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Big demand for free cosmetics

Photo: People stand in line to claim free cosmetics outside Bloomingdale's. Fourteen retailers are offering $175 million of free mascara and perfume as part of a settlement from a 2004 lawsuit alleging the stores conspired with cosmetics companies to fix prices. Credit: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg News

Why were hundreds of people standing at line Tuesday, waiting for free cosmetics at South Coast Plaza? Here is why from the O.C. Register:

It may be a sign of the times that women will consider standing in line for up to an hour to get a free cosmetic product.

As part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit, department stores nationwide are giving away $175 million in cosmetics to customers who purchased beauty products between May 29, 1994 and July 16, 2003.

The first-come, first-served giveaway began Tuesday and ends Monday, or while supplies last.

"With the economy the way that it is, it's a great time for this settlement," said Connie Scott, of Costa Mesa, who stood in line at Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza. "It's our stimulus package."

--Shelby Grad

Photo: People stand in line to claim free cosmetics outside a Bloomingdale's store. Fourteen retailers are offering $175 million in free cosmetics and perfume as part of a settlement from a 2004 lawsuit alleging that the stores conspired with cosmetics companies to fix prices. Credit: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg News

 
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I signed up for this class action a LONG time ago.
Why did it take so long, and why don't they have enough for
everyone who used to buy to get something ? We don't have
a good job like we did when we could spend money on this stuff.
they made money off us for years, and now they have a small
amount of this so called "class action Lawsuit to settle "
RIPoff RIPoff Ripoff !!!!! if ever I saw one !!!!!!

Nancy, the problem is they do have $175 million worth of products, but since they don't check (and have no way of checking) who really bought something and who didn't, everyone lined up for it, even 13 or 14 year olds came by the dozens even though there's no way they have bought Chanel products when they were 10.

Nancy, the problem is they do have $175 million worth of products, but since they don't check (and have no way of checking) who really bought something and who didn't, everyone lined up for it, even 13 or 14 year olds came by the dozens even though there's no way they have bought Chanel products when they were 10.

Is the giveaway over? Did the stores run out of product yet, or can I still pick up a freebie tomorrow?

I have worked at a cosmetic counter for 20+ years, and I don't even get to take advantage of this promotion, so what are you whinning about. Do you not think that the employees of these dept. stores purchased, probably more than the general consumer. Also, remember the companies claimed no wrong doing,this is a good faith gesture. In America, a vendor can set it's own prices. This is a crazy scheme made up by a bunch of attornyes and those of you who, just want to complain. This is crazy, most of those getting the free product never even heard of finer cosmetics, and some were mere babies at the time.
Come on gals, it's free quit complaining.

would love to try some free samples to see if i like the product for future use!


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