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The Shophound has come up with a pretty solid J.Crew sample sale strategy: He says he doesn't bother, since "their in-store sales are so good." His advice: Wait for the "take 30% off already reduced sale prices" email, and says, "Usually this offer, which happens periodically and lasts for four or five days, brings you to about a 50% discount off of the retail price. Of course, if you can catch it on a re-reduction, which is pretty often, you wind up with about a 70% to 80% discount." So if lines aren't your thing, there's option #2. [The Shophound]