So today I fully intended on doing a blogger spotlight post, but then I forgot my iPad at home, so I actually took a real lunch break today! Who knew by the time I got home the post would have to be put aside.
I have been receiving emails, Tweets & FB comments on Unicorn Puke being sold on Ebay. I know many of you are upset over it and are wanting to know how I feel. I have known for a few days now that a bottle has been on Ebay, we regularly google Cult Nails and found it. I saw a few other colors on Ebay before so I wasn't really surprised.
But how do I feel? If I am being 100% honest, I am feeling quite a few emotions and they just so happen to completly conflict with each other.
Let's start by going back when I decided to make a few bottles called Unicorn Puke, shall we? At first I thought we were going to get charged for the extra screen printing in gold, and if that happened I thought I would pass the cost on. When that didn't happen, Juan & I actually talked about pricing them at $15 since they are limited edition. But as we talked it out, it just didn't feel right for us. It isn't who we are. Yeah we could have made a few extra bucks, but we just didn't feel like it would be worth it for us. Kind of like the same thing we did with the base & top coat by pricing them cheaper because we know it is something that needs to be replaced more often. We want to stay true to who we are.
Now don't get me wrong, this is a business. Something I am proud of and hope to make enough money that I can do this full time and help support my family. I do want to make money doing this. I don't want to come off as holier than thou, because of course I want to make money off this!
So now here we are with Unicorn Puke selling for mega bucks on Ebay. If I'm being honest, my first thought was OMG! Something I made is selling on EBAY! WOW! WOW! WOW! I made that! I can't believe I created something that people want THAT bad! Then I thought, wait, that person is making money off my brilliance! (Yeah need to deflate that ego! ha!ha!)Then I thought - wait who's the brilliant one? She bought 2 bottles (Yes I was able to figure out who they are) and is selling one and might make a few bucks for herself. Good for her! I mean if someone stopped me on the street and offered me $100 for my sneakers that I paid $50 for them, I would take them off right there and hand them over! I mean seriously - I totally would. But then I feel bad for the person who missed the sale by seconds and didn't get a bottle because someone bought one intending to profit off it. But then - there really is no guarantee that they would make money. And if someone is willing to pay, then isn't that between the two of them? So yeah I see that it sucks, but at the same time, They are making money, and who knows maybe they need that money or maybe they don't, but in the end it's their bottle to do with what they want.
But even funnier, last night we were contacted by someone who I accidently sent two bottles to and she only ordered one. Somehow 2 shipping labels printed and she got two packages. (I knew I was one short in my personal collection and I thought one of the kids took it. Oops! But she emailed us and asked us what we wanted to have her do. We told her to keep the extra bottle and maybe do a little Random Act of Kindness. Since there are so many who wanted it and missed out, maybe she knew one of them and could pass it along. She is giving it away. So it's kind of humorous that we are giving bottles away and people are selling them.
Of course then Clairvoyant comes into play. It is the same exact thing. Does the name really mean that much? If so should I make more Unicorn Puke to stop the madness? Is that fair to those who already have their bottles? It kind of takes the fun out of the limited edition bottles. Which I did because well - it was fun! It was kitchy, because those of us in the know would get a kick out of it! No other reason! So no I won't make more, and if someone wants to pay crazy money for a bottle - let them. Those who would rather save their money, wait for Clairvoyant, because once it's on your nails, you can call it whatever you want, because it literally is from the same batch as Unicorn Puke. No one will know! Well honestly, know one would probably know anyway, I'm no Chanel after all! (Yet! lol)
EDITED TO ADD: One of the Ebayers posted in the comments and for her protection, I removed all her comments. I don't ever want anyone to feel attacked in my community, and I felt she left a lot of personal information that really is no ones business, so for her protection, I removed them. Let's make it a new day and a great weekend!