Monday, December 21, 2009

The Department Store Round-up

Department store markdowns are the slowest in memory. As one Saks salesman remarked, "We are getting revenge from last year." Oh, there's no revenge in shopping. We just lust after great deals.

If you're still in holiday shopping mode you're going to want to check out our discount guides for the Meatpacking District, Men's boutiques, 5th Avenue/ 57th Street and, of course, Madison Avenue. Below are the department store promotions.

Barneys: Congrats to Barneys for becoming the first department store to take a second markdown. The sale is now 60% off on shoes and clothing and bags and accessories etc. Sizes are going fast. Be careful if you are ordering online. The inventory for the site is not maintained in real time. Orders often get canceled when items are sold out.

Bergdorf Goodman: The first markdown of the season followed Black Friday. Women's 3rd floor designers, shoes, accessories and the men's store were all discounted 40%. Second markdown will begin Tuesday and all the same departments will discount fall/winter merchandise 60%. With one wave of the sale wand, Bergdorf has become the best place to shop -- for selection and price--before Christmas. We imagine there will not be an additional discount until mid-January.

Bloomingdales: Figuring out the discount at Bloomingdales always takes a math PhD. The 40% off regular price, plus an extra 20% incentive, plus an additional 15% off if you use your Bloomies card brings the saving to, drum roll please... 58.4% off. I hope I did that right. While you're there don't forget to pick up a Nespresso espresso. It's the perfect antidote to the cold weather and shopping fatigue.



Saks: How we used to love Saks. Though 30% to 40% off is just not that lovable. We spoke to several sales people today only to find out that there will be no additional discount until after Christmas. And it's after Christmas when our love will return to Saks. Until noon Satuday you can take an additional 50% off already reduced prices for a total of up to 70% off. After noon, Saturday, the discount goes to 40%. We suggest you find a sales person immediatly if you would like to take advantage of the early discount.

Neiman Marcus: The official discount on fine apparel and designer collections is still just 40%. We are told that the stores are "awaiting a directive for after Christmas sales." However, we have heard reports about Viviers at half off. We're not crossing a bridge or tunnel any time soon. So we're going to need you to report back on what you see.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Barneys is being a little funny with the discounts. Not all formerly discounted items are being discounted further. That was my experience in the shoe department.

The boutiques have been the best bet. Many discounted in late October or Early November at 40 off or more so the department stores are not so exciting to me right now

Anonymous said...

It looks like today all Barneys sales mersh is finally down to 60%. But yes, it was 'funny' that they had all these signs up last week about extra 33% and then it turned out they were talking about a very small selection of sale items.

Anonymous said...

Was in the Marc Jacobs store yesterday and the shopgirl was emphatic that they will only go 30% off (which they are at now). Also emphatically told another time that the handbags will never go on sale at the store. Boutiques may not be so good. Department stores are a much better bet. Saks is at 40% off. Nordstroms is at 60% off. Or wait until it goes on Gilt or Yoox!

Alexa said...

Department stores are being funny about all sales this year. I've found some online boutiques that I love. The prices are already great, free shipping and a really good return policy. I'm an accessories girl and my weakness is handbags. I found an online boutique I love with 30-80% off designers like dior and ysl all the time. I've never been disappointed with Queen Bee yet. For now most of my shopping is done online!

Anonymous said...

Found lots of M Missoni already marked down 70-80% off today at Saks. I'm sure it will go down even more after x-mas but when the skirts are already down to about $100 it's not worth waiting and dealing with the crowds.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused about the Saks sale. It is 50 additional Saturday morning only? When does it start? CHristmas is Friday.

Anonymous said...

Every year Saks takes and additional 50% off the sale items from opening until noon. Then everything goes to an additional 40 off. I little birdie who works at Saks said the discount might be more then 50 this year.

Anonymous said...

Ahh! So 10-12. I'll see you there!!! Thanks for the tip!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I was in BG Tuesday night and the shoes were only 40% off original price, but there were a couple racks of shoes for each size.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if the store in the city is doing this but I'm out of city right now and the store near by is opening at 8 am rather than 10.

Anonymous said...

Saks online - up to 70% off. Damn website kept crashing... even at 1:30 AM EST!!! I had a pair of Dior shoes in my shopping and when I was in the final stages of checking out, my shopping bag was suddenly "empty". Shoes now gone. Lots of great deals if you can grab them

Anonymous said...

Im in miami, does anybody knows if the saks discount wiukd be available here too?

Anonymous said...

Discount is the same at every Saks! Go hit Bal Harbour!!!