Lutens samples and I'm very pleased with both the price and the service. It helps me to decide on future purchases, and ultimately saves me money on the ones I might have mistakenly bought unsniffed.
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    I understand them too, it 's just that for me and my pocket only three months ago I could find on ebay 5ML of Rose de Nuit or another niche exclusive half of what it is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aline et Valcour View Post
    I understand them too, it 's just that for me and my pocket only three months ago I could find on ebay 5ML of Rose de Nuit or another niche exclusive half of what it is now.
    I feel your pain, having finally coughed up a fistful of dollars for 8ml of L'Artisan. This is a lesson to me to buy a bottle of something I like when it's a sale and not suffer later when it's discontinued and pricey.
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    Default Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    At the most I will be purchasing samples from them. The Decant prices are ridiculous. Upon further investigation, a 8ml spray decant of Le Dandy Pour Homme is 12.75. Essentially you are paying $272 for 100 ml that you can buy for $95. That's a $177 profit. I can buy 3 bottles of Le Dandy for a total of their 1 bottle. Why not just buy a bottle, decant out 8 ml yourself, and then swap/sell the bottle? You wouldn't be losing anywhere near as much money. Not to mention a $236 profit off of 100 ml of Musc Ravageur. It'd be $406 to get an entire bottles worth where as it's $170 for a 100 ml of Musc Ravageur
    Last edited by matreal; 31st August 2007 at 05:36 PM.

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    Where's Buffalo_Gals? I would think she at least would care to answer her critics here.
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    Default Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    I'll keep this one short:

    1) Maybe the Basenoters behind Perfumed Court could pitch in this thread and justify their prices. Remaining silent would surely do more harm than good.

    2) They could be the loveliest people in the world but that's not a good enough excuse to be 'ripped-off'.

    3) As for those who mentioned that buying from them is still a great alternative to buying blind, well why the hell do you think most Basenoters buy decants in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Maybe the Basenoters behind Perfumed Court could pitch in this thread and justify their prices. Remaining silent would surely do more harm than good.
    Exactly.

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    Remember, these two decanters are great, they still take paypal and their prices haven't gone up:

    http://www.yousmellmarvelous.com/

    http://scentphoria.blogspot.com/

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    Thanks for the reminder, fiori. I bought from yousmellmarvelous repeatedly when she (Linda) was on ebay. Love the frags she carried.
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    I made my first order with them last month and was impressed by the service and by the variety of perfumes. I'm new at this (and HATE e-bay) so I was not familiar with any of their services before they combined. These ladies obviously thought their service through carefully.

    In terms of price...$3-$10 samples of hard-to-find stuff you don't know you'll like beats paying full price ($25 - $$$$$) for a bottle you wind up hating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakecat22 View Post
    .....In terms of price...$3-$10 samples of hard-to-find stuff you don't know you'll like beats paying full price ($25 - $$$$$) for a bottle you wind up hating.
    Amen and welcomewelcome Sakecat!! You're sure in the right place!!
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    Default Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    Oh, you poor, poor victims...is this basenotes or whinenotes?

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    I wanted to purchase all 12 Tom Ford scents in their Private Collection. Each 1ml would have cost me 10 dollars. I think 120 USD before shipping charges for 10ml is very high. I'm also thinking they buy the 250ml bottles for 450.00 USD.

    So 450.00 USD for 250ml..and they sell each ml for roughly 10 dollars. That's slightly over 2000.00 USD profit for every bottle. I don't think that's fair, would it hurt if they brought down their prices a little.

    I ended up calling the store in NY and they are helping me by sending out some carded samples.

    I'm sorry, but even if their service is good, I can't afford the prices, and I'm sure there's places out there that provide just as good service with lower prices.
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    Default Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    Quote Originally Posted by matreal View Post
    At the most I will be purchasing samples from them. The Decant prices are ridiculous. Upon further investigation, a 8ml spray decant of Le Dandy Pour Homme is 12.75. Essentially you are paying $272 for 100 ml that you can buy for $95. That's a $177 profit. I can buy 3 bottles of Le Dandy for a total of their 1 bottle. Why not just buy a bottle, decant out 8 ml yourself, and then swap/sell the bottle? You wouldn't be losing anywhere near as much money. Not to mention a $236 profit off of 100 ml of Musc Ravageur. It'd be $406 to get an entire bottles worth where as it's $170 for a 100 ml of Musc Ravageur
    If I buy le Dandy PH for $95 and I end up thinking it smells like the inside of a rendering removal truck. I lose $95.00. At $12.75 for 8ml they make lovely little stocking stuffers. Why is that so hard to understand?

    Raise your hands if you just keep buying the same thing over and over from a decanter.

    Would you be happier if they sold it at cost? Then you could just buy what you need. That would be handy.

    on another thing altogether. why does Bentley let me rent the sporty model at a bit over a grand a day? at these rates I could buy my own in 5 or 6 months.
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    I like how some of the Perfumed Court founders who are also members here have chosen not to respond to this thread and end the controversy ... its free publicity for them !

    We are smarter than that aren't we fellow Basenoters ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by matreal View Post
    At the most I will be purchasing samples from them. The Decant prices are ridiculous. Upon further investigation, a 8ml spray decant of Le Dandy Pour Homme is 12.75. Essentially you are paying $272 for 100 ml that you can buy for $95. That's a $177 profit. I can buy 3 bottles of Le Dandy for a total of their 1 bottle. Why not just buy a bottle, decant out 8 ml yourself, and then swap/sell the bottle? You wouldn't be losing anywhere near as much money. Not to mention a $236 profit off of 100 ml of Musc Ravageur. It'd be $406 to get an entire bottles worth where as it's $170 for a 100 ml of Musc Ravageur
    Also I just wanted to add, they make over a 2000.00 USD profit for every Tom Ford Private Collection bottle they sell, considering they sell each ml for 10.00 dollars and they buy the larger 250 ml bottle for 450.00 dollars.

    I guess just don't buy from them if you don't like the prices, that's what I'm doing. I would suggest though contacting various niche perfume houses by email. Some are more then willing to send free samples (ie. L'artisan, Frederic Malle, SL Wax Sample Book, etc..) as well as try finding local stores, and swapping on Makeupalley.
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    I figured it would be an unpopular opinion to say anything about the pricing on the Perfumed Court. I almost didn't ...

    I have bought decants from all four ladies in the past, I have NOTHING but good things to say about their service, their friendliness, their selection. I think it's great that they provide the services that they do. I wish them nothing but success. I love buying decants, I must have close to 50. I hear all the arguments that you are making, I think it stinks that people can't sell them here or on ebay any longer ...

    But my complaint is that once the ladies combined, there isn't really any competition to keep the prices down. I bought a 5ml decant of Cuir Mauresque for $15 two weeks before the Perfumed Court opened from one of the sellers. That same 5ml decant is now $30. Every other decant that I had been looking at and thinking about buying increased by similar amounts.

    I understand about wanting to make a profit. Otherwise, why do it? But what I don't understand is why the big increase in prices.

    I'm not making threats by saying I will not shop there ... I'm sure that I will sometime in the future. Nor am I telling others what to do. I'm just uncomfortable paying the prices they are asking right now ... If others feel the way I do, the prices will adjust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp View Post
    I like how some of the Perfumed Court founders who are also members here have chosen not to respond to this thread and end the controversy ... its free publicity for them !

    We are smarter than that aren't we fellow Basenoters ?
    What exactly is the controversy?
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    Here's one more decanter still in the biz, although I think she's winding down. Does anyone know of others?
    http://www.thebodyperfumery.com/decants.html
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