Saturday, February 12, 2011

Member Sites

I know I just posted about online shopping, but I just have to share my new obsession: members only shopping sites. There are two categories of these sites that I frequent. First of all, there are specialty sale sites like Gilt Groupe, Rue LaLa, and Haute Look that feature events with special sales on clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty products, home decor, and even vacation packages. The sites are free to join and the deals are unbelievable. The brands included in the events range from American Apparel to Chanel and the vacation packages feature destinations from Idaho to Bali. So no matter what your price range, you're sure to find a deal.

The other type of member sites I enjoy are the personalized and price fixed boutiques. I first discovered Shoe Dazzle when I read about it in a magazine. Endorsed by Kim Kardashian, the site begins with a style quiz so stylists can choose which shoes best suit you and your needs. Then, each month, members get a new boutique full of carefully picked shoes, bags, and jewelry. But the best part is the price; each item is only $39.95!! There is a catch though, once you make your first purchase, the credit card used is saved to your account and charged on the 5th of each month. There is the option to skip the month, but if you forget to check, your card will be charged regardless. The credits don't expire, though, and once a certain amount are collected, the monthly charges stop. Just Fabulous works the exact same way and is the same price. Personally, I have ordered a few pairs of shoes from Just Fab, but none from Shoe Dazzle, so I prefer the styles on that site.

Another site similar to these is Jewel Mint. It is exclusively jewelry, but what's special about this site is that each piece is designed by Kate Bosworth and her close friend and stylist, Cher Coulter. The price for these pieces are only $29.99 and I must say, it is well worth it.

Another cool feature these member sites have is the chance to earn points, which can be used to purchase items from the boutique. On Just Fabulous, every time you order something, you earn 20 points and whenever a friend whom you invited joins and orders something, you get 50 points. 100 points = 1 free item, so it doesn't take long to get free shoes, bags, or jewelry! Shoe Dazzle is a little stingier when it comes to points. Invited friend purchases earn you 200 points, while purchases earn you 100 points, with 1000 points being the free item cash in. Jewel Mint, on the other hand, will give you a free piece of jewelry with every purchase an invited friend makes.

Oh yeah, and all of the prices on these sites already include tax and shipping, so you will never pay more than the $39.95 or $29.99, depending on the site. So if I were you, I'd get out my card and start shopping!

Enjoy these sites and comment with any other suggestions!

1 comment:

  1. I'm a little confused by the phrase "the brands included in the events range from American Apparel..."

    Get rid of "included in the events" and just say "the brands sold range from American Apparel..."

    What is a credit on Shoe Dazzle? You say the credits don't expire without explaining what a credit is...

    Say you haven't ordered from Shoe Dazzle BECAUSE you prefer the style, not "so you prefer the style..."

    Add a comma after "$29.99" before the picture.