I was looking to make a little haul from Asia – an online beauty store I’ve supported from the day it opened, only to find that the price of the goodies had gone up significantly – we’re talking 10-20% on prices just a few months ago despite already being an expensive retailer to buy from…
A lot of the Asian cosmetics I buy come from people who already live in that part of the world and they buy in bulk at discounted rates or they get the products from working in the industry. Hence they decide the prices they want to charge rather than following a RRP.
Some mark ups I totally accept – sellers have to make a profit too. I am happy buying Skinfood from eBay, for example, as products are about £4-£10 which is inexpensive by UK standards even if there is a mark up.
In the past when I have been dying for an item (70-80% of my make up is from Asia) I’ve been willing to pay anything but those days have gone. Recession, bad exchange rates, general sanity and Muse telling me that she won’t talk to me if I buy ridiculously priced items have made me take a step back – so instead of cutting down from those kind of shops, I completely cut myself off to avoid temptation.
So, it got me thinking – how much of a mark up is acceptable for you, when it comes to beauty items?