What if I told you you can buy MAC makeup very cheaply online? By very cheaply, I mean you can buy a Ruby Woo lipstick for less than US$2.00 a piece. Would you buy it? Or would what I tell you ring the alarm bells that something doesn’t sound right when a MAC lipstick is really that cheap?
The photo above was taken when I was perusing a night market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The vendor was none too pleased when I tried to take a picture of her wares close up with my phone so I had to get Tim to photograph this for me from a distance. I found it amusing that she had to place such a large sign above her products that the makeup she was selling wasn’t counterfeit and that they were just factory seconds. Many stalls like hers sold exactly the same items yet didn’t have a similar sign. Plenty of tourists, particularly female tourists, flocked these stalls purchasing a heap of cheap makeup that were presumably from MAC, Chanel, Urban Decay, Dior and much more.