Who doesn't like free products? As part of a class action lawsuit several major department stores will be giving away cosmetics beginning Tuesday. The freebies will be available nationwide at Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and several other chains.
The giveaway stems from the 2004 settlement of a suit accusing retailers and cosmetics manufacturers of violating anti-trust laws by fixing prices on cosmetics. The companies deny wrongdoing, but as part of the settlement will give away $175 million of cosmetics.
Customers who between 1994 and 2003 purchased a product from the manufacturers named in the suit can receive one free cosmetic product. No receipt or proof of purchase is necessary. Only one product per customer is allowed.
The giveaway begins Tuesday and will end Jan. 26 -- if any products are left. Any remaining cosmetics would then be given to charity.
At Macy's stores, for instance, free products will be set on tables in the cosmetics department, said Jim Sluzewski, a company spokesman. "When they're gone, they're gone," he said.
Manufacturers involved are Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Clarins, Guerlain, Chanel, Boucheron, L'Oreal and Christian Dior. Other retail chains that will be giving away free products are Bergdorf Goodman, Bergner's, Dillard's, Boston Store, Younkers, Parisian, Gottschalks and Herberger's.
Though most of the products being given away are body lotions, perfumes or shower gels, you might also be able to snatch up some Lancome mascara too!
Full list of products given away can be found at Cosmetic Settlement.
Via Chicago Tribune