Why: We love the idea of sample sales. What's not to adore about getting the hottest designer goods for a fraction of the price? But the reality is something entirely different. Often, they take place in the middle of the workday–fine for the unemployed trust fund kids (but what do they need with sale prices??), not so great for those of us who have jobs. Another huge downside comes in the form of rabid fashionistas duking it out for the last pair of size 8 Tory Burch flats, the lack of dressing rooms, and a picked-over selection if you show up late.
So we're elated that someone figured out a viable alternative. HauteLook.com offers its members 48- to 72-hour private online sales that include the most coveted names in fashion at up to 75% off retail prices. Upcoming bargains include offerings from Rock & Republic, YaYa, and Development. Members receive sale alerts plus have access to runway footage and interviews with the designers–just so you really understand exactly how amazing a deal you've been dealt.
So unless you have either loads of free time or just happen to love getting elbowed in the face, we say skip the actual sales and get shopping at the virtual. Join at HauteLook.com.
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