Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Having been influenced so easily by an email from SecretSales.com at 8am the other day, which led to me buying a second Michael Kors bag (review to follow once I receive it!), I wanted to share my new favourite website with you.
A few of my friends have never heard of the site yet I’ve been signed up to their emails for quite some time now but I seem to be opening more of them than ever before! They cater for everything ‘designer’ from kitchen accessories and bed linen to sunglasses, kid’s clothes and of course your favourite designer bags.
My most recent purchases were a Michael Kors tote bag (£89), two Ted Baker iPhone covers (£5 & £6), an Inki iPad case (£19) and a pair of lavish Prada sunglasses (£185).
So here’s how it works…
They’re a private shopping website, asking you to become a member before making a purchase, which doesn’t cost anything and only takes a minute to do. They deal directly with hundreds of brands to secure excess stock acting as a stock clearance platform, enabling them to bring us between 30% and 70% off the RRP.
Their website shows a list of all the brands they work with and also the sale events coming soon at the bottom of the home page, which you can handily set reminders for so you can stay ahead when there’s a particular item you’ve been wishing will appear. The sales usually last 4 days but the desirable items are usually snapped up quickly so the reminders are a must if you have your eye on something. The orders are placed with the brand once the sale has ended, meaning that the turnaround on orders isn’t the quickest and can take up to 2 weeks. Once you’ve placed an order, the communication is brilliant; they email you every step of the way and give you tracking details for you to spy on your item as it gets closer to your front door. All items require a signature on delivery and are packed securely so you don’t have to worry about your postie dropping your fragrance and ending up with a porch smelling like Versace (maybe not such a bad thing?).
Here's an example of just a few of the current sales...
If you’re feeling a little more impatient and just fancy a browse, they do also have an Outlet store with delivery of 3-5 days on all items.
Also, to make you feel slightly better about your spending, you can collect £5 vouchers through the loyalty points system. For every £1 you spend you get 5 points, and for every 500 points you earn a £5 voucher will be allocated to your account. The only downside to this is that the vouchers aren't available to use until 30 days after your last purchase, and you must use the voucher within 3 months. In reality, £5 off isn't going to get you a noticeable discount on the nature of things available but they are useful for the cheaper items like jewellery or home products so still worth browsing within the 3 month allowance.
I thoroughly recommend taking a look if you want to bag a bargain, but be warned, you may find yourself spending rather too long checking up on SecretSales.com and not enough time on the housework! But why not, work hard and play hard.