Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Choose or Lose

Do you consider yourself a beauty bargain hunter?

  • Sometimes, but I'll still buy things not on sale. (63%, 706 Votes)
  • Rarely -- I don't look for deals, but I like 'em! (28%, 315 Votes)
  • Yes -- it has to be on sale! (8%, 89 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,118

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14 thoughts on “Choose or Lose: Do you consider yourself a beauty bargain hunter?

  1. amy

    I rarely go hunting for sales, sometimes I just happened to stumble on a sale and sometimes on certain items I know go on sale every couple of months so I will wait until then to buy them.

  2. Anitacska

    I do try to save when I can, that’s why I’m always looking on eBay as there are some great savings to be had, eg I just bought Chantecaille’s Sylvie Personal Palette for almost half the price (and with Chantecaille it’s a BIG saving). I also don’t mind buying unused testers as they are the same products without the packaging and the price tag, that is how I got a 50 ml tub of Guerlain’s Orchidee Imperiale cream for £45 instead of £230! Having said all that I will still buy things at counters/drugstores like new Mac collections and new releases that I really want. But having some sort of discount surely helps. 😉

  3. Your results so far are so interesting! I think they prove that women stick to their favorite products no matter what the price tag. Which says a lot about why the cosmetics industry doesn’t suffer much in a recession.

  4. I definitely am… I stop by Target, Wal-Mart & K-Mart once a week to see what beauty items are on clearance & I find great stuff!! I shop my local beauty supply store on a regular. Also, I only buy drugstore items IF they’re BOGO. I spend the big bucks at MAC & Sephora!!

  5. For most more expensive high-end products (I don’t have that many of them anyway) I will just deal with the normal price because they rarely go sale and whenever they do, the stock run out before I know it.

    But for drugstore/ulta brands I *only* buy them when they are cheap (I will wait for those buy one get one free sale or 40% off…and pair them with those N-dollars off coupons and manufacturing coupons…) since they bound to be cheaper this week or the next anyway why pay 10 bucks when you can get it at 5…

    It takes a lot of planning but it’s sort of fun and it’s probably the reason I have accumulated so much junks.

  6. Sometimes I’ll look for deals especially sometimes when CVS has those BOGO sales. Like if anybody likes the Revlon line of lipsticks, they are having a BOGO right now for them. If it’s not on sale, I’ll still buy it but if I see something that’s on sale that is normally expensive, I will definitely pick it up to save a little bit of money.

  7. certain things I will only buy when they are on sale because at regular price i just can’t justify buying them. But, if it’s a good sale, like 40% or more off i’ll stock up… depending on the shelf life of the product. But then there other things that I can’t live without, so I would pay any amount for them! :)

  8. It’s important for me to look for sales and specials that can save me some bucks. I can be a bit of a shopaholic so I have to keep it in check more often than not 😉

    That being said, I also think that it’s important to recognize the differences between deals, quality products and being a responsible shopper. Being from the “upper left coast” of the US (a title I am proud to rock out-loud ;)) I DO get a little bit political when I’m shopping: No Wallmart. NO – In general – to any big thrift-style stores. I buy as much as I can from local businesses and ALWAYS check the label (made in China? NO WAY).

    I believe in supporting my local peeps too strongly. Buying local not only helps your own economy, but it’s also environmentally responsible (what do you think costs more fuel? something that came from another country, or even on the other side of the country, or something that came from a few hundred miles away?). Even if it costs more, if it’s a good product, I’ll fork over the extra bucks to support someone working in my own country (or state, or home town).

    Occasionally you can’t help it. Some things you just CAN’T find locally – And I’m okay with that. But I’m only okay with it because I put the initial effort into trying find it locally first.

  9. Ebontien

    With the high-end brands, I usually wait it out till senior’s day for Shopper’s Drug Mart and use my older relatives 20% if I have less items for points. What is usually the winner is if I get both the 20% off and there’s a GWP available. However, if there’s a limited edition item that I want really badly, then I just buy it there and then.

  10. For drugstore stuff I do what a lot of people do, and wait for a sale. Unless I ran out, and didn’t plan ahead (look for a deal before I ran out), I wait, since 50% off can really add up. For some department brands I wait for a sale, or CCO/outlet things (like brushes, some face creams that aren’t LE). Others, I wait for a gift with purchase to happen, since I can often get travel sized things I actually use, so it’s like getting a percentage of it for free. Lastly, for some companies that I know have sales on a regular enough basis I can plan ahead, like CherryCulture, Ulta, Sephora, Bath and Body Works, etc., I save up for months. It might seem like a huge purchase when I actually buy the items, but I know I got the best deal I could possibly get, and it is usually a year’s worth of backups.

    • Hehe, forgot to add that if all those things fail, like MAC LE stuff, or something that never goes on sale, ever (I’m looking at your Chanel), I just purchase it. In the amount of time and money it would take me to find a suitable substitute, I probably would have saved just buying the expensive item instead.

  11. I do tend to pick up a lot of stuff on Ebay or other online stores (eg. Cherry Culture). The pricing is great, even with shipping.

    I also tend to shop at The Bay and Shopper’s Drug Mart where I can collect points for free stuff. I’ve redeemed at least $200 towards free stuff this year alone. It’s not just beauty stuff I get at those stores though. At The Bay I shop for clothes, gifts, towels, and my new sofa! Of course if it’s something I really really want, I’ll just go pick it up.

  12. Paige

    I’m all about sales. Sure I’ll buy some things that I need without them being on sale (face powder and UDPP)but I tend to only buy things when they’re BOGO (since I’m mostly a drugstore gal). Something new I’m going to be doing is only buying MAC at my local CCO since I finally drove down there and know where it is.

  13. Daisy

    There really aren’t many sales, if any, for high-end make-up/beauty products in my country. The best you’ll get around here is getting a free sample when spending an X amount of money. I wish we had such sales, I’d definitely go bargain hunting!