Secret Sales

Flash sales have become one of the BEST ways to bag a bargain online

Member-only Secret Sale sites offer designer clothes, accessories, kidswear, BIG BRAND sportswear and homeware with genuine discounts of up to 70 per cent!

These luxury brands need to shift last season's stock (and sometimes stock from the current season) FAST so you have to be quick!

 

Need to know

  • Secret sales sites give them impression of being exclusive but they are FREE to join and you can usually earn a reward for recommending a friend
  • 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 on 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 (divert them into a 'deals' folder so they don't clog up your inbox)
  • Don’t rush into your purchase and ALWAYS do your research to make sure that you can’t get the item cheaper elsewhere (this can be as quick as typing the product into Google and selecting the 'Shopping' results tab)
  • Most of the sites have free delivery sales days so keep an eye out for these extra bargains and keep an eye on your loyalty points which many of the sites now offer as these can give you extra discounts
  • Many of the sites have an Outlet section which has the stuff which didn't sell the first time around.  This is ALWAYS worth checking out as the savings are often even greater PLUS it isn't just the unpopular sizes left like in many sales!
 

Typical brands reduced by up to 70%

  • RayBan and Gucci sunglasses
  • Michael Kors handbags
  • Heidi Klum underwear
  • Tag Heuer watches
  • Manolo Blahnik shoes
  • Orla Kiely homeware
  • True Religion jeans
  • Melissa Odabash swimwear
  • Crocs for children
  • Chloe clothing
  • Spyder skiwear
 

Get the best deal

Secret Sales


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

Brand Alley


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

Sport Pursuit


Why we like it:

  • guarantees discounts of 30-70%
  • has big name brands like GoPro, Garmin, Spyder, asics, Shock Absorber and berghaus
  • stocks clothing and equipment for skiing, cycling, running and triathlon

Watch out:

  • often only has more unpopular sizes left
  • items sell exceptionally quickly

Achica


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
  • Casafina has now become part of the site

Watch out:

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

Get the best deal for kids

Zulily


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
  • has fabulous womenswear offers

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

Get the best deal for travel

Secret Escapes


Why we like it:

  • Big savings to be had in this country and abroad
  • Features top destinations all around the world
  • Featured in the Sunday Times and the London Evening Standard

Watch out:

  • Has had some negative user reviews
  • Be sure to double check all your bookings directly with the suppliers

Voyage Prive


Why we like it:

  • Deals available all over the world
  • Amazing last minute deals available
  • Luxury accommodation at low cost prices

Watch out:

  • You have to sign up to receive all the offers
  • Very mixed reviews on Trust Pilot (albeit most in French)

The inside track

  • Whilst they're not technically classed as secret sales websites, a lot of high street shops have their own eBay stores with big bargains that are a well kept secret. Argos, House of Fraser, Office shoesTesco and Mothercare are just some of the big high street names with their own little eBay stores.  
  • Remember too, that with all items purchased online, you do have a cooling-off period of up to fourteen 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
  • If you want a big brand designer for a one off occasion, have a look at GirlMeetsDress.com who will rent you a dress per day for a fraction of the cost of buying.
  • 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
  • Have a sell before you buy policy on everything! If you want to spend £100 on your new wardrobe, find £100 of unworn stuff from last year, get it on eBay or Preloved
 
 

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