Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Online Shopping Round-up

Lets face it, shopping can be exhausting. That's why we love browsing the Internet. There's no blisters, no crowds and no over-anxious sales person hoping for a commission. Just you and your trackpad. To end our week of round-ups we're searching cyber space for the best sales. We know that purchases made today will not get there for Christmas but isn't holiday shopping mostly about finding great things for yourself anyway? Below is a list of sales occurring at our favorite online boutiques. We imagine that the prices are subject to change at any moment.

Don't forget to check out our past round-ups were we dove into the department stores, Meatpacking District, men's boutiques, 5th Avenue/ 57th Street and, of course, Madison Avenue.

25Park.com: Sometimes you can have the best of both worlds. 25Park started off as a Internet-based retailer but for the holiday season opened a pop-up shop on Third and 74th Street.( We hear the location may become permanent.) The owners of the site have a great eye for style but they are a bit green when it comes to sales. Nobody wants to buy last year's Behnanz Sarafour when it's still over a $1000. Department stores already reduced the dress 75% off and it's bound to show up on Yoox or Guilt for even less. Keep an eye on this site, they have a great variety and once they become more seasoned they will learn the key to successful retailing is "turns."

In the meantime go for last year's Missoni scarves, which were originally $390 and now $175. Missoni isn't putting their scarves on sale this season. So this is the best you're going to get.

MyTheresa: The German based site carries all the best designer names and ships them literally all over the world. It's up to you though, to figure out the tax situation. You can deduct the 17.5% VAT but you're going to have to pay import taxes through DHL. We imagine it evens out. You also have to do a currency conversion. Right now EU100 is about $143. Keeping that in min,d we shopped the sale section and found: YSL cage boots that are just 30% off. So last summer! A Matthew Williamson brocade jacket is EU935 but comes out too about $1350, once you do the conversion. Basically, everything on the site is way too much money after the conversion but it's still fun to look around.



Net-a-Porter: Most designer labels are 30% to 40% off. That's not enough to compete with department stores and we expect prices will be dropping momentarily. If you scroll around or sort by discount, you will see there's lots of 70% merchandise. We found a silk tulip skirt for $87, lots of Stella McCarney, and a great animal print Clements Ribeiro dress, now $427 from $1425.

Vivre: Right on the homepage there is a link to items "up to 75%" off. We love the colorful suede lambskin gloves , $62 from $125. A $395 Michael Kors satin bow clutch is now $99. How about a Roberto Cavalli top reduced to $491 from $1965?

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