Monday, May 5, 2008

Crack The Code

You’ve found the perfect clutch for your sister’s Christmas gift at a chic web boutique. But even with the today-only Cyber Monday discount, the shipping costs nearly as much as the bag itself. How do you justify pressing the “confirm order” button?

Will mainland stores ever realize Hawaii’s not a different country already?

And then there’s that empty field at the bottom of the screen—the one that reads “enter promotional discount code here (if applicable).”

If only you had a code—then you could pretend you actually did get the mainland-only free shipping offer, or at least score some free extras to make up for the extra cost.

Now you’ve found that friend—or 1.5 million visitor-friends, rather—at the discount code storehouse With more than 45,000 codes entered by people just like you, and links to coupons for popular stores like J. Crew and Victoria’s Secret, it’s hard to resist taking a few seconds to search for your store. Once you press the “Get Coupons” button, voila! Up pop all the available coupons for your store, complete with user comments and success rates.

Next time you buy online, finish your checkout by entering the code that has the highest rating or offers the best deal, and with any luck you’ll get 20 percent off your order, free shipping, a gift, or a range of offers previously kept secret.

And next time you get a discount code, return the favor by entering it on RetailMeNot. It’s not cheating—promise—and your new friends will thank you.

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Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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