Thanks everyone for your support to help me make it through my bad day yesterday. From chats with the dishwasher at work reminding me that the bad days are there to appreciate the good ones, to texts from a couple of my dates from date month making sure I’m ok, to Facebook and blog comments from friends and family encouraging me to keep going, I realized once again I can’t do this without you.
I’m feeling much better today and am starting to plan my month of online shopping. I have organic vegetables and a few other things arriving on Friday (which I will talk more about later in the week). I also bought a sports bra from lululemon online today – on sale, although no exchanges or refunds – I sure hope I picked the right size!
Yesterday, during my frustration of online clothes shopping, I was browsing Montreal-based online retailer Beyond the Rack – “a private shopping club for women and men who want designer brand apparel and accessories at prices up to 70% off retail.” Authentic designer merchandise is posted on their website for a limited period of time (typically lasting 48 hours) and available for purchase only by their members. You can become a member by being invited by a friend who is already a member, special invitation from one of our marketing partners, or request membership (if you want to be a member through me click here).
Internet Retailer’s 2011 Top 500 Guide recognized Beyond the Rack as the fastest growing online retailer, based on annual 2010 internet-based sales. According to the Financial Post: “Total revenue doubled between 2010 and 2011 to exceed $100-million and staffing levels nearly quadrupled in that time; growing from 60 employees in 2010 to a current headcount of 230. Beyond the Rack’s membership, the company’s bread and butter, grew from 600,000 in January 2010 to approximately four million today.”
I haven’t actually bought anything on the site yet, however the deals are amazing – $300 designer silk dresses for $50. The problem is most of the sizes available are size 4 or small, with the rare choice of medium or large. Searching through all the products takes a lot of time as well, and the photos online are hard to tell what it would look like on someone larger than a size 4. You can also buy sunglasses, bags, shoes, and other accessories, which wouldn’t require getting out the measuring tape and might be a better idea to browse through.
Further research showed that a lot of people were unhappy with the length of time shipping takes and the poor customer service (see this forum on redflagdeals.com from last year). Hopefully things are improving as the company grows (they seem to now have a live chat component to their website, which probably helps with customer service), but expect to sacrifice speed for savings. There is a saying that if things are cheap and good they aren’t fast, fast and good they aren’t cheap, and cheap and fast they aren’t good. I guess this is a good example of that.
As I was researching the above information, I saw that they have rubber boots on sale. Mine broke this year, so I bought a pair. The shipping and HST ended up being almost as much as what I paid for the boots, so I’m not sure how great a deal this is… I will keep you informed as to how long it takes to get to me.