I'm not sure that this is the right place to discuss this, but I guess the ever vigilant moderators will move me, it its not right.
As a newcomer to fragrance appreciation, I have purchased a number of fragrances recently on the net. Whenever I seem to search for a fragrance, Fragrance X has come up with a more than competitive price, and wide ranging stock. So I have invested in purchases totalling $A225, with orders being placed in February.
Here we are almost in April and I haven't seen hide nor hair of the goods. I know that they offer free delivery, but now I am envisaging a tall sailing ship, just rounding Cape Horn after having done a little whaling in the South Atlantic. The next stop is Valparaiso for a stress break for the sailors, before transporting a fresh cargo of copper to Shanghai.
After a couple of months, they may pull into Sydney Harbour, put out a long boat with a couple of bags of mail for the colonials, and then be on their way to the Cape of Good Hope.
I have naturally put my query directly to the supplier and was given some lame guff about being held up in Customs at my end. Customs told me they aren't the least bit interested in private imports of perfume valued below $A1000.
So here I am at an impasse, with no goods, and no clear idea of whether they have been shipped, and if there is indeed a form of 'snail mail' that they might be using, like my tea clipper story above.
Since ordering my perfumes from Fragrance X I have had two shipments from Amazon, via UPS which arrived in 10 days. This is the norm for airmail deliveries from US to Australia. The longest I have had to wait for any goods, was for a book from Amazon that took 15 days.
So I have paid for goods that I cannot locate. Where do I go from here? Keep waiting like Janis Joplin did for her Mercedes Benz, or chalk it up to experience and re-order from elsewhere. My resources, like everyone else's, are finite, and I don't like to feel that I have been duped.
I am interested in what others' experiences have been, especially from outside the US.