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Designer Dressing For Less

Mar 12, 2008
Maybe you'd like a sharp suit for a high pressure business meeting or need to look drop dead gorgeous (and so over him) at your ex's wedding reception but splashing that amount of cash on designer clothes is just out of the question right now? If so, then maybe you haven't been spending enough time browser shopping.

That's right. Forget the sore feet and frazzled panic purchases of the old window shopping days. To find the perfect outfit you can slip off your Jimmy Choos and let your fingers do the walking on your computer keyboard. The internet is stuffed with bargains but many women have not yet seen the possibilities of browser shopping.

Those who can afford a new Chanel suit at the drop of an invitation can click off now because it won't much matter to them that in February 2008 an Alexander McQueen original jacket from the Fall/Winter selection was sold on eBay for just over a tenth of its original price. Or maybe that a toga dress from the same Hermes collection that so beautifully draped Angelina Jolie went for a mere 25% of the recommended retail price.

Are you thinking about now 'Yeah, right! What about all the fakes on eBay?'. If you are not you should be because there are fakes on eBay. Any time there is a good marketplace with interested buyers and committed sellers you can bet there is going to be a pack of parasites leaping on there to suck up whatever they can get out of the unwary. But that does not mean that you can't buy safely on auction sites only that you must take your time and do your homework first. Make full use of all the facilites offered by eBay and others to protect the buyer as well as to check the veracity and reputation of the seller.

It's not only designer clothes that can be had for bargain prices either but also shoes, handbags and brand name cosmetics and skincare products. Handbags are worth an extra note of caution as there are a lot of replicas being sold as the original item. Even some Anya Hindmarch 'I'm Not A Plastic Bag's which are being sold on eBay are fake so it's worth saying again, you can find real treasure on eBay including incredible discounts on designer clothing and accessories but you must pay take the time to learn how to identify the real from the replica.

So supposing you have found the very dress that is going to make you feel like a million dollars but has in reality cost you less than 200, what next? I recommend you explore the world of on-line cosmetic suppliers. There are many of them and depending on which you choose, how much you spend and where you live, the savings on these sites can exceed 70% of high street cosmetics and skin-care purchases. It does make sense, because without the rent to pay on high traffic shop-fronts these suppliers do not need to tack on such mighty mark-ups.
About the Author
Nadia Beck loves saving money on designer clothes, shoes, handbags and brand name cosmetics. She's also a tad riled at the sky-high high street prices for cosmetics and skincare that can be bought at huge discounts on-line. Read more of her rantings at Feeling Shoppish?
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