TLC recently came out with a new show called My Strange Addiction, where professionals step in to help those with peculiar obsessions. Some of these obsessions range from eating couches to bathing in bleach. Compared to the cases found on the show, my obsession is well, a lot less serious. However, it suckers me in every time and makes me weak in the knees. My strange addiction? Samples.
Ever since I started purchasing cosmetics, I have always gotten suckered into purchasing an item because of free samples. I would be at a counter thinking "hm..I don't really want this ridiculously expensive face cream" only to find myself handing over the credit card after hearing "I can give you 3 samples of anything you want". The worst offender is Sephora and their 15-piece sample bag with any $50USD purchase. Fifteen pieces!! Well, now I must find $40USD worth of products to buy when I really only need a pair of tweezers.
During a cleaning spree, I found a giant bag of untouched samples hiding deep inside my Alex drawer. Why in the world do I have so many and more importantly, why didn't I use them? Deep down inside, I knew the answer. It was simple. I never used them because they're samples of things that I didn't really want or need. I was simply collecting them.
The thing with samples is that they're fun to collect but you may not necessarily need them. Companies use free samples all the time to entice customers into spending more. How many times have you spent an extra $50 just to get the GWP? I know I have many times. However, I have learned throughout the years to stop and think twice about what is offered. Are the items full-sized? Do I really want to try it? Are all the samples combined worth the extra money I have to spend? If the answer is yes to all 3, then I will splurge and hand over the credit card.
At the end of the day, I still love GWP but have learned to think twice before being enticed by the offer of free samples. However, one thing is for sure. I will now pass on all packet samples. They're either too small or too large for a single use. Once opened, the packets can't be closed and I find myself over-applying every time. Makeup mini-sized items such as mascaras, lipsticks, lipglosses, blushes, and eyeshadows are the best. They make great travel items along with some skincare in tube packaging.
What are your strange addictions? Do you resist the temptation of free samples and GWP?