How to Prepare for the Brooks Brothers Corporate Members Sale
Brooks Brothers is holding a Corporate Members’ sale next Thursday, March 20th, discounting most regular-price merchandise by 30%. They’ve held a few of these over the past year—more than usual—and in many ways they’ve become the best all-around time to buy from Brooks Brothers. While sale merchandise can be had at an even deeper discount, the sale section is stymied by decreased inventory, with many common sizes sold out. And while there are occasional 40% off discounts on select merchandise (such as the Filson sale back in December), those are much harder to predict.
And that’s the key with the Corporate Member sales: they’re announced in advance, which means you can plan for them. They often offer the best discounts anywhere for brands Brooks Brothers collaborates with, such as Allen Edmonds, Red Wing, and Filson. Even better, lately they’ve included rarely-discounted merchandise, such as shell cordovan and Edward Green shoes.
Some specific tips, roughly in descending order of impact:
- Sign up for a Corporate Membership account, if you haven’t already. You’ll need it to get the 30% discount. It’s free, it’s not a credit card (so no credit check), and it’s good for 15% off Brooks Brothers merchandise year-round.
- If you plan to shop in store, visit this weekend and get to know a sales associate. Besides offering stellar and friendly service (see my story here), Brooks Brothers sales associates will usually be more than happy to layaway merchandise so you can buy it at a discount on the day of the sale. If it’s not in stock at the store, they’ll even track it down for you if it’s available elsewhere in the country.
- If you have an American Express card, sign up for a free Shoprunner account. Shoprunner is like Amazon Prime, offering free 2-day shipping and free returns at Brooks Brothers and a number of other stores. An account is normally $79 annually—I’m not sure how long AmEx card members get it for free, so sign up while you still can.
- If you plan to shop online, sign up for eBates. As a member, you’ll get a check for 2.5% cashback just for starting your visit to brooksbrothers.com from the eBates website. You can sign up for eBates through my referral code here.
- Check your credit card’s reward program to see if they offer Brooks Brothers gift cards in exchange for points. On a related note, I’ve got a $100 gift card coming my way. Boo-yah.
- Check the secondary market for unwanted gift cards. I usually check Gift Card Granny, but I haven’t done this often, so I’m not sure if there are better sites out there.
To be perfectly honest, for this sale it’s probably too late for you to take advantage of #4 and #5—I meant to get this post out earlier in the week but, you know: life. In fact, the gift card that I ordered may not even make it to me before the sale ends.
But I always forget to get gift cards in time for sales, so this is as much a reminder for me as it is a primer for many of you. And at least I’ll be ready for the next sale.