Wasn’t up for paying ~$700 for them, though.
I frequently do “research” on the shopstyle website. It doesn’t cover 100% of designer items or sites (meaning, some items do slip by) but it’s a pretty good indication of what is available, where and at what price. You can set up “sale alerts” per item or per designer. I think recently they had some sort of contest and to submit I greatly expanded my “alerts” when I entered the contest. What the heck, right?
Thursday they sent me an email with a “sale alert” for Christian Louboutin. Only, I opened it on Friday. Sure enough, someone (Neiman’s and Bergdorf’s) had these on sale. Though, by the time I clicked on the link, I got the “This item is no longer available” “dear Jane sorry a** BS…”.
But then I got to thinking; what if I just keep the windows open on each and every so often when I’m on the computer today…I’ll just hit “refresh”.
My reasoning was: there have been TOO many times that I have had a coveted item added to my “shopping bag” and haven’t decided to “go to checkout” before my computer restarted (unknowingly), the battery died, the screen froze (”internet explorer stopped working”), I left something in the cart for whatever happenend to be that store’s “too long” period, etc. etc. only to come back and see: “shopping cart: 0 items”
If it happens to ME all the time, it must be happening to somebody else!
Or maybe it’s something as benign as another shopper got buyer’s remorse or otherwise decided to not get the shoes.
I don’t know but sometime in the afternoon, I gave a haphazard refresh click and one pair came up in the size I would’ve ordered (one size up for Loub’s!)!!
I put them in the “shopping bag”, clicked to go to checkout and put in my information. Stat. I wasn’t going to sit in the first page b/c I’ve gone through that before and STILL had the item be suddenly “no longer available” when I entered the credit card info.
But then I thought…I’m on the next-to-last check out page…if Neimans and Saks have codes, surely Bergdorfs does too. I entered variations of theirs with “BG” attached but they didn’t work. I did a search and came up with www.sale.com/coupons and tried some of theirs. BINGO -One worked for free shipping which I then turned into $10 for 2-day air. No tax.
TIP: Use Shopstyle
TIP: If you see an item that you love, put it in your cart, find a code and CHECK OUT. It may not be there later.
TIP: If you see an item that you love but isn’t available, refresh your screen throughout the day and the item may be released again. Also, as people return items, a good site’s software will list it back up.
TIP: Or if you’re out there all the time shoppin’ up a storm, get to know a customer service person at a B&M who can make some calls. You won’t be able to use codes, probably, but see what they can find for you. I have only had luck doing this once but when it paid off…it paid off big. That’s another story for another time.