During the weekend, I popped into a Guardian pharmacy and popped out clutching a Neutrogena Deep Cleansing lotion makeup remover that comes well recommended by Kahani.
Part of the reason lay in the fact I’d been wanting to try it ever since reading the raves all over but the other part lay in the fact that the price of a 200ml bottle was marked down to RM19.88.
Considering it usually retails for RM22.90 or thereabouts, it wasn’t a hefty saving. Yet, it seemed to tell me “Hey! I’m a great deal you’d miss out on if you don’t pick me up right NOW!”
I didn’t quite “need” it, but it was a good price to try it at – all RM3 saving of it.
It made me wonder just how much my purchases were influenced by their prices or by whether they are on sale or on discount.
For luxury goods, a small percentage of discount may translate into huge savings in terms of dollars so in those situations I find it easier to be swayed by a discount or sale. On the other hand, if its a drugstore/pharmacy item I’m less likely to be swayed by a sale or discount unless I’m running out of an item and wouldn’t mind restocking at a lower price. Or in the case of the Neutrogena, because I’d like to try something and get the thrill of not having to pay “full price” 😉 Fortunately, makeup remover is always something I can use and will finish up so its not like its a waste.. or that impulsive a buy.
Incidentally the 2 month long Malaysia Megasale Carnival has started in Malaysia and the Great Singapore Sale has been going on for a while now in Singapore.
I haven’t been checking out the sales to my consternation. Have you? And Have your recent purchases been influenced by the sales or discounts you’re getting?
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Yes, I’m totally influenced by the discounts!
When something is on sale, but I dun really need it, I might make some excuses (such as “I might need it later”) to buy it..
I have no time to check out the sales yet, but I’ll totally try to avoid it!
Not to worry I’m sure you aren’t in the minority! I haven’t checked out the sales myself.
i am quite easily influenced by the sales too =/ always end up buying something that i think i ‘might’ need later when i really will never need it. now my new philosopher is: if i dont need this today, i wont need this in few months time too. it helps alot!
That’s a good philosophy… unless its a staple and its cheap eh? 😉
Same here!! It’s the thrill of getting something cheaper than retail that compels me to buy!! I know i know, i need help! lol!! 😀
Haha… cheaper than retail – thats the line that sucks us all in eh?
i just bought loreal’s makeup remover (there are 3 variants, i picked up the cashmere milk) yesterday, then i read ur review today !!! should i read it earlier, i might pick up neutrogena instead. price wise, loreal is much expensive by RM6. performance wise, not sure yet as i’ve only use it for only one time.
anyone has used this makeup remover? care to write any review?
I’ve only used L’oreal’s eye and lip makeup remover (the blue and clear liquid one) I’ve only been trying the Neutrogena for a couple of days. Too early to say how good/bad it is 🙂 I’ll review it in a week or two
Oh PB! is this post made especially for me? LOL I just posted about my heated lash curler which I purchased just because it was on sale and realizing I don’t really need it!
Haha… call it a coincidence 😉
I used to buy something just because it’s cheap! but now no longer. I’d rather save up to buy something that I really want instead. every ringgit counts! But i do slip occasionally. can’t really remember what I last bought that was influenced by discount…. hmmm….
I’d still buy if its cheap if its something I want to try. Otherwise, I usually pass. You are a good girl then not to be swayed by discounts 😉
If it’s regular items, like you, I won’t be swayed much, especially since I just remember back to when my bathroom was cluttered with a million products and all of them never or barely used.
But for special sale items especially for branded goods, I find it’s a good investment, but I still stick to things that are “classic” rather than fashionable. Picked up some tops from KLCC from the “branded” stores that were 50 – 70% off, to me it’s pretty worth it because the cutting is quite different from the cheaper brands.
Oh, and I totally bought an expensive bag for the first time in my life thanks to your post on shopbop, so I guess I am swayed by sales on certain things!!
Uhoh I didn’t help you did I? LOL… which bag did you buy?! Did you get the extra 25% off?
discounts and sales often gets to me
even when i don’t need the product
if its highly raved and i’ve alil wants for it
i would tell myself its now or never
Aww… most of us are like that but if you get it at a sale and it works for you, its a great buy right? 😉
Warehouse sales, discounts, PWP, GWP & promotional vouchers really suck me in. Bloggers raving too. I’ll buy by the bulk. However, I am never swayed by tv and radio advertisement or roadshows.
That’s strange – most people get sucked in by TV ads 🙂 I guess brands might want to take note of the changing perceptions
If it’s something I’m using regularly, I’ll buy 🙂
Yep! Me too. I usually succumb when I see my sunscreen going on a good sale price because it rarely does.
you had a gd buy here! i bought it at S$15 watson’s. pretty happy with it. cleans away makeup gently w/o irritation =)
Ooh that IS a good price I got eh? Glad to know it works well
I buy based on product benefits instead of price. This way of shopping keeps me from buying things I don’t need or wouldn’t use.
Thats a good tip. Unless I see a really good deal I can’t pass up 🙂
I buy a lot of things to “stand-by”. I have a lot of stuff which I don’t need. I hope I will be able to finish them one day. 😀
LOL that used to be me too… until I realised standby usually means its never used so now I only buy when I need.
care to do a review about this neutrogena product PB?
I’ll do that once I’ve used it for a bit 🙂 Watch this space!
sometimes easily “trick” into the discount sales >.<
one side of me (the bad) says "buy now or regret; and left only a few!"
another side (the good) says "they sure have stock~! and sales often happens. Buy only when necessary and needed…."
and it goes on and on and on……
Hey that’s the retailers job! To make us feel bad so don’t 😉 So long as you can justify it one way or another hehe.
Can’t remember how much junk I bought just because it was on sale 😛