Today I’ve had about 20 emails from people claiming to own boutiques in Russia, Ukraine, and various other foreign countries, and they all want free samples. The emails are not slowing down and I can’t take time to reply. Clearly, as a one-woman business I can’t afford the time or materials to send free samples of my line to dozens of people. Other perfumers get these requests all the time too. It’s just distressing today because the emails are coming so fast they are clogging up my inbox. Someone must have mentioned me online on a foreign blog somewhere, suggesting writing for samples. I doubt they will be reading this. Hopefully it will settle down in a few days. I always get some of these emails, but not usually this many in one morning. If a legitimate boutique emails me and I’m interested in working with them I can send samples, but I am limiting my wholesaling to just a few places for now. I’ll have more to say about that next week. Most of these emails today don’t even mention the name of a store and just make vague references; they are just people fishing for samples. Samples are available for purchase on my site, at Indie Scents, at The Posh Peasant, and at The Perfumed Court. I think my website probably makes me look like a larger company than I am, so people don’t realize that it is an unreasonable request. I wonder what was posted somewhere today to start this little avalanche of emails.