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    Default Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    That is the question. I know many of us have collections that keep growing and growing and we get frags at 50-75% off or even more; but does anyone on here actually buy their fragrances from Macy's Dillard's, Sephora, etc? @ full price.

    Some of the harder to find on sale things I get at the mall, like Fahrenheit. But for the most part I stick to TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, CVS, Walgreen's (not as often but sometimes they have insane deals) and online retailers.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    Only Black Orchid, from Sephora.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    Yep, I buy most of my frags from Danish malls and parfumeries,
    at the usual grotesque Danish retail prices ... that's life!

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    Quite a few, mostly when I was just starting out or they were on sale.

    Starting out:
    -Tommy
    -Boss bottled (aka Boss #6)
    -Polo Blue

    Cheap impulse buys:
    -Gucci Pour Homme I
    -Gucci Envy
    -B*Men
    -The Dreamer (on sale)

    Couldn't find any cheaper online:
    -Mugler Cologne
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    I bought just my first fragrance (Bvlgari Aqva) at the mall. When I came home and checked internet I immediately found same bottle for 50% of what I paid (60 euros for 50ml set) and was like WTF? Since then I buy everything from web, but I may buy some Chanel fragrances from retail in future because they are not that cheap on web (just around 10-20% cheaper than in mall).

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    Hell no!

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    I happen to enjoy shopping in town, and the things I get are seldom significantly discounted on the web or anywhere else.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    Occasionally stuff from Saks, Neiman Marcus, or Barneys (mail order) that you can't find easily elsewhere. I have a very generous SA at Saks (she's given me a bottle of Clive 1872, a 10ml No. 1 decant, and obscene hands full of samples every time I go, often without buying anything... I don't mind going to see her! ). Also, the Barney's lady (who was sadly let go recently ) always hooked me up so well with samples that I didn't mind paying more.
    However, I think you're referring more to scents that are a little easier to source and designers, to which I would say nope... no mall for me . I always try to source them for a better price at discount stores or online.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    i started out with fragrances of stores like Hollister, AE, etc...but after that everything ive bought has been basically discounted, with the exception of A*Men which i bought 1.7 oz for $57 at Macys. i wanted it bad enough to pay the extra, plus you know its legit if its from Macys

    other than that? TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Walmart have been my suppliers]

    EDIT: i lied, i bought Pi at Sears too
    Last edited by Neurosis; 8th June 2010 at 10:14 PM.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    Buying online is tempting, but I'd be afraid of counterfeited goods. Is Creed and niche colognes available online at a good discount from a reliable internet supplier?

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    I buy retail once in a while. Actually, I plan on buying a few later on this year. I don't want "bad juice" ( I'm sick of getting spoiled fragrance or fragrance that is a bit "off"). Its more of a case of whether or not the department shops have what I want ( which they usually don't). Sephora has Lutens, but not the Lutens I want ( ie Gris Clair). Also, my city has a few independant fragrance shops that I do buy from.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thurnau View Post
    Buying online is tempting, but I'd be afraid of counterfeited goods. Is Creed and niche colognes available online at a good discount from a reliable internet supplier?
    ive bought online once from Amazon (Amazon itself, not a merchant using amazon) and i got Varvatos Original for $30, 4.2oz and its 110% authentic. in my experience, amazon is legit. fragrance.net is allegedly great as well

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    The mall in my town only has Macys and Sears, but I don't buy fragrances there. There is a Nordstrom, a Sephora, and an Ulta within driving distance. I bought from Sephora once recently because I had a gift card, but that was it. I found the Nordstrom selection disappointing; it was much like Macys with a few minor additions. I was hoping for more.

    I do check out the Marshalls/TJ Maxx selection from time to time and have bought a few things. I guess if I wanted a Bath and Body Works or Body Shop fragrance, I would get it at the mall.

    I do agree with the Amazon suggestion and have bought several fragrances there. Good selection, good prices, and often free shipping if you buy from Amazon itself. I haven't been disappointed yet. Beauty Encounter has also been a good source.

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    Believe it or not, if you go to Macy's during times of desparation, the SA's will not hesitate to discount your price. I remember a year or 2 ago I was at Macy's and I told one of the SA's that I only had $40.00 on me. She actually offered to discount an Issey Miyake Gift Set (2.5oz EDT and an aftershave balm) for $40.00. For some reason I passed up the offer. :-(

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    Most likely not, unless I'm near a Saks Fifth or Neiman's etc.
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    I got my Chanel fragrances from the mall, mainly because not all online retailers stock Chanel, and even if they do, they're not massively discounted.

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    It's weird how Chanel's fragrances are almost never discounted anywhere. Even your niches like Creed you can find at least a a good £50 less off the RRP online, whether it be on eBay or elsewhere. Chanel, the most you'll ever see off the RRP is like £5, even on eBay.

    I hear duty free is the only place you can find a decent discount for them, but the last time I went abroad was like 4-5 years ago
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    I am thinking about buying Fahrenheit - Dior and Black Orchid - Tom Ford. If I do end up buying them they will most likely be from the mall. Sephora supposedly has an exclusive 30ml bottle of Black Orchid and that would be more than enough with this monster.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    Sure. If there's something I want, I buy it wherever I find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    I am thinking about buying Fahrenheit - Dior and Black Orchid - Tom Ford. If I do end up buying them they will most likely be from the mall. Sephora supposedly has an exclusive 30ml bottle of Black Orchid and that would be more than enough with this monster.
    Get Fahrenheit from Target. They always have a 1.7oz for under $40.00!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MassMenace View Post
    Get Fahrenheit from Target. They always have a 1.7oz for under $40.00!
    I happened to notice that the other night as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrd4t View Post
    Occasionally stuff from Saks, Neiman Marcus, or Barneys (mail order) that you can't find easily elsewhere. I have a very generous SA at Saks (she's given me a bottle of Clive 1872, a 10ml No. 1 decant, and obscene hands full of samples every time I go, often without buying anything... I don't mind going to see her! ). Also, the Barney's lady (who was sadly let go recently ) always hooked me up so well with samples that I didn't mind paying more.
    However, I think you're referring more to scents that are a little easier to source and designers, to which I would say nope... no mall for me . I always try to source them for a better price at discount stores or online.
    I agree that if you know the SAs, they will give you handfuls of samples. They will happily make decants, too. My usual haunts are Nieman's, Saks and Nordstom. I try to buy when they have promotions of extra products usu. out for holidays: lotions, bath gels, after shaves.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neurosis View Post
    i started out with fragrances of stores like Hollister, AE, etc...but after that everything ive bought has been basically discounted, with the exception of A*Men which i bought 1.7 oz for $57 at Macys. i wanted it bad enough to pay the extra, plus you know its legit if its from Macys

    other than that? TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Walmart have been my suppliers]

    EDIT: i lied, i bought Pi at Sears too
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    I've gotten good deals at C.O. Bigelow's, which are always at the mall!
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    I buy from all over.

    Looking at my wardrobe, I see scents I've bought from Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Sephora, Crabtree & Evelyn, B&BW and L'Occitane (certainly these are mall stores.)

    I have other fragrances bought online from Beauty Café, L'Artisan, and sellers on eBay.

    Other perfumes I've bought from BNers, T. J. Maxx and Marshall's, thrift shops, consignment, lots of scents from local boutiques and gift shops (including the Yale Center for British Art gift shop) and even (gasp!) from WalMart.

    Basically, I do not limit where I buy from.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    I haven't for a long time, but I often walk through Perfumania when I'm in a mall. It's a cheap shop as US Basenoters probably know and old stuff appears there.

    I'll also buy at Saks every now and then because they've got the harder to find older women's Chanels, Carons, and Diors I've been interested in. Also, like Jrd4t, I've got my own SA there and she's got me in her pocket.

    Otherwise, no, I really don't buy at Macy's, Dillards, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, or Sephora anymore. Or Nordstrom for that matter. They just don't have what I'm interested in anymore. Not that they're bad or that anyone should imitate my buying habits, but the things they have don't interest me.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    Yes, I've bought a handful of fragrances at the mall. Usually when I'm too impatient to endure shipping time (2 weeks from most overseas sellers)
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    I'm sure most of my points have already been brought up, but I'm gettin' sleepy and don't want to read through the whole thread tonight. I almost never buy in store anymore for a few key reasons. For one, I don't have a bevy of stores at my disposal, mostly just your typical low-level Department Stores (Macy's etc.). Also, as someone who is aware of legitimate online discounters I don't really see the benefit to me or the economy as a whole to support large retailers with gigantic mark-ups. Why pay 80$ when I can get the exact same thing for 50% off? And lastly, it's just the convenience. It's much easier to purchase off the web then it would be to try to find something that most likely isn't carried in the brick and mortar. That being said, I am one that is willing to support those that have been good to me in the past, which is why I prefer to purchase from Luckyscent even though I may be able to find some of there stuff cheaper elsewhere.
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    Yes. Shipping things here is too expensive to warrant a lot of online shopping. I'd often break even. So sometimes I'll pay a little more at the mall, enjoy the shopping experience, and have it *now*.

    That said, there are a number of stores in the local market that do parallel imports, old stock, etc., and I can find some frags at 30-50% off. But not the Chanels. They just don't get discounted, even if you try to bargain over a dusty bottle from last decade.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Bon Vivant View Post
    But not the Chanels. They just don't get discounted, even if you try to bargain over a dusty bottle from last decade.
    Indeed. The pricing for Chanel is just so rigid. I've only ever had luck buying some testers (which the retailers get free anyways?) at OK prices.

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