Finding a good sample sale is has to be like hunting prey in the wild. It's illusive, secretive, and gone in a flash. You have to keep your ear to the ground and be willing to hit the pavement at a moment's notice, but once you've found one and saved bundles on that designer purchase, you leave feeling like a mighty lioness ruler of all she surveys. Okay i might be taking it a little far, but there's something crazy thrilling about sample sales.
Online shopping community ideeli, packages that excite and sends it to your inbox daily. The online sample sale site has been up and running since 2007, hawking designer wares in limited-time sales to fiscally-minded fashionistas. A members-only site, you have to receive an invite to play in this arena of shopping champions. And while it may seem counterproductive to have a closed community of shoppers, it seems to be paying off. According to TechCrunch, ideeli has just raised 20 million in funding to keep their members decked out in the exclusive fashions we love so well.
In addition to the big payday, ideeli has also reached the million member mark. Kudos, to ideeli and sites like it that realize that just because we're living in a recession doesn't mean wie have to dress like it.Id
Yahoo! calls it the Ad Interest Manager, but at its heart it's a new tool for managing your privacy online. And it's very easy to use.
Here's how the Associated Press's Joelle Tessler describes the Ad Interest Manager, now in beta:
The new tool allows consumers to see a summary of their online activities, including a list of the Web pages they visit and online services they use, such as e-mail and personal finance channels. It also lists a consumer's areas of interest, with categories such as consumer packaged goods, debt consolidation and automotive.
Consumers can modify their preferences and decline particular types of targeted pitches. It also lets consumers turn off targeted advertising altogether with the click of a bright yellow "Opt Out" link.
Users won't be rejecting ads altogether, though; at most, behaviorally targeted ads would be replaced with others that aren't tied to personal surfing habits.
Yahoo! politely points out on the site that its services are free because they are supported by ads. That is indeed something to think about. I am a daily user of the My Yahoo feed reader and have been ever since Yahoo! launched it many years ago. So I felt a little guilty when I clicked on "Opt Out."
But apparently not guilty enough. It's not only that I'd like to avoid an ad barrage. I'm uncomfortable with the idea that my searches might be on record and that Yahoo! knows where I live and a whole bunch of other stuff. Of course, so does Google--and probably many (most? all?) of the sites I visit too.
Well, it's a start. Thanks, Yahoo!