Free falling


i have a complaint about free samples. specifically, cosmetics. i can't condition my hair with the amount in a typical tiny sample tube. i can't adequately "apply liberally" to half my hair with a sample tube (and i don't have that much hair). you can't judge a product from one application of something that promises to "show visible improvements" to teeth,skin,nails,etc. "after one-week [of use]."
sadly, free samples don't work to hook me, most of the time.
let me ask you, if you received a free sock in the mail, would you be inclined to buy the matching sock to complete the pair?

is there a way that free samples could work with fashion?

9 comments:

greying pixie said...

Yes editor, I get quite cross about free samples these days. There was a time when you bought a pot of face cream and were showered in accompanying free samples - creams, perfume, etc. These days you have to beg for every single one and often the answer is 'no'. The last time I restocked on face products I spent around £260 for three pots of cream plus a facial treatment. I had to ask for samples and was given three!

Some of my favourite products I have discovered through using samples - I find French brands make them large enough to use several times - in fact I would not invest in expensive creams without testing it first over at least three or four days.

Please don't repeat this but I have a suspicion that the sales girls are keeping them for themselves - but no proof!

greying pixie said...

Sorry editor, I got so carried away with my rant that I completely forgot to answer your question!

Free samples with fashion is a difficult one. Sometimes I give away pairs of gloves to friends and acquaintances that I design and make for a well known upmarket designer. Sometimes this entices them to consider the more expensive items of clothing, but usually not.

I suppose the fashion equivalent of free samples is the private viewing evening with champagne, canapes, and 'meet the designer' thrown in.

Duchesse said...

With an eensy teensy tube of eye serum, I have no idea from the sample. But I like the fragrance sprayiers, which give at least three good applications.

There is no way one can evaluate a fragrance from a spray on a card.

Pixie: I have seen cosmetic counter staff apply extremely arbitrary criteria for giving samples.

-h of candid cool said...

i guess samples would be trying it on.
or the lucky models that fit le sample size.

greying pixie said...

-h, in fact I have picked up some really nice pieces at 'sample sales', that is sales of catwalk pieces that would never fit a mere mortal. I have two TSE cashmere skirts from one such sale which were tiny but with a bit of cutting here and sewing there I've made them into wearable dresses for me all for the price of peanuts.

enc said...

A weeks' worth of hair product might be able to sell me. I have the same complaint you do; I need time to see how it works with my other products. The only free sample that has ever hooked me is perfume. By and large, those samples last long enough for me, to get a good idea about them.

I wish we could get free shoe samples. It'd be great to be able to try a shoe and see if you liked walking in it BEFORE you committed the money. I won't be holding my breath on this one.

Another idea: six-month anti-fad guarantee. If something is deemed "OUT" within six months of purchase, you get your money back.

Ahhhhhhhh, now THAT sounds good. I'm full of opinions today.

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landis smithers said...

have you tried kiehl's samples?
they always seem to give ample samples.

ha! a rhyme!

Modelizer said...

I heard that if you're a size 6, cole haan will send you shoes to "test" out and write back about. Same goes for Puma sneakers. So I guess fashion samples exist...if you're the right size.