I tend to agree with Barolo on this one. If I don't think something is available somewhere (eBay, discounters), then I usually avoid it for fear of having my heart broken. (Yes, I know. I'm such a delicate flower!
I also am likely not to try a scent that goes for $200 and up per bottle. At that price, I am unlikely to find even a decant I can afford, and there are relatively few parfumistas/os who might be willing to trade me one.
Even if I had more money, there's something about $200/bottle that seems like the very far end of my extravagance.
I must be a glutton for punishment...usually knowing that I can not have it makes it absolutely irresistible! Thank you "Blue Carnation" by Roger & Gallet I have spent many sleepless nights pining over a discontinued scent that I think I can't live without. Once I figure out how to acquire it and I have it my hand-usually I realize it is so-so- not the ultimate scent- now out of storage space. Or more often I fall victim to the rumors that something is just about to be discontinued...because everything I read on the internet is true, right? LOL! Then magically- 1/10 are actually discontinued...and again I've got a bunch of bottles of easily available back-ups for scents I'm just lukewarm about, I am on to my next obsession. still looking for this one particular scent that was a mystery concoction thrown in a mislabeled bottle from Keiko Mecheri- can't figure out what the notes are and haven't ever encountered anything like it. Ugh...I really just love the torture I think!