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Lost treasures: alternatives for discontinued favourites

@VivienneK
...Same here!I've given this some more thought, for one reason or another, and I have some hypothetical explanations for why fragrance makers might do this:(a) To encourage people to buy backup bottles just in case, much like our friend @Exciter76 in this thread and many others. This way the manufacturers can boost their short-term cash flow and provide returns to investors sooner.(b) Especially on the higher end, to promote an active secondary market in their fragrances, so that people will have an additional incentive to buy a bottle now if there is a possibility, however remote, that the scent will be well-liked, discontinued, and then they can sell it online for a large markup. For example, a car enthusiast on the fence about buying a Porsche may pull the trigger and buy it if she has reason to believe that the car design will be completely changed or ended next year, and it might become a collector's item!
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<mark>Meetjoeblack</mark>Meetjoeblack   07.06.2020 | Miscellaneous

Best looking designer bottle.

... The weight & feel of this bottle makes you think your holding solid gold. Purchased this for the bottle alone. (Shame it's a skin scent from the very opening) This is awesome. I like the fragrance and would invest in a collector's bottle if there was a good way to refill it.Sometimes I am hesitant to buy these because I think, what happens when the scent runs out? Certainly I'm not going to keep an empty bottle on my dresser just for decoration. I feel that, with certain fragrances, like Roja Elysium (~$300 USD) for example, a lot of what you are paying for is the bottle, and if I like the fragrance too, I would have to buy it several times over the years. It's such a terrible waste of money and also rough on the environment.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/13/waste-plastic-food-packaging-recycling-throwaway-culture-dave-hallFor this reason, I often choose not to buy them. If there becomes a good way to refill them, I would definitely buy them. I believe that manufacturers will eventually make this an option, and more consumers are starting to think this way. I mean, you don't buy a new car when you run out of gas, right? :P
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<mark>Meetjoeblack</mark>Meetjoeblack   07.06.2020 | Miscellaneous

Fragrancenet Shenanigans

...Thanks for this. Sadly the airlines do it too, seems to be a fairly common practice by web merchants.
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Lost treasures: alternatives for discontinued favourites

Great Subject!
...I understand discontinuing fragrances that smell bad or don't sell well, but I'm really curious as to why to manufacturers don't simply bring back discontinued fragrances that are highly rated. Some of the very top rated fragrances (Gucci Envy comes to mind) are discontinued.Seems like this would be an easy money maker for fragrance producers. In some cases, discontinuing a product is a deliberate marketing ploy to limit supply, build up demand, and release it sporadically to spike sales, like the McDonald's "McRib" sandwiches and the release of Grand Theft Auto video games, which is the top seller in the industry but released at least seven years apart. The fragrance manufacturers, however, generally don't bring titles back once they give them the kiss of death.Is anybody close enough to the industry to know why they do this? Do they not like making money? I am thoroughly confused.In the meantime, it seems a whole cottage industry has sprung up trying to match these discontinued scents. They don't seem to be getting very close in the match, though, as the consumer reviews for these producers are not always stellar.Personally, I like the notes search feature in our fragrance directory, as I use it to try to find the closest match to a fragrance currently in production across the three notes. It beats paying a 1000% markup on eBay for something in increasingly limited supply and, unlike, say, artwork, is designed to be consumed. Thank you for this topic, which I'm sure is super relatable for many of us.
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