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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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  1. #1

    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.) ?
    Last edited by david; 13th August 2014 at 10:17 PM.
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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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    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.
    Current favorites:

    CH Men by Carolina Herrera
    Bogart Pour Homme
    Black Vines by Kerosene
    Piment Brulant by L’Artisan

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

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    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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    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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    All of the above. Plus, estate sales and consignment stores for vintage.
    “Let the beauty we love, be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” -Rumi

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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

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    Default Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    95% eBay or other used/vtg platforms including Basenotes market
    5% online perfume shops, mostly Italian perfumeries which still stock vintage or discontinued scents
    My current top five:

    Yohji Yamamoto - Yohji Homme (vtg)
    Jil Sander - Man
    Comme des Garçons - Black
    Naomi Goodsir - Bois d'ascèse
    YSL - M7 (vtg)

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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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    All of the above and then some...ex @basenotes/fragantica etc
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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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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    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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    All of the above.

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    Official Retail Stores for me...

  20. #20

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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...

  21. #21

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    In my case, an equal proportion between official retail stores, official and discounted websites.

  22. #22

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

    I think most of us buy from everywhere/anywhere now and then.
    Basenotes sales: Many collectible/discontinued CREEDs (Citrus Bigarrade, Selection Verte), Himalaya & other Basenotes favorites (Spicebomb, Heeley Oranges & Lemons, L'Artisan Batucada, L'Essence de Cerruti, The Vert) http://www.basenotes.net/threads/340...erruti-TheVert

    Offsite sales: Collectible CREEDs (Vintage Tabarome Private Collection, Selection Verte, Citrus Bigarrade), Pure White Cologne, Himalaya & other Basenotes favorites (Spicebomb, Heeley Oranges & Lemons, L'Artisan Batucada, L'Essence de Cerruti, The Vert) http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=260 and http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=626

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    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.

  26. #26

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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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    Authorized retail stores, although if I saw a perfume I use in a discount store like Winners or Marshall's I would certainly buy it and have done so. I have never gotten over the thrill of going downtown to buy perfume, first experienced as a young teenager. For me it is so much a part of the enjoyment of perfume. Decades later the thought of going to buy perfume still provides that thrill and each time I do it is recreated anew. Ordering from faraway sources just doesn't deliver that magical feeling that hands-on buying does--and I'm willing to pay the premium for the total experience. In the long run, however, there are perks given to regular customers and you end up getting quite a few extras.

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    usually online but occasionally I like to go into store and buy as they give away free samples when you buy instore.

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