Thursday, August 18, 2011

When You Shouldn't Order

As a beauty junkie, it's hard to not partake during major sales, launches and events but sometimes sitting them out can be good for your wallet in a way you wouldn't expect. Companies constantly e-mail consumers with the newest thing and I know I am on the receiving end of far too many e-mails from brands trying to make me buy the latest and greatest product. The majority of these e-mails go right to the trash folder and eventually the company may catch on and think "oh, she hasn't ordered in awhile"... and they might send you free money.

In the last few years I have received countless e-mails begging me to come back and shop at a brand. Just to name a few: Victoria's Secret, Bliss,, Billion Dollar Babes, Gilt...

Each time a bit of time passes between purchases, companies will invariably send me a coupon code to use on my next order and many companies offer special coupon offers for birthdays, holidays and "just because".

A few years ago, even Neiman Marcus sent out holiday gift codes to everyone subscribed to their newsletter (it definitely caused a bit of a frenzy on makeupalley).

Gilt just sent me a $30 "please come back" and I bought a pair of $30 earrings for the $5.95 shipping and handling charge (though I've definitely spent a good chunk of change on the site without any special offers).

So sometimes it pays to sit out, get the annoying, sometimes multi-day e-mail alerts and wait for the begging to begin and the "we miss you" e-mails to pop up in your inbox!

Disclosure: I included some referral links in this post.