What's with these online shopping sites that require you to join to view their merchandise?

The only way I would have ever found these sites is that often I see their products pinned on Pinterest. But when I follow the link, it's like a private club -- you have to be a member to shop. It doesn't cost anything, it just makes me suspicious and annoyed. Has anyone used these sites and found them... show more The only way I would have ever found these sites is that often I see their products pinned on Pinterest. But when I follow the link, it's like a private club -- you have to be a member to shop. It doesn't cost anything, it just makes me suspicious and annoyed. Has anyone used these sites and found them to be consistently safe? And maybe you could explain the madness behind this method?
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