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    Default Re: Define Your Personal Financial Limit Regarding Single Purchases

    €60 is darn expensive for Zino and Burberry London, but is pretty typical of European prices.

    A$220 (US$210) is the most I ever paid for a scent, and I don't think I'll ever spend that much again.

    Around US$100 is all I'll ever spend on typical scents, though I might think about US$150 if another Creed ever grabs me.
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    More than £60 for 100 ml seems excessive and a rip off when it comes to most perfumes I've encountered. I'd be willing to go up to £80 or more for an exceptional scent that provides excellent longevity and sillage with one or two sprays and thus will last me a long time.

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    I remember answering a similar thread a couple years back. At that time I had a specific hard cap that was listed. Looking back, I have exceeded that "limit" several times, so I won't make the same mistake of listing another. If the prospective composition is excellent smelling, meshes with my preferences and I am aware of its existence, then if I have the financial means and the logistics to acquire it, I will.
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    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    Although I suppose I could purchase bottles over $200 without it imposing any financial hardship, I hit a psychological barrier around the $150-180 mark, even for scents I really love.
    Me exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    I do have a few cheapies that are out of the ballpark home runs though. I didn't mean to imply cheap = bad and expensive = good. What I've learned is that, regardless of the price, anything less than a love = pass. I recently bought Interlude Man and I adore it. I also recently bought Choco Musk by Al Rehab for $3.75 and I adore it. For me, the difference between cheap and expensive is that I make more cheap mistakes because they feel more affordable. And if evaluated one at a time, they are more affordable. But if you look at a year's worth of my spending (PLEASE DON'T!!!) you'd see that my cheap purchase mistakes cost me far more than my expensive purchase mistakes. The reason why is obvious: I don't make expensive purchase mistakes - because I sample the heck out of pricey stuff before buying.

    It is true that everyone has a limit. I don't know what mine is yet I seriously considered a bottle of Creed's 1849, which is around $350, but I didn't find a sample, so I didn't go for it. I have a feeling that would be my absolute upper limit, but only if the scent absolutely blew me away and wore spectacularly.
    Creed 1849 has been the exception that has sorely tempted me but I have resisted. Others in that price bracket don't seriously tempt me. But I love Creed.
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post
    Eh, my limit falls around the $200-250 mark for any 100ml bottle. on a per ml basis I've spent more, but only bought like 5ml/10ml or max 30ml of something that multiplied out to 50-100ml would have been expensive (eg MDCI, Puredistance, etc).

    There's too many very good niche stuff out there for that $200-250 price point that something's really got to wow me to justify me spending more than that, and nothing's done it for me yet. I've smelled JAR, Roja Dove, Mona Di Oria, etc but I just don't feel swayed enough to pay those prices.
    When I go back to New York I just have to stay away from Bergdorf Goodman because I WILL buy a bottle of one of the JARs.

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    <40 - cheap (about 20% of my wardrobe)

    40-80 - decently priced (about 40 % of my wardrobe)

    80> expensive (about 40% of my wardrobe)

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    A few hundreds (EUR/GBP/USD) per bottle and only if it combined at least some, if not all of the following requirements: niche or designer exclusive, discontinued/vintage/limited edition, large bottle size etc.

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    $0 -$40.00 cheap
    $50.00 to $100.00 reasonable
    $100 and up expensive
    As far as my limit, I would say around $200. Anything higher is on a split.

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    If I love it and have the $$$ available, there is no specific limit.

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    My limit is $150 but I could exceed that within a reasonable amount.

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    Same here...anything under $150 I used to pull the trigger fast. I've been trying to cut back my purchases lately as I'm in the process of buying a new home so I keep telling myself I need to save rather than add another $100+ purchase to my collection. Now, I'll try to sell something of mine first before buying others.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    Although I suppose I could purchase bottles over $200 without it imposing any financial hardship, I hit a psychological barrier around the $150-180 mark, even for scents I really love.

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    I like and enjoy so many fragrances yet my wardrobe remains relatively very small. I find 99% of fragrances I sample to be good, admirable or have redeeming qualities for experience purposes, however, I only find maybe less than 1% to be something that I want to wear and full bottle worthy. When I find a fragrance full bottle worthy I'm going to get it regardless of price, just so happens that the frags I find fbw are usually 200+. If I'm able to find what I want on the low, like lightly used on the MP, then that's a good money, if not I pony up and pay the cash even if I have to save.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post

    Creed 1849 has been the exception that has sorely tempted me but I have resisted. Others in that price bracket don't seriously tempt me. But I love Creed.

    Creed Millesime 1849... It was a blind purchase for me; Maybe or Probably my best blind purchase. Not something which should be worn everyday, but certainly something which belongs in a Creed collection. -Great Stuff-
    Currently wearing: Spice and Wood by Creed

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    $300 for 50ml (1.7 oz) is the most I am willing to pay.

    So I won't buy Creed Royal Exclusives. They are sold for either $225 (30 ml) or $675 for 8.4oz, which I can never finish before the juice goes bad. If they are sold in 2.5 oz (75 ml) or 4 oz bottles, I won't mind buying.

    I also won't buy Clive Christian. Fortunately, after testing all CC's fragrances for woman, I don't really like any of them.

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    I usually draw the line at around £200, rare exceptions being Roja Dove Enigma Parfum and Creed Millesime 1849. Provided any expenditure falls within disposable income and has no impact on everyday necessity then I make no other constraints.

    Cheap < £40
    Reasonable £40 - £100
    Expensive > £100

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    For a single bottle -- £250.00

    Above that -- it would have to be very very special and I can't see it happening

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    Today I consider anything around $50 to be cheap, $75 a good deal, $100-$200 is reasonable, and $300 is my limit. Only time I met my limit was with Ford's TV. Since moving overseas from NY I've come to appreciate the prices the US offers. Europe has a lot of great scents to offer but I'm far from a fan of the pricing. Although that hasn't stopped me from making 5 purchases in the last 3 months...

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    I think $50 and under is cheap, and $100 and over is expensive. Doesn't mean I won't pay it, but it's got to be worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    My personal definition of cheap would be €15 or less.
    David, another issue is that most of the 60-80's fragrances while still readily available at many small stores in many European countries, cannot be found in North America, particularly Canada. The ones you might find for 20 there might be selling here for 100 or more, retail or online.

    I recently purchased worth pour Homme haute Concentration on eBay, sold from an European country, label was struck with marker, but the price tag clearly showed euro 19.99, I paid 60 odd + shipping.

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    For 3.4 OZ sized frags:

    Less than $70 is cheap.

    Any frag that cost more than Creed is too expensive. To purchase a cologne like that, it would have to be tremendously inspiring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    I think of it in a much simpler way: I smell the fragrance, I look at the price, and I ask myself "Would I pay that much for it?" The higher the price, the more I have to love it in order to buy it - but isn't that the way it is with most things people buy?

    Years ago, I would have said less than $40 is cheap and more than $125 is expensive, but as I look back on purchases I've made I realize how easy it is to spend a lot of money on cheap scents that I don't end up being that excited about. Thus, cheap scents can be expensive.

    My personal limit is based on how much I enjoy a scent and whether I have the money at the time. That may sound like a copout, but I assure you it is not.
    This is the truth, if you go around looking at the price first and the sensation after it becomes a game of limitation.

    Choosing what you like based on its effects on your mood/enjoyment of its composition and then looking at the tag is a much better way of doing it, in my opinion.

    I'd rather spend the combined output of three average cheapies on one quality decant which will bring me a lot more olfactory stimulation and merriment in the long run.

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    The most expensive scent I've bought so far , cost me 60$ ( a discontinued scent). I can hardly afford to buy something over that sum, even if I like it very much.

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    I won't pay for any fragrance more than 220 € ( about 300 USD).
    "Le parfum est la musique du corps"
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    Chanel Antaeus (vtg) (Jaques Polge, 1981)
    Terre d' Hermes EDT (2006-2009) (Jean-Claude Ellena, 2006)
    Green Irish Tweed (Probably Oliver Creed / Pierre Bourdon, 1985)
    Eau de Rochas Pour Homme (Gilles Romey, 1993)
    Bleu de Chanel EDP (Jaques Polge, 2014)
    YSL Jazz (vtg) (Jean-François Latty, 1988)
    Currently wearing: Macassar by Rochas

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    I will go up to $250-260 for a bottle (Guerlain L'Art de Matiere and Tom Fords) but that's my limit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    I too have bought a lot of cheap fragrances I never wear. Should have learned long ago that cheap is a total waste...9 out of 10 times.
    You are 100% right. Everything I buy at Marshall's/TJ Maxx/Ross ends up on the old swap list. When will we learn...
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    This is a tough one. I am prone to manic highs and when I am on a bender, fragrance enhances this trait. Maybe its the stimulation...or spending money on something I enjoy is better than Prozac.

    I have dropped serious coin on things I have ended up loathing (Erolfa and BdP at the same time). Left both in a dresser that went to Goodwill.

    I also have had days where I spent less than $100 and walked away with 3 to 4 that I continue to replenish.

    That being said, I am willing to pay full retail for some of my favorites...(cough) Aventus...because the kid who sells Creed at Neimann is cool - and for the amount of times I talk to him, he deserves a nice commission. Answer $350 at once. Try to stay under $120 per month sans the occasional refill of a Creed product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    I too have bought a lot of cheap fragrances I never wear. Should have learned long ago that cheap is a total waste...9 out of 10 times.
    I'm really surprised at the amount of people who share this view ! Even if it's a special offer, eg $10 or under - I still test it and will only buy it if I really like it. I wear the cheap scents I own just as much as the expensive ones. Pino Silvestre is for me a staple Winter fragrance and I get it for €5 a bottle, love and respect it. The same goes for Tabu and all the other cheapies I own.
    I couln't do without them in my collection.
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    As in France, cheap scents in the USA are locally fairly expensive: ia 3.3 Oz of Zino costs USD 85, any Cartier USD 170 and any Creed or Bond USD 250.

    Forget about Malle and Amouage, they are not sold down here and if they would, the'd be bought by rich tourists (as happens with most high-end foreign luxury brand stores, of the few still being present after poor results and a very particular / errant import substitution policy).

    One more point - Argentines regard conspicous consumption as tacky. So spending money in expensive perfumes is seen as something flamboyant.

    Cheap? < USD 40
    Expensive? > USD 50

    Of course, if you talk to any rich Argentine... that person will probably consider USD 40 fairly expensive if old moneyed. If a snob or a celebrity, USD 250 will be considered dirt cheap: it all adds up to the value assigned to goods and the income of the individuals in question.

    Something else to take in mind: high inflation and exchange rates - saving is impossible, so one better spend whatever disposable money there is. Crazy, huh?
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    I don't have limits if the juice takes me to....WOWW LAND and catapults me through the ROOF with mesmerizing and astonishment affect......peace
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    Default Re: Define Your Personal Financial Limit Regarding Single Purchases

    Anything > 200 USD is expensive, it is more than 6,000 in my currency.

    That requires sampling, I need to love it enough, unique/original enough for me to consider buying it.

    Anyway, I have Tribute Attar by Amouage which costs me an arm and a leg.

    At this moment, my limit is no more than 300 USD.

    Ps. In the saving phase now, due to excessive perfume shopping recently.
    ***My favourite from my collection***

    -------- Amouage Tribute Attar
    ------ Serge Lutens: Ambre Sultan
    -------- Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Sycamore
    ------ Amouage: Fate Man
    -------- Amouage: Epic Man
    ------ Tom Ford Private Blend: Noir de Noir
    -------- Terre D'Hermès Pure Parfum
    ------ EDP FM: Carnal Flower
    -------- Neela Vermire Creations: Trayee
    ------ Dior: Leather Oud
    ------- Hermèssence: Ambre Narguilé
    Currently wearing: Tribute Attar by Amouage

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