As I’ve received several emails regarding this event, I thought I’d answer the frequently-asked questions here. My answers are somewhat similar to those in my Estée Lauder private sale post but there are some differences, where a MAC private sale is concerned.
1. Who can attend a MAC private sale?
Anyone. However, the staff at the sale will only admit those with tickets. People have been known to try and sneak in by going with friends who have tickets but I wouldn’t recommend this.
2. How do I obtain tickets to such a sale?
The simple answer:
They are offered to you by the brand’s management or its staff.
The more complex answer:
If you happen to be a MAC business associate or an Estée Lauder employee, you’ll most likely be given the tickets. Even so, past sales have seen a limit on these tickets, as well as the company selectively choosing staff members to hand them to.
If you are familiar with the MAC MAs who usually serve you, they might offer you one or more. Please do not inundate them with requests though; they too have friends and family who want the tickets. I know of people who have harassed the MAC staff – such behaviour is truly distasteful.
3. What will be sold at the sale?
Essentially cosmetics from older MAC collections and occasionally, limited edition items that resurface to enthrall all! ;) Like at an Estée Lauder private sale, the following will most likely be available:
- Seasonal items
- Discontinued items
- Soon-to-be-discontinued items
- Some regular counter items
- Regular counter items in older packaging
- Gift sets
Sometimes, other brands under the Estée Lauder umbrella might pair up with MAC to offer items for sale.
4. Are there any limitations to the purchase of items?
In most of the past MAC private sales, everyone is limited to a maximum of three units per item and each person’s total purchase cannot exceed S$1,000.
Needless to say, no item purchased at the sale can be exchanged at or returned to department store counters. :P Do note that MAC, as well as Estée Lauder, has been known to track the serial numbers on the tickets to prevent purchase abuse.
5. What are the accepted payment methods?
Cash, NETS and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard) are accepted.