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Guide On Perfume, Cologne, EDT, and EDP "TESTERS"

Some People out there wonder; what exactly is a "Tester" and what are the differences between retail products and testers? Also what exactly is an EDT and EDP?

All is explained for you here;

    First, I would like to explain the 'EDT' and 'EDP' for those who do not know. 'EDT' stands for 'Eau De Toilette'. No this does not mean 'Toilet Water'! It is a term describing the strength of a particular perfume or cologne. an 'EDT' is generally  softer, or less concentrated than an 'EDP', which stands for 'Eau De Parfum'. An EDP is a stiffer, or concentrated blend - kind of like the difference between a jug of ready-to-drink OJ vs. a small concentrated can, which needs to be combined with water. Now that's not to say an 'EDT' is a watered down version of an 'EDP', rather, some people prefer a softer fragrance compared to one that has a greater olfactory essence.

    Testers/Unboxed bottles and jars containing brand name products are a great way to save a good deal of money on your favourite skin care cream, or perfume/cologne. Retail cost on these products seems to be quite extravagant sometimes.

      Testers and unboxed bottles and jars are exactly  the same as the regular retail version. Only testers usually come in a plain box, sometimes with or without a cap, in which case is usually replaced with a less expensive generic plastic cap,  - and unboxed products are the exact perfume or cream as its retail sister product, only without its expensive fancy retail box cellophane, and occasionally no lavish glass cap.

      The reason for this is quite simple really. Major health & beauty manufacturers such as Estee Lauder, Chanel, Burberry, Hermes, D&G, Biotherm, and many many more, require a method to have prospective buyers sample a product, while requiring not  to open a new retail product all the time, as the retailer must of course pay for each bottle or jar, and may not be fair, or economical for that matter, Given it is just a waste of a printed box with cellophane, which may not seem expensive to the lay(wo)man, but multiplied by thousands can add up fast!

      Writing off random bottles and jars as any salesperson may see fit for “tester” purposes can also lead to abuse of the privilege as well as the cost. Most retail products on the market today really don’t have to be ‘tested’ in this fashion in order for a prospective sale. Manufacturers came up with the Tester system to address these issues.

      How it works is a retailer orders a certain amount of product for a given line. The manufacturer then decides (varies slightly between companies) on a set percentage of that order, how many testers will be sent with the retail order. For instance, Macy’s places an order with Chanel in Paris for 1000 bottles of Chanel No 5. Chanel in turn has a set calculation of let’s say for example 4% of orders that will be added as testers for customer trial. In this case, 40 No 5 testers would be sent with the retail order at no cost to the retailer.

      Having said that, these Testers really have no set retail value, hence the little sticker on most tester bottle and jars, saying “Tester, not for sale”. Once these testers are in fact in hand of the retailer, they, their management, and affiliates, now “own” them really in all legal respects, and may do with them as they see fit (for the most part anyway). So, at the end of the year, perhaps of the 40 bottles of Chanel No 5 testers, say 14 of them may not have been used up by customers. In order to keep stock rotation moving, warehouse space kept to an efficient level, and to keep positive product flow, these unused, unopened, sealed tester bottles and jars need homes, Thus giving birth to the online Tester marketplace.

Finally, since there is never a set cost on these items, they can be sold at relatively much lower prices. I hope this information has been helpful to you!

(Please continue to read below for some testimonials!)

Testimonials from the WWW, and some typical questions regarding “TESTERS”:

{Q1}   I bought a cologne tester for someone at Xmas...quite frankly, they could care less if the cap is missing...or its not packaged in the box. My question is, I see that there are tester bottles for sale on eBay as well as regular retail bottles...what is the difference between testers that are cellophaned in the box and regular, unboxed bottles? Why also, are testers so much cheaper? – StangLXtsy – Yahoo answers

{Q2}  Most of the tester bottles I see for sale are full size testers, like 3.4 oz and sealed/ full. I just don’t know if the potency is different on testers? – StangLXtsy – Yahoo answers

{A1,2}  Testers contain EXACTLY the same "juice" that is in the bottles packaged for retail sale. The ONLY difference is that some testers are marked "TESTER NOT FOR SALE" and some don’t come with a cap or the fancy packaging. Trust me on this, I have been buying fragrances for many years and have quite a collection, literally hundreds of bottles, I'm sort of obsessed. :o\ Anyways, I have tried many and own many retail and tester bottles of the same scents and there is NO difference. A tester’s purpose is to demonstrate the company’s product, so the consumer can try out the product before purchasing. So think about it, the fragrance company wants you to like and purchase their product, so why would they put a different formula or whatever into the tester? If they were to put cheaper, or "watered down" versions in the tester bottles, no one would buy the retail product!
  –  ruffDawg73 – Yahoo answers

{A1,2}  Hi, I hope that my answer helps you in some way...First of all, perfume testers are samples that the stores provide to let customers try...before they buy it. The regular perfume bottles are sealed and are never used by anyone until it’s purchased and you use it. But unused testers are sealed just the same! Actually the same exact thing. Why would the companies make em different...? No one would by them! Heres a good tip that very few people think of though...if you plan to buy perfume and don't plan on using it everyday (like if you’re saving it for only special occasions) then try to buy the smaller bottle in this case. If you are planning to buy a bottle of perfume that you are going to use everyday, then you can purchase the bigger bottle. 
  - Bellesimoona – Yahoo answers

{Q}  Hi, I am looking for original perfume testers-where to buy? – Faria - Yahoo answers

{A}  Ebay is the best place to get them!! Just search for testers. and, Macy’s doesn’t sell testers!!
– AlleyMarie – Yahoo answers

{A}  There isn't a difference at all between retail and tester! Also, if you're looking for inexpensive perfume and skin care, there's the place I go to, (and the rest of the world probably!), I know if it’s lots cheaper than other online stores and stuff, and it’s always worked great for me and I've bought a lot of good stuff from them.
here is the website:
– SmootherBug – Yahoo answers

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