(This post may sound eerily familiar to the one about there being too many “deal sites”, but instead of quantity, I’m wondering if there are truly any deals to be found on sites such as HauteLook, Beyond The Rack, Gilt Groupe, etc.)
Like clockwork, every morning at 11am, they appear in my inbox, emails from HL/BYR, hawking their wares at “discounted prices”. Despite receiving and sadly, opening/perusing through each and every one of these emails for more than a year, I think today is going to be my last…I’m unsubscribing!
As I look through their merchandise, instead of thinking, “Gee, this is a great deal!”, it either makes me feel bad ’cause I can’t afford it anyway OR I’m soo disinterested in what they have to offer ’cause it’s stuff that I wouldn’t even take a second look at!
In any event, in terms of their target market, I think they’ve missed their mark with me, a true bargain hunter.
This may disgust some, but I *love* shopping. I’ve come to terms with how vapid it sounds and I’m okay with it. Similar to writing, I can even miss meals if&when I’m really in-the-zone with my bargain huntin’.
I’m also an avid eBay seller/buyer, more of a buyer lately ’cause it’s just not a good market to sell. (Actually I joke that eBay should take away my PowerSeller title and replace it with “PowerBuyer”, due to my recent transactions. 😉 )
So purses with brand names that I’m not even remotely interested, being on “sale” on the above mentioned sites, for $1399.99 just doesn’t turn my crank. Don’t get me wrong, I will pay that for something that I’ve researched, touched, assessed the workmanship, material, size, usability of, and finally, determined that it was an actual deal as opposed to an inflated “Was $2000, Now $1399.99” deal.
At a recent gathering with friends whom I haven’t seen in a while, one friend admitted that she has made use of these sites, buying a lot of merchandise. I asked her if most of the items have “worked out” for her and she stated that even if they didn’t, the cost of return shipping wasn’t worth it, so she was basically stuck with an ill-fitting dress. She also mentioned that the shipping rates were expensive.
Just how many unsatisfactory purchases off these sites were similar to my friend’s? Have you found any good deals on these sites mentioned?
As for myself, I’m stickin’ to physical shopping and eBay!