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OPI – you disappoint me

Thursday, 29 April, 2010

OPI was the brand that brought my love of nail polish back to life after 10 years of not purchasing anything.

Now OPI is disappointing me – badly. To the point where I thought I’d only buy and not swatch, effectively putting a ban on them pictorially. I’m still searching for the court documents, but it seems that OPI has brought a lawsuit against one of my favorite e-tailers (www.transdesign.com) because the e-tailer sells OPI at a lower price than the suggested retail price. If you go to Trans Design, they are liquidating ALL of their OPI products. Seems OPI has won, but have they really?

Here is a link to the suit that was filed in California, but I am looking for a free version of the documents. http://www.rfcexpress.com/lawsuit.asp?id=56040

OPI, I’ve purchased the last lot from you. So unless you come and give me free products, I will not be posting or mentioning you ever again. You’ve made your last dime off me when I made my final purchase. I was going to buy then swatch and post the new Shrek collection you have coming out on May 1, but I won’t now. I’ll be allocating that money towards Nubar’s Fortress Collection.

My followers are not as prolific as Scrangie, the Swatchaholic or any other popular nail blogger, but I am fortunate enough to have a small loyal following. I’m prolific enough on other social network sites where my friends actually purchase colors and brands of nail polish I’ve recommended.

I’m putting out a ban on you…No more OPI products for me and I will strongly encourage my friends to purchase other brands such as China Glaze, Essie, NuBar, Misa and BB Couture.

I’m saddened by how OPI has handled this. I’m even more saddened that OPI’s made me go to this length to show my displeasure because all this blog was really ever meant for was to display my love of nail polish.

I’ve always disliked companies that play bullies. It’s why I don’t shop at Wal-Mart.


I was able to find the court documents and as far as I can see it really is all about copyright infringement…and the only copyright infringement I ever saw on www.transdesign.com was the images and some of the wording they took off of the OPI displays. OPI could’ve been less – pardon my french – cunty about it, but they decided to take TD to court and OPI won. But a lawsuit? Maybe OPI asked them, TD refused, and OPI’s only alternative was to take them to court. Who knows? But for OPI to do this to e-tailers like Victoria Nail Supply and Trans Design, where people from all over the world, not just the US, purchase OPI polish is ridiculous. They’ve shot themselves in the foot.

I freely admit to not purchasing OPI in a retail setting where bottles cost anywhere from $8 to $10. So it looks like I won’t even be purchasing OPI from e-tailers because OPI has cut them out of the market. I could be tempted to buy from my local nail suppliers who have sold me bottles for $4 or $4.50, but OPI’s overall attitude towards not paying full price has pretty much soured me towards anything OPI related. I’ll be honest in saying I don’t mind paying $12 or $20 for a nail polish so long as it’s department store type of nail polish. NEWSFLASH OPI – you aren’t Chanel. I refuse to pay more than $6 for a bottle of OPI because it’s a mid-grade polish I can find in any nail salon. Exclusive and high end you are not. Don’t ever think that you are. Ever.

What has OPI lost in all of this? Instead of one customer who won’t buy OPI at full price, I’ve decided I won’t buy OPI at all. I wonder when/if OPI will start to go after my favorite nail polish suppliers here in AZ and CA now. “We don’t like that you’re selling OPI for below market price.” Does OPI worry about them suddenly becoming discount nail polish? What gives OPI? What made you become a scheming shrew?

I wonder when physical storefronts will be hit with the OPI Copyright Infringement Bitch Stick.


…and OPI is no longer on any of other fave etailers. OPI, you suck.

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  • Reply Hannah Saturday, 1 May, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I am so saddened by this news, I order from Transdesign a lot. I am from the UK and in the places you can find an up to date OPI collection, which are few and far between we pay £10 for our polishes which really stops fans buying many polishes from any collection. I wait until a few collections have come out and place a large order from Transdesign.
    The other polish brands that I am a fan off, Essie, China Glaze, Orly just are impossible to find in the UK. You can get Essie on a few online retailers but they are older collections.
    It makes me mad as we are consumers just like the US but these companies don’t seem to invest in making their products available.

    Sorry, that was a little rant of my own!

  • Reply Regine Saturday, 1 May, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Well, I checked a few etailers and even though they sell full retail price (US price, that is), it seems they’ll continue selling it. I don’t really mind paying full US retail price (USD 8-10) when in Norway I’d pay USD 27 when the selection is only about reds and sheers.

    I really want to continue buying OPI, but not for more than USD 8-10, and only when the colors is unique enough (ds mystery, jade is the new black, etc, you get my drift).

    Great post! I hope OPI people realize they’re being stupid.

  • Reply Evgeniya Saturday, 1 May, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I am from Russia.
    Here the usual price for OPI is about USD 15. New collections come here one-two months later than in USA.
    A lot of my friends bought OPI at TD, now we do not know what to do.
    On eBay it’s hard to find the seller with wide range of OPI, ChG, Orly, Essie collections.
    After these unpleasant events OPI’s profit becomes lower and I hope that Suzy would change her decision.
    I am not rich to buy polishes from all their collections.
    Last OPI collections did not capture me and I bought just a couple of polishes.
    I like Essie and ORLy summer collections and today I ordered some of them.
    Bye-bye, OPI

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  • Reply Camden Tuesday, 18 May, 2010 at 6:09 am

    This is once again a time, when a company is getting too GREEDY for its own good. Why antagonize the customers that support you? The fact is TransDesign is purchasing their stock from OPI, and if they choose to give value for money to their customers….what problem do OPI have.

    I’m going to talk with my money from now on, and just order China Glaze etc…

    • Reply carinaeletoile Tuesday, 18 May, 2010 at 7:59 am

      Sort of right – TD didn’t have a contract to purchase through OPI and that’s where it got sticky. TD actually purchased OPI products from someone who has a contract in place. TD would then sell OPI, but not at retail value.

      That’s what caught OPI’s attention.

      Pity we’re the ones who got slapped.

  • Reply Dawn Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Wow – Great Post!
    Sorry I’m late to speak up about “thee OPI disaster”
    I have an update & a question –
    Since this was a problem with TransDesign;
    Why did “all” the lower priced e-tailers (H2T, Victoria’s & 8ty8 etc…) loose OPI Polishes also? Does anyone know what caused the snowball effect?

    During the last few months, since OPI’s stunt of Spring 2010;
    We’ve had 2 separate stores in our Idaho area stop selling OPI.

    I feel the same way.
    Once this started, I knew I would not be purchasing another OPI polish.
    No way will I spend $8 to $10. on OPI. I never thought they were worth it.
    Especially now-a-days where it seems we live in polish heaven with many excellent brands & colors!
    I’d have to get mine free too!

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