In my collection of about 50 bottles, I own only one niche scent which I bought at a substantial discount. All the rest are mainstream designer products which I enjoy very much and among them are favorites that I intend to use and buy over and over again for many years. These are quality fragrances in my opinion. Designer houses have the substantial resources needed to produce excellent products at lower prices than niche firms. I do agree that there is a lot of junk coming from mainstream sources, but I don't buy those things. So the bottom line is that I feel no compulsion to explore the more expensive niche fragrances because I feel I've only scratched the surface with the excellent mainstream designer scents.