We gave the Peter Thomas Roth sample sale a solid 9 out of 10. The prices were low, and we mean very low – there were masks and items selling for $2. The room was well organized with separate bins for different products.
There were few makeup items: a few SPF foundations, powders, eye brow gels. Everything else was skincare: hand creams, facial masks, serums, moisturizer, eye creams and what not. The most expensive items were $30. Everything else averaged in the $10-$15 range.
Given the calm atmosphere (it wasn’t empty), amazing prices, amount of merchandise and impressive organization of the sale, we recommend that all skincare junkies add this sample sale to the top of their list.
I walk in, and it’s complete chaos. Staff members were running around, people everywhere, I don’t even know what to do. Unable to find a shopping basket, I shove myself into the already over-stuffed room. It hit me that this is probably a fire hazard. They didn’t follow their own 25 people maximum. There are so many people in the room; your only option is to get online to check out and shop through there. Yes, you read that correctly, now let me break that down for you. There were bins in the center of the room creating an island and bins along the perimeter of the room. You entered the line at the door and went along the walkway that wrapped around the makeshift island. You can add items to your basket while walking. However, the line was at a standstill, so you were a victim of standing in front of the same bins for quite a bit of time. It was so overwhelming I had to step out. I wasn’t getting anywhere, and this was a clear waste of time.
I returned to drastic improvements. The lunchtime rush has died down, and you can appreciate the sale for what it actually is: a really great sale. Prices are at rock bottom with the most expensive items reaching $30. They even had smaller items for as low as $1! What a bargain! Shop a plethora of skin care products for any skin type. There is a $20 credit card minimum and 10 item maximum.
After I improved my mood and I filled up my basket, it was time to check out. Frustration quickly returned and consumed me. There’s one staff member that solely marks down what’s in your basket. Then you take the paper, and your items to the actual check out person to charge you. Now That’s already extremely inefficient, especially with large crowds. Peter Thomas Roth products and June Jacobs products need to be checked out separately. This doesn’t help with the $20 minimum. So, I had to abandon my June Jacobs products. When I checked out the person who filled the product paper became my cashier since the real cashier was cleaning up. She didn’t know how to check me out and didn’t even bag my items. Talk about inefficiency.
We had to give the Peter Thomas Roth and June Jacobs sample sale a 5.5 out of 10. It’s a real shame because it’s a great sale, but it’s a hot mess, and it destroys the shopping experience. We totally recommend you go, just be prepared for chaos. Happy shopping!
What: Peter Thomas Roth and June Jacobs Sample Sale
When: Mon. Nov. 5 – Thur. Nov. 15, 2018
Where: 460 Park Ave. 22nd Floor, Manhattan, NY