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OPI no longer sold wholesale/online

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I read an article somewhere saying OPI wanted to reestablish itself as a higher end nail polish brand so they lawyered up forcing websites such as 8ty8beauty and transdesign to stop all sales of OPI nail polish. Last time I checked, 8ty8 already stopped selling OPI and all OPI was on liquidation at transdesign. It will now only be sold through salons but i recently saw it at target for $9 a pop.

From now on i'll only be purchasing china glaze.
post #2 of 36

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Whaaaaat? This sucks . Not every one has $9 to spend on ONE nail polish. :/ I only own 1 OPI and 1 Sephora by OPI. They cost me an arm with a tight budget!
post #3 of 36

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OPI is alleging that those e-tailers are illegally getting their supplies from legitimate sources.

Personally, I think OPI should be glad its product is getting sold, and if it's really so concerned about image and profit, then perhaps it should clamp down on its wholesalers or increase its bottomline at the wholesaler level. I know I won't pay $9 for a bottle of OPI. I'll just wait for the buy 2 get one free at Ulta. Ends up working out to about the same price as Transdesign (after shipping is factored in).
post #4 of 36

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WHHHHHAAAT. Are you kidding me.
I already pay enough as it is in Canada! OPI nail polishes usually run from $9.99 to $11.99 in places where I live. And for that reason, I resorted to eBay. I usually get them for 7 - 8 dollars which is already high for me. If they do this evilbay will obviously increase their prices as well. Why would they do this to us!?
post #5 of 36

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Ah, yeah.... well OPI is like $20+ a bottle here in AU. This sucks for us
post #6 of 36

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Yeahhh i feel your pain
post #7 of 36

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I think this is a pretty stupid move in OPI's part. Seriously.
post #8 of 36

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Maybe they should come out with better color lineups or a better formula if they're so worried about being a high-end brand.
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post #10 of 36

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That's so lame of them. I love OPI formula and brushes but their colours need revamping. I'll be buying a lot less from them now. There's always Color Club, Orly, China Glaze and Misa

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Originally Posted by omgitzstephanie View Post
WHHHHHAAAT. Are you kidding me.
I already pay enough as it is in Canada! OPI nail polishes usually run from $9.99 to $11.99 in places where I live. And for that reason, I resorted to eBay. I usually get them for 7 - 8 dollars which is already high for me. If they do this evilbay will obviously increase their prices as well. Why would they do this to us!?
I know it's not cheap to get OPI in Canada. I still will get colours I truly feel are unique but I'm gonna stick mostly to other brands.
post #11 of 36

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OPI is 17€ here, that's almost $22 in the US for 1 bottle of nail polish.
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OPI is 17€ here, that's almost $22 in the US for 1 bottle of nail polish.
uugghhh..i had no idea! that is just insane. if it wasn't a custom's problem, i would go buy you every color you want at the cosmoprof ($4.50) and send them to you. that is just ridiculous
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uugghhh..i had no idea! that is just insane. if it wasn't a custom's problem, i would go buy you every color you want at the cosmoprof ($4.50) and send them to you. that is just ridiculous
Usually if you mark the package as 'gift', there won't be any custom fees I think I'll just stick to CG.
post #14 of 36

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I think it's ridiculous, I lust after most of their colours and finally found somewhere to buy them from, now they're saying you cant?

Seems like a very stupid move on their part, if it wasn't for bloggers and online retailers, I would a)never have known the brand existed and b)known where to buy them from.

If they think they're big enough that people will source them out and pay extortionate prices for them then they're mistaken because there are cheaper polishes out there which work better than they do.
post #15 of 36

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Usually if you mark the package as 'gift', there won't be any custom fees I think I'll just stick to CG.
Someone told me that if you ship polishes from the US internationally & the package gets pulled for a "random" custom's check (while in route), that they take it.

If you ever want (or somebody else wants to) to take the risk, I'll be happy to pick them up for you. They are not going to stop selling where I buy, it's a place where only cosmetologists can puchase.
post #16 of 36

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i usually buy them at ulta anyway.. at this point i really only buy if a color catches my eye so i do not mind paying full price plus they do go on sale there and i use my ulta card to rack up points.
but i can see how it is unfair to others
post #17 of 36

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Yah if anyone needs, I live in Canada and have access to a store which is for licensed hair stylists or estheticians ONLY, and the opi polishes are 5.50-6$ each.
post #18 of 36

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I wondered why trans design was liquidating their stock now I know. Since head2toe won't ship CG outside of the US at that manufacturer's request I'm sure it's only time before they axe it elsewhere too.

OPI is 12 bucks a bottle here. No way will I pay full retail at a salon for it. Absolutely Alice and Mad as a Hatter were about the only worthwhile polishes from this company that I've seen in quite some time. Jade is the new black is nice, but I'm sure it's got a dupe somewhere.

I would think OPI would want to sell more polish-considering it goes for less than 5 bucks online that tells you what the markup is for each bottle. Now they'll sell less, actually. Very dissapointing, OPI!
post #19 of 36

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What???

Wow, this really sucks

I do have a lot of OPI polishes, but most of that is because of the Ulta "buy 2 get 1 free" promotions.

I was at the beauty store yesterday and I always pick up one OPI polish evertime I'm there, and I definitely agree with everyone saying they need to revamp their colors. I couldn't justify spending money on another polish that looks exactly like one I already have but has a different name.

I also wonder if this now means the beauty stores are also going to be selling them for $9. This beauty store sells them for $6.50 and that's the cheapest I have seen it at a store.
post #20 of 36

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Originally Posted by blondie711 View Post
Someone told me that if you ship polishes from the US internationally & the package gets pulled for a "random" custom's check (while in route), that they take it.

If you ever want (or somebody else wants to) to take the risk, I'll be happy to pick them up for you. They are not going to stop selling where I buy, it's a place where only cosmetologists can puchase.
Off topic, but if I get an esthetician license and go to Cosmoprof, could I also buy hair dye like redken, matrix, etc?
post #21 of 36

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Originally Posted by Sabrunka View Post
Yah if anyone needs, I live in Canada and have access to a store which is for licensed hair stylists or estheticians ONLY, and the opi polishes are 5.50-6$ each.
I think that there are certain items that have to ship by ground, perhaps that is why. I've never had issues with my orders from wholesalers but I only do ground shipping. IE if you have a massive amount of nail polish and related chemicals it can be labelled as "dangerous goods" so they pull it if it's shipped by air? Don't know.

I understand that salons make good money off of retail sales, which is why there is a big markup on prices. Like tanning lotions, for instance (don't get me started it's about a 200percent markup from manufacturer thru distributor to you) but the internet has essentially gotten rid of that. People are used to at least cutting out a portion of the markups nowadays and it's not good business to force people into it. Online nail polish geeks like me represent a small ding in sales-they're still going to sell polish at salons, just maybe not so much of the crap. I can tell you that all of the highly desirable colours of the last two OPI collections are nowhere to be seen at any salon up here. I bought my 250 dollar flat iron on folica.com because no brand or price could even come NEAR it locally. I buy my nail polish online because it's less than half the price of retailers around me, this includes sallys. And I still do buy polish in salons/stores just only when it's on sale.
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Off topic, but if I get an esthetician license and go to Cosmoprof, could I also buy hair dye like redken, matrix, etc?
As long as you have a license within the beauty industry Cosmoprof will let you purchase anything in the store, even if it is outside the scope of your license. Guess as long as you don't set up shop on the web then you are cool.

OPI has only ever sold thier products to professional beauty supplys, salons or authorized retail outlets. Diversion has been a problem for OPI for the longest time. They want their product represented and sold a certain way.

As much as you guys think that this sucks, it sucks for salons that retail OPI and can't move it because the etailers are selling the polish for $5 a bottle and OPI is NOT distributing thier product directly to these etailers. Diversion has been a problem for many many years in the beauty industry. With the emergence of etailers the problem has taken a different turn. They are not able to chase down every asian beauty supply that sells OPI (and they do. Ya'll can still pick it up there but not at Transdesign prices). Etailers are easier to find and thus an easier target to hit in terms of sending out cease and desists.

Here is OPI's stance on diversion if anyone cares to read it.

Stop Diversion Now!
OPI takes the safety and well-being of our trade and consumer customers very seriously, and has dedicated itself to providing them with the finest Professional Beauty products available today.

That is why OPI is so passionate about fighting diversion. Diversion is the sale of Professional products outside of Professional beauty channels. OPI has spent tens of millions of dollars in the fight against diversion, to ensure that our OPI brand professional-use products are used only under the supervision of trained professionals.
OPI brand products are intended for sale in professional beauty (salon) channels. We sell them to distributors or wholesalers who sell exclusively in those channels. Those distributors, in turn, sell exclusively to salons. OPI brand products sold outside these channels are improperly obtained and in violation of our agreements and commitments to distributors and salons. Unfortunately, those diverted products may not be current, or may be improperly and illegally labeled or of inferior quality, or may even be fake or counterfeit. OPI only guarantees or stands behind products sold through authorized channels. For OPI brand products, these do not include mass retail channels, the Internet, drug stores, or grocery stores.
Diversion ultimately hurts both salon professionals and salon clients. In addition, it deprives consumers of the professional care and advice that are necessary to enjoy these professional-use products.
OPI’s efforts to fight diversion include:

  • Agreements with distributors that prohibit the sale of OPI brand products outside professional channels
    Coding systems to help trace diverted product
    Pursuing leads that we receive about the unauthorized sale of OPI products
    Supporting industry-wide anti-diversion efforts
    A program to track down and take legal and other action against divertors, including the use of private investigators and lawyers
    A dedicated staff with a toll-free number and email address to record and follow- up on diversion reports
You can help. Should you become aware of what you believe to be diverted OPI brand product, please contact OPI at 800-341.9999 or at diversion@opi.com. Please provide your name, the name of the store in which you saw what you believe to be diverted product, the address of the store, and the products.
post #23 of 36

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Originally Posted by macgirl3121 View Post
As long as you have a license within the beauty industry Cosmoprof will let you purchase anything in the store, even if it is outside the scope of your license. Guess as long as you don't set up shop on the web then you are cool.
Ooh thank you

And, Wow @ OPI.
post #24 of 36

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awww this sucks, no more opi for me then, transdesign and 8ty8beauty were the only places i bought opi from...the only opi i bought at full price (trade secret) was lincoln park after dark but thats because i LOVE the colour but now i dont think ill be shelling out $10 for opi, that seems ridiculous to me- add $5 to that and i could buy a MAC e/s!
post #25 of 36

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I think this is a pretty stupid move in OPI's part. Seriously.


OPI is way too expensive here - they won't sell a lot any more without these online opportunities, especially for us international customers!

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OPI is way too expensive here - they won't sell a lot any more without these online opportunities, especially for us international customers!

Yeah I know everything is really expensive in Europe! I went to a Sephora in Italy and was amazed at how much everything cost.. it was at least double in price, if not more than in the US. Not only OPI is going to be losing money, but also loyal customers. With the economy how it is right now, they should be happy they're selling nail polish. It's a "luxury" item and not a necessity like toilet paper for example.

If I were in charge of OPI, I would rather earn a little bit than earn none at all. They're digging themselves into a whole.
post #27 of 36

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Originally Posted by macgirl3121 View Post
As long as you have a license within the beauty industry Cosmoprof will let you purchase anything in the store, even if it is outside the scope of your license. Guess as long as you don't set up shop on the web then you are cool.

OPI has only ever sold thier products to professional beauty supplys, salons or authorized retail outlets. Diversion has been a problem for OPI for the longest time. They want their product represented and sold a certain way.



As much as you guys think that this sucks, it sucks for salons that retail OPI and can't move it because the etailers are selling the polish for $5 a bottle and OPI is NOT distributing thier product directly to these etailers. Diversion has been a problem for many many years in the beauty industry. With the emergence of etailers the problem has taken a different turn. They are not able to chase down every asian beauty supply that sells OPI (and they do. Ya'll can still pick it up there but not at Transdesign prices). Etailers are easier to find and thus an easier target to hit in terms of sending out cease and desists.

Here is OPI's stance on diversion if anyone cares to read it.

Stop Diversion Now!
OPI takes the safety and well-being of our trade and consumer customers very seriously, and has dedicated itself to providing them with the finest Professional Beauty products available today.

That is why OPI is so passionate about fighting diversion. Diversion is the sale of Professional products outside of Professional beauty channels. OPI has spent tens of millions of dollars in the fight against diversion, to ensure that our OPI brand professional-use products are used only under the supervision of trained professionals.
OPI brand products are intended for sale in professional beauty (salon) channels. We sell them to distributors or wholesalers who sell exclusively in those channels. Those distributors, in turn, sell exclusively to salons. OPI brand products sold outside these channels are improperly obtained and in violation of our agreements and commitments to distributors and salons. Unfortunately, those diverted products may not be current, or may be improperly and illegally labeled or of inferior quality, or may even be fake or counterfeit. OPI only guarantees or stands behind products sold through authorized channels. For OPI brand products, these do not include mass retail channels, the Internet, drug stores, or grocery stores.
Diversion ultimately hurts both salon professionals and salon clients. In addition, it deprives consumers of the professional care and advice that are necessary to enjoy these professional-use products.
OPI’s efforts to fight diversion include:

  • Agreements with distributors that prohibit the sale of OPI brand products outside professional channels
    Coding systems to help trace diverted product
    Pursuing leads that we receive about the unauthorized sale of OPI products
    Supporting industry-wide anti-diversion efforts
    A program to track down and take legal and other action against divertors, including the use of private investigators and lawyers
    A dedicated staff with a toll-free number and email address to record and follow- up on diversion reports
You can help. Should you become aware of what you believe to be diverted OPI brand product, please contact OPI at 800-341.9999 or at diversion@opi.com. Please provide your name, the name of the store in which you saw what you believe to be diverted product, the address of the store, and the products.

Except that there is no proof that Trans Design or Head2toe IS diverted product. They're wholesalers who sell online and simply don't require a beauty liscence number to make a purchase. What etailers like TD are are distributors.

The reason diversion is a problem in the beauty industry is because they more than any other industry use distributors between manufacturers and salons. They mark up the price, sell it to salons who again mark up the price to customers. OPI and many, many other manufacterers could solve the "problem" if they sold directly to salons. But they like any other corporation just want the money. So they produce crates of the stuff and ship it out to whoever, then issue statements of concern that "regular" people like myself decide they would rather buy two OPI polishes online than one in a salon because their money is hard earned and we think a 200% markup from manufactuer to customer is bullshit.

Why should I pay full retail at a salon for a nail polish when I'm already getting services done there (with tip I might add, and at 20 %) and I can get it for less online? The internet is change, and businesses that can't or won't adjust to it are going to fail


I suppose the point of my whining (yes, I'm whining. WHINE!) is that in the end everyone loses out because I won't buy OPI at retail prices in salons anyways because I KNOW how much it costs at the distributor level, and if I can't buy it that way online well...
post #28 of 36

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OPI must be coming out with some pretty unique colors if they think people are going to pay $9 and up for a bunch of reds and pinks.

I am highly annoyed though, online is where I purchased all of my OPI polishes. The closest spot by me that sells OPI is 10 miles away and they didn't even have the Alice in Wonderland collection
post #29 of 36

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i read about this the day i found out about etailers.
post #30 of 36

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Originally Posted by ruthless View Post
Except that there is no proof that Trans Design or Head2toe IS diverted product. They're wholesalers who sell online and simply don't require a beauty liscence number to make a purchase. What etailers like TD are are distributors.

The reason diversion is a problem in the beauty industry is because they more than any other industry use distributors between manufacturers and salons. They mark up the price, sell it to salons who again mark up the price to customers. OPI and many, many other manufacterers could solve the "problem" if they sold directly to salons. But they like any other corporation just want the money. So they produce crates of the stuff and ship it out to whoever, then issue statements of concern that "regular" people like myself decide they would rather buy two OPI polishes online than one in a salon because their money is hard earned and we think a 200% markup from manufactuer to customer is bullshit.

Why should I pay full retail at a salon for a nail polish when I'm already getting services done there (with tip I might add, and at 20 %) and I can get it for less online? The internet is change, and businesses that can't or won't adjust to it are going to fail


I suppose the point of my whining (yes, I'm whining. WHINE!) is that in the end everyone loses out because I won't buy OPI at retail prices in salons anyways because I KNOW how much it costs at the distributor level, and if I can't buy it that way online well...
Guess you won't be shopping at Walmart either. Thier markup is easily more than 200% on an item mass produced in China for mere pennies per item. Welcome to capitalism.
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