Members Only Discount Websites

February 09, 2013 | Kate Horrell

If you spend any time on the internet, you’ve probably stumbled across at least one “members only” shopping website.  I’m not going to name names, as I’m trying to put them out of my mind.  These websites require you to register in order to have access to their special, speedy sales.  They do offer great prices on upscale merchandise, but even at a great price, upscale merchandise is often still really expensive.

I went through a phase, maybe a year ago, where I signed up for five or six (or twelve) of these members only websites.  I get daily advertisements from each one.  At first, I would click through and see what was on sale.  The prices still seemed awfully high, and really, we don’t need any more stuff in our house.

As time has gone on, I’ve found that these websites are exactly the opposite of the kind of things that I think that I believe in.  First, I strongly believe in limiting advertising in my life, and yet I’ve signed up to have multiple ads sent to my email box every day.  Even if I just delete them, the lure of the stuff is still there.  Second, I am attempting to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle.  Being exposed to beautiful goods, on sale, is not a good tactic for minimalism.

I am taking some time today to unsubscribe to these emails.  I think it will be a good thing on many levels.

Do you belong to any of these websites?  Have you ever purchased from them?  What do you think?


  1. My wife and I definitely strive towards a minimalist lifestyle (one car, small apartment, not a lot of stuff in the apartment) and we hate being constantly bombarded with advertisements (hence why we don't have a TV or cable). She subscribes to a few of these members only websites and browses the furniture, clothing, and home decor sections almost daily but I have yet to see her buy anything. I think it's more of just a Pinterest like activity for her, to see what's in fashion and what looks nice. I'm sure if she saw any of the products at our local thrift shop she'd be all over it!

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