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    Default How to get samples at dept stores?

    I want to give the cologne a thorough test run before buying it, especially Acqua di Parma. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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    Just ask. Most sales associates, with the rare exception, won't offer you a sample unless you have bought something. I would just ask if you could have one. You could even ask what samples they have. Then you could choose. You might get lucky and walk about with a bunch.

    Acqua di Parma is amazing, though. If you want to smell like the ultimate, classy, clean, suave and sophisticated G who might just have a million dollars in his pocket, or he might just have a gun...this is your scent. Old school, soapy, and just about perfect.
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    When I ask for samples I make sure they know that I am genuinely interested in scents and it doesn't help to pretend that you are going to come back and buy it if the sampling goes well. I usuall pull a line like "I need to test it on my skin for a few days but I'm pretty sure I'll be back to buy it." Since they work on commission they go crazy for it. They are so stingy sometimes but usually wouldn't deny a specific request for a sample of a scent. Just ask.

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    Which dept stores carry Acqua di Parma other than the snobby places like Nordstrom and Saks 5th? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a529612 View Post
    Which dept stores carry Acqua di Parma other than the snobby places like Nordstrom and Saks 5th? Thanks!

    I believe that certain Sephora locations carry a few AdP stuff and I have seen a bunch of stuff at Nieman Marcus. It is worth a look.

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    I usually tell them its a gift when I ask for the sample...that way I get no pressure to buy it on the spot, and you don't get the stingy response of "I'll just spray it on a card for you". Some SA's act like they had to give birth to the samples and you're asking them for their first born.
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    From my experiences, it is very hard to get samples from big department stores or the smaller perfume shops.

    Most of the sellers are jackasses who give you weird looks if you want some samples after spending 40 damn euros. Two samples just ain't enough damnit, they don't seem to get this.

    I have no clue how i'll pull it off to test the frags i want.
    Buying samples online is expensive and they need to travel internationally.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JBL View Post
    From my experiences, it is very hard to get samples from big department stores or the smaller perfume shops.

    Most of the sellers are jackasses who give you weird looks if you want some samples after spending 40 damn euros. Two samples just ain't enough damnit, they don't seem to get this.

    I have no clue how i'll pull it off to test the frags i want.
    Buying samples online is expensive and they need to travel internationally.

    Bring your own empty decant bottles and fill them up at the store when no one's looking.
    Currently wearing: Sycomore (new) by Chanel

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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    Bring your own empty decant bottles and fill them up at the store when no one's looking.
    The "perfume divas" (that's who they think they are) already give me weird looks if i just enter this shop. I'm not the stereotype perfume lover with fancy clothing, i'm just a normal regular guy like there are millions.

    The effect of this is that they keep an eye on me whenever i'm there.
    Some b*tches find it necessary to "assist" me every time i show my face...

    I really really can't just go in and spray some juice in an empty decant bottle.
    All their fancy eyes want to see is MONEY MONEY MONEY

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBL View Post
    The "perfume divas" (that's who they think they are) already give me weird looks if i just enter this shop. I'm not the stereotype perfume lover with fancy clothing, i'm just a normal regular guy like there are millions.

    The effect of this is that they keep an eye on me whenever i'm there.
    Some b*tches find it necessary to "assist" me every time i show my face...

    I really really can't just go in and spray some juice in an empty decant bottle.
    All their fancy eyes want to see is MONEY MONEY MONEY
    Ach, find another store! There must be somewhere else that's friendlier. Why suffer for your love of fragrance? Take your custom elsewhere.
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    Best 'sample' I ever got was a 5ml bottle of Sa Majeste La Rose in a velvet pouch. It's lasted me ages, and it was given to me by a sales assistant who probably should have known better when her stingy, unpleasant, older colleague was off duty. I went to the 'haute perfumerie' department of my favourite store in the town where I work and bought a bottle of SL Rousse for my husband, and she gave me that as a 'little extra'. I think if her colleague had been there, she'd have probably had a heart attack!
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    when i bought my bottle of armani attitude, i said to this assistant "you know, this is the first armani fragrance i've ever bought". she seemed almost aghast, and said "don't move! i'll get you some samples..."

    i ended up with about 4 1ml bottles of code, another 4 or acqua di gio and (strangely) about half a dozen of 1ml bottles of attitude...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad278 View Post
    when i bought my bottle of armani attitude, i said to this assistant "you know, this is the first armani fragrance i've ever bought". she seemed almost aghast, and said "don't move! i'll get you some samples..."

    i ended up with about 4 1ml bottles of code, another 4 or acqua di gio and (strangely) about half a dozen of 1ml bottles of attitude...
    hahaha wow where did you get armani attitude?

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    in myer, actually! they had these huge, heaping drawers full of armani samples... right time, right place i guess

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    If you purchase at the same place frequently and a particular SA gets to know you, it is usually not a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chad278 View Post
    in myer, actually! they had these huge, heaping drawers full of armani samples... right time, right place i guess
    wow well done! i've never had them give samples with a purchase

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    just ask, usually they're happy to help if you're spending money. just say something like 'hey, do you have any samples in the rest of this range?" if you're buying at the same time it's typically no big deal! are there many good places to shop for perfume in canberra?

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    I was able to get about 20 samples of various colognes tonight, all without purchase. My good friend Patrick at Sephora also managed to give me several ones I'd been dying to try.

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    I usually just ask, and rarely have problems getting them... Although if I did spend they're definitely more generous..
    In Australia, I've had a better history with David Jones in getting samples, even when I'm not purchasing...

    Try to go back on the same day to look for the same SA...

    Occasionally you can also go, "Wow, you smell really nice... what are you wearing..?" once they blush a little and giggle you know you'll be getting at least 5 or 6 samples... lol..

    ps: Was in trying out some fragrances in David Jones last the last Friday, and this SA was wearing Missoni Acqua, and she was smelling absolutely delicious..!!
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    In my case found I was easily able to get my samples from an SA by being able to pronounce the not so weirdness that was her middle name. Well that and I guess half a brain when it comes to scent conversation can be appreciated to.

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    Friends get them for me too. I was given a sample of Diesel Fuel for Life last night - and was blown away by how similar it is to Coco Madamoiselle. And Angel. And Innocent Secret. It was like all of those fragrances cobbled together (to my nose anyway, which I admit needs a fair bit of educating). Clearly, it's the patchouli...
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    It seems like you get samples very easily in the USA.

    However; this is not in Belgium and probably not in some other countries.
    Americans are always lucky.
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    Default Re: How to get samples at dept stores?

    Quote Originally Posted by a529612 View Post
    Which dept stores carry Acqua di Parma other than the snobby places like Nordstrom and Saks 5th? Thanks!
    It's actually the SA's @ my local Nordstrom that I find are the most helpful. They're always willing to make me some samples. They have their own lil sample vials, plus cards that the vials attach to. Each card holds 2 vials. On the card, there are spaces for the SA to write down the name of the fragrance & the price of a bottle. And that's just if you go requesting for samples & not buying anything. When you buy something, they REALLY hook you up! This has been my experience, at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chad278 View Post
    are there many good places to shop for perfume in canberra?
    not really - mostly just myer, david jones, perfume connection and mecca cosmetica. i usually buy samples from the perfume connection for $2-4 each, there's never much choice. haha lucky americans!

    where are you based?

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    i'm in melbourne, luckily, as there's some fantastic places here for perfume. you should schedule a road-trip, come down and sniff for a weekend :P
    current favourites: guerlain vetiver, trumper eucris, adp colonia
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    haha yeah i was actually thinking of going to melbourne in january... if i do i'll know who to ask about the best perfume shops

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    hopefully by january i'll know a little more! yet to really check out david jones down here, and i'm meaning to find a day to go to mecca and test a bunch of lutens, so we'll see how it goes
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    Do they have Creed + serge lutens in Melbourne ? Adelaide doesnt have anything !

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    they have a little creed, although you really have to hunt for it, but we have plenty of serge lutens. i know mecca has started stocking a bunch, and they have one south australian store - not sure where it is though as suburb names for sa mean nothing to me! try these two links:

    http://www.meccacosmetica.com.au/brand-detail.aspx?b=39
    http://www.meccacosmetica.com.au/store-finder.aspx
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    I see haha. Cheers mate.
    I'd like to test some of the Creeds as i tried some of them long time ago and really like this ONE << I dunno/forget wat is it called ( >< It was really really good.

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    If you buddy up with the sales girls at Sephora, they might give you a super generous sample. Bonus if they're about to quit. They don't work on commission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernat View Post
    If you buddy up with the sales girls at Sephora, they might give you a super generous sample. Bonus if they're about to quit. They don't work on commission.
    p.s. don't bother with disingenuous flattery. i think it works best if they're cool and almost your friend.
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