I love shopping online.
I sit in front of a computer all day – in prime shopping hours – and, well, let’s just say I excel at multitasking. It’s never a problem for me to participate in a conference call while sending work and personal e-mails, reading Perez Hilton and paying for a pair of shoes I found online that I just can’t live without. That being said, I do not enjoy waisting time surfing the Internet looking for good deals. Instead, I rely almost completely on the most glorious website - Gilt Groupe (www.gilt.com).
If you aren’t already a Gilt member, you absolutely must sign up immediately. It’s free – you just have to provide your first/ last name and e-mail address. Each day at noon, Gilt Groupe sends out an e-mail to its members with the day’s incredible sales on luxury and designer goods for up to 70% off of retail from names like Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Cole Haan (my favorite!), Theory…the list goes on and on and on. The sale alert e-mails are very user friendly. And, unlike other similar websites, you don’t feel overwhelmed or bombarded with sale items – like you are at a massive online garage sale.
Gilt Groupe’s sales are broken up into Gilt (women + home + children), Gilt Fuse (less expensive and funkier items), Gilt Man (for men…) and Jetsetter (Gilt’s incredible travel site). You can sign up to get e-mails specifically from any of Gilt’s subgroups, if desired, but they are all accessible from the general home page.
I don’t buy from the site all the time, but I look at the sales every day and use the function on the website to put reminders on my Outlook calendar for specific designer’s sales I am interested in throughout the week. You have to act fast when the sales start at 12:00 p.m. each day because they only have a limited number of items and they tend to sell out fast.
Also, you can e-mail a sign-up link to your friends from the Gilt Groupe website and when a friend signs up for the sale alert e-mails and makes his or her first purchase – you get a $25 credit to use on the website towards a future purchase. That seems like a pretty sweet incentive to me!
I’m just saying – it’s worth a look. Maybe you’ll be guilty, too… Enjoy!