Before I continue with the other posts I had planned for today (and there are several, including a perfume giveaway), I wanted to add my voice to those of other bloggers about Bond No. 9. The newest kerfuffle started when the company chose Twitter as a medium for issuing a public cease & desist to The Perfumed Court. I'm not going to get into the decant debate and why decanters serve not only the community but also the perfumers. This isn't really the point. The issue is once again about the business practices of Bond No. 9 and the way it bullies small companies who can't afford a long legal battle. I searched, but couldn't find any evidence that more established online discounters, the gray market distribution channel, got the same treatment (if you don't know what I'm talking about, check Beauty Encounter for Bond testers, samples and bottles).
I've been true to my word and stopped covering Bond No. 9 perfumes in January 2008. Their emails and press releases (often as tacky as their bottles) are automatically directed to my spam folder. It looks like other bloggers and perfume enthusiasts might be joining this quiet protest. After all, there are many brands, big and small, far more deserving of our attention and money.
You can read more about it on these blogs:
State of the [Car]nation
Photo of George Lazenby, Bond sans pants, on the 1969 set of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service from commanderbond.net