Lately, I’ve received a steady stream of “invitation only” online
sales events which promise short-term sales on select high-end items. Usually
discounted from 40-60% for a limited time (1-3 days), these events are
reminiscent of showroom sample sales offered by design houses for industry
insiders in cities like New York, Paris, and Milan. However, thanks to the
Internet and the economy, these sales are now available to the rest of us.
Popular invitation-only sites include Gilt Groupe, RouLaLa
(by Loehmann's), HauteLook, The Top Secret, and my personal favorite, JackThreads. With these sites, everybody
wins. I can find designer labels at steep discounts plus earn credits by
referring friends; retailers can clear their shelves of excess inventory
without the stigma of having to sit in a bargain bin at a department store or
worse—an outlet mall. Plus, like most guys, I know what I do and don't like. It takes me mere seconds to decide on a
purchase so the accessibility of the Internet is perfect. I can shop for
everything from Converse and sweats, to Guccis and suits without being seen at
the sales rack which suits me just fine.
If you’re still behind on your holiday shopping, feel free
to use my “invitation” to get on these sites.
Gilt Groupe: http://www.gilt.com/invite/evelio
JackThreads: http://www.jackthreads.com/login.php, sponsor
For the others, you can request to be added to a waiting
list. Top Secret makes you think you need an invitation, but you really just
need this code: “secret” to access.
Feel free to post your invitation access codes here to your
favorite invitation-only sites.