Net-A-Porter Launches iPhone App, Your Bank Account Sighs

The economy might still be in the crapper, but that hasn’t stopped luxury retailers from trying to lure shoppers through less traditional means. Recently, Christie’s launched an app to let users browse million-dollar works of art for sale. And now the latest to join the mobile shopping world is Net-a-porter.com, the site full of drool-worthy designer items, some of which cost more than our yearly salaries. Called Net-App, it allows iPhone users to view new additions and make purchases. While that aspect of the application is pretty straightforward, there’s also a neat tool included called ClosetFlow, which allows you to zoom in on images, and flip your phone to see the item from different angles. But is this a good or a bad thing?
It may be too soon for an application like this to succeed, however. After all, the idea of purchasing a $500 dress from your phone does seem a bit alien. However, considering technological advances in Japan allow some people to pay for purchases at a checkout with their cell phone, it’s only a matter of time before the technology catches on over here. For now, we’d probably use ClosetFlow to show friends things we were thinking of purchasing.

What do you think? What’s the max amount of money you would feel comfortable spending from your iPhone? [NY Times]

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