The best Secret Sales websites
You might have heard of the mythical land of the secret sales website, a place which can supposedly do wonders for the student bank balance.
Whether you’re a seasoned shopaholic or just looking to keep fully stocked on life’s essentials – read: gin – you may have considered trying so-called secret or flash sale websites to help keep your costs down.
But before you dive straight into an online world filled with massive flashing discounts, countdown timers and more bargains than you can handle it’s worth taking some time to get the lay of the land.
We’ve put together our ultimate list of secret sales websites, as well as some tips on how to use them wisely. Shopping time ahoy!
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What are secret sale websites?
To cut a long story short, secret sale websites are membership only sites that claim to offer bargains of up to 70% on everything from experience days to designer labels and homewares.
There are free to join, but you will need to give them your email address. You can then either log in to see what’s up in the deals world or watch out for their regular newsletters.
If you’re wondering how it all works, these websites will bulk buy stuffage from a company, normally last season’s stock or an older model the company wants shot of.
How to use secret sales websites
If only these websites operated on a “we’re selling what you need” basis we’d have no problems, but sadly they don’t. Welcome to the internet, a barren wasteland of temptation and cat pictures.
Once you’re signed up to a secret sales website you’re going to have to exercise some serious self restraint.
These guys will send you a hell of a lot of emails and it can be really tempting to buy stuff you don’t need when it’s sent to you and you get so much money off.
Resist the temptation by making a wish list of things you’re on the lookout for and ignore deals for anything else.
Also, while these sites are prime hunting grounds for mega-deals don’t be pressured by the fact they run out soon or there’s a big percentage off sign in your face.
Sometime you might just find there’s a better deal somewhere else, so it’s always worth checking.
Also you should always check the site you’re buying from is legit. Making sure it has some decent reviews on Google and a postal address is a good indicator.
The best secret sales websites
There are shedloads of secret sales websites out there, each of them trying to make their own distinctive cry for attention. Here’s our round up of the best.
As the name not so subtly suggests, BrandAlley is all about the designer labels, whether it’s shoes, clothes or beauty products you’re after.
At the moment you’ll find some decent deals on Ray-Bans, Karen Millen and Diesel.
Similarly, friend invites score you £10.
Delivery: £4.95 within 14 Days, free on orders over £80
Length of sales: 4 Days-ish
The location of choice if you’re looking for an awesome holiday to make all your mates jealous on the cheap.
Again you can bag yourself a £10 voucher if a recommended friend makes a purchase.
The only niggle is that you won’t be able to make amendments to the packages they offer.
Delivery: Seeing as you can’t deliver a holiday, we’ll leave this one be…
Length of sales: Up to 7 Days
Again, a hotbed of designer clothes and beauty bargain action, SecretSales is undisputedly one of the big players in private sales.
They tend to attract a lot of big name brands too; we’ve seen stuff from Vivienne Westwood before, as well as Cartier watches. Careful not to stretch the bank balance too much, even if it is on offer!
Delivery: £4.95 within 14 Days
Length of sales: 4 Days-ish
Sarenza is all about brand name shoes at great prices.
There’s no need to sign up to see the offers and you can browse the site by following the link below.
Some of the top brands include Nike, Converse, Kickers & more. There’s loads on offer for both men and women too.
Length of sales: Around 1 week
Aside from the fact their website has a waterfall as a background and plays relaxing music, there are some other cool things to this site.
They mainly cover fashion and homeware but you can also find some good deals on sports equipment too.
Delivery: Depends on the weight but you’ll get it in 3-4 weeks
Length of sales: 3-5 Days
With a name that even sounds chic, ACHICA deals with posh stuff at knock down prices.
It covers everything from home stuff to fashion, so it’s well worth signing up to.
You can also sign-up through Facebook and there’s £10 on offer if you recommend a friend who then makes a purchase.
Delivery: £4.99+ and takes between 15-20 days
Length of sales: 2-3 days
Brand Outlet Sites
While we’re on the theme of hidden-ish sale sites we thought we’d let you know about a few big brands that have outlet sites. These are the sites where they sell their out of season or refurbished stock. There’s nothing wrong with it though!
If you’re planning on shopping at a store it might be worth having a quick Google to see if they have an outlet.
In the meantime, here’s a few of our favourites:
- Amazon Outlet »
- Shoeaholics (Kurt Geiger) Outlet »
- Sports Direct Outlet »
- Office Shoes Outlet »
- Tesco Outlet »
So there you have it, the top private sales sites around. Have you had any luck with nabbing a bargain or have to spotted a gem we’ve missed? Let us know, pretty please?
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