The One Thing You Should Know Before Shopping At Outlets

February 24, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
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When you want to score the best deals, where do you go? If your answer is the outlet mall, there’s something you should know before deciding whether the trip is worth it or not.

First of all–it’s always such a big ordeal to go to the outlets. They’re never close by–ever. It seems like no matter where you live, you have to drive a minimum of one hour.

Most people who make the trip all the way to outlets do so because they expect to score some major deals. They want a $300 designer sweater for $80–or less. They want to see big red slashes on the price tag. They want to score designer labels for not designer prices.

It’s champagne taste on a beer budget–and we get that. But unfortunately, expectations don’t always meet reality at outlets. And here’s why:

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And the answer is deceptive pricing.

A recent lawsuit dealing with the Ann Taylor Company outlet stores ruled that the retailer misled customers about the quality and price of its outlet store merchandise. And the sad part is that they are not the first or last store to follow this practice with their outlets.
You should adjust your expectations right now--the merchandise at the outlets was *never* meant to be sold for full price in the brand's retail stores. Perception is everything--and the reality is that you're not getting *as* good of a deal as you think.


While the products in outlets were still made by your favorite brands, they made it specifically for outlet stores. Meaning that designer sweater you think was a steal was never meant to be sold for the full price of $300. This makes many customers feel deceived by the cheap designer merchandise.

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Now, we're not saying you should forgo outlet shopping altogether, it's just something to keep in mind. However, we can recommend a few great stores to shop at where you can score real designer merch for a great price.

1) Nordstrom Rack -- The fashion retailer is owned by Nordstrom but features older designer styles that you can get a great deal on.

2) Saks Off Fifth -- The premium department store, owned by Saks Fifth Avenue, can get you up to 70% designer apparel.

3) T.J.Maxx -- The department store chain sells merchandise at prices generally lower than other competing major stores making them a one-stop shop for everything you're looking for.  

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