New listings for "empty" solids and compacts
Posted 06 July 2003 - 12:05 AM
Here's my story about THE COSMETICS COMPANY STORE.
Last week I dropped by 3 of them.
Niagara Falls: very kind, let you buy as much as you wanted no ???'s
Birch Run, Michigan: this "gal" was about as mean and sour as she could be. ONLY 1 SOLID, ONLY 1 COMPACT! IF YOU BUY THE FERRIS WHEEL ONLY THAT!
Well, I ended up with 2 solids and 1 compact so I did ok.
Williamsburg, Iowa: the very nicest, sweetest, friendliest gals you would ever want to meet. They let me buy as many solids and compacts as I wanted. So I did.
Posted 06 July 2003 - 12:30 AM
Posted 06 July 2003 - 09:28 AM
IF we stop buying retail they will stop making them and there will not be any in the the CC stores for sale.
EL does not believe(right or wrong) that these solids make money for them. They really believe(right or wrong) that they are doing us a service by even making them.
Already there has been a huge loss of collectors/dealers that were buying as an investment.
Already EL has heard our concerns and they are not concerned. Their bottom line is in cosmetics not solids.
Already we don't see the $38 solid anymore.
Already we are not getting as many $70 solids.
Already they are not "being nice" to their top designers.
Already the quality is going down. If EL was making money and happy about doing solids the quality would be going up.
Already (we shall see) they are limiting them.
It will be much easier for EL just not make them. And go back to their once a year Christmas cameo.
We compare what is happening to the beanie babies. Remember when they were for sale on every corner? Have you looked for one lately?
Ann & Ken
[ July 06, 2003, 10:23 AM: Message edited by: ann and ken ]
Posted 06 July 2003 - 09:36 AM
Posted 06 July 2003 - 10:00 AM
The thing that keeps going through my mind is why would they keep making something just to put in the CC stores or give away at the warehouse sales.
There are 200 plus on this site who now know about the CC stores and might wait and see if they show up there , so the sales have to be going down.
Finding a solid or compact at the CC stores use to be a rare thing, now they are plentiful.
El will have to stop making so many or stop making them altogether. EL didn't become so big by being stupid.
Posted 06 July 2003 - 10:17 AM
Posted 06 July 2003 - 11:28 PM
Posted 06 July 2003 - 03:47 PM
Posted 06 July 2003 - 05:11 PM
200+ members is plenty of people to trade, buy and sell solids. There's enough room for new collectors as well. Plenty of collectors/dealers want multipules of the same solid. I see people who I know already have 4 of the same solids buy a 5th...6th...7th. They're the ones that keep prices high (assuming they aren't low ball bidders). for sellers, for other collectors who only want 1.
Perhaps, sellers can't earn high profits on new solids like 2 years ago. And, there are more than enough general distribution solids. Despite this, I don't think there's anything to worry about. Remember there are key differences between beanie baby and perfume solid collectors:
more well known
popular among kids, teenagers + adults
short term popularity
cheap materials = more created
machine made = mass produced
harder to find
pricey = not afforable to everyone
kids/teenagers not interested
been around longer
harder to make
better materials used to produce
established famous perfume companies
well-known designers hired = not cheap
The #1 rule of collecting: buy what you like. Always keep #1 in mind and you won't be dissapointed....if you can't earn huge profits, at least you have stuff you treasure. Would you rather display an "eye sore" worth huge $, or something you love regardless of value?
[ July 06, 2003, 06:27 PM: Message edited by: greyhound ]
Posted 06 July 2003 - 10:16 PM
I have a question though... on the wall in the CC, there's a tremendous sign that has the 'rules' of purchasing stuff there. #6 (I think it was #6) says that no purchase is allowed to be over $300. Well, if that's the case why doesn't CC charge less for the pricier solids???
Posted 07 July 2003 - 12:07 AM
Posted 07 July 2003 - 10:28 AM
Greyhound, thanks for your comments. You made some very interesting points. Good insight!!
Keep the info coming. I enjoy learning from all of you!
Posted 07 July 2003 - 10:43 AM
Hi Pancho!! I am so glad to know that you are a member here!! I've always admired your listings on E-bay and felt that you are an example of good selling.
Thanks so much and so good to hear from you!!
Posted 08 July 2003 - 09:38 PM
Posted 09 July 2003 - 04:11 PM
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