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1-MINUTE GUIDE TO

SECRET SALES

Bargain hunting is changing and is becoming more about seeking out luxury bargains online. 

Members-only sites are offering luxury fashion and homeware brands with genuinediscounts of up to 70 per cent!

 

Need to know

  • As with all discount and voucher sites, always ask yourself whether you NEED the item or are just buying it because of the cheap price tag
  • One of the major drawbacks from these sites is that the sales are only for a limited time and stock can sell FAST.  As most sites start their sales at 7am, it can mean an early start!
  • Delivery can take up to four weeks, but with HUGE savings, it is worth that wait
  • Be prepared to get A LOT of emails.  Once you sign up to one of these sites, you will be alerted to EVERY sale and sometimes this can result in getting 2 or 3 emails PER DAY from each site
  • Don’t rush into your purchase and ALWAYS do your research to make sure that you can’t get the item cheaper elsewhere
  • Most of the sites have free delivery sales days so keep an eye out for these extra bargains
 

Get the best deal

Brand Alley

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Why we like it:

  • labels include Miss Sixty, Joules and Elizabeth Arden
  • free to register
  • Brand Alley app available for iPhones
  • £10 voucher when a recommended friend makes a purchase
  • can tailor your email alerts
  • now has permanent outlet sales as well as flash sales

Watch out:

  • estimated delivery times vary between two and 28 days
  • returns cost £3.50 and must be in original packaging

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Secret Sales

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Why we like it:

  • labels include Hugo Boss, Bench and Armani
  • very quick registration
  • £10 voucher when a recommended friend makes a purchase
  • you can set reminders for your chosen sales
  • now has permanent outlet sales as well as flash sales

Watch out:

  • orders normally take around 10 days to be delivered

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Achica

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Why we like it:

  • labels include Ray-Ban, Riedel wine glasses, Dior and Orla Kiely
  • membership is free
  • £10 voucher when a recommended friend makes a purchase and £10 voucher for the friend too
  • can make calendar entries for your chosen sales

Watch out:

  • you might need to chase them for your voucher (we never got ours!)
  • estimated delivery time is about 15 working days but we have experienced much longer delays
  • poor customer service if you have any issues

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Get the best deal for kids

Zulily

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Why we like it:

  • daily high end flash sales
  • lots of choice and constantly changing stock
  • no one brand stays on sale longer than 72 hours
  • easy to shop on the move- great app

Watch out:

  • high volume of emails
  • slow delivery can take weeks
  • sales begin at 6am and popular items sell out fast
  • postage from £3.95

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Half-Pint Chic

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Why we like it:

  • sells gorgeous childrenswear offered at slashed down prices
  • just one email a week

Watch out:

  • £3.95 postage

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The inside track

  • Often these sales are of last season’s stock when brands want to clear their stores ready for new stuff to arrive.
  • Remember too, that with all items purchased online, you do have a cooling-off period of seven days from the day your goods arrive, during which you can change your mind and ask for a refund.
  • Many of the sites allow you to use Paypal which offers you extra security
  • We've found that setting up a seperate email folder for 'Deals' and then diverting emails from secret sales sites to there is a great way to keep your inbox clear- then you only need to have a look when you need something

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