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    Live in the U.S. Which online retailer do you guys prefer?

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    Purchased from FragranceNet several times - always a good outcome.

    LuckyScent is also a very good one.

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    amazon or ebay

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    Bottles - FragranceNet.com and Amazon.com

    Samples - Aedes.com, theperfumedcourt.com, surrendertochance.com



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    I recently used theperfumespot.com and had a positive experience.

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    #1: Fragrancenet. I've been really pleased with purchases from there. I tend to wait for them to run 20% promo codes. Recently, they ran a 21% promo for Valentines Day. I picked up a few things then.

    #2: Sign up for an account at ebates.com. That'll add additional cash back on top of any fragrancenet purchase if you remember to go to ebates first and log into fragrancenet from there. ebates cash back amounts seem to vary between 6% and 12%. It'll take a while to get your cash back from ebates, which is annoying... but then again, it's kind of nice since, if you're like me, you'll forget about it, and then one day - presto! You get notified that they deposited cash in your paypal account. Granted, it's cash back from a purchase weeks ago, but still, I like it.

    Using fragrancenet without going through ebates is like turning down free money. It's really worth doing.
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    Most of my purchases are through LuckyScent and they are my choice.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    The majority of my online purchases were from Fragrancenet.
    Currently wearing: Memoir Man by Amouage

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    Parfum1

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    I buy from:

    Beauty Encounter
    Beauty Habit
    Aedes de Venustas
    LuckyScent
    Parfum1
    MiN New York
    Fragrancenet
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    ebay from great sellers with great feedack of course, also lots of used bottles!!

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    Luckyscent for me.

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    Fragrancenet.

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    Ebay. Never had a bad experience, just be careful and you'll get the best deals.
    Hey BN'ers come check out my blog/channel for reviews/unboxings/first impressions! Feel free to subscribe and, thanks much. TheScentNose.

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    I voted other. Beauty Encounter is my favorite. I also like Scented Monkey quite a bit as well. I also order from The Perfume Spot, Frangrancenet and FragranceX. I like Beauty Encounter best because they seem to have the lowest overall prices and they have a lot of discontinued fragrances and so forth that others don't. (especially mini sizes of odd stuff). My only gripe is they are west coast based and I live in the South, so shipping sometimes takes a bit.

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    Fragrancenet, 99Perfume, Parfum1, The Perfume Shoppe, Luckyscent, MinNY, Aedes, Beautyhabit, Beautybar just to name a few.

    It really depends on what I am looking for in the way of fragrances. For discounted designer, generally fragrancenet, 99Perfume or Parfum1 (also for niche). For niche, see the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH1016 View Post
    I voted other. Beauty Encounter is my favorite. I also like Scented Monkey quite a bit as well. I also order from The Perfume Spot, Frangrancenet and FragranceX. I like Beauty Encounter best because they seem to have the lowest overall prices and they have a lot of discontinued fragrances and so forth that others don't. (especially mini sizes of odd stuff). My only gripe is they are west coast based and I live in the South, so shipping sometimes takes a bit.
    www.lilydirect.com

    find me one better deal on beautyencounters on any perfume and apply all the coupons and promos you want.

    Lilydirect is like a gem yet to be discovered. I bought 5 times from them already.

    I live in chicago and my orders arrive in 1-2 business days despite the fact they are located in california.

    You are lucky if you get your order from beautyencounters within a week. all my orders from them took at least a week to come.

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    LuckyScent all the way for Niche. Saks or Berdoff Goodman (Neiman Marcus) for the standards and some hard to find frags.

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    I don't really do a lot of discount retailer buying. But I have bought a good handful of my Serge Lutens from Fragrancenet. I've also purchased a Bond from them.

    I only use them if I need to do these types of purchases.

    I used strawberrynet once to buy a gift for someone, and it was absolutely HORRIBLE experience. Never again.

    Also, terrible experience with LilyDirect. Never, ever again.

    Fragrancenet biggest problem is the free shipping. I always upgrade to the ups ground for $3.

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    Have had excellent luck with Beauty Encounter. None of the nightmares with Creed that others have posted about other online discounters and their prices are good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post

    Also, terrible experience with LilyDirect. Never, ever again.
    Can you share what happened? I've thought of ordering from them but have hesitated as there isn't enough feedback.

    As for the original question, I've used FragranceNet without any problems (aside from slow shipping) as well as Scentiments, Perfumania, and Beauty Encounter. FragranceNet and Perfumania aren't great for NYers as they charge us tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBoomBoom View Post
    Can you share what happened? I've thought of ordering from them but have hesitated as there isn't enough feedback.

    As for the original question, I've used FragranceNet without any problems (aside from slow shipping) as well as Scentiments, Perfumania, and Beauty Encounter. FragranceNet and Perfumania aren't great for NYers as they charge us tax.
    I dont know what happened with his order but here is the tracking info on my last 3 recent orders.
    Take a look at when the items were ordered and delievered to my house in chicago. no more than 2 days each time.

    https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfi...00883699130981

    https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfi...00829689372016

    https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfi...99000863998431

    all of them were delievered in 2 days unless I ordered them late in the day.

    I also spoke with them a bunch of times on the phone. I think its a family owned business and they really care.

    if you order early, your order will be shipped within a few hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attila View Post
    I dont know what happened with his order but here is the tracking info on my last 3 recent orders.
    Take a look at when the items were ordered and delievered to my house in chicago. no more than 2 days each time.

    https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfi...00883699130981

    https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfi...00829689372016

    https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfi...99000863998431

    all of them were delievered in 2 days unless I ordered them late in the day.

    I also spoke with them a bunch of times on the phone. I think its a family owned business and they really care.

    if you order early, your order will be shipped within a few hours.
    Appreciate the feedback! Might take a chance on them in the near future.

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    I've purchased the most from fragrancex.com. Seems to cut the price even better compared to fragrancenet.com
    Currently wearing: Cefiro by Floris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attila View Post
    www.lilydirect.com

    find me one better deal on beautyencounters on any perfume and apply all the coupons and promos you want.

    Lilydirect is like a gem yet to be discovered. I bought 5 times from them already.

    I live in chicago and my orders arrive in 1-2 business days despite the fact they are located in california.

    You are lucky if you get your order from beautyencounters within a week. all my orders from them took at least a week to come.
    I don't know, from what I just saw of Lilydirect, they didn't seem to have the variety that other online discounters have. I used the search tool and searched a few of the more popular "discount" purchases (Green Irish Tweed for example) and they did not have several of the ones I searched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBoomBoom View Post
    Appreciate the feedback! Might take a chance on them in the near future.
    what I like about them is that I dont have to lose brain cells trying to search for a promo code or coupon etc..

    here for instance, the most hyped fragrance here . Creed aventus
    http://www.lilydirect.com/Creed-Aven...ox_p_3105.html

    lets see if anyone can find a better deal than that. I d like to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbthorpe View Post
    I don't know, from what I just saw of Lilydirect, they didn't seem to have the variety that other online discounters have. I used the search tool and searched a few of the more popular "discount" purchases (Green Irish Tweed for example) and they did not have several of the ones I searched.
    you are right. their inventory is not huge. but the prices on everything they carry is unbeatable. I buy at least 2-3 perfumes a week and do perfume shopping religiously. so far they are the cheapest I found.

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    I have dealt with Fragrancenet, Beauty Encounter, Luckyscent, MIN New York, Walgreens and Bergdorf Goodman and all have been great experiences. However, I have used Fragrancenet quite a bit more than the rest.
    My current top ten:
    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Tonka Imperiale
    3. Dior Homme
    4. Pure Malt
    5. Oud Wood
    6. Ambre Nuit
    7. L'air Du Desert Marocain
    8. Noir de Noir
    9. Apple Brandy
    10.Straight to Heaven

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    Though I'm not from US but I've bought several times from Perfumania & fragrancenet and all have been great experiences.
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    Currently on my Rotation:
    1. Cartier D'un Soir
    2. Loewe Essencia
    3. Bergamotto Marino
    4. Herb Alpert Listen
    5. Artisan
    6. Bang
    7. GIT
    8. Pal Zileri No 18
    9. TdH
    0. Kenzo Homme

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    I have used fragrancenet and strawberrynet the most and I have had no problem with either of them. Very good experience with escentual.com - they are great for Guerlains.

    Luckyscent seems to carry almost all of the niche scents I want to buy but I have not used them yet. I have written to them twice about international shipping if buying a few bottles together and they don't seem to reply. Can anybody tell me what their international shipping costs are like if buying many bottles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Parfum1
    I agree...personal service, personal emails about what I may like, good prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attila View Post
    what I like about them is that I dont have to lose brain cells trying to search for a promo code or coupon etc..

    here for instance, the most hyped fragrance here . Creed aventus
    http://www.lilydirect.com/Creed-Aven...ox_p_3105.html

    lets see if anyone can find a better deal than that. I d like to see it.

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    you are right. their inventory is not huge. but the prices on everything they carry is unbeatable. I buy at least 2-3 perfumes a week and do perfume shopping religiously. so far they are the cheapest I found.
    Went to Lilydirect, No Amouage, No Mona di Orio, No Montale, No Bn9, SO I guess they don't carry niche. So I put in Burberry London, a very common dept. store frag. Nothing. Not a good selection
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