Today I'm going to open up this topic for discussion.... Do you dare to ask for samples from beauty counters???
Before you tell me your point, let me tell you mine first.
I loath asking for samples from beauty counters. This issue came into my mind a few nights ago when I was asking my bff what moisturizer she is using and if it is nice. She told me she is using Clarins and she said I can ask for the samples from the counter before purchasing it. My reply to her, "Ahhh... no need lah. They sure won't give one!"
Everytime I ask for samples I feel intimidated and ridiculed by the sales assistant to the point that it became a phobia. But at times, I really don't want to spend on the product first before trying it, especially when it is an expensive product. I can't calculate how much I've spent on products that don't suit me and I ended up avoiding the brand completely.
The sad thing is, the more expensive the brand is, the more cocky the sales assistants are....
Many years ago, I went to Clinique counter to ask for the sample for their moisturizer. Their moisturizer is a well known one. One bottle cost RM100+, being a student, RM100+ is not cheap. I had to work for a week for a bottle of moisturizer. The SA told me they don't give out samples (which I know they do because my cousin got it from the same counter). Not only that they didn't give me the sample, the SA was pushing me to buy it. She said, "If you want to try then buy lah!" Maybe not the exact words, but something like that. Since I was young and naive, I went on to purchase a full size moisturizer. The moisturizer ended up causing break outs and my skin texture turned really awful. Everytime my acne burst, there's a hole on my skin. Luckily after few years, the hole is not so significant. It was so bad that I'm not willing to purchase anything from Clinique again.
And last month while SK-II had roadshow at Gurney Plaza, I asked for the Treatment Essence sample. My bff told me it works really good on her skin but I remember my mom and aunt had severe rashes when using it. So I was hesitant to buy a full bottle. Anyway, they told me, "We only give out samples when you purchase it". I was like...
Those two events are the one that I can remember on top of my head. There are a lot more occasions which I got brushed off by SA as if I can't afford to buy their product.
I know there are a lot of people who abuse it by asking for samples without buying. However, it is really not fair to those of us who genuinely want to try the product. And I know that's why we have beauty box service. But beauty boxes don't overcome my problem. Most beauty boxes only give out products that hardly sell, which is not what I'm looking for. Moreover, most of the samples are cheap product even if it is in full size. I don't mind paying for a full size one to try if it is cheap.
That's the end of my rant.
How about you? Do you dare to ask for samples from the SA? Do you have the same bad experience as me or is it just me?