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    Default How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    Do they buy directly from Coty/Parlux etc? I thought that perfume was only supposed to be "sold at authorized retailers"? For example I just saw Bvlgari Jasmine Noir at $48 online at scentiments.com

    How do they get them at such a low price? Does Bvlgari sell to them?

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    Default Re: How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    The grey market. Excess stock sold to the middle east etc, then makes its way back to discount store in the West.
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    Default Re: How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    So why would anyone buy a Juicy Couture fragrance at Macy's or Nordstrom when they can buy the same thing at Target/Ross for a fraction of the cost? It doesn't make sense to have them sold at both places. Coty Inc. doesn't mind that it's products are being resold?

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    Default Re: How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    Because there are people out there where cost is not a concern and who can't be bothered hunting down the lower price, however illogical that might seem to some.

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    Default Re: How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by leociccone View Post
    So why would anyone buy a Juicy Couture fragrance at Macy's or Nordstrom when they can buy the same thing at Target/Ross for a fraction of the cost? It doesn't make sense to have them sold at both places. Coty Inc. doesn't mind that it's products are being resold?
    I would think for much the same reasons some folks will pay rack rate at hotel rooms and airline tickets, full MSRP for a vehicle and so on.
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    Default Re: How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    So basically All department stores are ripoffs? I thought that they always said that the Manufacturer makes the price of the scent not the department store? For example YSL L'homme is $75 at Macy's, Nordstrom, Sephora etc. They aren't allowed to lower or raise the scent's price

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    Default Re: How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by leociccone View Post
    So basically All department stores are ripoffs? I thought that they always said that the Manufacturer makes the price of the scent not the department store? For example YSL L'homme is $75 at Macy's, Nordstrom, Sephora etc. They aren't allowed to lower or raise the scent's price
    Im not exactly sure how this works but, I believe anyone may resell a product at any price if it's already in your possession.
    The larger department stores however are authorised sellers of these brands and have some sort of agreement with them.

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    Default Re: How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    So then the fragrance stores in malls with all of the discontinued fragrances are totally legit? I always thought that it was a risk buying from them and that they were doing something illegal.

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    Default Re: How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    In general you will only find fakes online or in some real shady stores.. so I definitely wouldn't worry about that.
    It's very possible though that the fragrances in discount stores have been on the shelves for a lot longer, so if that's something which bothers you don't buy them discounted.

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    Default Re: How do Ross etc/Online Stores sell perfume at discounts?

    Yeah. I recently smelled Gres Cabotine at one of those shops. It smelled VILE compared to a bottle my aunt just bought from the by Gres boutique in Paris.

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