Yeah that's definitely true, there are reputable people out there, but you'd need to meet them on internet forums and who knows if they're still selling or not. I was talking to some of these people who sold old Creed batches back in 2017-2018, they probably ran out of product years ago. Most of the stuff out there these days are probably fakes.
If you have money for Creed, then I'd definitely buy Emperor Extrait if I were you. It's almost identical to the fruitier old Creed batches, it's not some synthetic 20-50 dollar clone like CDNIM.