Re: So how successful was FAFI compared to Barbie Loves MAC???
I have a lot to say. I'd like to quote a few people but that'd take up too much space LOL.
Originally Posted by SMMY
MAC's strength lies in it's huge range of colors and products that keeps bringing some of us back to the Church of MAC, even when we have lost the faith and strayed to NARS, Chanel and other brands.
I totally agree 100%. This is what Fafi was for me. The past year and a half I really haven't been into MAC. I became a mark representative and fell in love with mark (minus the eye shadows). So a lot of things I would normally buy of MAC, I'd get mark. Plus the collections just weren't doing it for me. Then Fafi came along and I fell in love AGAIN! I told my friend this earlier. I was like "I've been doing sooo good. I barely bought a thing of MAC unless it was "necessary" and than Fafi came." Now I want ALL the new blushes, the Heatherette stuff, etc. Fafi reintroduced me to MAC (and my friends already thought I was crazy for the amount of MAC I owned LMAO). So I'm thankful for it. Strawbaby is the BEST lipstick I have ever bought. I tried to buy back ups but it was already sold out
Ok, so this is how I see it.
OF COURSE Barbie was going to sell more. It's Barbie. To me, that's a no-brainer. EVERYBODY knows Barbie. People would buy it JUST because of that fact. Even if everyone LOVED the Fafi colors way more than Barbie, and it was just the BEST collection of LIFE, Barbie still would sell more.
With Fafi a friend of mine bought a few products just because she thought the packaging was cute. Not because she loves makeup, but because of the packaging. She even admitted to me that she didn't plan to wear any of it, and I believe her. She never wears any of the makeup I *make* her buy LOL. So I believe the same thing happened with Barbie. People were like "Oooh Barbie, pretty! I want it!" So Barbie already won here because she's more well-known.
I also think they spent more on packaging and marketing on Barbie because, hey, it's Barbie. When Barbie was coming out I saw it all over the place. It wasn't only makeup people talking about it, but Barbie collectors, and everyone in between.
I think it's just like the music business. Some people are marketed more because they think that particular person will sell more. Or has more potential. So they get the "better"/more expensive producers, song writers, etc.
2. People love Barbie
For the Barbie lovers, they bought it only because of Barbie (and if they love makeup, then this was their plus). Yeah, the $40 Barbie dolls sold out faster than the $9 Fafi dolls but people collect Barbies. Tons of people. How many people you know collect Fafi dolls? How many people do you know even know WHO Fafi is? (actually, I don't know anyone who collects Barbie's, but you get my point LOL). Barbie wins again.
I agree the sticker sliding off my Strawbaby is a bit disappointing but honestly, who cares? Or at least I don't. Sooner or later my lipstick will be all used up, out of sight, in a bin waiting to be returned for Back2Mac. And I'm pretty sure they had a "good reason" for putting stickers. Whatever that was.