Oh i think they're doing this instore also. "sales ends in Store," meaning they have it in store also. I just recheked my email and the asteriks says:
Selected merchandise only. Not all departments included in this sale. This sale represents percentage off original prices. Intermediate markdowns may have occurred. No adjustments to prior purchases. Excludes Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores. Excludes some leased departments, cosmetics, fragrances and fine jewelry. Sale ends in stores on November 23, 2007 and at saks.com, sale will end on November 23, 2007 at 11:59 pm (ET). Sale prices at saks.com already reflect reductions.
in my personal experience, Saks is the best of the retailers. they never send returned or manhandled merchandise (cough cough....Neiman) and their shipping (even when ground and regular) gets to my apt. faster than orders placed on Neiman or Nordstrom on the same day!
^^ i agree saks is the best. they usually use some form of expedited shipping instead of standard ground. i have to say though their thanksgiving sale is not as good as last year. last year was 30-40% or something off of clearance prices? i know i got a ton of things for < 50% last yr and this yr is just not the case.