One of my favorite bloggers, sexy ass Ramit Sethi over at I will teach you to be rich, recently chimed in on one of my favorite things to do: SHOP!!!! Now I know why he looks so confident on Good Morning America; he got most of his designer label clothes for half price! And he didn’t have to leave the comfort of his lounge chair to go get that stuff. I’d be grinning too! (I can’t show the post about how much he really loves Gilt because you have to be on his list. Go join, you won’t regret it!)
You don’t read too often how a guy, really loves shopping, but he had a secret. He does most of his shopping on Gilt. What’s great about that is of course, all the shopping is done online, most of the items are in limited quantity being sold from new and established designers AND everything is up to 70 percent off!!!
Gilt, is just one a few sites that offer “flash sales”. A flash sale typically lasts 24 to 48 hours, or less or until all the merchandise is sold out.
In Part One of this post I am reviewing Gilt and Hautelook. Many flash shopping sites listed you need an invite to join, it’s provided if you would like to become a part of that shopping community (Go join! Go save money when you shop!). Part Two will cover RueLala, Ideeli and the The Sample Sale and One Kings Lane.
The Gilt Groupe consists of Gilt, Gilt Fuse (less inexpensive items than Gilt), Jetsetter, Gilt Men, Gilt Gifts and Gilt Home. Of all the flash shopping sites, I think Gilt provides the most luxurious shopping experience. The backgrounds are dark, and even the shipments come with a black thank you card embossed in gold. Gilt seems to have the most higher end designer sales. Recently, Reem Acra’s beautiful, exquisitely hand beaded gowns were featured on Gilt. Can you imagine purchasing an estimated $7,000 gown, for $1,499?
Membership is free. The return policy is for store credit only, and you can return items up to 21 days from the point of shipment. Return shipping is free. I have both purchased and returned items to Gilt with no problems at all. Join here.
Hautelook is a younger, fresher version of a flash shopping site. Makes me think of what a popup store would look like if there were internet versions. Hautelook carries men’s, women’s, children’s, home and most recently had a whole week of sales devoted to pets. You can find fabulous sales on ABS, BCBG and Juicy here and they always have a huge selection to choose from.
Membership is free. The return policy is for store credit only, and you can return items up to 21 days from the date of purchase. After that, the item is subject to a restocking fee. You pay for shipping, both to yourself and for returns. I have had slow return issues, the return being closed, etc., and they are slow to answer emails. But the customer service by phone is quick, and they are happy to help you with an issues you have. Recently a vendor could not provide enough of the product Hautelook advertised. Instead of Hautelook just telling me that, they gave me an additional $20 credit AND refunded the purchase. That’s something that I as the customer really appreciated! Join here.