Gilt City lets you pamper yourself, at a discount

Oct 3, 2010
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If you enjoy the finer things in life, but prefer to pay a bargain (or relatively less expensive) price, then download the Gilt City iPhone app. But don’t expect much in the way of options. The app maintains a (very short) running list of discounted products and services, and makes them available for purchase at […]

If you enjoy the finer things in life, but prefer to pay a bargain (or relatively less expensive) price, then download the Gilt City iPhone app. But don’t expect much in the way of options.

The app maintains a (very short) running list of discounted products and services, and makes them available for purchase at a simple packaged price right on your iPhone.

Currently, Gilt City is limited to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco, although promises to add new cities regularly. I selected my hometown, L.A., and was presented with six luxury package for my choosing.

The first was dinner with wine for four at a swanky Hollywood eatery. The price tag was $340, which might be appropriate for a once-a-year splurge, but still pricey for your average night out. Other luxury-at-discounted-prices packages included spa treatments, stylist service to rebuild your wardrobe, yoga and cosmetic dentistry.

The products and services provided seem a bit limited, so I checked out the Miami list (three deals), the Chicago list (three deals) and the Boston list (three deals), all offering similar things. So unless you want to pay hundreds of dollars for dinner, and then get your teeth whitened, you probably should search for your deals elsewhere.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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