Molton Brown & eBay – Buyer beware!
I know a lot of people use eBay to find a bargain particularly on those beauty brands that are more expensive. I’ve used eBay myself to find limited edition Bath & Body Works shower gels and scrubs and I’ve seen shower gels go for $100, yes you read that right $100! I also know that some people get gifts that they don’t like and they want to get rid. I personally think selling my Molton Brown shower gels would be the equivalent of smoking crack – extremely stupid! However there are some people out there that don’t appreciate what it is.
The issue I have with Molton Brown on eBay is probably similar to the issues that other brands face. Is it a genuine product, ranges that have long been discontinued/old stock, and items re-packaged made to look like they would be sold that way. I’ve trawled through the auctions and copied some examples of crimes against Molton Brown. I’m not going to name and shame the sellers, I just wanted to bring it to your attention. These pictures are quite small but I think you will get the idea.
Old stock – Molton Brown changed their small bottle tops from black plastic to silver domes and onto embossed silver which has been standard for several years now. These items that are for sale have probably come from hotels or British Airways bags and you can see difference in the first two pictures where there are newer bottles of the left and older ones on the right.
Repackaged items – Molton Brown go to great lengths to design their packaging and colour themes. They would never ever put their goods in a cheap plastic bag with tassels and a shower pouf. They also do not sell 30ml products packed in boxes of tissue with your choice of box colour. The smaller 30ml and 50ml items are given as samples in the stores and concessions or in toiletry bags for British Airways and selected hotels.
Samples or bulk packages – Why on earth would you would buy an old store sample or shower gel in a plastic jerry can. I know when I worked at Molton Brown some of the staff at the factory in Bishops Stortford would take home shower gel in this manner so who knows where these could have come from.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, I’ve seen old makeup, overpriced smaller bottles, and items that are so old they have become discoloured. The worst crime I’ve seen which I unfortunately didn’t download a picture of before the bidding finished, was a Molton Brown shower gel bottle that was clearly filled with another product! I’m all for a bargain but some things just aren’t worth the hassle. I always get my Molton Brown from their shops or concessions or authorised dealers such as Mankind and Beauty Expert.
I hope you found this post useful. It’s my 1st blogging birthday next week and I’ll be doing a lovely Molton Brown giveaway so watch out for it!
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