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    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 29th Dec 15, 6:25 PM
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    Boots returns - perfume?
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    • 29th Dec 15, 6:25 PM
    Boots returns - perfume? 29th Dec 15 at 6:25 PM
    I've been gifted 2 bottles of perfume over Christmas from 2 different people despite being allergic to the stuff. I've been told both bottles are from boots but neither gifter has kept the receipt.

    Both bottles are still in their cellophane wrapping, one is boss orange and the other is Beyonc! heat rush.

    I'd like to return both perfumes and get something I can actually use. Will boots allow me to return these without a receipt?
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 1st Jan 16, 1:57 PM
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    I must admit if I am thinking of buying something for someone, be it perfume or a book or music, I usually do a bit of homework beforehand and try and find out what that person likes. I would never just randomly buy a bottle of perfume and think "that'll do".
    Originally posted by heuchera
    I agree - especially when the OP says the gifter knew that she had an allergy:
    That's the awkward bit, I opened one of them in front of the gifter and my sister piped up "oh thanks, new perfume!" Gifter at that point said "oh you're allergic aren't you, can't you use just a little bit?" And that's when I found out there was no receipt for the Beyonc!.

    For the boss I just wrote "thank you for your kind gift" on the card as I had literally nothing else to say. Both gifters are close relatives.
    Originally posted by GlasweJen
    I think I'd rather have no gift than one that no thought has been put into what is being bought. It's a waste of money.
    • Newlyboughthouse
    • By Newlyboughthouse 1st Jan 16, 3:58 PM
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    I can't think of anyone to re-gift them to which is unfortunate but I don't like to give thoughtless gifts so wouldn't just give them for the sake of giving them. I can't even try to wear them and live through the allergy as its anaphylactic so pretty serious.

    Quite annoyed at both people as everyone who knows me knows I have these serious allergies and have been carted out of many a shop in an ambulance when someone's perfume sets me off so these gifts are really quite thoughtless. Oh well, that's £50 worth down the drain.
    Originally posted by GlasweJen
    It's not really down the drain though is it? Sell them on or better yet, give them to charity shops.
    • Lunar Eclipse
    • By Lunar Eclipse 1st Jan 16, 10:56 PM
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    Gift giving is supposed to be that you give the person something that they want and wouldn't otherwise get for themselves.
    Originally posted by patchwork cat
    I don't think it is. Most of the time I doubt people *know* what someone wants. And sometimes gifts are what people need. I do agree one should buy a gift in the hope the recipient likes it though, as opposed to what the buyer likes.

    Even gifts I buy my children and husband, who I know well, are not items I know they want. We don't write lists or discuss what we'd like for Christmas for instance, but rather put thought into what we think would go down well. Admittedly I did buy my mum something she had said she'd like in a conversation earlier in the year. But that's a one off.

    I buy most of the things I want. Things I'd really like that I wouldn't buy for myself are either seriously expensive, or I don't want them enough. I'm not a big spender, shopaholic or craver of many things, but would have thought lots of people were similar.
    • theoretica
    • By theoretica 2nd Jan 16, 5:46 PM
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    What?! Gift giving is supposed to be that you give the person something that they want and wouldn't otherwise get for themselves. Not something that you want and not something that you think the other person should want!
    Originally posted by patchwork cat
    For some people I can see this as being the case, mostly for people who really want something and don't have the money themselves to buy it - children in particular. But for most people the best gifts are the thing they wouldn't buy for themselves because they didn't realise they wanted it, or even know it existed. Personally, I feel the success of something exactly right and unwanted, because not known about to want, far outweighs a few gifts which are liked only because of the giver. Otherwise why not give up giving presents and everyone just spend what they can on themselves?
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    • PhilBelfast
    • By PhilBelfast 6th Oct 17, 9:27 PM
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    Help on Boots perfums
    Hi there,
    I am coming with a weird question. I want to buy online 5 perfums from Boots. All of them have free samples. I am buying them for the samples. Do you think it is possible for me to return all of them in store? (they will all be sealed, as I will not use the full bottles) I will have some french students from a college that works with this kind of things in the industry and I would like to present them some of the scents from these perfums; this is the reason...
    Thanks!
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 7th Oct 17, 8:41 AM
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    Hi there,
    I am coming with a weird question. I want to buy online 5 perfums from Boots. All of them have free samples. I am buying them for the samples. Do you think it is possible for me to return all of them in store? (they will all be sealed, as I will not use the full bottles) I will have some french students from a college that works with this kind of things in the industry and I would like to present them some of the scents from these perfums; this is the reason...
    Thanks!
    Originally posted by PhilBelfast
    What does it say on the Boots website?
    • meer53
    • By meer53 7th Oct 17, 9:45 AM
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    Hi there,
    I am coming with a weird question. I want to buy online 5 perfums from Boots. All of them have free samples. I am buying them for the samples. Do you think it is possible for me to return all of them in store? (they will all be sealed, as I will not use the full bottles) I will have some french students from a college that works with this kind of things in the industry and I would like to present them some of the scents from these perfums; this is the reason...
    Thanks!
    Originally posted by PhilBelfast
    Just go to Boots and ask for samples ? When you buy perfume you don't always get samples of the one you're buying, they sometimes send different ones.
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 7th Oct 17, 10:40 AM
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    I'm not sure if they would take it without a receipt because there so many fakes out there. I guess maybe it might have a boots barcode on though so I'd try. Most likely they will give you a giftcard.
    • LilElvis
    • By LilElvis 7th Oct 17, 10:42 AM
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    Look on eBay - lots of people sell the mini bottles that they received as part of a "free gift with purchase".
    • Money maker
    • By Money maker 7th Oct 17, 1:18 PM
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    I don't think any posters on MSE would condone this type of abuse of the system. Just ask for samples in store or put your hand in your pocket.
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    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 7th Oct 17, 1:19 PM
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    According to the website you can return to store - unless product came direct from the supplier.

    However, why do you think you would be able to keep the free gift if you return the product? It is only free if you buy the product.

    You ned to return the product and the free gift
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 7th Oct 17, 1:36 PM
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    I don't think any posters on MSE would condone this type of abuse of the system. Just ask for samples in store or put your hand in your pocket.
    Originally posted by Money maker
    I certainly don't condone it.

    Hi there,
    I am coming with a weird question. I want to buy online 5 perfums from Boots. All of them have free samples. I am buying them for the samples. Do you think it is possible for me to return all of them in store? (they will all be sealed, as I will not use the full bottles) I will have some french students from a college that works with this kind of things in the industry and I would like to present them some of the scents from these perfums; this is the reason...
    Thanks!
    Originally posted by PhilBelfast
    Is it just me or does the bit in bold sound odd?
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 7th Oct 17, 3:06 PM
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    if they’re still in the original wrapping why not return them to the original gifter saying you appreciate they were expensive but you are severely allergic to any kind of perfume so you,d rather they had them back so that they can regift them and not waste the money I think this might hopefully imprint on their memories never to buy you perfume again .
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 7th Oct 17, 3:25 PM
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    Primrose
    The thread was started in December 2015 but was 're-lifed' by post #45 yesterday.
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