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"Members only" sample sale sites like,, and can get you 70 to 80 percent off anything from a pair of chic Tory Burch flats to a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. (O readers can get immediate membership at Rue La La by going to You can also join any of the sites by logging on to request membership.) When your favorite designer brand hits the online sale rack, try this trick: Scroll down to the bottom of the listed items (or click ahead to the last page) and work your way back. Most people will start at the top, so this can increase your chance of getting first dibs on some items.