Re: Scandalous Cosmetics?
Originally Posted by rt66chix
They've got very little capital, as in $$$. Its a startup operation and that explains inconsistency in stock levels, not having an actual storefront or website, and guerrilla-style advertising (as in the balloons and bumper stickers and "promoters" on various websites
). I think one of their goons was trying to hunt down someone who knows how to make websites in an earlier post in this thread. As for the ebay thing, it takes practically no capital funds to open sell a product on ebay, whereas a real, operational website would require money to pay a programmer, designer, servers and storage, etc...not to mention that if you're a legit business, you have to have a business license and pay taxe$$.
The funny thing is, I wonder who's sitting there cooking up those batches of primer that are supposed to be the best thing on earth according to the earlier post.
There are a lot of cheap alternatives to creating a retail webstore with paying a lot for a programmer, designer, server, storage, etc.
For example, both verizon and comcast include webspace and "website wizards" with their regular monthly internet plans. You can have a storefront website with carts/checkout/etc (or even just an informational website) setup in less than a day without a need for a designer, programmmer, server, etc. And from my own research, there are many other independent ways to do this through other companies just as inexpensively. In the end, it is possible that these alternatives will actually work out to cost less than paying the ebay fees.
Will it be as clean and polished looking as MACs? No, but it will IMHO give you more credibility and professionalism than selling solely on ebay.
I am sorry, but (again IMHO) selling solely on ebay does to many "cheapen" your brand.
And the ebay listing does also direct you to the myspace and youtube spaces, but I agree every video should start with that disclosure. It changes the potential bias when the "reviewer" telling you how much better the scandalous base is than MAC/UDPP is also the owner of Scandalous cosmetics.
As an aside, can anyone tell me how much the base costs when purchased at a kiosk? I was also expecting that if the company was using ebay as a way to legitimately sell items, then they would just be listed at Buy It Now prices, not in auction format where people without access may end spending more than the normal retail cost. I think if the company is willing (or trying) to sell these items to consumers for more than retail cost then it is another mark against them. It is one thing to pay a regular ebayer more than retail, but for the company to do that is poor business to me.