Originally broadcast January 8, 2016
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What about Nike outlet stores? I found a shoe at the outlet, that's been sold in retail stores for more. That means the materials are differents? Damn I am confused. Children's place do have hearts in the label on the clothes sold in the outlets, and you can't return the clothes bought at an outlet in any retail stores.
the exception to this is lulu lemon. a lot of the stuff at outlet stores are just old collections, patterns that not a lot of people want to wear, larger sizes, and collaborations with other brands that not too many people care about
I do not understand where these people are shopping . or what there buying that brings them to these conclusions...... I save money Outlet store shopping. I buy all my work clothes at a factory store outlet. brand new work uniforms are at least 1/3 cheaper than a regular discount store . if my size is in the minor defect section i can save 3/4 compared to regular department store prices.
There are no "cut corners" ,the clothes are the same, for me pants last about a year and shirts about two. before the holes get too big to wear. the video was mostly about woman's clothes, so it might only apply to them, I don't know i don't have a woman in my life to ask.
I am very glad to have a discount outlet near where i live. I do not feel "ripped off "at all. I do know for a fact that i save at least $200.00 a year on clothes.
Now if i can only find somewhere that sells work boots at a discount i would be all set.
I was wondering what about the brand name goods that are sold on Amazon or at TJ Maxx at marked down prices? Are they retail versions or outlet versions? (I am obviously not referring to the knock-offs in this case)
From reading comments and my own observations I see that most of the people shop outlets, because they assume they can't afford regular retail prices. They go straight to the outlet, thinking a boutique is not for them. But guess what: as this gentleman in NY said: offer you get a better deal at a regular retailer. Every store has some seasonal sales, promotions, etc. It is better to wait and get I nice item at discounted price over there, which will be better quality, nicely wrapped, and the whole shopping experience will be so much better and more pleasant. It will make you feel you are really buying a luxury item, not just something off the rack. Don't buy too many items at outlets. You probably don't really need them. Buy less, but better quality. And treat yourself from time to time to a nice retailer during the sales season. You will get so much better products, better customer service and you will probably get it cheaper that in an outlet.
LOVED those clogs in the 70s show montage!
The earth shoe thing was interesting, because my husband's friend had a colleague that he referred to as 'Professer Earth Shoes', & I never knew what that meant.
Regarding Winners, TJ Maxx, etc., “they” (the buyers who went into the sellers companies and purchased their “old” inventory for pennies on the dollar and the sales team who created the “new” prices for Winners, TJ Maxx, etc.,) knew exactly what they were doing, how to do it, and why they were doing it! It’s their job!! Plus all the perks and bonuses for being able to produce huge gains for the small initial investment is always a nice twist to the daily activities of that corporate structure/strategy!! Glad to hear that people in the States are finally holding them accountable.
Watches are another item that are often marked up, then discounted to actual retail. Just don't let the major Swiss manufacturers hear about it...they will pull the selling contracts from those retailers. Had an outlet trying to sell a Hamilton Khaki for $1,000 when in fact it was $399, of course they had a 60% off sale :P
It very easy, now those companies are making their own counterfeits instead of other people from China. Louis Vuitton can do the same; make your own legal counterfeit and sell it for cheap and get all the profits!
I have noticed the quality of products have since downgraded before outlet stores where thee big thing. I remember I bought a Kenneth Cole Watch that had a sapphire crystal face. It means that its man made but when you work at the jewelry industry which i have, its a steal. I didn't know at the time but when i banged it, on accident, i noticed no scratch. When I looked for dress shoes, such as Oxford Cap toe dress shoes leather upper I found them easily. Both products from Nordstrom Rack, 6-7 years later. None of their watches offer the same quality I bought years ago. Leather Upper shoes can't be found neither can I find all leather shoes except if i went to the retail store. Strangely Nordstrom Rack may sell the same pair of shoes and for the same price. Difference, guarantee. Rack: 45 days, Retail: no definite date available.
The big exception is skincare, makeup and fragrance at winners. The Nautice cologne was an example but there is a lot of expensive make up at winners that you can usually only find at Sephora or a department store and the "compare at" price is the same as the Sephora price. Everything else is either outlet quality or damaged.
They had the « experts » come in but kept the price tags for them to judge which is outlet and retail. Obviously the cheaper one is outlet. Dead giveaway. Like to see them judge without the price tags.
I get most of my clothes at thrift stores and I also sell on Poshmark high end quality items . I never feel ripped off with thrift stores prices especially when you can buy tieks for $3.99 and resell for $160 or buy lululemon for $8 and sell for $60 it’s a win win fun game to play ! It’s called flipping and also getting a sales high at the same time !
is you want 80 dollars pants, then you buy 80 dollars pants. easy
those compare at 80 or whatever are old marketing techniques targeted to people that want to feel like they buy high end. but we all know is lies.
ok,,, I have figured out one thing that people might not know,,, in the Old days,,,, there really Were 'real' items at the outlets. and alot were 'out of season',,, or one odd item on marked down. So, it really Was from retail stores,,and right to the outlets to sell off the extra. That is why some people think it's obvious. The younger people. And other's are older and remember real items being at outlets.
I always know about this because the quality is 100% different. GAP, Banana Republic, J. Crew. ALL of them. You get what you pay for so its up to the consumer. You pay more and take care of your stuff it will last .
Winner is owned by TJX Companies. I shop exclusively at TJMaxx.com. I don’t buy items not on sale unless I know I can’t wait until they are on sale. I often buy items between $3 to $7, cheaper than 2nd hand items from Goodwill. Most shoes I pay $10 to $30. The products are not made for outlet quality, mostly surplus items or items slated to be on sale. I always find the same items selling for much more at Nordstrom Rack and Macy’s. I never look at regular retail price but rely on my experience to know if it was a good deal or not.
I have noticed the quality differences like 15 or 20 years ago comparing retail and outlet stores on the same retails mentioned in this video. I’d rather buy sales items from the regular retailer than outlets. As a result I haven’t shopped at outlets for 15/20 years. One exception is Urban Outfitter Surplus stores. They carry overstocked items or items not moved by their allotted time. Currently you can’t return surplus items at regular UO stores.
Coach is the worst outlet offender. Once in a while you will find a legit deal, aka something there marked down from the legit retail store, but most Coach purses at the outlet are lower quality knock offs made by the same company. They need to let people know they aren’t getting a deal
We all know it’s not the same as the retail version but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad buy. You could get a Tommy Hilfiger outlet sweater for the same price and an H&M sweater. If you’re comparing it to a cheap brand, it’s nicer and fits the look you’re going for
I love outlets. I live literally a mile from a giant one in California. I am there a good 3 times a week. I knew much of what was in this report already from experience, and I think people should not turn away from designer outlet stores because the quality is less; the price is also substantially lower. The quality is still there, and often times you can find items they sell in the retail store in the outlet store. Outlet designs are also cute, and you may even prefer an outlet design over a retail version. The stores are also upfront about what is an outlet design...it isn't a big secret like this video makes it out to be.
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