Like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's, private sale sites are starting to carve out their own identities in the retail world. Here is the rundown on a few of the top sites. All times listed are Pacific time.
FOR THE RECORD:
The vibe: Somewhere between Fred Segal and Kitson
The goods: Tag Heuer watches, Rock & Republic jeans, Elizabeth & James shoe boots, Cosabella swimwear, Go Smile teeth whitening kits
The game plan: Sales start at 8 a.m. and last for 2 days. Discounts between 50% and 75% off retail.
The score: Lee Angel beaded fringe necklace for $85 (reg. $212.50)
The fine print: Store credit only within 21 days for returns, but many items are not eligible for return, including beauty products, vintage, swimwear, leather goods, sunglasses and some jewelry.
The vibe: Bergdorf Goodman meets Maxfield
The goods: Thakoon and Jason Wu dresses, Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann separates, Christian Louboutin shoes, Brooks Bros. Black Fleece bowties and suits, hotel deals at Kona Village and El Tamarindo in Mexico
The game plan: Most sales start at 9 a.m., but some start at 6 p.m. All sales last for 36 hours. Discounts up to 70% off retail.
The score: Rick Owens sleeveless bronze metallic leather jacket for $699 (reg. $2,325)
The fine print: Store credit only for returns within 21 days
The vibe: Nordstrom
The goods: Tibi print sundresses, Swarovski jewelry, Dale Tiffany lamps, Grgich Hills wine, Waldorf Astoria hotel packages. Blog features interviews with skin care experts, chefs and other pros.
The game plan: Sales start at 8 a.m. and last 48 hours. Discounts up to 70% off retail. Alerts tell you how many items are left as you're shopping.
Online flash sales and private sales
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