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post #3556 of 20523
Does anyone have a source for sample vials and the like? I like the idea of a sample swap, but the only empties I have are 10ml sprays and not many at that.
post #3557 of 20523
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
Does anyone have a source for sample vials and the like? I like the idea of a sample swap, but the only empties I have are 10ml sprays and not many at that.
Quick google search found these: http://www.pilotvials.com/Plastic-Pe...Atomizers.html http://www.madinaonline.com/items.as...atus=0&Tp=&Bc= http://www.bestbottles.com/all_bottl..._wholesale.php http://store01.prostores.com/servlet...s--dsh-/Detail Or, if you're feeling bold, you can hit up your local Sephora and con them into giving you a bunch of their sample vials.
post #3558 of 20523
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
Quick google search found these:

Or, if you're feeling bold, you can hit up your local Sephora and con them into giving you a bunch of their sample vials.

Out of curiosity, how many people do you think would go for samples?
post #3559 of 20523
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Out of curiosity, how many people do you think would go for samples?
Go for or have samples to swap. I think many would be interested but I don't know how many are sample hoarders like we are. You and I are much more likely to have some of the nicer samples as opposed to some of the other members who are just starting. I don't know how much of an advantage there would be unless we can get some people with nicer collections who are willing to decant. I think we could get at least 10 people minimum. You, me, the queen when he comes back, dopey, mahra, big pun, willpower, master-classer, Dane (If he ever comes out of hiding), and probably a few others. How would we set it up?
post #3560 of 20523
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Oh, ebay. How you hurt us so at times. This bottle worries me for a number of reasons: First, the juice is dark. I don't recall many SMN being that dark, so you're either looking at an authentic bottle with ersatz juice, or it's turned. Whether it's a matter of just the topnotes or the whole juice is something only you can determine by wearing. For instance - I bought a bottle of Signoricci that was a dark yellow (normally it's quite pale). The opening was pretty manky but eventually it wore off and things got decent enough. Still threw the bottle away. Second, the seller knows nothing about it and is selling it as-is. Generally you're not going to get assurances of quality in these cases, but it's a not-uncommon ruse for a seller to buy an empty vintage bottle and refill it with something else and sell it under the veil of "I-just-found-this". Normally this happens with vintage Chanels, Guerlains, and perhaps Piguets among others. Santa Maria Novella being a trendy line, I wouldn't be surprised to see this as well, and it's especially easy to get away with if the bottle isn't part of the current line-up. The ruse goes like this: "I just came across this at an estate sale, what a find! No I didn't try it. It looks vintage. No, it's not part of the current line-up, so no one really knows what it's supposed to smell like. It might have turned a bit, but it's vintage so of course it will smell different. Anyway, good luck, hope it works out for you." For reference, here's a recent review, note the color of the juice.
Mmm, thanks a lot. Some thoughts: Generally I do stay away from ebay with fragrance as i know its loaded with fakes and such. I figured this was a pretty niche company/scent so less likely to be faked, but then again as you said it could either be real bottle, fake juice, or real bottle with baggage... I'll be on the lookout for that refill scam, although probably just avoid ebay in general intead. I emailed the seller for more info/details "out of curiosity"about where it came from... Note - I asked a store here (noor) what they thought and the guy said that the darker metallic green label and darker yellow liquid is a slighly older generation taht they were selling up until about 2-3 years ago until a new label and color came in. Still, it may have gone bad or whatever. Anyway, I figured for around $50 it's a bit of a risk but could be fun. I do have a sample that I can compare it to just incase. anyway, thanks for the feedback, I geuss I'll see when it arrives!
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^Thomas has it. I'd stay away from the D&G. And not only because its D&G.
ha, thanks. I know it's completely mainstream and overdone but I actually quite like the frag. It's reasonably priced, with good sillage and longevity, so in my books a winner.
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Go for or have samples to swap. I think many would be interested but I don't know how many are sample hoarders like we are. ... How would we set it up?
I'm up for something like this, though as you mentioned I have a somewhat limited collection (5-10 bottles of fairly mainstream stuff plus about 10-15 samples of more niche stuff that I may have just smelled and never used - along the lines of boss, versace, joop, bvlgari, etc and then l'artisan, penhaligons, creed, etc)... otherwise I'm open to buying samples off my "wishlist" or recommendations from y'all. As for logistics... I've been getting empty spray bottles from sephora, but could buy some online for decants. It's probably easier to just do swaps then payment systems. Today: Givenchy Pi... I'm not really getting the overly "vanilla" vibe... sort of smells like a warmed up Le Male to me. Something almost metallic/synthetic. Pretty much faded away within 3 or so hours. Pleasant, but not a "YES" sort of buy for me... cool bottle though. maybe worth buying an almost empty one just to have that in teh collection (ok, now this is starting to sound like an addiction)
post #3561 of 20523
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As for logistics... I've been getting empty spray bottles from sephora, but could buy some online for decants. It's probably easier to just do swaps then payment systems.
I was thinking more along the lines of a traveling box. One person puts in samples and send it to the next person on the list. That person takes out what he wants and puts back things he has but no longer has interest plus any requested decants. Then he sends it onto the next person on the list and so on and so forth.
post #3562 of 20523
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
I was thinking more along the lines of a traveling box. One person puts in samples and send it to the next person on the list. That person takes out what he wants and puts back things he has but no longer has interest plus any requested decants. Then he sends it onto the next person on the list and so on and so forth.

I like this idea. I could totally do this.

Hell, I could seed the box.
post #3563 of 20523
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I like this idea. I could totally do this. Hell, I could seed the box.
I think between the two of us we'd have to use a large flat rate Priority box.
post #3564 of 20523
Cool, sounds like a great idea! I'm happy to contribute whatever I can to the mix.
post #3565 of 20523
Sounds like we have the beginnings of a pass. Anyone have experience with these?
post #3566 of 20523
I'd be up for a sample swap too.
post #3567 of 20523
Never done this sort of thing before... in terms of how it works, I suppose there are some options:

1. It can be done as a random set of frags sent to the next person and anyone could join along the way, based on just PMing the person for mailing address next or something. Of course the obvious rules apply like put in at least as many as you take out, try to replace ones with others of similar value (cost, and availability), etc. While this is easier to organize,
I'm just worried someone'll end up with a box of nothing that interests them... so here's option 2...

2. Not to make it overly complicated, but maybe to organize this, here's what I'm thinking. Make a basic spreadsheet (see below) with your name, what you have available, who's got it reserved, and your wishlist (as specific as a certain frag or as general as certain brands) and if it's available from someone in the group... then basically the box goes round the circle twice in total so everyone who either has a sample someone else wanted or someone has one on their wishlist can get it. I'm just not sure how much overlap there'll be on our collective wardrobes...

Person's Name III Available Fragrance III Reserved/Open for Taking III Wish List III Available from...
post #3568 of 20523
I wouldn't really need to keep any of the samples. I'd just want to try a spray or dab of different fragrances. Then, if I really really like it I can go buy a full size bottle without buying something completely blindly. Here's my 2 cents: Have a initial box made by one member where the member assembles the box from samples that they own and/or purchase from Ebay, FragNet, Perfumed Court, etc. The other members of the Swap Club send the member money to help pay for the samples. Or everyone sends there samples to one member and that member assembles the box and sends it to the next persom in the Swap Club.
post #3569 of 20523
The sample trade sounds like a good idea, although I wouldn't have too much to contribute. (unless you like YSL)
post #3570 of 20523
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Originally Posted by joel_954 View Post
I wouldn't really need to keep any of the samples. I'd just want to try a spray or dab of different fragrances. Then, if I really really like it I can go buy a full size bottle without buying something completely blindly. Here's my 2 cents: Have a initial box made by one member where the member assembles the box from samples that they own and/or purchase from Ebay, FragNet, Perfumed Court, etc. The other members of the Swap Club send the member money to help pay for the samples. Or everyone sends there samples to one member and that member assembles the box and sends it to the next persom in the Swap Club.
This defeats the purpose. If we're all chipping in extra money then why are we sending each other samples instead of buying them outright ourselves? That's the point here, to not spend extra money outside of shipping and decant containers if necessary. You pass your unwanted samples along and take out things you have interest in. Then you ship it off to the next guy. I'm starting a thread so we don't shit up this one trying to iron out the kinks.
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