Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Buying Cosmetics on Ebay

I am guilty of buying cosmetics on Ebay and have so far been happy with all of my purchases. except one. (See the second item on the bulleted list below.) If you are operating on a budget, this might be the way for you to go too. I'm discovering it's quite common for people to get their stuff from the online auction site. I'm also discovering it's quite common that Ebay sellers try to rip people off. Luckily, I've got a pretty good eye for that sort of thing and haven't fallen victim to any such sellers so far. My goal is to help others avoid it as well.

Here are some things to keep in mind when buying cosmetics on Ebay:
  • There is always the possibility you might end up getting screwed
  • Read everything thoroughly to make sure you really want it before bidding
  • Determine if it's a full size or trial size (Be careful not to pay a lot for samples!)
  • Ask the seller questions--be prepared for dodgy responses (Example: I want to know if an item is full size or trial size. The seller might respond by telling me how many ounces I am receiving. I then need to do a little research to see for myself if it's trail or full. I don't like these sellers. My guess is they're hoping to sell a trial sized item for full sized price--which they get away with often.)
  • Only buy NEW--used makeup is a breeding ground for bacteria, like Staph
  • Never buy "testers" as you don't know who's dirty finger has been in it (Go to Ulta some time and watch the teenagers sample the products... ew...)
  • Watch the packaging and don't buy it if it's in a product's older style of packaging because that means it's an old product
  • Check the seller's feedback ratings and comments to see if they're respectable--this is where you'll see if they're notorious for selling bad products or fakes
  • Ask the age of perfume, which begins to just smell like alcohol if it's old
  • Remember that stuff might get damaged during shipping
  • Consider the shipping cost and then compare the total price with what it would cost to buy the product from a retail store (I've seen people paying more on Ebay for things than they would have by ordering items directly from the product's website!)
  • You might need to do some research to make sure you're not buying a fake--cross referencing what packaging should look like, names of shades, etc.
(This article was originally posted on my old blog, Glamoursaurus Rex, which is now defunct.)

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