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How to Shop for Fragrances

Updated on November 2, 2013
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How to Effectively Shop Online

Are you shopping for men's and ladies fragrances? Famous designer names that you've come to know and love such as Davidoff, Guerlain, Hermes, La Prairie, Liz Claiborne, Elizabeth Arden, Fabrege', Creed, Giorgio Armani, Usher, 50 Cent, Michael Jordan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and many others.

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Why Go To Fancy Department Stores in Congested Malls and Have to Deal With Over Crowded Highways, When You Can Shop at Home and Have Your Purchases Delivered Direct to You?? More and more Americans are doing this every day. Who doesn't want to have more convenience built into their lives. It's pointless to be spending valuable time wandering (or driving around) from store to store, looking for the best deal when you could be out in the wilderness shooting your food or fishing for you food to save even more money.

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Do You Think a Retailer Offering to Share Their Competitor's Prices With You Would Build Your Trust in That Retailer?

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Smell Nice for Less

Do you want to smell nice? Do you want to save money? Of course you do!!! Who wouldn't? Perfumes, colognes, after shaves, etc all smell different on different people. Therefore a product review won't tell you EVERYTHING you might want to know about a particular fragrance, but it can give you some hints about whether it might smell nice or not. The ony way to truly know if a fragrance will smell good on you is to try it.

Personally, I am a great fan of Bvlgari Black. If I would have heeded the review I saw on YouTube, I never would have tried this great scent. The review said that Bvlgari Black smelled like rubber tires. Now, this IS a UniSex scent, but it doesn't smell ANYTHING like rubber tires, as near as I can tell. The scent reminds of me of the talc the barber used to brush on the back of my neck when I got a haircut when I was really young (back in the days when you could find a barber on every Main St. in America practially.).

Anyway, my point is that it is usually a no-risk proposition to try a scent, because many companies have "satisfaction or your money back" policy. Plus there are some merchants that offer an inexpensive trial sample so you can try a products with little expense before you decide if you like it.

One of the great benefits of shopping for scents online is that for most scents you can simply do a search comparison to find who is offering the best price, right from the website. Why get frustrated going to fifty different websites to try to find the best price for your favorite fragrance, when you can get prices from multiple websites in one visit to one website.

Wouldn't it be great if you walked up to the fragrance counter at your favorite department store, and they were willing to share all of the competitors prices with you while you were in their store? Wouldn't it bolster your confidence, that this retailer wants to do what's right by their customers even if it might mean losing a sale? But, real-life doesn't seem to work that way, which is why shopping on some websites which DO allow you to do your price comparison shopping right there is undoubtedly a better deal for most customers.

Let Me Tell You About My Second Favorite Fragrance

My wife gave me a gift of a cologne called "La Moda Privlege Pour Homme" two years ago. I absolutely love this scent; however, I can not find it anywhere in America (online or in a store). She purchased it at the duty-free shop at SVO airport in Moscow, Russia. I'm hoping that the next trip, she brings me back another bottle of it, but if anyone knows where it can be purchased stateside, I'd love to hear from you. I've never had as many compliments from any other cologne as I have had with this one.

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Why I Don't Like Shopping in Department Stores

It seems like many people get excited by the frenzy of Black Friday and Christmas shopping. For me, it's the worst time of the year. I have spent nearly 30 years working part of full-time in one department store or another, going all the way back to W.T. Grant. I rarely, shop in department stores (even the one's I am working at or have worked at), as I detest traffic, crowds, malls, and obnoxious mall-rats.

To me, shopping online is a pleasure. I don't have to get dressed. I don't have to go outside. I don't have to get into my car, and I don't have to drive anywhere. My selections come direct to my front door, and my biggest problem is making sure that my wife doesn't open anything that is meant as a gift for her before I get to it.

Maybe if you have young kids and they want to sit on Santa's lap and tell him their wish list, then perhaps going to the mall or department store is justified, but after you've visited Santa how can you stand to coninute to go back into those holiday shopping-junkie infested places?? Personally, I don't understand it?? As Mr. Spock and Sheldon Cooper would say "It defies all logic!!"

e-Commerce Retail Sales Trend Year-by-Year
e-Commerce Retail Sales Trend Year-by-Year | Source

The Statistics Tell the Story

As the statistics above clearly show, more and more people every year are feeling the same way as I do about shopping in malls and department stores. More people every year are doing their shopping online as compared with the previous years. Is this the end of the retail box store? Well, I doubt it. Retail sales in box stores are still strong even with the increasing trend toward online purchasing, and nearly every box retailer knows that in order to compete today, they must also have an online presence in addition to their box store.

Nearly every major retailer runs an affiliate program. Among the many that do are Wal-Mart, Sears, K-Mart, Boscov's, Macy's, Cabella's just to name a few, but you get the picture. Every retailer is trying to capture as big a piece of the market share as they possibly can and without an online presence that would nearly be impossible. Sure there are still corner delis and small town mom & pop shops that still survive because they have a loyal clientelle, but the days of those types of retail operations are slowly but surely coming to an eventual close.

Every year more and more of those everyday, average american small businesses close their doors as they slowly get devoured by corporate retail mega-stores who can buy in such massive quantities to get lower costs, not to mention buying so many of their goods from countries where labor is cheap, which enables them to sell their merchandise for prices that the average small business can't compete with.

© 2013 John Fisher


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      John Fisher 4 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      Thanks for your comment greatstuff. Sometimes though there are fragrances that people can't buy in their own countries. I have sold many items to customers in Brazil who could not buy the items they wanted in their own countries and they were willing to pay even though shipping with tracking to Brazil for a package weighing under 1 lb was around $30.00. If you follow my link "shopping for scents" many of the merchants there ship internationally, and if you are willing to use only standard shipping with no tracking the charges aren't so bad.

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      I totally agree with you. However, most of the online stores that offer good bargain prices put on hefty shipping charges. For people like me who lives across the many oceans, at the end of the day, it cost more than the prices at the malls, esp. when it is on sales.


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