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    Default Men's GIVEAWAY thread- NO REQUESTS ALLOWED! Revised 1/29/13

    Offering samples and bottles for free will be allowed here. Let's see if we can do this without asking for sample shipping costs. If someone offers samples and then later receives some, the costs should be a wash. Shipping samples in a small sandwich type baggie and then placing them in a bubble wrap envelope should cost no more than $2.00 U.S. Bottle shipping requests must be for typical shipping costs. Even though the bottles are free please pack them carefully! This should be a fun and conflict free experience. Please do not ask for more than one freebie per month. We do not want "freebie hogs" to ruin the experience for everyone else. Requests are not allowed here, as doing so would be outside the marketplace rules and allowing it would lead to requests from those who do not meet marketplace requirements. Please state to whom you have sent samples. Some reply by PM so no one knows who got them. We want to be able to see if anyone is "hogging" the sample giveaway. Regarding shipping out of one's country- Although some have no problem with this, it is certainly not an obligation. Some must wait on line at an actual post office to do so as opposed to being able to ship domestically from an annex. So let's not disparage those who state CONUS or EU ONLY, for example.

    All responses to giveaways should be public so there is no question as to who was first. It may be wise to first post publicly and then follow with a PM with one's address.
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    Sounds like a great idea! I'll try to contribute after I get a small collection started.

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    Men only to participate on this thread I am going to guess?
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    Great idea, I'll be happy to offer samples from my small wardrobe for UK users - but before that I'll need to see what empty sample bottles I have so I can say what I can offer. Free postage is fine - it should only cost about 60p ($1) in the UK.

    Is it OK to say something like "I can offer 10 assorted samples from my wardrobe - pick one you want and ask me"? or is that too close to the market place prohibition? (As an alternative, would it be better, say, to list something specific and say "I'm offering the following specific samples..."?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Men only to participate on this thread I am going to guess?
    It shouldn't be men-only, IMO, it should just be "men's fragrances" only.
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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    I would think anyone could participate.

    Just as the thread on the female forum leans toward offering fragrances marketed to women (but men who wish to try them are welcome to accept the offers), I would think this thread will be geared toward masculines-- but if women wish to try them, why not?

    I think most of us here on BN are not so very rigid about gender categorization of fragrances anyway.

    For that matter, if I have leftover men's samples to offer (from my husband's stash), I'll offer them here instead of on the thread on the female forum.



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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Is it OK to say something like "I can offer 10 assorted samples from my wardrobe - pick one you want and ask me"? or is that too close to the market place prohibition?


    Erm, could somebody please point me towards the regulations re. market place prohibition?

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Marketplace rules:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/229...ketplace-rules

    My husband and I just had a good scrounge. In the interest of de-cluttering, we offer these used samples for free.
    USA only.

    Please choose either batch 1 or batch 2.
    I'll look at your wardrobe "to test list", and if I own a perfume that you have on your wardrobe test list, I'll decant a bit to add to the package (as long as I have enough to share.)

    Batch 1: CLAIMED by Octavarium/mailed 10/9
    Penhaligon's Castile, carded vial sample, nearly full, 1.5 ml
    Nordstrom decanted spray samples of Pure Malt, about 2 mls total
    Nordstrom Declaration Cologne edt spray sample, about 1.5-2 mls

    Batch 2: Claimed (Turtle Vetiver to morrison74, others to personageguy/mailed 10/9
    CB I Hate Perfume Old Leather #276 water perfume, decanted spray sample, about .7 ml spray
    Hermessence Paprika Brasil, decanted spray sample, about .7 ml remaining
    Turtle Vetiver Front glass spray decant, estimate 1 ml remaining
    Last edited by 30 Roses; 16th January 2013 at 02:55 AM. Reason: added names

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    Marketplace rules:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/229...ketplace-rules

    My husband and I just had a good scrounge. In the interest of de-cluttering, we offer these used samples for free.
    USA only.

    Please choose either batch 1 or batch 2.
    I'll look at your wardrobe "to test list", and if I own a perfume that you have on your wardrobe test list, I'll decant a bit to add to the package (as long as I have enough to share.)

    Batch 1:
    Penhaligon's Castile, carded vial sample, nearly full, 1.5 ml
    Nordstrom decanted spray samples of Pure Malt, about 2 mls total
    Nordstrom Declaration Cologne edt spray sample, about 1.5-2 mls

    Batch 2:
    CB I Hate Perfume Old Leather #276 water perfume, decanted spray sample, about .7 ml spray
    Hermessence Paprika Brasil, decanted spray sample, about .7 ml remaining
    Turtle Vetiver Front glass spray decant, estimate 1 ml remaining
    I'd love to try out Pure Malt. I'm really new to collecting, so I'd really appreciate being able to try something like that before buying it. My collection is something like six bottles now, three of which I rarely use.

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    OctaVariuM,

    I can send you batch 1 with Pure Malt and the other samples; you don't have any fragrances listed in your wardrobe so there is no test list for me to look at....

    Please PM me your name and address and I'll mail it tomorrow.


    Last edited by 30 Roses; 7th October 2012 at 11:38 PM.

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    Marketplace rules:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/229...ketplace-rules

    My husband and I just had a good scrounge. In the interest of de-cluttering, we offer these used samples for free.
    USA only.

    Please choose either batch 1 or batch 2.
    I'll look at your wardrobe "to test list", and if I own a perfume that you have on your wardrobe test list, I'll decant a bit to add to the package (as long as I have enough to share.)

    Batch 1: CLAIMED
    Penhaligon's Castile, carded vial sample, nearly full, 1.5 ml
    Nordstrom decanted spray samples of Pure Malt, about 2 mls total
    Nordstrom Declaration Cologne edt spray sample, about 1.5-2 mls

    Batch 2:
    CB I Hate Perfume Old Leather #276 water perfume, decanted spray sample, about .7 ml spray
    Hermessence Paprika Brasil, decanted spray sample, about .7 ml remaining
    Turtle Vetiver Front glass spray decant, estimate 1 ml remaining
    30 Roses, you never pass up the opportunity to share with others. One of the most generous people on BN!!
    Very nice of you to kick things off for the guys!

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    I would think anyone could participate.

    Just as the thread on the female forum leans toward offering fragrances marketed to women (but men who wish to try them are welcome to accept the offers), I would think this thread will be geared toward masculines-- but if women wish to try them, why not?

    I think most of us here on BN are not so very rigid about gender categorization of fragrances anyway.

    For that matter, if I have leftover men's samples to offer (from my husband's stash), I'll offer them here instead of on the thread on the female forum.
    I think 30Roses makes a vailid point gentelemen. Some of the BN ladies might like to sample some more masculine scents or offer samples of their own and should be allowed to participate in our "Free To A Good Home" or whatever you want to call it. I have wanted to try some more femme frags and was welcomed in the ladies forum. Tit for Tat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    Marketplace rules:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/229...ketplace-rules

    My husband and I just had a good scrounge. In the interest of de-cluttering, we offer these used samples for free.
    USA only.

    Please choose either batch 1 or batch 2.
    I'll look at your wardrobe "to test list", and if I own a perfume that you have on your wardrobe test list, I'll decant a bit to add to the package (as long as I have enough to share.)

    Batch 1: CLAIMED
    Penhaligon's Castile, carded vial sample, nearly full, 1.5 ml
    Nordstrom decanted spray samples of Pure Malt, about 2 mls total
    Nordstrom Declaration Cologne edt spray sample, about 1.5-2 mls

    Batch 2:
    CB I Hate Perfume Old Leather #276 water perfume, decanted spray sample, about .7 ml spray
    Hermessence Paprika Brasil, decanted spray sample, about .7 ml remaining
    Turtle Vetiver Front glass spray decant, estimate 1 ml remaining
    Thanks for starting things rolling Roses! You are so kind!

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    I have a small lot to pass along. USA only please!

    Guerlain Coriolan (small decant)
    Eau de Guerlain (small decant)
    Portrait of a Lady (sample)

    What a mix, huh?? Anyone who hasn't had a chance to try these yet? Found a home.
    Last edited by Genie Jeanie; 7th October 2012 at 07:16 PM.

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    To the Moderator,

    Is it just samples or can it be bottles as well?

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    I have a ton of samples I don't want...as soon as I figure out all these rules and can/can't do things, I'll list them.
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    Just subscribing to the thread ....
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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Not so complicated, really...list it for free and you're good. On the ladies thread we give away bottles too.

    As stuigi pointed out, sooner or later when you accept someone else's offer, the free shipping comes back to benefit you.
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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    1. Ladies are of course welcome
    2. NO bottles
    3. NO requests as stated- that is reserved for the marketplace board with requirements
    4. Offering 10 samples but allowing one per person is one's prerogative (obviously more shipping costs)

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Quote Originally Posted by stuigi View Post
    1. Ladies are of course welcome
    2. NO bottles
    3. NO requests as stated- that is reserved for the marketplace board with requirements
    4. Offering 10 samples but allowing one per person is one's prerogative (obviously more shipping costs)
    Is there a reason why people can't offer bottles they no longer want? Would that just fall into the marketplace area? Cause, to be honest, the 500 posts thing is going to keep some people from being able to unload bottles via BN. As I've said before, it doesn't really apply to me, I'm just curious.

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Enforcement of the marketplace rules and requirements has succeeded(with few exceptions as compared to the early years of Basenotes) in protecting members from losing large amounts of money in bottle sales or swaps.

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Quote Originally Posted by stuigi View Post
    Enforcement of the marketplace rules and requirements has succeeded(with few exceptions as compared to the early years of Basenotes) in protecting members from losing large amounts of money in bottle sales or swaps.
    That makes sense, but if it's free, how could someone get screwed out of money? Sure, a bottle may cost an extra dollar to ship versus some samples, but I'm not seeing the overlap between preventing fraud in the marketplace and the lack of bottle gifting in this thread.

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Free bottle offers here could easily turn into swap offers. It sets a precedent for doing so outside the marketplace swap board. This is the way the marketplace was set up and there is no reason to change it. PM me if you wish to discuss it further.

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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Quote Originally Posted by stuigi View Post
    Free bottle offers here could easily turn into swap offers. It sets a precedent for doing so outside the marketplace swap board. This is the way the marketplace was set up and there is no reason to change it. PM me if you wish to discuss it further.
    So there are two different rules. One for women and One for men?? They give away whole bottles.
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    I will discuss this with the other mods. I have some serious concerns about this. Stay tuned.

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    We girls never have a problem giving away. It's the requesting part that seems to be the turning point. Just offer and then a taker arrives happily. I think it must be if there is any possibility of someone getting unhappy over something wonderfully nice. Swaps are two way and giving is one way only.
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    Default Re: Men's sample swap thread

    Sorry, I just assumed about the bottles, since we ladies have done it on our thread for some time now without any problem.

    But guys, the reason it has worked on the ladies' forum is precisely because it is a free gift with no strings attached, no expectation of compensation.

    That sort of generosity is the engine that drives our thread; it creates good will and more generosity. Once you start expecting something in return, it's dead. Just saying!

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    Default Re: Men's sample GIVEAWAY thread

    ok- Please see the thread title name change and revised rules in the first post! We will allow free samples and bottles to be given away on the men's board on a trial basis. The thread will be carefully watched. Once again, no requests please.

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    How do I distinguish between a sample and a decant? Can I give away decants?

    And what if I don't like the person who has requested my samples? Can I wait for someone else to come along?

    Can I trade sex for samples?

    Whenever generosity of time and fragrance are concerned, heavy regulation must be defined and enforced. Otherwise who knows what chaos will ensue? Next thing you know, I might even split more than one bottle at a time!

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    Default Re: Men's sample GIVEAWAY thread

    Good grief, Brian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    Good grief, Brian!

    BTW your avatar is a scream!
    Satire aside, I've been giving away samples to BN members by the truckload. Does that really need rules, too? Giving things away needs to have rules? I have to say it twice because it's hard to believe.

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