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Barneys Warehouse—the all sale, all the time outlet site for the upscale department store—has officially launched. We took a moment to scour the pages and assess the deals to find out just how threatening the site will be to wallets everywhere. After the jump, find 4 tips for making the most out of your warehouse shopping experience.
1. Browse frequently: The sale site will be alive all year long and will be updated throughout the season. While it's not clear if the items will be discounted further (as the physical sale does), additional items will be added to the site continuously.
2. Use the search tools: One major advantage to shopping online is the organization afforded by categorized inventory, and Barneys' site is one of the easiest to navigate out there. Unlike the physical sale, you can shop by designer, style, color, size, or price with the confidence that no one is moving anything into the wrong section. And—most importantly—there are no over-enthusiastic shoppers nor their elbows. Use the search tools; they will help you find exactly what your closet it missing.
3. Play the numbers: Pricing in apparel starts at $12 for t-shirts, $50 for Splendid dresses, and $30 for beach shorts. If you're not shopping for basics though, casual tops, sweaters, and jeans from J Brand, Mother, M. Patmos, Girl. By Band of Outsiders, and more start at $60. While you can find some contemporary lines for under $100—like T by Alexander Wang, Elizabeth & James, and Thakoon Addition—don't expect to get into the real designer digs until you're over the $200 hump. The best deals we found in the apparel were those marked down by 75% or more including a Rick Owens $139 skirt (was $560), Pringle of Scotland straight leg trousers also for $139 (were $550), and an ICB paneled skirt for $139 (was $888).
The majority of shoes are marked down by about 60% (we saw nothing at 75% off in this section). Barneys Co-Op brand populates most of the under-$200 section, with a few Alexander Wang, Pierre Hardy, Opening Ceremony, and Acne pairs sprinkled in. More than half of the shoes are under $300, including booties by Lanvin, Loeffler Randall, 3.1 Phillip Lim, etc., but expect to still pay over $300 for the likes of Jil Sander, Marni, L'Agence Manolo Blahnik, Fendi, Miu Miu, etc.
4. No returns: Per the customer service page: "All sales are final on BarneysWarehouse.com. We are not accepting returns or exchanges at this time." The more you know.
5. Free ground shipping with orders of $150 or more: Otherwise ground shipping is $12. Also note that a customer signature is required on Basic (2 to 4 days, $18) and Priority (1 to 2 days, $25) deliveries.
Get to shopping and don't forget to let us know what you think about the new site, the deals, or how your shipping experience goes in the comments.
· Barneys Warehouse [Official Site]
· Breaking: Barneys Is Launching a Massive Discount Outlet Site [Racked]