Perfume is one of life's most exquisite pleasures. It has the power to express emotions as well as alter them, to envelop its wearer in an atmosphere of beauty and to delight and attract those who sniff it. However, as readily as it can delight the senses, perfume can also deplete the pocketbook. One way to save money on perfume is to purchase tester bottles at wholesale prices. Tester bottles are produced for the purpose of being displayed on perfume counters; they often come without caps or boxes, but their contents are identical to standard bottles of the same perfume.
Explore perfume dealers on the web. Note that there are several to choose from, and many of them sell unused tester bottles of perfume at wholesale prices directly to the public.
Choose an online perfume dealer who offers a broad variety of perfume types and includes clear pictures and detailed descriptions of each perfume offered.
Make sure the dealer offers a guarantee of the perfume's authenticity.
Take part in online auctions, such as those on eBay, to purchase perfume tester bottles from dealers and individuals at wholesale or sub-wholesale prices.
Follow the same guidelines when buying a perfume tester bottle through an online auction as you would when ordering one from an online dealer. Make sure the seller is reliable by checking his or her rating and feedback from previous buyers.
Look for a clear photograph and in-depth description of each perfume tester bottle offered up for auction.
Obtain a business license and resale permit, which will enable you to buy perfume tester bottles at wholesale prices from fragrance distributors who sell exclusively to retailers.
Check with your state's Department of Revenue to learn how to obtain a business license and resale permit.
Note that even if your business is not explicitly perfume-related, you can still buy perfume at wholesale prices from distributors who sell only to retailers. However, you may be required to purchase a minimum number of bottles.
- Washington State Office of the Attorney General: Online Auction Tips
- "The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York"; Chandler Burr, 2008.
- "Perfumes: The Guide"; Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez, 2008
- Store all of your perfume in a cool, dry place, such as a dresser drawer or dark closet. Doing so will help to preserve its fragrance and quality.