Special websites offer huge savings on everything from handbags to homeware
We all love a bargain, but sometimes it's hard to summon up the energy for all that galloping around stores, elbows at the ready, only to find our size is out of stock.
These days smart women let the sales come to them specifically, their inbox, by signing up to 'flash sale' websites, where bargains are available only for a short time.
These websites buy surplus or end of line designer stock and sell them at discounts of up to 80 per cent for between 48 hours and five days.They operate on a membership model so you have to sign up free and 'join' the site before being alerted of the offer.
Fancy bargains without the leg work?Sign up to flash sale websites
Meanwhile, because customers effectively shop against the clock sales are all timed it increases the likelihood of impulse buying.All offer exchange or refund, but you may have to pay for shipping, both for delivery and return.
Delivery times also tend to be longer as many sites buy the items only once ordered by a customer.The sizes can also be very limited.Sales last four to five days.Recent ones have included ted baker, gossard, french connection and gucci sunglasses.
Typical deal:Amanda wakeley purple silk dress 695 down to 199.50, Vera Wang grey silk top 505 down to 80, Gucci sunglasses, http://twistedbirdstudio.com/uncategorized/that-the-ralph-lauren-bambini-bride-has/
204 down to 125, Warehouse grey waterfall jacket, 55 down to 20.
Is it a bargain?The best designer discounts were only available in limited sizes, jeans in particular.There was better availability in high street brands.Most sales start at 6.30am or there are o evening sales starting at 6.30pm.Recent sales have included pyrex, waterford crystal and normann copenhagen furniture.
Typical deal:Joseph joseph fold flat grater, 16.50 down to 8.50, Miele Vacuum, 200 to 135, Pure Elegance double duvet set, 199 down to 49.Though originally french, it's now available here, with a uk site and international shipping(A dress costs 6, similar to uk based sites), promising up to 70 per cent off everything from fashion to jewellery, holidays and wine.Sales last 72 hours.
Typical deal:Stella mccartney bra, 104 down to 39, moschino shoulder bag, 206 to 89 http://shrewsbury.biz/really-cheap-ray-bans-uk-stands-out/
and six bottles of chateaux la gaffeliere bordeaux 81 to 45.
Is it a bargain?The discounts range from 60 to 70 per cent and there's a wide range of sizes.But while i recognised the underwear on sale stella mccartney and elle macpherson and the bags, too moschino there were several labels i didn't recognise at all.Shipping can take up to five weeks.The shop in starts on friday morning and lasts 72 hours.Labels include marc jacobs, chloe, stella mccartney and issa.
Typical deal:Diane von furstenberg lace dress, 402 down to 140, jonathan saunders satin dress, 640 down to 201.60, Issa crepe jersey dress, 345 to 120.
Is it a bargain?Yes, but you have to be quick as sizes and items sell out.Labels include moschino, hugo boss, guess and marc jacobs.Every sale lasts for four days http://www.tubepviet.org/michael-kors-outlet-store/saturday-michael-kors-shoulder-bags-outlet-is-expected.html
and has discounts of between 30 per cent to 70 per cent.
Typical deal:Michael kors rose gold watch 229 to 149, http://cbs-ekb.ru/but-louboutin-sale-if-you-are-prone/
mimi holliday fuchsia lace and silk bra, 62 to 20, jimmy choo black leather chain strap bag, 1, 795 to 799.
Is it a bargain?When i logged on, there were more shoes, bags and underwear than fashion, but most of the underwear in my size had sold out, as had the dolce gabbana shoes in size seven.The designer bags were great though.Delivery typically takes up to two weeks.
Typical deal:Converse 46.50 to http://syariah.feb.unair.ac.id/?p=1107
30, Religion jeans, 75 to 45.
Is it a bargain?Yes, these flash sales offer fantastic discounts but you must act quickly, with lunchtime sales offering bargains to those who don't pop out for a sandwich.