Can Full Price Luxury Survive This Economy? Will Sample Sales Take Over?

Posted on May 4, 2009

Have you bought anything on one of the sample sale websites yet?

  • http://www.Gilt.com
  • http://www.Ruelala.com
  • http://www.theOutnet.com
  • http://www.editorscloset.com
  • http://www.thetopsecret.com
  • http://www.ideeli.com
  • http://www.billiondollarbabes.com
  • http://www.thesavvy.com

More interestingly … have you sold anything on them? In the past six months I have seen online sample sales for: Gurhan, Judith Ripka, Penny Preville, Kwiat, DiModolo, Ippolita, John Hardy, Temple St. Clair, Emily & Ashley, Leslie Greene, Heather Moore and dozens more.

What impact does this quick-access online discount shopping for luxury goods have on the general retail scene? Will the high-end fashionable customer head into the stores more or less when the economy rebounds?

We're fascinated by this new business mode — by the pricing structure, merchandise selection and just how successful they are for the designers overall.

We'll definitely be doing some research and interviews but for now, dear readers, we lead you to a Wall Street Journal article — and video — to get some answers to some of the questions.

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