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Online Goldmine

October 16, 2008

So I don’t know about you, but all this stress about the economy makes me want to shop, blasted!

But we can actually indulge in a little retail therapy, guilt-free, by visiting the online discount retailers….

  • I am loving which works like eBay but better, because every item from a Birkin bag to a Cartier watch is GUARANTEED to be authentic. Last year online, I bought some fake Uggs, which I call “Fuggs”, and they weren’t cheap! My sister too got duped, when she bought a fake Marc Jacobs Stam bag, which she WAS able to return. The product guarantee here is HUGE.
  • Gilt Groupe is a members only on-line shopping site that provides access to luxury an fashion brands for men, women and children (Nina Ricci, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, See by Chloe and J.Lindberg) at prices up to 70% off retail. They send you an email alert when online sales are starting.
  • Sign up to and type in your favorites designer and they do all the work for you by scouring the websites of leading retailers like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale’s and send you an email summary of which new items go on sale in YOUR size. This is BRILLIANT!!
  • is an online shopping portal with over 900 retailers.  Here’s how it works: login and choose from hundreds of popular retailers including Bloomingdale’s, Zales, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Nordstrom’s etc. and click on which store you’d like to shop.  They’ll redirect you to the store.  You’ll shop like you normally do and earn a rebate for each purchase.  Then receive a check in the mail. That’s it. This I have never done, so if someone has,let me know how it is. Sounds easy enough?
  • not only offers designer discounts at 40% off, but they provide quality customer service, which luxe shoppers crave. Bluefly has a section on the site called “The Tailor” where an actual tailor gives customers advice on how to shop for the perfect suit online. The tailor works with each customer to find the perfect fit and gives advice on how best to style the suit. Bluefly also offers shoppers live customer service representatives 24/7. After a customer has spent a certain amount of time looking at an item, a chat box will pop up where a Bluefly customer service representative will chat with the shopper and ask if there is anything they can help them with. DIG THE PERSONALIZED SERVICE—TRULY POSH!!
  • Because pearls are SO hot—Gossip Girl anyone?—pearl lovers should log for an amazing selection of pearls at 80% off retail. Their high quality pearls average about $300 because they deal in huge volume and source directly. I’ll be checking out the rings….
xxxooo, Robyn