Back before I started blogging, I was already a beauty product junkie. I would run out and buy stuff and when it didn’t work for me, or if I had stockpiled one too many back ups, wonder what to do with them. And then I discovered Ebay. At the time, things were more relaxed and I could sell lightly used cosmetics there. Then, they started clamping down on used products and charging high fees and I gave up. It was too much effort.
Then, I noticed that many people started using their blogs as an avenue to sell their lightly used cosmetics. I have purchased one or two items from such blog sales from blogs I read and trust to know how well they care for their products and items. But in the main, I am not a blog sale consumer. I have been asked to run a blog sale too, and believe me, the prospect is tempting.
I’ve chosen not to though. Primarily because of time and effort (I’m living in a time deficit!) but also because of the horror stories I hear from some bloggers – buyers backing out, bargaining over shipping costs, harrassment if packages go out late, allegations that products aren’t as described or that packages go missing etc etc… I think somehow, its about as bad as operating an online store, if not worse! With an online store, you sell for gain, but with a blog sale, its mostly making losses or making back just a fraction of what you paid for the item.
Yet, for buyers, blog sales are a really good place to pick up a bargain. Want to try a Chanel lipstick or blush? Maybe eyeing a limited edition item that sold out before you could get your hands on it? If it turns up on a blog sale, you could score yourself a bargain.
For sellers, its a good way to offload products that don’t work for you, that you don’t use, extra back ups or products that just don’t get enough love. You can’t recoup the full price, but at least get something out of it as opposed to letting it rot. Or maybe you went to a warehouse sale and bought too much stuff and are regretting it when you see your credit card bill. Been there, done that! Warehouse sales are evil. I used to go for them and end up with so much excess and if this happens to you, then blog sales could be the answer.
But my beef primarily, is when I see something a blogger proclaimed to love in their review go up on their blog sale. It makes me wonder if the review was indeed genuine or if we really do have such short attention spans? Also, there is no way of telling if a product was purchased themselves, or sent by a brand PR or from a goodie bag, in which case, selling it would be crass. Some people get lots of press samples, some of which may not see light of day as a review on the blog. So does that make it alright to sell? Personally I’d say no but will it happen? Yes it does. Sometimes, I know when it does and that really really bugs me! Don’t even get me started on people who sell items they win in a blog giveaway.
I realize this steps on a lot of peoples’ toes so I’m going no further. I like the concept, and I think its a win-win situation for everyone. But like many concepts, execution sometimes fails.
What do you think of blog sales, both as a seller or as a buyer? Any stories from either side of the fence?
To answer my question, I have never sold but as a buyer, I once picked up a limited edition blush I missed out on and I love it. One woman’s junk is another’s treasure after all. I think blog sales are a good way to get rid of clutter but really, I also question the perceived need for that much clutter to start. Food for thought? As Becca has pointed out before, I tend to rock the boat quite a bit and talk about taboo subjects. Lets hope my boat doesn’t spring a leak 😛