Lifehacker readers quite frequently buy “grey market” imports of the latest Android phones, which isn’t entirely surprising given (a) how long those phones can take to “officially” arrive and (b) the high prices charged by local suppliers. But does the same logic apply when buying grey market cosmetics and perfumes?
Our sibling title BellaSugar investigated the issue and suggests “no”. The key differentiating factor is that unlike a phone which you’re ordering precisely because of its newness, working out the age of a given product can be difficult if you buy it through grey market channels:
The biggest problem with grey market fragrance is that you can’t always tell how old the stock is and if it has been correctly stored. This could cause it to ‘go off’ sooner
Another potential issue includes what to do if you have an allergic reaction to a product. While grey market sales aren’t illegal, they can have unexpected consequences (the same issues can arise with phones if you need to claim on a warranty).
Hit the post for a much fuller discussion, then kick up a stink about cheaper cosmetics and perfumes in the comments.