Friday, September 19, 2008

Caveat Emptor

When Gilt Group announced a sale on Te Casan shoes today, I clicked as fast as I could. I found a pair of pumps in my size that looked mildly promising, on sale for $168, down from $365.

For fun, I went to the Te Casan website to see whether it had any sales offered. The same shoe was on sale there for $99.

Is Gilt Group feeling a little guilty for this faux sale (or sale that isn't so special after all)? (I sent an email to GG’s customer support.)

9 comments:

Emily said...

NO WAY! now i'm going to be skeptical of every sale! thanks for the info.

WendyB said...

Well, it WAS on sale. Just not as on sale as it might have been! Yuck.

miss cavendish said...

Indeed, *technically* Gilt Group is accurate. But it shouldn't present its sales as being super exclusive when you can get a significantly better deal at the source. Or maybe this is an anomaly.

K.Line said...

Well there's modern marketing for you. They're gorgeous shoes.

miss cavendish said...

You think? I kind of forgot about them in my fury.

enc said...

I should hope so. What a scam!

Songy said...

They are utterly gorgeous. GG should match the price. if they don't they are utter idiots.
Even in not so modern era (no online shopping) you could have easily visited an alternative outlet and found out the same thing happening. You either buy the cheaper version or go to the original people and ask them to match the price. Is'n that how it works? or it's just me thinking that...

miss cavendish said...

Hi Songy,

My only real complaint is that GG promotes itself as such a treat--to find a significantly lower price at the source was disappointing. I'd simply but the shoes there if I truly wanted them (am unsure about the square vamp).

Sal said...

Yoiks. Good on ya for doing your research. Let us know what GG says, ya?