Luxury goods, 90% off

As department stores struggle and independent boutiques call it quits, high-end sample sale Web sites are enjoying a surge in popularity.

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Gilt Groupe
Gilt Groupe

What it offers: 24-hour 70%-off sales start each day at noon. The site earns more than 60% of its daily revenue within the first hour.

Who's selling: Some 300 brands, including Thakoon, Gryphon, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Background: Founded in 2007 by Alexis Maybank (former business development director of e-commerce at AOL) and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (formerly oversaw retail operations for Bulgari North America)

Like most of these sites, Gilt is invitation-only, but if you're savvy enough to e-mail customer service, you're cool enough to join the club.

Members: 1 million

2008 revenues: $10 million

Projected 2009 revenues: $100 million-plus

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