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Do Ouddict's try before they buy?

Discussion in 'Oud Market Trends' started by Habz786, Jan 16, 2017.


Sample or straight buy

  1. I prefer to buy a full bottle without sampling

    7 vote(s)
  2. I prefer to buy a Sample first before ordering

    25 vote(s)
  1. Habz786

    Habz786 Resident Artisan & Forum Co-Founder

    Just a poll to see if people prefer to sample oils before they purchase them or just purchase full bottles? Some thoughts and views on this topic would be great? Personally given the cost of Oud i always try before i buy unless there is a oil which has great reviews and is unique.
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  2. AbasFrag

    AbasFrag Oud Burner

    Of course I love to sample first if possible. In my thinking a vendor who doesn't offer samples for reasonable prices maybe isn't so confident about his products.
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  3. hedycent

    hedycent True Ouddict

    Sample most of the time but also listen to the advice of some vendors as I think I know how to relate to their descriptions- most of the time
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  4. jalil

    jalil Oud bully

    always szmple before buying...its the rules.:cool:
  5. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    I am the only one who voted for "I prefer to buy a full bottle without sampling" :eek:
  6. Ammar

    Ammar True Ouddict

    Simple rule although difficult to perceive LOL!
  7. jalil

    jalil Oud bully

    A rule always has its exceptions ;)
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  8. hasans1412

    hasans1412 Resident Artisan

    Samples are a great way to go by. Personally, if the vendor has few oils released then I'm all hands up for samples first to make the order cost effective as shipping is quite expensive to just order one sample. But if there's just the one oil released and I think its a hit for me, I go for the full bottle directly.
  9. F4R1d0uX

    F4R1d0uX Resident Artisan

    Hahaha ! I guess so !
  10. Habz786

    Habz786 Resident Artisan & Forum Co-Founder

    Either you aren't very smart or you have too much money...... or maybe both :eek:
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  11. IM_AU

    IM_AU Oud Fan

    I like to buy at least half ml or 1 ml if I am going to try a new oil. For me it doesn't feel right to spend my money on something that I cannot use properly... also paying the shipping cost to bring over. Moreover after gaining some experience with certain vendors, I feel comfortable to spend my money straight away for quantity more than a sample. But that's just me.
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  12. Habz786

    Habz786 Resident Artisan & Forum Co-Founder

    @IM_AU welcome onboard thanks for joining. Yes i agree once you build that trust its easier to know the kind of quality you are getting and if you feel comfortable with buying without trying thats fair enough. Do you find Oud from certain reigons you can buy without sampling because you know you will like it?
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  13. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    Most vendors give samples... but its up to the vendor. Their loss if they decide not to, or maybe it works for them by not offering. Customers draw their own conclusions.
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  14. IM_AU

    IM_AU Oud Fan

    I like to try variety when I started 5 odd years back... but my favourite profile so far is Malaysian.
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  15. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    I meant for sale. Don't see it as a big issue to be honest. It's the vendors choice to offer, but I would say as a principle that giving customers choice is always better.

    As for the price comparisons, it's pretty meaningless as you have to compare like for like, but I'll let the vendors named answer that one.
  16. Ammar

    Ammar True Ouddict

    I’m also not that enthusiastic about the samples topic here! The only situations where “purchased” samples are not available are in Ensar’s pre-orders, some of Ensar’s new releases or high grades, and feel-oud oils mostly the higher grade, which can be problematic for the pre-ordered oils as the oil can be sold out quickly before even reach the order tab. Same goes for Adam’s high grade oils which are usually few mLs that sold out quickly or if the oil is still available, there are no or not enough reviews from the few buyers who grabbed a bottle to give someone that “kick” to blind purchase a bottle or the opposite.

    For free samples, Ensar, IO, and ASO are the most proliferative vendors regarding this.

    If I missed some points, please correct me...
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2017
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  17. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    Customers draw their own conclusions... from their OWN investigations which goes without saying. What else do you think I'm insinuating?

    Why is it that you imply I am saying anything other than that? It's highly patronising to be honest. Let me go over to Gaharu and see if you have posted anything with that tone to 'respected' members over there.. nope, I didn't find anything.
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  18. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    My apologies but my post was not aimed at anyone unlike the one you quoted from Gaharu!

    As for your quoted post, you remind me of me back in 2012 when I used to tell him the same... I've realised it's something that won't ever change.
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  19. Habz786

    Habz786 Resident Artisan & Forum Co-Founder

    Interesting to see most people who voted prefer to try before they buy which i feel is always wise. I only impulse buy an oil if im really excited about it and it has reviews/notes which i know i will enjoy. Do ouddicts from their experiences feel samples smell different to the full bottles due to oxidisation? Has anyone had experiences where they have smelt the sample and then purchased a full bottle and been like "Oh no"? I think its best to smell the sample right away than leave it for a few days as the smell can change.
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  20. F4R1d0uX

    F4R1d0uX Resident Artisan

    My point of view is that sellers reserve part of their stock for sampling.

    Often it goes from 15 to 50$ (one seller's legends appart).

    If you pay 50 for 0.15, 0.2, 0.3 + often 25$ shipping cost, it blocks sometimes consumers.

    So you had on one side wealthy consumers (happy for them) who tries samples, and less wealthier ones who base their motivation on oils comments from precious buyers.

    Now it changed, because of forums.

    Buyers know each other now, forums, whatsapps, facebooks...

    Buyers habits are going to change and even if it's vexing for X or Y seller, It's up to them to change their marketing strategy (prices ect ...) or maintain and deal with it ...
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