I absolutely LOVE the Back2MAC recycling program!
For those of you who don't know, you recycle 6 empty (or even half empty) pagackes of products (no, not the box, the actual plastic) and while MAC recycles it, you get to pick a free lipstick. At freestanding stores, you can pick a free eyeshadow or a free lipglass. However, you cannot select a Limited Edition product, a Viva Glam product or a Pro product.
Now, people have mentioned inconsistency with the rules. What I've stated above ARE the rules (I've asked in several MAC stores/counters) and if there has been any lenience in past experiences, it was due to the Sales Assistant, and the rules have NOT been changed to make life harder for us MAC addicts. :)
I really admire this program. It helps with the environment and it costs no money whatsoever if you already have the empty containers lying around. It also gives me a chance to experiment with new colours, without finding it a waste of money. So go for it! What do you have to lose?
I love this program. Many times I've been torn between a MAC product and a Smashbox product. I will purchase the MAC product because I know I can recycle it and get lipstick! Thanks, MAC!
Love It... I think everybody said what I would said!! Excellent program!
Great idea. If you're already buying anyway, it makes sense to save your empties. I've accumulated so many free lipsticks on account of B2M! IME, at a non-freestanding store, you can only swap for non-Viva Glam lipstick. Once, though, I was told I couldn't get one of the mattenes from the Cult of Cherry, although later a regional MA told me that I could (and I did). In freestanding store, I was allowed to get any lipstick or lip gloss. I believe rules are different outside of the US (e.g., in some cases up to 10 empties are required).
I think this is a fantastic program. I have heard all kinds of feedback about it being inconsistent, etc., and I agree that it would be great if they had a list of exactly which products were and weren't eligible for B2M on their website (maybe as a little recycling icon on the page of each product that is eligible) and in the store. But even if all they accepted were eyeshadow containers or lipstick tubes it is still a wonderful program. That they offer recycling at all is a wonderful thing given the amount cosmetic containers that get thrown out, but that they also give the added incentive of providing free product - any free product - is just a bonus in my opinion. I am a huge fan and advocate and love being able to gather up my empties and get a treat every month or two!
B2M is a fantastic program with great incentives for any heavy MAC user and makeup lover. I do not find it to be inconsistent at all. If you return 6 empties of ANY PRIMARY PACKAGING, ie a wipe pack, foundation bottle, lipstick, you can receive one of three different choices - a lipstick with the exception of Viva Glam, as all proceeds from those go to charity so they won't forfeit charitable donations to give it to you for free, an eye shadow, OR a lipglass. If you B2M at a counter, not a freestanding store, you can only choose a lipstick. Products don't even have to be empty! I absolutely hated a moisturizer I tried, and B2M'd the half-used container with no issues. So far, with every counter/store I've B2M'd with across the country, the policies have been very consistent.
I've been told they're going to stop accepting depotted shadow containers (meaning the plastic container missing the metal pan w/ shadow in it, that has been removed and placed into a palette), but as I have not recycled one in quite some time, I am unsure as to where that stands. Keep in mind you CAN B2M Viva Glam products, just anywhere I've ever recycled at has told me you cannot get them in return. Also, they do accept specially packaged products to recycle, but they are another product you cannot get in return, just like you can't use a Pro Card discount on them.
It makes me feel better about not just tossing my old containers to go to the landfill, and in return for recycling, I get another product I want to try, or is a staple! Wonderful idea that I wished more companies used.
No consistency at ALL
I've taken in a few items and received a lipstick, however rules are always changing on what they take back.
I went and they said they dont take?/ limited edition containers (ok..cant recycle or what?!) Then slimshine was a no-no. Then pro-longwear. So basically they wont take anything limited edition or discontinued...its just annoying that they are attempting to recycle, but dont want to recylce. They should just put an empty bin to place your empties- and/ or loose all the excessive packaging
Great program not complaining but just sharing my opinion. I took a lippie off because there is NO consistency at all. For example, I went today to a pro store to pick up a free lustre gloss that I always get when I earn a freebie and was stopped hard. Everytime I go it's a whole new policy - sometimes you can get a Viva glam, plush or lustre glass, but today it was ONLY a lipglass (besides the usual e/s & lipstick) and was told that it was NOT a new policy. Always changes depending on who is working. Not a huge deal because it's a great program but would just appreciate a consistent company policy.
Count me among the many who love this program!
I'm disabled, and it's very difficult for me to go to the mall or a store, so when I do a Back To MAC transaction, it must be via mail.
I've all but stopped doing this, because 1)It's a hassle, 2)It costs about as much to ship my empties to MAC as it would to just order the durn lipstick, and 3)I can't see the lipsticks in person, so that makes choosing a bit difficult.
HOWEVER, I have a couple of friends whom I've "converted" to MAC, so I just pass along my MAC containers to them, and they can take them to the store or counter.
Everybody wins: I get rid of some clutter,my friends get a nice treat, and MAC gets some business!
The only "catch," and it's a minor one, is that I have to remember not to throw out any MAC products once I'm through with them!