Big demand for free cosmetics
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."
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