Monday, December 28, 2009

Post-Christmas Saks

Big stretch.
It's been a nice long weekend of shopping and our spies have been out in full force. Saks, again, wins the sale game. A 70% off sale-- before Thanksgiving or after Christmas-- apparently has the same response. Madness!

Our first report comes from Dapper Homme who was on the scene at 7:45. (DP is one of our top special agents. To understand the caliber of shopper, we have to divert a moment to present an example: at a recent unnamed sample sale there was a throng of rowdy women lined down the block and around the corner. DP organized the attendees in such a manner that the sample sale organizers gave him early admittance. This man can easily win the silver metal in Olympic shopping. Sorry, DP, Lila takes gold.)

So, Dapper Homme reports that there were about 150 people lined up, early Saturday morning, for the 70% off Saks doorbuster. Much of the crowed rushed two places: the shoe department and to Chanel handbags. To the dismay of many customers there were only four Chanel handbags on sale. We hear that Chanel sales people spent the entire rest of the day yelling, "We have no more sale bags." That's always a fun day at work.



After scoping the main floor, DP headed straight to the ninth floor. For some crazy, wacky, unspecified reason, all mens' sale items were sent to nine. The disorganization was somewhat like a Barneys Warehouse setup. Unfortunately sales people and customers were equally confused. Dapper had six pair of shoes picked out but his salesperson could only locate mates to three pair. After about 45 minutes of sorting through racks, DP, says he found some of what he wanted, including Kiton shirts for 70% off.

Enough of the men's stuff. Shoes! Or lady spies report that it was difficult to move at 10022-SHOE. The floor was so crowded that it was nearly impossible to find a sales person to pull a match or charge a purchase. We heard reports of women throwing their credit cards at sales people and buying shoes without even trying them on. YSL Tribute heels for $167 can make people do strange things.

Moving down, floor five was overcrowded, but the designer floor was bliss. Premier ready-to-wear designers, including Dior, were priced 70% off or more. A $2500 Dolce & Gabbana sweater was found for $500. A $750 Marc Jacobs dress was marked down to $160.

The store continued to get more crowded as the day drew on. At about noon there was a 10minute wait to get inside the store-- and yes, it was raining!

Shoppers who headed to Saks.com faced similar competition. One reader commented:
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.
Most continuing reports are that Saks is wiped out. We are sure, however, that after-New Years returns, the store will be amply supplied with enough sale merchandise to hold us over until consolidation . Just remember, there's always something to buy!

14 comments:

Thumbelina Fashionista said...

I was there, and this assessment is VERY accurate. It was a nightmare. People kept saying, "THIS is Saks?!" The only floor that seemed calm was 3.

Anonymous said...

i got some prada heels for $175 out of that torture! the atmosphere reminded me of back to school days at walmart, but more vicious.

Anonymous said...

I picked up the Christian Louboutin Boots for 450.00 but it wasn't packed at all and the line was moving quiet fast. Yes it was a mad house but not like last year. But the sale was great until 12pm

Anonymous said...

I have a gift card from saks for $200 from my mom for x-mas and I wanted to get these prada loafers...what is the discount like right now and will there be another slash in prices soon???? Last year saks had the best deals ever!

Anonymous said...

This limited time discount has been very disappointing, why did prices go up 12/27?

BTW, when is the Manolo Blahnik store going to begin its markdowns? I was at the store today and everything seemed full price, including many styles that I see at department stores marked 40-60% off!

Anonymous said...

I did pretty well by going at 8 but was also not at the store in the city. Can't beat Chanel pumps for $200, BCBG sandals for $70, Cole Haan boots for $135, Prada coat $290 and more!

kiabear3 said...

I was at the NYC store today to return a pair of shoes I bought at the beginning of December that went down to $402 (I paid $804). The discount in shoes is an additional 40% off the lowest ticketed price but there really isnt much left. Some very lucky woman is going to get my return. I also wanted to add there was a line for returns. I returned a pair of Givenchy fur booties, the woman in front of me returned something in a YSL box and the woman in front of her returned a paif of CL knee high boots.

Anonymous said...

Manolo sale is usually feb

Anonymous said...

Manolo sale is usually feb

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Manolo sale :)

Anonymous said...

Manolo usually places an ad in the nytimes too. The sale will be late Jan or early Feb. So read the front section. Their inventory is pretty similar to the department stores so if you see something cheap that you like now, I would buy it. They do usually have some deals on skins though. Don't worry about getting there the first day. The line is usually long, but they have so much inventory usually that you don't miss much

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Anonymous said...

Like someone else said it's worth it to go back after people have made returns. I found lots more stuff today and it's still 40% off the sale price.