Discount stores, expired products

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Does anyone else wonder if the hair products at Ross, Marshalls, etc. are expired? I have always gotten things from there, in addition to regular stores and you know what, the stuff almost NEVER works right. Even staple products I thought I'd pick up there for cheap and have used before acted funny. I frequently see them selling stuff that's no longer in other stores leading me to believe it's no longer manufactured. Recently, I bought a conditioner from a line a particular company no longer seems to make anymore. I had no idea! It made my hair shed alarmingly. Like i'd go to smooth the conditioner through my hair and wads of it would just SLIDE out. I also read someone say that Giovanni no longer even makes the large containers of their conditioners and shampoos, yet I'm forever seeing them at Marshalls. I know these places and companies want to make money, but these products need to be thrown in the trash, not sold to the unsuspecting consumer. Another time I bought a bulk conditioner at Sally's that was on sale. I didnt even have it six months but after a while, EVERY time I used it my hair would come out in clumps. I checked Sally's website and it's not even listed! So again, it must not even be being manufactured anymore and was probably expired.

So anyone else secretly suspect discount store are selling expired products?
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Does anyone else wonder if the hair products at Ross, Marshalls, etc. are expired? I have always gotten things from there, in addition to regular stores and you know what, the stuff almost NEVER works right. Even staple products I thought I'd pick up there for cheap and have used before acted funny. I frequently see them selling stuff that's no longer in other stores leading me to believe it's no longer manufactured. Recently, I bought a conditioner from a line a particular company no longer seems to make anymore. I had no idea! It made my hair shed alarmingly. Like i'd go to smooth the conditioner through my hair and wads of it would just SLIDE out. I also read someone say that Giovanni no longer even makes the large containers of their conditioners and shampoos, yet I'm forever seeing them at Marshalls. I know these places and companies want to make money, but these products need to be thrown in the trash, not sold to the unsuspecting consumer. Another time I bought a bulk conditioner at Sally's that was on sale. I didnt even have it six months but after a while, EVERY time I used it my hair would come out in clumps. I checked Sally's website and it's not even listed! So again, it must not even be being manufactured anymore and was probably expired.

So anyone else secretly suspect discount store are selling expired products?
Originally Posted by Lanisha
Yeah, I'm suspicious, which is why I don't buy hair products from Marshall's, TJ Maxx, etc. The products may be perfectly fine, but I know for me, there would always be something in the back of my mind telling me to be afraid.

So, I don't bother.
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I think if they are not expired then there is something "off" about them. I know that the clothes they sell are deemed "irregular", so I am thinking everything else in the store is off in some kind of way too.
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I can't remember the last time I bought hair products from Ross or Marshalls (I think I bought some Tigi Oatmeal a year ago and it worked great), but products can be "expired" at beauty supply stores as well. We don't know how long they've had that stuff on the shelf. For instance, I got some of the old formula Creme of Nature this year from a BSS, knowing dang well that it had been discontinued like, two years ago, so that bottle of shampoo had to be OLD. I use it anyway. Meh. But, that's the reason I don't buy those huge gallons at discounts - it's probably old as hell, and on top of that it's going to take me at least a year and a half to finish it.
The ones that I have bought from Ross are expired but still worked for me. The 'Yes To' line that I get for $2-3 has an expiration date on them and I did notice it before I bought them. Sometimes the expiration date is on them and sometimes it's not so I guess that's why they are there in the first place.

That's really the only line, other than v05, that I get from discount stores so I can't comment on the rest. I have never noticed an expiration date listed on any v05 items that I have bought.
The Yes To Products came to Ross because the packaging was changing and one of them was being discontinued.

When I buy those products from Ross and Marshalls and the like I check for an expiration date, but I also only buy products that I know well so I know what color it should be, what the consistency should be, what it should smell like, etc. I don't buy products to experiment with from those stores (except the Silkience Salon Conditioner from the Dollar Store - thanks Chuck!)
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Something is definitely off about them. I tried the EO brand of conditioners years ago and my hair tangle on contact. I had increased shedding after that to so I don't frequently those kind of stores for hair products any more.
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i know with the EO brand, they reformulated so the old versions were sold at Ross, Marshalls etc. i never had any issues and loved them!

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This is a very interesting thread! And now I am left to wonder...when I first bought KCKT right after my big chop, it was a God Send. Everything about it, I was absolutely in love. Then when I went to buy it again from somewhere else(and I am racking my brain because I can't even remember where the heck I bought it), it almost made my hair feel dry. Well not dry, but weird. I would almost always immediately rinse it out and deep condition my hair. i couldn't figure that out, because just weeks before the first bottle I bought was amazing. But I have moved on to natures gates conditioners and the yes to carrots which my hair(and wallet) loves so I guess its ok.
I heard that they water their products down.. I'm scared to buy them now.
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Thanks guys, I knew I couldn't be the only one. I know what you mean about bss doing it too. Nioxin doesn't make Thermal Bliss anymore, and I have yet to see a bss that DOESN'T sell it, high end or low end. Crazy. I also have bought products from a store or salon and then re-upped at Ross or Marshalls and had them act TOTALLY different.
The yes to line was being repackaged and reformulated which is why they were at ross.. but they were also expired. The first bottle I bought from Target last summer had a january 2011 expiration date and they also arrived at Ross right about that time. My yes to tomatoes I got from Ross had that date on it as well.. though, it performs fine.

I dont know if all the things are expired but most of them discontinued be it packaging or formula, and therefore I can assume they also must be pretty old!
The yes to line was being repackaged and reformulated which is why they were at ross.. but they were also expired. The first bottle I bought from Target last summer had a january 2011 expiration date and they also arrived at Ross right about that time. My yes to tomatoes I got from Ross had that date on it as well.. though, it performs fine.

I dont know if all the things are expired but most of them discontinued be it packaging or formula, and therefore I can assume they also must be pretty old!
Originally Posted by Reeky
I know, what's up with that? I just went to an ULTA and they had a bottle (this was about two weeks ago) with that January expiration date on it. They blamed the warehouse, I say they should have put that mess on clearance a long time ago.

I got lucky and grabbed a whole buncha Yes To stuff at Ross in July of last year and used it to death before the expiration date. Has anyone noticed that the new formulations have no expiration dates?
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The yes to line was being repackaged and reformulated which is why they were at ross.. but they were also expired. The first bottle I bought from Target last summer had a january 2011 expiration date and they also arrived at Ross right about that time. My yes to tomatoes I got from Ross had that date on it as well.. though, it performs fine.

I dont know if all the things are expired but most of them discontinued be it packaging or formula, and therefore I can assume they also must be pretty old!
Originally Posted by Reeky
I know, what's up with that? I just went to an ULTA and they had a bottle (this was about two weeks ago) with that January expiration date on it. They blamed the warehouse, I say they should have put that mess on clearance a long time ago.

I got lucky and grabbed a whole buncha Yes To stuff at Ross in July of last year and used it to death before the expiration date. Has anyone noticed that the new formulations have no expiration dates?
Originally Posted by sagehen
yup I sure did! Im sure they did that on purpose. Well give them a break and say that in the new formulations have longer shelf lives? LOL..
They prObably replaced the expiration date with those codes so you have to call their customer service and get someone to tell you the date...
Yes, because I like their stuff I will give them a break and just make sure I use it up quickly, but, ummm... what happened to the Yes To Tomatoes hair care products ( guess I should be e-mailing them about it lol)?
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Giovanni batch numbers can be checked online. Their website tells you how to interpret it. All the ones I had purchased from TJ Maxx were made earlier in the same year of purchase. Other items, I check for expiration dates and batch numbers and look it up online on my phone before buying. I don't buy many products from there though.

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The yes to line was being repackaged and reformulated which is why they were at ross.. but they were also expired. The first bottle I bought from Target last summer had a january 2011 expiration date and they also arrived at Ross right about that time. My yes to tomatoes I got from Ross had that date on it as well.. though, it performs fine.

I dont know if all the things are expired but most of them discontinued be it packaging or formula, and therefore I can assume they also must be pretty old!
Originally Posted by Reeky
I know, what's up with that? I just went to an ULTA and they had a bottle (this was about two weeks ago) with that January expiration date on it. They blamed the warehouse, I say they should have put that mess on clearance a long time ago.

I got lucky and grabbed a whole buncha Yes To stuff at Ross in July of last year and used it to death before the expiration date. Has anyone noticed that the new formulations have no expiration dates?
Originally Posted by sagehen
The new formula may have different preservatives in it that keep the shelf life a lot longer.

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Yes, because I like their stuff I will give them a break and just make sure I use it up quickly, but, ummm... what happened to the Yes To Tomatoes hair care products ( guess I should be e-mailing them about it lol)?
Originally Posted by sagehen
they still sell it, wagreens.com has it for sure. I dont see it too much in stores though! Esp Not my Target

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