The Anticipation Thread - Share Your 'inbound's!

Discussion in 'General' started by Arsalan, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Rai Munir

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    Well said. Agreed.

    I have been paying $60 to $ 70 even for some samples. The reason: If an ordinary postal services is opted, the package doesn't reach intact. It is always badly treated and opened. Sometimes, vials or bottles get damaged. Or at least, some doubts creep into mind. Above all, DHL, TNT,or FedEx always makes a call about the arrival of the package. The company itself gets the package cleared from the Customs Department. So, I always prefer paying dollars rather than traveling 350 kilometers to appear in front of the customs officer, and make him realize the vials, by God, have perfume oils. Nothing else. You are very much right to say that the vendors who provide the customers with quick courier service, they are preferred. Especially nowadays when top notch vendors ship through DHL and at $ 25 to $ 30, why one go for some vendors who ship through some snail mail sort of postal service. EO is the best in this connection. IO has recently introduced TNT/ FedEx that suits me a lot. AA facilitated me a lot and never charged shipment expenditures. I am obliged. FO once charged $ 50 to $ 60 even from Thailand. Now I cannot say anything about the charges.

    To have the package within three days is also important, but to avoid unnecessary delay and being perpetually unaware about the package are more than troublesome. For example, the package shipped through Royal Mail or Canadian Mail, if tracking number is also there, just tells that the package is in transit, AND THAT'S ALL. Even now I have been waiting for three packages for the last three weeks. And waiting for an official letter that would definitely read 'Mr Rai Munir, do come to the General Post Office to get your parcel cleared'.

    Putting aside mode of shipment, I am happy that majority of our respected vendors accepted my request to accept the payment through Western Union. So, waiting for a month is nothing, but, you know, curiosity to know has no bounds and no reason can extinguish that.
     
  2. F4R1d0uX

    F4R1d0uX Resident Artisan

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    i defended Ensar ! :Roflmao:
     
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  3. PEARL

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    BINGO! @Arsalan
    I actually received a personal check from someone today. When they handed me the check, I asked if they had the mobile app where they could transfer the funds instead, instantaneously, no bank trip or waiting days for the check to clear. Even if we banked at different banks, one can transfer with Zelle using phone number. This is the new millenium, snail mail was yester-century.

    We are talking about luxury vendors that sell to 'discerning' customers. Slow arrival of packages, especially from abroad where tracking can be problematic, are a nuisance and annoyance from this consumers perspective; no value. Agarwood oil samples, I purchase them when interested in a full bottle and if I decide to get full bottle I want them quickly; two weeks, no. Some vendors actually sell out of products in that time, I mean really sell out, not available privately including vig. In addition, packages can sit in who knows what conditions and/or be tampered with.

    Pro Tip I learned late, for all the non-vendor individuals selling abroad. I now see some include the caveat that buyer assumes responsibility for packages once mailed abroad and tracking number given, smart move. I didn't and ended in lost $ for payment, packaging, shipping and lost oil. Let my lesson and experience be yours.
     
  4. Sproaty

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    I side with not needing priority mail, from abroad at least. Packages from the US take a week, maybe 2. I will say that EO's shipping is really impressive, but it's costly. For close to £20 for a small box of samples, that in the UK would cost £2.90 and arrive in the 3 days, it's expensive. But, they arrive in 2-3 days, so cannot complain about that, when an equivalent package from India takes ~2weeks. Actually...thinking about the cost vs. other vendors, it's slightly more expensive (maybe £4 more) but actually 3-4x faster. So (bit of free thinking as I type this) it's good in comparison.

    But I don't see my purchcses as a necessity - it's not like I NEED them so am happy to wait. I found one vendor in the UK where I could only use "special delivery" which is £8 as opposed to ~£3 or so. However Imperial Oud charged £4 for standard shipping which is fair, but on every order I've placed, they have actually upgraded my shipping to the special delivery. Very nice of them.
    In summary I'd rather the cheaper option 99% of the time, especially when it's samples, a very light package under 100g. I was glad that Ensar's "EO no 1", a 50ml bottle made of glass cost the same to ship - that felt more "worth the money" vs a small box of samples.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2018
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  5. Arsalan

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    @PEARL You sir completely get my point!

    Rightly so! They have this business sorted and understand their customer. I have absolutely no complaints as a customer.

    @Sproaty So you didn’t fall for their “free shipping.” Just add one more item to cart thing.:Roflmao: Really easy to hit the $500 with them, and hard to go wrong with most of what they have to offer, specially when they have a “sale” going...
     
  6. Sproaty

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  7. Bryan-I

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    Went crazy the past couple of weeks. Awaiting the following:
    Sample set of (6) different Sri Lankan ouds and (3) sandalwoods from a private distiller
    (2) sets of oud bead bracelets. One malinau for me and one tigerwood for the wife.
    10g of Phillipino, 1g of Sri Lankan, 1g of Burmese, 1g of Manipur, and 1g of Thai from Imperial Oud
    20g of sinking Sulewasi oud from private source
    Subtism burner from Treasure Oud
    1g of Alamin from Habzoud

    Now just to sit and watch the mailbox every day for the next few weeks.
     
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  8. Rasoul Salehi

    Rasoul Salehi Oud Fanatic

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    damnnnnnn. thats an annual worth of a haul. enjoy!
     
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  9. Bryan-I

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    Like is said I went crazy. Hope the wife doesn't check the paypal. :(
     
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  10. Rasoul Salehi

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    tell her is an investment paying many folds over down the line ;) kidding of course. enjoy it!
     
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  11. Bryan-I

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    I figured getting her a bracelet also would help ease any pain. ;) Note I revised my list. I forgot one of the big ones. :0
     
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  12. Rai Munir

    Rai Munir Musk Man

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    Dear Bryan, believe me, 'wife' means who knows about the hubby's bank balance without even checking the PayPal. God gifted marines they are:Cry::Cry::Cry:.
     
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  13. Bryan-I

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    Somehow she stopped getting notifications on her phone when PayPal purchases were made.

    Sent from my VS996 using Tapatalk
     
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  14. Sproaty

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    Well, ladies and gentlemen... I have cracked :'(

    Made some sample purchases from Ensar - Archinam, Konrad K, Monsieur Oud, Hajar Asward, Thai Tabac & Sultan Musk Attar

    samples of Keo, Kuzen, Sutera Sumba & the new Jinkoh attar from Agar Aura

    samples of Mysuru Sandal & Bahadur Assam from Imperial Oud

    and 2 bottles....Lushai Hills & Oud Sandal from Agarwood Assa. Zak kindly sent me a sample of Lushai before but the Sandal attar is a blind buy!


    eek! :eek::eek:
     
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  15. Grega

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    Haha Sproaty noooooo! I thought you would make it!
    I am still fasting but already have a list of things to buy after.
    Including lots of stuff from Rising Phoenix, Tyson, Royal Bengal Ouds, Aggarwood Assam (I had my eyes on Lushai Hills but I think you got the last bottle!) and Habzoud...will have to spread my purchases across the next months...
     
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  16. Sproaty

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    I know :( Was 5 weeks without a purchase, and my credit card bill will be due in a few days, but it's half the total of June's bill (which was half of May's bill, and I always pay them off in full) - so I thought I'd treat myself a little. Well, more than a little :Roflmao::Roflmao:
     
  17. Grega

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    Hehe, well you have to give yourself a treat once in a while! Looking forward to your impressions. Especially of Monsieur Oud.
     
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  18. Ashfaque

    Ashfaque Analogue Oud

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    Ruh of hina flower ... Finally
     
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  19. Oudian

    Oudian Whats this Oud About?

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    Today I received:

    AA:

    Samples of: Khmer Special K, Kencana v3, Sutera Sumba, and a bottle of Kuzen.

    EO: Legends Sampler, samples of Zazen and a bottle of Sultani 1990.

    Last week I received from EO:

    .95g Kyara LTD 2.0
    3g Royal Guallam
    .7 Purple Kinam
    2.5g Santal Royale
    2.5g Tigerwood Royale
    Kinam Rouge (sample)
    3g Borneo Zen
    3g Oud Yusuf

    I ordered a bunch of samples from Luckyscent earlier this month and received my oud resin and several samples.

    Expecting soon:

    EO No.1
    Ambre et Bois (sample)
    .6g Sultan Suleyman
    and a couple more legends samples

    Habzoud:

    1g of Alsukar, Shams and Qamar.
     
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  20. Oudian

    Oudian Whats this Oud About?

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    I recently purchased a lot of goodies from JK/RPP. A lot of perfumery goodies in general, but my oud treasures are something else entirely.
     
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