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Your New Secret to Majorly Discounted Shopping

Tips to get everything for a fraction of retail price… and the nasty secret behind sites like Gilt.



I got an email from GILT’s PR / media relations, who wanted us to change this article. This was the rationalization:

“We take this very seriously at, and have many processes in place to verify retail. [The “retail/original” price listed on GILT’s sales] of all products on our site reflects […] the price reported by the manufacturer [and] may not always represent the prevailing price for retailers or department stores on every day or in every community. For international sales, the Full Retail Price is based on what such items would be sold at in the US market or in the worldwide online market, plus taxes, shipping and additional international surcharges, if applicable.”

So it sounds like they basically figure out how they can make it sound the highest, between what the manufacturer says, the highest price it’s selling for anywhere, and what other charges they can add to the “retail” price like tax, duty, and shipping that some customers may have had to pay depending on where they would have bought it (but the sale price doesn’t include that, of course). Hmmm….

I personally think that strategy is very misleading at best, and I replied and said that the only price that people care about is the item’s current price at other stores — not the absolute maximum price it has historically sold for anywhere, including duty and tax, etc!

What experiences with online shopping have you had?

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 72 Comments

  1. Justin Carter

    I own a shoe shop in Manhattan and I don’t say “no” to people who ask me for a discount. I merely ask them “Why?” because it’s quite possible that they have a very good reason! It all comes down to customizing the value exchange.

  2. James Hannks

    Going to use this advice buy cheaper kicks. Buying at Nike, and Adidas is very expensive. I will give it a try on eBay.

    • Camilla Collins

      Or if you like you can wait for the inventory sales. All of my kicks are from inventory sales. And I only got it for 50% of their original price. Nike and Adidas always post their inventory sales on Facebook. 🙂

    • Steev Smith

      I was thinking of that too. Our technology is fast upgrading, and before we knew, we are living in the future.

  3. George Sumanta

    This article is a whack! I love how you teach us to how to get huge discounts on eBay, Thanks for sharing your secret! Love you, Hilary.

  4. Dawn Katz

    You are very lucky to have a conversation with Zac Posen!!!! He’s my idol when it comes to designing. Waaa!!!

  5. Kimberly Holder

    You are an amazing person, Hilary! When I was at school I used to live way out in the countryside with no means of getting to the ‘cool’ shops let alone affording anything – we weren’t very well off. Buying and selling on ebay was a great way for me to keep up with trends and have nice things that I wouldn’t normally be able to access or afford. I haven’t used it in years as back then it required a lot of time and commitment but maybe I should give it another go today – it is better for the environment to shop second hand.

  6. Kathryn Gibson

    I and my husband are fans of online shopping. Most of the time we are at work, and we don’t have spare time to buy things at the malls. I thank eBay for saving us!

  7. Blanche Martina

    Online shopping is very popular today. They don’t want to waste time looking for parking spaces and driving to the malls.

    • Chanelle Gregory

      Online shopping is good and it is really hassling free. But sometimes I pity those salesladies, guards and other folks who might lose their job if everyone will choose to shop online and no longer visit malls. For sure malls will cut their labor and focus on online selling instead.

  8. Jodi Thil

    Wow! Thanks, Hilary. You taught us how to purchase things through online! It’s not easy, especially for beginners. Thanks! love love

  9. Candis Melton

    What I like on eBay is that you can buy items around the world. I purchased stuff from Asia. You must pay the shipping fee, but it’s all worth it once you get the items.

  10. Joss Butler

    I let my girlfriend read this article, and I’m just staring at her. I watched her laughing and smiling like a crazy woman. Lol.

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