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For those of us with champagne taste on a beer budget, Gilt City has been a Godsend. The flash sale and deal voucher site specializes in providing huge discounts on luxury products and experiences. Interested in going to that new local steakhouse, but lack the funds? Gilt City can help. Want to visit that fancy spa down the street, but hesitant to spend full price? Gilt City might be the solution. Thinking of trying out a pricey skincare product, but wary of paying too much? You guessed it, Gilt City could have the answer.
Don’t be fooled, though. Gilt City’s entire model might be based around delivering bargains, but there are still several strategies you can employ to save even more money when shopping through the site. Read more below to see all the different ways to maximize your Gilt City savings.
If you haven’t ever bought anything from Gilt City previously, then you are in luck. Gilt City has a promo code for first-time customers that can be used to get an extra 20% off your purchase. You can always find this code on Dealspotr. Unfortunately, it’s rare that Gilt City releases other promo codes, but they do sometimes send out special codes to their email subscribers, so it's worth checking just in case.
One of the best things about Gilt City is that it frequently runs promotions for free events, services and sometimes even merchandise. Some recent examples are free movie screenings, free drycleaning services or free cosmetics.
It's a little tricky to figure out at first because Gilt City blends in its free offers with its paid offers, but once you get the hang of it, these complimentary deals are pretty easy to spot. They will have a small label on the photo that says "free" and once you click you will see a description of the deal with an "RSVP" button. After clicking RSVP you will be taken to a checkout page with a "Place Your Order" button and the total will say $0 (because it's free). At that point you will be emailed a voucher for your free ticket, service or item.
In addition to free stuff, Gilt City also has free discount vouchers available. One such recent example was for Origins beauty products. Gilt City was giving away a voucher good for $20 off any purchase of $65 or more at Origins.com and the voucher included a free Fall Sampler Kit with five samples of a few popular Origins products.
The Gilt City Warehouse Sale has become legendary over the years. Tons of people line up just for the opportunity to take part in these epic events.
A few times per year, Gilt City holds a Warehouse Sale in one of the nation’s major cities. The most recent one happened in Los Angeles. In order to attend these sales, you have to buy a ticket (typically around $10 or $20 for early access) well ahead of time. If you don’t get your ticket in time, you can request to be added to the waitlist in case any others become available. What a ticket gets you is entry into one of the most amazing sales you’ll ever encounter featuring tons of high quality merchandise from designer brands at heavily discounted prices. In addition to great deals, shoppers are also generally treated to free cocktails, wines and appetizers as well as live entertainment. What’s not to love about that?
One thing to keep in mind is that some of the items might be seconds (slightly flawed in some way), so pay close attention to what you are buying.
Like many other deal-oriented sites, Gilt City rewards its customers for recruiting their friends to purchase from the site. Unlike many of those other sites, Gilt City refrained from implementing some complicated system involving points and site credit and instead kept its rewards rather straight forward. Whenever you invite a friend to the site, they will get 40% off their first purchase. In return, you’ll get 40% off your next purchase once your friend buys something. Nice, simple and a win-win for everyone involved.
Not all ecommerce sites are worth paying attention to on Facebook, but Gilt City’s page is definitely worth a like. Why you ask? Well there is one primary reason: The sweepstakes. Gilt City occasionally gives away free stuff to a few lucky Facebook fans. Past raffles have included a ticket to a warehouse sale and a Blue Apron starter kit, but no matter what it is, the opportunity to get something for free is worth liking Gilt City on Facebook.
Gilt City is actually part of the Gilt Groupe, which contains a few similar discounted luxury ecommerce sites and Gilt Groupe sells e-gift cards that are good for Gilt City. Many of these gift cards appear on the discounted gift card site Raise.com at up to 6.5% off. Essentially, that means you can get up to 6.5% off whenever you buy anything from Gilt City. Gift cards worth $25 are currently going for $24 (4% off), while gift cards worth $250 are currently going for $233.75 (6.5% off), so make sure you choose the right amount based on what you are planning to purchase.