Wednesday, January 21, 2009


If you haven't noticed, tons of online retailers are marking things down in a ridiculous way to help out the cash flow. This is no good for local businesses, however. There, items that normally have a shelf life of a couple months before going on sale, now have to compete with sites like Shopbop, where their lack of overhead allows them to discount items much earlier. Your inbox has probably been bombarded like mine with about 14 emails a day offering "free shipping" or "extra 20% off sale", etc.

I've not been shopping too much lately--it's just too dang cold. If I were though, I'd shop from the comfort of my toasty upstairs office and head to Shopbop. One of my friends who manages a retail store told me the other day that in this economy, "people don't want a sale, they want A DEAL." Well, that always sums me up, poor economy or not. What I love about Shopbop is that you can bypass the measly 30% off sales and head for the 70% off DEALS. Yeah. Check it out. There are tons of even Resort items (which normally aren't discounted til spring) on sale.

Here are a couple of my favorite deals of the day:

Dolce Vita Natalie dress, reduced from $209 to $62.90

Antik Batik leather jacket, reduced from $760 to $228

Bopbasics cashmere hoodie, reduced from $272 to $81.60

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