First up, no this isn't me telling you about my awesome list of shit I just bought from this sale.
Because I'm a Canadian. Sephora deals hardly ever apply to Canadians. Unless someone complains, then some sort of bonus is thrown in, but never as good as the original deal. And then we get called "freeloaders" for thinking this new deal blows.
So what am I talking about?
The Sephora Friends & Family sale is something given to employees to let their friends and family get a 20% of dealio. The added bonus, once it gets known online, ANYBODY (in the US) can get this discount online only. You don't have to know a damn person.
But if you are Canadian, you do need to know an employee. There's a card or something you will need. Well that's just fine, let me go through my basket of spare employees I have lying around. WAIT! I don't have a magical basket of employees just sitting here. Well there goes that plan.
Someone said "woah woah settle down everyone, you're freaking out over 20%, really, REALLY. its not that much considering we pay a 12% tax, so really you're not paying the tax and then what, eight dollars less... it wont even cover the shipping, you're really not missing out on much. so stop bitching. besides, these products are full sized and its a pretty sweet bag."
Not all provinces pay the extra 7% sales tax. Alberta only pays 5% tax, so they'd be saving 15% still.
Sure they are offering full size items in to make up for the NON-SALE, But it's shit I'd NEVER WEAR. I do not want more makeup I WON'T WEAR. I have enough of that now. And I find the tote ugly, I don't care if it's a Vera Wang Princess tote. Something tells me I can get this from the Bay as a "free gift with purchase".
So yeah, there's the non-sale, and the fact that we already pay a pretty high markup.
Take the Urban Decay BOS III. $54 until I hit "Canadian checkout" then TADAAAAAA, $65. $11? Really? I understand our dollar is lower than the US dollar, but, OH HEY IT'S @ 0.97! Where the hell does the $11 dollar price hike even come from?
We have 22 stores open in Canada. Each one does crazy amounts of business, I sort of have to shove my way through to get to my section (UD, Too Faced) but somehow will all that crazy business and with the stupid ass mark-up, Canadians just aren't deserving of a discount like ALL OF THE US IS?
In the last year I bought maybe 3 things. 2 I needed for my cousin's wedding and the 3rd I bought in the States, because it was $35 in Vegas compared with $44cdn+tax.
Also, if you are going to call it a friends & family sale, why not make it so it actually is friends and family, like regular retail stores.
Ohhhhh, you wouldn't want to piss off your American consumers...
But I'm just a Canadian. After I type this, I have to go outside and tell my moose to get back here with my extension cord to hook my igloo up to that maple tree to keep it from floating away on an ice flow. While a hockey player with no teeth tries to retain peace within the beaver/goose community.
And next week I get a flushing toilet! No more outhouse!