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Get affordable luxury with these Android flash sale apps

by Kristen Nicole

Everyone loves a good deal. And the excitement of modern flash sales makes a good deal all the more glorious. Some of the top flash sales and discount shopping sites have taken to the Android Market, sending you alerts and massive discounts on a daily basis. The thrill of getting a new deal every day is addictive for a shopper, and there’s nothing more enticing than a discount on luxury items.

Gilt (Free)

Get daily alerts for this members-only flash sales site, never missing a deal just because you’re not at your computer when 10 a.m. rolls around. Discounts are deep on Gilt, saving you up to 70 percent on luxury retail items for women, men, children, home and even the kitchen and getaway vacations. One of the premier flash sales sites, Gilt was an early Android supporter, making its mark on the mobile world just as it did on the web.

Rue La La - Shop All Day (Free)

Rue La La is another members-only flash sales service, gaining in popularity over the past year. Looking to Android to broaden access to its online shop, Rue La La sends you daily alerts for upcoming sales. The app is nicely organized around its “boutiques,” previews for upcoming sales and your account, including your shopping cart. Items can be shared with friends, and you can also set up reminders for upcoming boutique sales to ensure you always get there first.

DailyCandy Stylish Alerts (Free)

DailyCandy started out as a quirky email newsletter that shared interesting shops and services across the web. Having grown to include more physical locations and events, the DailyCandy Stylish Alerts app is where the mobile age meets the real world. Flash sales (or designer sales) do still exist in brick-and-mortar locations, and you’ll get the scoop for nearby New York City events with DailyCandy. The free Android app consists of a regularly updated alerts inbox, which details worthy events, stores and services to enhance your chic, urban lifestyle. - Shopping App (Free) (now just has come a long way since launching a website several years ago, and with an Android app in tow, there’s no stopping this discount sales portal. To make the mobile app worth your while, it comes with an exclusive feature called Lott-O-Discounts. It mimics a lottery ticket scratch-off that reveals an extra perk for using the app, such as free shipping or an additional 10 percent off your purchase. But just like private shopper sales, Lott-O-Discounts are only good for a limited time.

HSN Phone Shop App (Free)

The Home Shopping Network is much like the early version of web-based flash sales, so if you’re feeling nostalgic about the cable shopping channel that never sleeps, the HSN Shop App is just for you. With this Android app you can watch live or previously aired HSN sales, purchasing items with the click of a button. If you’d rather go straight to the shops, you can also browse by brand. Save items for later purchase, manage your account and never miss a good sale again.