Member Only Shopping Sites.

Invitation-only shopping sites are gaining popularity online. They're generating millions of dollars from private sales, where high-end fashion designers and other retailers sell last season's leftovers at rock-bottom prices for a limited time.

People who want to join these sites usually need to know a member to join. Others have waiting lists. Private-sale sites are doing well in spite of the recession because they help luxury retailers unload unsold inventory. For makers of luxury apparel these private sales do not tarnish their brand name by sitting in some bargain basement store. With these sites they can hide markdown prices from retail shoppers willing to pay full retail.

It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement, of a limited time clock ticking sale.
If you think about your purchase for a few seconds it’s gone, in comes the sense of urgency. Is this an online ploy to make you buy? They create a demand by selling everything in just minutes. This encourages us to shop instantly without comparing other sites. Only savvy fashionistas who know their fashions and prices should shop these sites.

All three sites have some sort of return policy, but you should read the fine print. Gilt Groupe's and Ideeli's return policies apply only to certain products (clearly marked under the item's price). Ideeli refunds store credit,.and everything on Rue La La is returnable, but like Ideeli, it's for store credit only.

ideeli is a members-only shopping community. Offering authentic luxury items at preferential prices to members - plus giveaways every week.
ruelala is an exclusive online destination of premier brand, private sale boutiques that are open just two days each. Joining is free, but you must be sponsored by an existing Member.
billiondollarbabes hold six high-end designer sales per week each lasting 2 days with discounts up to 80%. Membership is free.
gilt gives you access to designer fashion for women, men, children and home at up to 70% off. Membership is free and by invitation only. Invite friends and receive $25 after your friend's first order has shipped.
hautelook brings samples sales to you. They sell current designer merchandise for 50-75 % off retail.
estile is a designer label shopping destination.
secretstyle membership is free to join.
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