7 smart purchases at outlet malls

The products at outlet malls and company stores don’t always deliver the same quality at a lower price. Here are items and name brands offering top values.

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Mar 7, 2013 8:16PM
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Today's Outlet Malls are a joke.  In the late 70's/early 80's there were a few "true" outlet stores where you could always get decent stuff at deep discounts.  Now it's just another chain store business.  Not worth your time.
Mar 7, 2013 8:56PM
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I agree today's outlet malls are nothing but low quality goods that try to make you feel like you are getting a discount.  Really no value there at all.
Mar 7, 2013 8:05PM
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Click like if you came for smart purchases but stayed for the bikini
Mar 8, 2013 12:52AM
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I have never found a great deal at an outlet store. Maybe back in the seventies, but rent is just to high now adays at these places and I don't find any value. I order off the internet, get free shipping on good quality stuff and that gives me my best value.
Mar 8, 2013 2:56AM
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The Nike store is a good one, the Oakley store is a cool one, got a pair of Oakley whiskers for 80 bucks just because the iridium lenses were being discontinued....   these are 300 bucks normally.

Sometimes it is a good deal, sometimes it is not.

Just like everything else in life.

Mar 7, 2013 10:52PM
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Nope...discount malls are not my cup of tea. I'd rather shop at the local thrift store.
Mar 8, 2013 11:23AM
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Outlets are definitely not what they appear to be. From what I have experienced, many of the merchandise are older models that weren't popular and didn't sell well in the full retail stores, with just a slight discount. Unfortunately, the nicer merchandise aren't discounted at all. And the items that appear to be a great bargain, are just cheaper quality goods made for the outlets. Don't get me wrong though. There are those "diamond in rough" out there. You just have to know what to look out for. Despite what people may say about them, positive or negative, there is still a market out there for outlets. I live in Orlando, Florida, which some might call the tourist capital of the world. Orlando is scattered with these outlet malls. International tourists flock to these stores because these merchandise is scarce in their native home, and can be considered a luxury to have.
Mar 8, 2013 12:29PM
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If you really need a Coach Bag or Oakley Sunglasses and don't want to pay full price then go for it. Personally, I would not pay $80 for a pair of Oakley's. I'll stay with my $20 Foster Grants, they are just as good and a lot less expensive. Outlet malls used to be the place to go to get quality items cheaper and they were maybe a month out, but any more they are just selling already over priced goods cheaper than the regular retail stores. Discounted? Yes! A bargain? No!  Who the hell needs a $500 suitcase even if it is marked down to $300?
Mar 8, 2013 1:20PM
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Designer outlets are a joke, waste of time and money; overpriced-discounted items of inferior quality (yes, an oxymoron, i know). The only outlets that are worth anything is: Bloomingdales Outlet Store, Bose, Oakley, Williams-Sanoma and Rockport .

 

Off price retailers really are the way to go if you are looking for high end designers at a discount price (Tj Maxx, Ross, Burlington, Marshalls, Stein Mart); they carry designer fashions that are actually for sale in retail outlets. Also, the internet is great place for savings as others have stated in this thread.

Mar 8, 2013 12:34PM
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I used to stop when traveling but not anymore.  Inferior product, made specifically to be sold at a "discount".  No thanks!  You get what you pay for. 

Mar 8, 2013 10:39AM
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Outlets ceased to be bargains, when designers made products, specifically for their outlet stores. I have found, recently, that I do better on the internet, going to the designer's site and buying their "on sale" items. I looked at Stella McCartney, and whoa! the deep discounts. Check out the Ralph Lauren site also. Most of my friends now shop this way. You don't always get what you want but my daughter got a pair of Ralph Lauren Black Lable shoes that were sold for $650.00, for $197.00 and free shipping!
Mar 12, 2013 5:47PM
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My last trip to my local outlet mall bought me armani jean for 49 bucks, and a bose t-shirt for 30 bucks. You can't beat that! Please stop whining about. 
Mar 8, 2013 3:30PM
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I agree with Joey.  Today's outlet malls are a joke!  I went into the VF Factory Outlet in Draper UT on August 3, 2010 (it was 103 degrees outside!) and asked the 7 giggly teenage girls "working"  in the front where I could find the shorts.  They all began laughing and pointing at me.  Aparently I could buy all manner of winter clothing, but not shorts in the middle of the summer. 
Mar 8, 2013 3:21PM
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I don't buy designer anything.  The outlet malls sell the "irregular" merchandise from the manufacturer.  There is something wrong with everything.  You may have to look hard to find it, but it's there.  That's not saying you shouldn't buy it, but don't expect a big bargain.
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