Best Secret Sales websites
Secret sales sites are all the rage these days - and while they're not so 'secret' anymore, they'll still do wonders for your student bank balance!
Whether you're a seasoned shopaholic or just looking to save on a holiday, having a gander on a secret/flash sale site can help keep your costs way down.
But before you dive straight into an overwhelming world of flashing discounts, countdown timers and more bargains than you can probably 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 to milk them for all their worth. Looks like it's shopping time!
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What are secret sale websites?
Secret sale websites are essentially members-only sites that claim to offer bargains of up to 70% on everything from experience days to designer labels and homewares.
They're free to join, and in return for deals you just have 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 (sometimes too) regular newsletters.
If you're wondering how they're able to offer such good bargains, it's because these websites will bulk-buy direct from a company (normally last season's stock or an older model that the company wants shot of) at a massively reduced price.
How to use secret sales websites
When signing up to a daily deal site, you'll start receiving emails containing deals that only people with a membership can click through to. Each deal will have a timer to tell you how much longer the deal will be running, so you can scoop it up before it ends.
Just to be clear - you will get a lot of emails when you sign up to these sites... we're talking like two or three a day here. Therefore, it might be worth diverting them to a special folder in your inbox or using an alias email address just for deals.
4 tips/warnings before getting started
Once you're signed up to a secret sales website, you're going to have to exercise some serious self-restraint as you'll be exposed to discounts on a lot of stuff you probably, maybe, definitely don't need.
Keep the following in mind and you'll be set!
- Resist the temptation to over-spend by making a wish list of things you actually want, and ignore everything else
- Don't be pressured by the fact these mega deals run out soon or there's a big 'money off' sign in your face
- These sites are not always guaranteed to have the best price, so as always - check prices elsewhere before you commit
- 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.
6 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 roundup 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.
As well as decent deals on Ray-Bans, and designer watches, you can also scoop up some discounted homewares too.
Invite a friend to join too and you'll both score £10 of credit.
Length of sales: 4 Days-ish
If you're looking for an awesome holiday to make all your mates jealous that won't break the bank - this site should be your first port of call.
Again, you can bag yourself a £10 voucher if you recommend a friend ( and they make a purchase).
The only niggle is that you won't be able to make amendments to the packages they offer, so what you see is what you get.
Delivery: Seeing as you can't deliver a holiday, we'll leave this one be...
Length of sales: Up to 7 Days
A hotbed for designer clothes and beauty-bargain action, SecretSales is 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 on the site before, as well as Cartier watches.
Careful not to stretch the bank balance too much, even if it is on offer. Control yourself!
Delivery: £4.95 (but this goes up by £1 for additional sales you go for) delivered in 5-10 working days
Length of sales: 4 Days-ish
Sarenza specialises in footwear, and if you're a shoe lover you'll be spoilt for choice here! Some of the top brands include Nike, Converse, Kickers and more
There's no need to sign up to see the offers and you can browse the site by following the link below.
Not only do Sarenza offer free delivery, but you'll also be able to return anything you don't like free of charge - and you've got 100 days to make up your mind (but remember you can't wear them outside if you want to return them so this will need to involve lots of strutting around the house!).
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 homewares 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 posh name like this, it's no surprise that ACHICA deals with super chic products at knock-down prices.
They focus on sending you deals on fancy homewares, but have heaps of deals on fashion and accessories too, 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: Items weighing less than 2kg will cost £4.99 to send, increasing to £35.00 for heavy furniture like beds. Deliveries should take between 15-20 working days
Length of sales: 2-3 days
Brand Outlet Sites
While we're on the theme of secret-but-not-so-secret sale sites, we thought we'd let you know about a few big brands that have outlet sites. Outlets are where retailers sell their out-of-season or refurbished stock at heavily reduced prices - even though there's nothing wrong with it!
Before shopping at an online store it might be worth having a quick Google to see the brand has an outlet.
In the meantime, here's a few of our favourites:
Have you had any luck with nabbing a bargain or spotted a secret gem we've missed? Let us know below!