I have to admit my current addiction is flash-sale sites! I’ve signed up for e-mail alerts from a bunch of websites that offer limited-time deals—I have to, it’s research for my job! But lately, I’ve been buying. The deals are just too good to pass up. But they can be addictive, so a few words of warning (as I sit here in my cute new wedges from Zulily.com!):
Read the fine print. Often the merch is final sale, and if you don’t pay attention to the tiny type, you could get stuck with something you don’t love when it arrives. (Happily, when I missed the “final sale” note on an item I bought from Fab.com, they gave me credit anyway. But I’m not counting on getting special treatment again.)
Get in early. Find out when sales start so you can get first crack at the good stuff, as well as selection for sizes and colors. Times vary a lot: Daily Fair (stylish furniture) and HaulerDeals.com (fashion and beauty) start at noon, while Sellout.woot.com sales kick off at 1 a.m.
For a good rundown of flash-sale sites, check out the July issue of ShopSmart. Found any good deals at one of these sites? Tell us about it!