Thursday, February 12, 2009
A look at the cost difference: OPI nailpolish
A little background for my male readers- OPI is a company that sells all things manicure/pedicure related- nailpolish, lotions, files, etc. Their nailpolishes are fantastic for several reasons. First, they have great names. Second, the polish lasts a long time in the bottle. Third, the polish doesn't chip as bad on your nails once it has been applied.
Aren't you glad you know all of that now?
Anyway... a bottle of OPI nailpolish retails for around $7 back in the states. That was the cheapest I could find it there, some higher end spas would sell it for $10.
Yesterday I tried a local spa for a facial and spotted some OPI nailpolish in the retail section. A single bottle of OPI nailpolish retails for 22CHF here. And I've been informed that that is an inexpensive price. At other spas a single bottle sells for 28CHF.
22CHF is equivalent to $19 at today's exchange rate (thank you oanda.com).
That means that this little bottle of nailpolish retails for more than twice what I could buy it for in the States.
And just a year ago, I thought $7 was outrageous.
So there you go. This is why I still am suffering from price shock 8.5 months after moving here.