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Secret Sales sites

Full list of big brand hidden secret sales & discount codes

Through time-limited flash sales, you can pick up designer brands like Gucci and Prada as well as mid-range brands such as French Connection and Ted Baker for up to 70% off the retail cost.

Usually starting at the crack of dawn, membership sites or private shopping clubs give the illusion you're being let in on an exclusive retail secret to bag luxury brands for a fraction of the high street price.

If you're going to stick with brand loyalty (bah, humbug) then at least we can help ensure you do it the cheapest way....

Membership shopping sites

Important! Ensure you know how to shop safely before trying these deals

DOs:
  • For safety, pay by credit card if £100+

  • Protect purchases under £100

DON'Ts:
  • Use unfamiliar sites without checking

  • Let your antivirus run out

Full DOs and DONT's

How do they work?

To give the impression of exclusivity, a range of branded goods e-tailers operate membership clubs. You register for free, then they send alerts for online flash sales lasting 2-6 days. A bit poncy, but it can mean big discounts.

Usually these sites secure items by buying up last season's stock which brands want to shift from their stores to make way for new lines. By promising to sell quickly, they get big discounts. But it can take longer for the goods to be delivered.

Don't assume they're cheapest

With time-limited sales, it's tempting to feel like you're missing out if you don't buy quickly. But don't assume it's the cheapest option. Use the MegaShopBot comparison tool to quickly scour the web. (Sometimes it's not possible to make a comparison as the goods are last season's stock).

For instance, Achica has sold Antler suitcases with "up to 70% off" the retail price. A small teal/grey trolley bag was £47.75, including delivery at Achica, but cost £47.50 direct from Antler (though it cost up to £95 on the high street).

But in another example, Secret Sales offered a women's chunky gold plated Hugo Boss watch for £135. Though it was last season's stock, the same watch was £250 at Goldsmiths, £115 more expensive.

Achica*

Achica

Current sales? Achica*'s selling Rococo Chocolates with up to 40% off, Margo Selby textiles with up to 30% off and Lido Pearls with up to 70% off.

Extra discounts: New customers can get £10 off £50 when you enter the code ACHICATD104 by 6.30am, Wed 30 Apr. It's not valid on travel deals or with any other vouchers.

What's included on site? Home and gardening products, including items for the bedroom and bathroom, art, electricals and designer childrenswear.

How does it get stock? Achica goes direct to brands to negotiate discounts for a very limited amount of goods.

Delivery: From £4.99 | Returns: 10 days | Goods received: 15-20 days | Payment: Debit/credit card | Sales start: 6.30am Mon - Sun | Sales last: 48 - 72 hours

Vente-Privee

ventee privee

Current sales? Vente-Privee's selling Nike clothing and accessories, Tommy Hilfiger clothing and Cerrutti accessories.

Extra discounts: None currently available but we'll keep you posted in our weekly newsletter.

What's included on site? Designer lingerie, leather goods, fashion accessories, homeware and sports equipment with up to 70% off the usual retail cost.

How does it get stock? It reserves overproduced stock from previous collections which hadn’t sold to retailers before a new line was brought out. After a sale, it then buys the stock.

Delivery: By weight/size| Returns: 17 days/notify within 7 | Goods received: 3-4 weeks| Payment: PayPal/debit/credit card | Sales start: 6am Mon-Fri, 8am Sat-Sun | Sales last: 3-5 days

Secret Sales*

secret

Current sales? Secret Sales* currently includes Cartier watches, up to 60% off Vivienne Westwood accessories for men and up to 30% off Jimmy Choo shoes.

Extra discounts: None currently available but we'll keep you posted in our weekly newsletter.

What's included on site? Menswear, womenswear, children's goods, home and lifestyle as well as beauty.

How does it get stock? Designer brands often produce more stock than they can sell to mainstream retailers. Secret Sales sells the excess.

Delivery: One sale: £4.95, two sales £5.95 | Returns: 14 days | Goods received: 2-3 weeks | Payment: PayPal/credit/debit card | Sales start: 7am | Sales last: Approx 4 days

Brand Alley*

Tesco

Current sales? Brand Alley's* featuring United Colours of Benetton with up to 60% off, Gucci sunglasses with up to 50% off and Core Spirit clothing with up to 85% off.

Extra discounts: None currently available but we'll keep you posted in our weekly newsletter.

What's included on site? Home, accessories, fashion and beauty goods.

How does it get stock? By reserving stock and negotiating discounts with brands.

Delivery: £4.95 flat cost| Returns: 14 days | Delivery within: 14 days | Payment: PayPal/credit/debit card | Sales start: 6am | Sales last: Approx 4 days

Sarenza*

Achica

Current sales: Guess, Nike and Converse are on sale at Sarenza*.

Extra discounts: None currently available but we'll keep you posted in our weekly newsletter.

What's included on site? A girl's dream - shoes and bags.

How does it work? It's slightly different to the other member sites listed as there's no need to sign up to see what's on offer; you can start shopping straight away. But if you're after a bargain on a particular brand, you can sign up to the newsletter to receive alerts of Sarenza's weekly flash sales.

Delivery: Free or £8 next day | Returns: 100 days | Goods received: 1-4 days | Payment: Paypal/debit/credit card | Sales start: Thu | Sales last: Till 11am Mon

Tucci*

Tucci

Current sales? Ugg, Replay and G-Star Raw at Tucci*.

Extra discounts: New sign-ups can get 10% off their next order at Tucci*. It's an ongoing offer valid on full price items only.

What's included on site? Menswear, womenswear, accessories and limited children's clothing and accessories.

How does it work? Tucci negotiates directly with the brands for discounts on goods. Again, it's slightly different to the other member sites listed as there's no need to sign up to see what's on offer; you can start shopping straight away. But you can sign up to the newsletter to get a head's up on any future sales.

Delivery: £4.50| Returns: 28 days | Goods received: Usually 3 days | Payment: Paypal/debit/credit card | Sales start: Varies | Sales last: Varies

Use Money Mantras before ANY buys

Before spending on anything, use Martin's money mantras. If you say 'NO' to any, DON'T BUY!

Section 75

Free protection for all shopping!

There's a secret phrase that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. "Section 75" laws means your plastic must protect anything you buy over £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust you can still get your money back.

Although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards there is something else to fall back on if you paid on a Visa debit or electron card, or Visa credit card under £100 (otherwise go for Section 75). Known as Visa Chargeback, this is part of Visa's internal rules and not a legal requirement. Full details of Section 75, chargeback and how to claim in the Section 75 Refunds guide.

If you know of a great deal we've missed, or you have feedback on those above, then please post it in the discussion and we'll add it to the list.