Dear Nars, Stop Screwing Around! GIVE US ZULU!!!!!!!

I can’t take it anymore! Zulu is being scalped on ebay again. Two weeks ago it sold for $76! It’s never going to stop and Zulu is the lemming that is never going to die. The Polish Addict hereby declares war on Nars. We’re launching a guerilla style campaign for the re-release of this god forsaken color. As a part of the ‘Give Us Zulu’ (G.U.Z.) campaign we ask that you guys sign the petition! Email nars! Link them to the ridiculous ebay auctions! Give them a piece of your mind! Hopefully they will finally appease their loyal customers by giving us what we want! GIVE US ZULU!

If you have a blog, site, facebook, anything please spread the word! Also you can read my previous tirade on this subject here.

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27 Responses to “Dear Nars, Stop Screwing Around! GIVE US ZULU!!!!!!!”

  1. Smirfy Says:

    Completely awesome. Too much time on your hands?

  2. Sminkan Says:

    Great post! Great, great post!

    I think I found a dupe for Zulu, but I agree, we all want the orginal so give it to us, NARS!

  3. Martha Says:

    I’ve never understood this ebay bashing. If one’s not allowed a profit we might as well be in a communist style system, and we all know how successful that’s been. Hoarding of prized items is almost like managing a wine cellar. You spot winners early on, and outlay investment for its procurement and maintenance, patiently waiting a time when you may reap a profit (which can take years). It’s a sign of a true connoiseur, not to mention it fulfils a gap between supply and demand.

  4. Carla G Says:

    LMAO. I bet you dream about Zulu… am I right?! :-P

  5. Jessica Says:

    desperate times call for desperate measures

  6. pretear Says:

    Smirfy – Yes… yes I do. : P

    Sminkan – Yea I have dupes but I want the real thing.

    Martha – I don’t like it but I didn’t say people aren’t allowed to scalp. But, that’s exactly what reselling anything at an exorbitant price is, scalping. If you want to get down to a discussion of economic systems – it’s anti-capitalistic for NARS to not re-release the color. See this post: http://polishaddict.com/2008/04/26/nail-polish-and-capitalism-the-nars-zulu-dilemma/

    Carla G – Honestly, yes. lol.

    Jessica – Viva La RevoluciĆ³n!

  7. diana Says:

    I signed the petition. I added in the comments that I have spent about a $100 this past year on other greens trying to fill a void left by zulu. Some of that money could be going directly to Nars. It’s bad business.

  8. Caroline Says:

    Sorry, but selling at auction is not scalping. Scalping implies an activity is illegal. Although you may not like it, certain desirable, difficult to find items have a high fair market value. Items are worth what people are willing to pay for them, and auctioning is a time tested method for determining this.

  9. pretear Says:

    Diana – Thank you!

    Caroline – Ok, I’ll give you an example. In the city I live in, they have decriminalized buying student tickets to home football games (face value $10) and re-selling them for a higher price (which depending on a game can go anywhere from $25 to $150). When it was illegal it was called ticket ‘scalping’. Now that it’s not a crime anymore, guess what people call it… ticket ‘scalping’. So – Sorry – no, it *is* scalping. And if you can’t accept my logic check out Merriam-Webster’s definition of scalping: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scalping
    I don’t see anything in there about an implication of illegality. What I do see is a definition that states that scalping is buying and reselling something at an increased profit.

    Either way, the definition of scalping is completely beside the point. If people want to pay that much for a bottle of Zulu, that’s fine with me. I don’t like the act of scalping as a consumer, but there is nothing inherently wrong with making a profit from selling a product for which people are willing to pay a high price. However, the fact that there are people willing to pay so much for Zulu is exactly the reason why NARS needs to re-release the color.

  10. andie Says:

    hahaha, i love those pictures. crazy girl

    but seriously, you are probably the most creative blogger out there.

  11. Melanie Says:

    Okay the pictures made me LOL and I just had to comment on the funny.

  12. dami Says:

    love the pictures steph. i signed the petition and i have a post about it coming up shortly. thanks and i hope NARS takes all your hard work into consideration! <33

  13. Martha Says:

    no, scalping is not the same as just any selling for a profit, or ‘increased’ profit (and what makes an ‘increased’ profit, anyway? and what makes NARS corp more worthy of the profit that the resellers on ebay?).

    whatever, this is all about the zulu. i would’ve signed the petition just because i’d be happy to see the color back, and for fellow polish lovers to be able to buy it. but all the negative remarks on ebay, resellers, NARS etc., in the petition is preventing me.

    additionally, the extra buzz might even jack up demand prices even more, giving enhanced opportunity to make a quick profit, at least until such time it’s reproduced.

    boy do i wish i have a stash of that green gold :D

  14. Sanna Says:

    OMFG WORD!
    I seriously can’t understand what they are thinkin’! Don’t they know what an extremely success it would be? They’re so stupid if they don’t consider doing it!
    Poster with large letters: Give us Zulu! Give us Zulu!

  15. pretear Says:

    Andie – Thank you!

    Dami – Awesome, I really appreciate the support. <3

    Melanie – : )

    Sanna – Agreed.

  16. Ninarz Says:

    Yea, scalping is reselling for profit. However, ebay is different as it is not a street corner. This is probably why Martha doesn’t consider it “scalping.” Scalping is an act independent of location. One doesn’t need a cardboard sign with “HAVE ZULU HERE” to scalp when they can post it up on eBay with a nice mark up. Sorry Martha, no communist sympathizers here, just girls that want a cool nail polish available to them that isn’t an exorbitent amount because of another person’s greed.

  17. Lauren Says:

    why dont you instead have everyone email Essie and beg for a deep forest green nail color ala Zulu (if it’s not already in the works)? She’ll be able to perfect the color! And bring it down to an $8 pricepoint…..

  18. pretear Says:

    Martha – I’m not really sure how to respond to you because at this point, I don’t think you’re actually trying to have a discussion. It just seems like you’re trolling my site, but I’ll try to answer your questions to best of my ability anyway:

    I’m sorry that your definition of scalping is different from the definition that Merriam-Webster uses. Since you seem to know more about the definition than they do, maybe you should start your own campaign to get M-W to change the definition to whatever it is you want. Until then, I’m going to continue saying that scalping is buying something, then reselling it for an increased price.

    If you don’t know what an ‘increased price’ is, well, I dunno, let’s say something like 5 times the retail price (which is the amount for which Zulu usually gets scalped) is at an ‘increased price’ for the purposes of this discussion.

    Also, considering that NARS conceptualized, formulated, developed, packaged, and marketed the color, I think that qualifies them as more worthy to profit from it than the person who bought it and paid 30 cents to ebay for an auction space. Again, I, personally, rather give my money to NARS than to some scalper.

    Further, I am very sorry that the language in my post and the petition offend your delicate scalper’s sensibilities. I tried to go back and look for all the negative comments that I’m allegedly making in order to remove them but I didn’t find any. I guess that we’ll, sadly, just have to go without your signature.

    I am flattered that you think my site can cause enough buzz to raise Zulu’s scalping price. But I would hope that the influence of this campaign would be such that people would temporarily chill out on the Zulu bidding while we wait for a favorable response from NARS. Either way, as I’ve already said, if people want to pay ‘jacked up’ prices for Zulu – that’s fine. As I told you before, I don’t think there is any thing inherently wrong with selling something for a profit, any profit even an increased profit. All I’m saying is that the people who do so are ‘scalpers’, and that I, personally, as a consumer, don’t want to pay 5 times the retail price for anything, even my beloved Zulu. I don’t really understand why that is so offensive to you – I guess you must enjoy paying 5 times the retail price for things that you want. Which, again, is totally fine, but I think it’s kind of ridiculous that you are basically telling me that I should enjoy it too.

    I know the girl who is selling Zulu on ebay right now. She’s not a bad person in any sense. In fact she was the first person that, out of the goodness of her heart, RAOK’d me a Zulu dupe because she knew how much I wanted the real thing. I don’t think there is anything wrong her selling her bottle for that much especially because I’m pretty sure her auction started low and was bid up to the price it is at now. I just personally don’t want to pay that much for it. The person who wins it, I hope they love it and I hope they find that it was worth the money. And maybe in some sense you are right: if something gets bid up to a certain point – maybe that’s not true scalping – but I’ve seen Zulu auctions with ridiculously high starting prices to me that is scalping. One person even filled a mini bottle with Zulu and tried to sell it for 30 dollars as the starting price. Again, to me, that is scalping. While it’s not illegal, I think it’s unconscionable. And just like you are entitled to make up whatever definition you want for the words scalper/scalping, I, too, am entitled to my own opinions on the definition of scalping.

    I can only imagine that you’re so ardently defending scalpers because you yourself are one. And if you are, I would rather lose you as a reader than have you continue to read my site for my inadvertent tips on how to continue to rip people off.

    Ninarz – Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Lauren – I’ve actually approached a few companies about this – no one has seemed interested up to this point. : (

  19. Ane Kristine Kure Says:

    The petition is signed!
    Loved the Munch picture, it can truly be used to anything that causes uproar :)

  20. Mrs. Schwartz Says:

    LOL! Great post!!! I’m rooting for you: http://theotherstufff.blogspot.com/

  21. kathywa Says:

    God I love ya!!!!! Off to sign!!!!

  22. Rachel Says:

    You are such a wonderful and creative person!!! Keep up the awesome blog!!

  23. pretear Says:

    Ane – Thank you!

    Mrs. Schwartz – Thanks for the awesome post. I’m glad you appreciate my artistic shenanigans. lol.

    Kathyway – Thank you!

    Rachel – : ) Thank you.

  24. George Says:

    You have to have the [rettiest and gorgeous fingernails I have ever seen on any web blog. What I fiond amaziong is that youir nails actually match the naiol polish bottle whatever brand it is, zola, esie, OPI, etc. Yes, I agree NARS should be stopped scalping their nail polishes on ebay. I love your web blog, Kudos.

    (((((((huggs)))))))

    Love,

    George :)

  25. Steph Says:

    Thank you, George. : )

  26. Yolanda Says:

    Nars give us Zulu!

  27. Jaemac Says:

    Please, ZULU for the addicts. PPPPLLLLEEEAAASSSEEE??!

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