Thread: Free to a good home
I have a mini of Donna Karan Woman, tested once, up for grabs.
I must bore you first though and share how I came about it. I already posted this once on another site (MUA) so some of you may have already read it:
Stunned and amazed by an eBay seller's awesomeness and generosity!
Short version: I got more than twice as much than was due to me from an eBay seller.
Long story: I was thrilled to win an eBay auction recently. It was a travel-sized cosmetics set in a nice bag and one of the items in particular was something I really love, (ReVive Volumizing Serum), but really cannot afford to buy in the store. I lucked out, and paid a little less for the entire set than what that size serum was fetching recently on eBay. I had that little "buyer's high" from getting something I really wanted for less than I expected to pay. When it came, the seller, who must have been psychic, had included a new mini of DK Woman, something I hadn't tried yet. But, the serum wasn't in the bag. It appeared that a similar ReVive travel bag had been sent by mistake. It was lovely, but I love that particular serum so I decided to write and ask to send it back for the bag that was described for that auction. But, when I did that, my message to her completely disappeared. It wasn't in my Sent Messages folder in my email or in the My Messages thing on eBay. Then I got a message from eBay stating they received my request to open a case against her. It further stated I wanted a refund. Wrong wrong wrong. I would never open a case, unless it was a last resort. And I wanted the serum, not my money. She was informed I opened a case too and wrote to ask what the issue was; she never got my message to her. I ended up spending 45 minutes on the phone with eBay customer support before finally getting a copy of my initial message to her sent back to me so I could forward it to her. I learned that just the day before, eBay "changed the way buyers and sellers communicate with each other". It seems that now when you contact the seller, unless you check a box that says "other" as the reason, a case is automatically opened against the seller. I think that is just so wrong. Anyway, I tried to explain what had happened to her and she responded by saying she had a surprise for me on the way. Today I was just floored. She sent an entire new bag, some extra Chanel eye cream samples and the loveliest note ever insisting I not send anything back. ReVive isn't cheap. This was incredibly generous. EBay sellers don't make much money on their stuff and put forth a lot of effort. I don't know how she could afford to do this. So the next time you get pissed at eBay, remember there's at least one seller out there who is not only honest, they epitomize the best in people.
Last edited by socalwoman; 14th April 2013 at 05:13 PM.
nice to hear, socalwoman!
TAKEN Floral/Sweet: Tauer Carillon Pour Un Ange, Piazzetta di Portofino Profumo, Annick Goutal La Violette, Delices de Cartier and Isabella Rossellini IsaBella. going to bookhouseshell
TAKEN Adventuresome Mix: Laura Tonatto Amir, PdN Maharanih, Donna Karan Chaos (original formula), and 2 by Be Never Too Busy: Exhale, and Ladyboy going to Curly11
TAKEN: Treat-Yo-Self: Le Labo Santal 33, Serge Lutens El Attarine, Guerlain Elixir Charnel Oriental Brulant, Diptyque Vetyverio, and 2 by Byredo: Black Saffron and Oud Immortel. Going to Twolf.
have a great day, Lisa
Last edited by SaNielsen; 16th April 2013 at 01:57 PM. Reason: all taken
@socalwoman That's a lovely story. It just goes to show that there are people out there who act with integrity and kindness even if they aren't dealing with others in a face-to-face manner.
SoCalWoman, what a great story! And thank you for the heads up about the change in ebay communication between buyer and seller. That's good to know. I've been very fortunate with 99% of my ebay transactions. I always give people the benefit of the doubt, and every opportunity to make things right if something goes wrong. I feel a strange sort of karmic obligation to do that, as I've been the recipient of so much kindness and generosity in this life. Maybe I'm superstitious but I don't want to mess things up now!
Lilybelle, Feel exactly the same way.
Paying it forward:
Alvarez Gomez Agua de Colonia Concentrada, 1.5ml/Ava Luxe China Rain 2ml/Scents of Time Night Star 1ml/Divine L'Ame Soeur .5ml/Odin NY 06 - 2ml CLAIMED BY SCHILLING
Pink Sugar 1.8ml (2 of them) CLAIMED BY JEM187
Marilyn Miglin Pheromone .9ml (2 of them)
Nasomatto Duro .5ml
Creed Fleur de Bulgarie 1.5ml
Kenzo Flower 2+ml
Last edited by bogsc; 17th April 2013 at 01:49 PM.
SaNielsen, could I please have pack No.3 Treat Yo-Self?
Wonderful story, socal. Thanks for sharing it.
Apparently eBay Customer service has been swamped because of this change in policy-- according to a thread on the seller's forum, buyers have been unintentionally opening cases left and right, simply because they were trying to communicate with the seller. A mess all around.
Here is a link to the April 9th eBay announcement; of course eBay gives it a positive spin:
Last edited by 30 Roses; 15th April 2013 at 02:28 AM.
Obsession Night for Her mini still up for grabs.Taken by BOGSC on 4/17 10:46
5+ milliliters left. No box.
Please respond in this post, as my InBox is about full.
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Last edited by Schilling; 17th April 2013 at 03:47 PM.
Thanks socalwoman for the story and warning - I once bought from an ebay seller who inadvertently sent me a defective product but was overwhelmingly generous in going out of his way to make things right even though he lived halfway across the world from me, so that makes two of them.
I'm just going to have to be more careful communicating with sellers until ebay sorts out their policy changes - the ones I talk to are usually the ones who have taken the trouble to communicate or clarify things with me, and they are the last people I want to be inadvertently opening cases against!
Having said that, I did recently open a case against a perfume seller on ebay. It's probably only my second or third case after buying hundreds of items off ebay over nearly 10 years and my first involving perfume, so I count myself lucky.
SaNielsen I'd like the Adventuresome Mix if it's still available.
Sure, Curly11. All sample sets taken now, but more to come as I keep testing and testing....
Thanks so much socalwoman! I'll certainly keep her in mind.
Schilling, all you've expressed interest in are still available. Happy to send them to you. Just PM me with your address.
Thanks bogsc. Very kind of you. I just PM'd my address.
I've dusted off a few (small .5-1ml) very different scents looking for a new lease on life.
Please respond directly in this thread.
Lavanilia Laboratories' Pur Vanilla
Fracas de Robert Piguet
Prada's Infusion d'Iris edp
Jo Malone's English Pear and Freesia
Tom Ford's Violet Blonde
Tom Ford's Black Orchid
Tom Ford for Men
Tom Ford Private Blend Azure Lime
Armani Sport Code
Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet
...and of course there's that Calvin Klein Obsession Night mini that no one seems to want from ages ago. CK taken by BOGSC 4/17 10:47
Last edited by Schilling; 17th April 2013 at 03:48 PM.
Poor little Obsession Night. My sis seems to like Calvin Klein scents (she's a huge Euphoria fan) so perhaps she'd like something a little different from his line to wear now and again. Happy to take the unloved CK Obsession Night off your hands if no one continues to bite. I'm sure I can find it a good home.
Thanks for taking the time to explain what is happening with ebay and contacting sellers. I want to make sure I am understanding this correctly... checking the box that says "other" will not red flag for a case to be opened? I would hate the thought of a case being opened accidentally and unintentionally hurting the reputation of a good ebayer. I checked a couple of items yesterday (the shipping info) and the information said that my purchased were deviled to me yesterday by USPS. I have ordered from this ebayer once before and they have a 100% rating, I am waiting to see if I get the items today (thinking that maybe my mail man meant to bring it to the door but did not) or (that it may have been left at similar address and will be set out for the mail man as "left at wrong address". So I may have to contact the seller soon. The Items are decanting kits from a seller that sells from their own website online and from ebay.
Thanks in advance,
That is what eBay customer service told me on the phone. Checking OTHER is the only way to prevent a case from being opened. I was told this the day after the change was put into place though. Hopefully, the customer service agent knew what she was talking about.
I would call the local post office and tell them you didn't receive the package as soon as possible. Something like that happened to me before. Some time ago I ordered a big package of clothes from a very good eBay seller and waited forever for them to be delivered. I finally checked the tracking and saw on both eBay and USPS.com they were marked as having been delivered when they had not. I called the post office but all they could tell me was they always leave my packages by the front door. I think if I'd called earlier, they might have remembered something about the package and where they really left it. I imagine it was delivered to the wrong address because at that time we kept getting mail that wasn't addressed to us, probably because out post office was jostling postpeoples' routes and schedules in response to changes in their budget. The seller had proof they sent it (how else could it have been marked delivered by USPS?) and didn't refund me. I should have asked for eBay to reimburse me but didn't know I could do that at that time. Oh well. Anyway, the sooner you contact the person marked it as delivered, the better.
Last edited by Jem182; 20th April 2013 at 01:37 AM.
TAKEN 3 small bottles:
Languor perfume oil from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
Red Musk oil by Tulipe
Erbe Bergamot rollerball by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz...going to bookwyrmsmith
Last edited by SaNielsen; 22nd April 2013 at 11:57 PM.
Thanks so much!
Continuing my spring cleaning...
Marilyn Miglin Pheromone .9ml (2 of them) CLAIMED BY JUJY54
Nasomatto Duro .5ml/Creed Fleur de Bulgarie 1.5ml/Kenzo Flower 2+ml (CLAIMED BY SOUTHERN GARDENS)
Christian Dior Oud Ispahan 2.5ml (CLAIMED BY DARKDREAMS)
Pink Sugar (Found another 1.5+ml sample)
Last edited by bogsc; 28th April 2013 at 02:45 PM.
I would like to claim the ones below bogsc!
Christian Dior Oud Ispahan 2.5ml
Nasomatto Duro .5ml
Creed Fleur de Bulgarie 1.5ml
Kenzo Flower 2+ml
Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity - COCO CHANEL
Hi robbie. Darkdreams already claimed the Oud ispahan. Happy to send you the others you've requested.
bogsc, is Pheromone still available?
What do insomniac perfumers do to fall asleep? They count chypres!
Yes, the pheromone is still available and I'd be happy to send to you. Please pm me with your address. I'll get all remaining samples out to everyone this weekend!
Deseo by Jennifer Lopez 1.0 oz, opened, sprayed once...
ALL TAKEN sample lots:
FlowerFest: 3 Fleurs by Parfum d'Empire, Mona di Orio Tubereuse, Sophie by Dawn Spencer Hurwiz, Orange Blossom by Jo Malone and White Jasmine & Mint by Jo Malone. going to juanderer
1990's: Tuscany per Donna, Tocade by Rochas, Samourai by Alain Delon, L'Eau D'Issey, and Casmir by Chopard. going to PerfumedLady
CitrusFest: Lutens' Fleurs de Citronnier, Penhaligon's Extract of Limes, Mito by Vero Profumo, Une Zeste de Rose by Rosine, Eau Fraiche by Caron. going to Galatea8
Have a great, good-smellin' day! Lisa
Last edited by SaNielsen; 28th April 2013 at 11:33 PM.
I'd love the 1990's pack, SaNielsen! This is the first time I've come to this thread with my hand out; that one really grabbed my attention. I graduated in the early 90's and can you believe?-I've never tried a single one of those! Thank you-if someone has beat me to it, no worries!
The nose wants what it wants!
Is the flowerfest pack available?
It's yours if you'd like it, juanderer
I still have an almost full 3.4 oz bottle of Lucky Brand Lucky You for women if anyone wants it!
They're yours Ekscentra. I'll get them off to you this week.
Want to try Ivoire de Balmain in pure parfum?
I have a 30 ml bottle of the parfum, way more than I will ever need. I can make four 2,5 ml decants, if there is interest.
The composition of the parfum is not that different from the EdT; if you don't like the EdT at all you are not going to like the parfum!
The main difference to me, is that the hard sparkle of the aldehydes has been dimmed down to a golden glow that even a aldehyde-phobe like me can tolerate and appreciate. I think the juice is in good condition, prominent sillage for the first hour or so, then closer to the skin but still easily detectable, and it lasts and lasts.
I will ship worldwide, though shipping to the UK has become difficult. I've had decants go missing there, but I'm willing to try.
The parfum is a rarity so I'm going to restrict this give-away to Basenotes members 1 year or older; meaning you must have been a member since April 2012.
Decant 1: bogsc
Decant 2: alicka61
Decant 3: kayley123
Decant 4: Blue_Eyez
Last edited by furrypine; 5th May 2013 at 08:32 AM.
Furrypine, I would love to try a smidge of your Ivoire de Balmain. I'll pm you. Carolyn
Me too, PM sent
TAKEN I have a cute little box of 7 vintage perfume nips, each is enough for a single wearing. It includes:
Bourjois Evening in Paris
Lanier Folie de Minuit
Angelique Black Satin
Harriet Hubbard Ayer Golden Chance
going to lilybelle
Happy May! Lisa
Last edited by SaNielsen; 4th May 2013 at 09:26 PM.
Thanks again, SaNielsen. I have a wee bit of Soir de Paris, what year/decade does yours come from? Tweed -- oh Tweed, FrouFrou was a huge fan I remember, I got a little bit of that too. And I am also familiar with your Blanchard. Please do not miss out, guys! I am particularly thinking of lilybelle, due to some reason.
I'm not able to date the box of nips or its contents...?1950s based on the scents included. Who's up for a little time travel?
Furrypine, May I try the Ivoire de Balmain, please?
I understand if you say no, since although I have been a member since 2009...I have NOT been an ACTIVE member until much more recently.
The nose wants what it wants!
Yes,! Nips going to lilybelle.
I got such a nice parcel of decants from cello today including Jungle L'Elephant. So happy to find Basenotes and this thread.
furrypine, I would love to try Ivoire! I am in New Zealand...