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  • Primarily official retail stores ?

    15 25.86%
  • Primarily discount retail stores ?

    4 6.90%
  • Primarily official online websites, (eg Chanel/ Hermes etc.) websites ?

    11 18.97%
  • Primarily discount online retailers, (including ebay/ amazon/ Strawberrynet etc. ?

    39 67.24%
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    Question How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    Do you buy from authorised retail stores ?
    Discounter retailer stores ?
    Official online retailers, (eg Chanel/ Hermes etc. websites) ?
    Online discount retailers, (including ebay sellers/ amazon sellers/ strawberrynet etc.) ?
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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    All of the above, plus: grey market sellers, trades, group splits, and online decanters.

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    Do not purchase from primarily from one specific type of seller, so basically I purchase from all of the above.

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    Samples and decants only.
    Just because a fragrance is expensive, doesn’t necessarily make it smell better than a cheaper one.

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    Really, all of the above-mentioned. More so online discount retailers.

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    Whippin' out my great big spreadsheet I see the following purchasing for > 400 items:
    10% were either direct or full retail, online or brick & mortar (NM, Macy's, Lucky Scent, Aedes, MinNY, Chanel, Dior)
    30% were from BN members (bottles, splits)
    30% were from eBay, mostly individuals, mostly used, htf, vintage
    30% were from online discounters (Beauty Encounter, Parfum1, Frangrance Shop, Fragrance Express, Scented Monkey, Perfume.com)

    In the beginning it was weighted more heavily from online discounters then I moved more to BN members / eBay individuals. Visits to brick & mortar high-end stores, online full retai, and/or Direct now being the primary source.
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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    It depends... But I will say I cannot stand buying fragrances if a tax is involved. Americans already pay enough taxes.

    Good Grief...
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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    All of the above. Plus, estate sales and consignment stores for vintage.
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    Prefer to buy locally.
    Even if it's a bit more.
    for swap/sale:



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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    Purchase from all the above.
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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    authorised retail stores
    Currently wearing: Antaeus by Chanel

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    95% eBay or other used/vtg platforms including Basenotes market
    5% online perfume shops, mostly Italian perfumeries which still stock vintage or discontinued scents
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    I buy most of my perfume in retail stores (so far: Nordstrom, Aedes des Venustas and Galeries Lafayette Berlin). I have used ebay twice, for a discontinued fragrance and to get an earlier formulation.

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    All of the above and then some...ex @basenotes/fragantica etc
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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    Same here

    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Do not purchase from primarily from one specific type of seller, so basically I purchase from all of the above.

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    All of them at one time or another but authorised retail stores account for the vast majority.

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    All of the above ( plus many splits & a couple trade/swaps) but primarily online. Btw, I love "First in Fragrance", a top notch online store.

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    All of the above.

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    Official Retail Stores for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 601red View Post
    All of the above.
    All of the above works for me also... I go to the retail stores first...

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    In my case, an equal proportion between official retail stores, official and discounted websites.
    Currently wearing: Antaeus by Chanel

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    I assumed you were asking, "Where do you USUALLY buy your fragrances?"

    I think most of us buy from everywhere/anywhere now and then.
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    Offsite sales: By Kilian Straight to Heaven, Heeley Coccobello, Vintage Tabarome, Selection Verte, Citrus Bigarrade), Tom Ford Noir de Noir, By Kilian Prelude to Love, Bond No. 9 Hamptons, Heeley Oranges & Lemons, L'Essence de Cerruti, Balenciaga Ho Hang Club, Reyane Insurrection, numerous popular SAMPLES! http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=260 and http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=626

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    All of the above, but it depends on the scent.


    • For designer fragrances, I typically buy from discounters - either reputable online stores (FragranceNet, BeautyEncounter, or FragranceX are my faves) or bricks-and-mortar (Perfumania, TJ Maxx, Marshalls).
    • For niche fragrances, I typically buy from high-end department stores (Nordstrom, Saks), though my bottle of L'Humaniste came from LuckyScent, so I buy from online stores specializing in niche as well.
    • I won't buy fragrances from eBay. Period. Too much risk.


    And we can't forget about getting fragrances as gifts - which has happened to me many times. People know that I love to smell good.
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    I don't like having to go to store counters, I prefer online.

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    Online retailers for designer/niche or discount retailers when I spot something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreshSmell View Post
    It depends... But I will say I cannot stand buying fragrances if a tax is involved. Americans already pay enough taxes.

    Good Grief...
    Amen to that!

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    I like to get off my butt and into the stores. You remember? See people, converse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    I like to get off my butt and into the stores. You remember? See people, converse.
    I have social anxiety issues, so I don't like seeing people and conversing, but I prefer buying perfume at the store for a few reasons. I like being able to try what I'm buying right before I buy it and I like being able to walk out with it, instead of checking a tracking number obsessively. Also, when I bought Muscs Koublai Khan, the lady at the counter gave me free macarons and sparkling wine.

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    Local store or there are so many online store for buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreshSmell View Post
    It depends... But I will say I cannot stand buying fragrances if a tax is involved. Americans already pay enough taxes.

    Good Grief...
    Try living in the UK! We pay 20% VAT, one of the highest rates in the world!!
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