I guess the benefit of having these sites is that sometimes you can get an inside pass into private websites. If there is one thing I am not, it is a fashionista, I am proud to admit that my sister dresses me. :)
I got this email for an invite-only shopping community called ideeli.
Upon further investigation, here is what I found out on CNET:
"Described as a "red-rope online shopping community," Ideeli is an invite-only site that hosts high-speed sales of luxury goods (so far, just accessories) at 50 to 90 percent discounts and keeps its members in the loop through e-mail and mobile alerts to let them know when a sale has started.
Quantities are limited and can sell out within minutes--if this sounds familiar, it's because it's a model pioneered by rapid-fire sale sites like Woot.com, which has built up an enviable cult following, and the girlier Delight.com."
Inside they have a press area so I checked out some write-ups about this site:
THE EARLY-BIRD DEAL
Oprah Magazine, April Issue by Jasmine Chang
Enjoy the cheap chic of a sample sale without the sharp-elbowed frenzy. Ideeli.com sells incredible accessories, available for a limited time, at sample sale prices-like this $2,390 Oscar de la Renta python-y-suede satchel (below) that can be yours for $795 in mid-March. Alerts are sent to your cell phone so you know when to log on; to get tipped off to sales an hour earlier than those with the no-cost basic membership, you can purchase a $7.99 First Row upgrade, which also allows you to compete in weekly giveaways. Although the site is invitation-only, O readers can join by just entering the code "Oprah" on the home page.
Tried this out but the Oprah code no longer works.
Women's Wear Daily:
Ideeli.com, which had a soft launch in May, in December received $3.8 million in funding from Kodiak Ventures and angel investors. The site has more than 10,000 members, which Hurley said will rise dramatically in the first quarter.
So, if you would are a fashionista, or would like to be, if you love a good sale, or if you just want to check out another private site....email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you an invite.
Grace (sis) and Kara, I just sent you an invite.
This invite is going to stay inside this site. It will not be posted on the public blog. If you or your friend wants to join, just let me know!