I know we’re not supposed to shop at flash sale sites, but very occasionally
way too often, we do. Call it a little addiction borne of too much time online and too few moments of breathless excitement elsewhere during the day. So into today’s inbox pops an invitation to Gilt Groupe’s warehouse sale May 18 – 20, featuring the normal Gilt merch “at prices that are even better than you’ll find online.” So far so good. But wait. They’re charging admission! Whoa. What is this, Costco?
No self-respecting brokester pays for the privilege of buying stuff, unless the door fee goes to charity, of which there’s no evidence here. Like so much else in New York, the sale has a tiered system. Prime shopping slots (Friday night and Saturday morning) are $20, and the Sunday dregs are $10. What??? You shop sales to feel like you won, and paying at the door means you already lost. Plus might buy more to earn your $20 back. Plus, who’s to say everything won’t be in weird sizes, then you’re just out $10 or $20 to feel like crap, and then you’re hoarding Vita Coco waters and rum cocktails to make your investment back. Plus, they’ve already had recent sales in Los Angeles and DC so who knows what’s left. Here’s what one LA commenter had to say on Racked about her experience at that city’s sale in April:
Sorry, but I did not think the sale was very good. I paid $15 for early entry, which was after there was a preview sale the night before, when I guess all the really good stuff was snatched up. I mean really-defective shoes for $99? Even if they were Rag and Bone, the cost to repair would make them about $150 for shoes that were defective and dirty too. And I saw varying prices for the same item. Women’s selection was wide, with designer pieces that looked like returns, some damaged. Not much in accessories-the bags were damaged, and jewelry was tangled, some broken. I can’t believe they were trying to sell this stuff. I thought the men’s stock was better, with lots of good useful items that did not look used our returned. That said, I did find one good Carolina Herrera white cotton blouse and a sweater for myself.