Your benefits when shopping at the Outlet Store
Years ago, a factory outlet was a store attached to a warehouse or factory that the manufacturer used to sell items that they had made too many of, or items that had a small flaw. The buyers would not use these at the conventional stores, so the manufacturers sold them themselves. In more recent years, manufacturers have created their own stores that sell these types of merchandise to the bargain hunting customer. Nowadays you can find entire malls full of factory stores so you can do all of your bargain shopping in the same place.
By selling in a mall instead of a stand alone store, this saves the manufacturer money, and that savings can be passed down to the consumer. This also helps the consumer because it eliminates the middleman, keeping prices even lower. These malls offer women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, shoes, sporting goods, kitchenware, bedding and linen outlets. Outlets offering women’s handbags are abundant at factory store malls. Toys, china, and even books are offered. You can find almost any item you want at a factory outlet mall.
Some outlets still offer overstocked items and seconds like in years past, but the current trend is for many manufacturers to offer a factory outfit line of clothing that is of a lesser quality but is still in their distinctive style. Be a savvy shopper and know what you are buying. An exclusive clothing line offered in an upscale department store is not going to be made for the factory store in exactly the same design, or the same quality materials. Pay attention to the stitching, the durability of the fabric, and the overall quality. Examine items like shoes and handbags well to be sure you are getting the quality workmanship and material you want.
Stores may still offer overstocks and seconds and these are usually at a better bargain. Pay attention to identifying the flaw in the item. Some manufacturers have such a high standard it may be something you cannot even see and will not affect the quality of the item. Other flaws may be apparent but is something that will not affect the quality. If it is a significant flaw, it may not even be worth the discounted price. Be informed and attentive to detail.
If you are interested in a particular manufacturer and want to make a trip to a local factory outlet mall, make a call to determine just what type of items they stock. Are they overstocks and seconds, or are they a cheaper line, perhaps not as well made as the items made for department or specialty stores. Decide which you are interested in and heed the ages old adage, ‘buyer beware’. Examine each item thoroughly and always try things on. Many factory outlets do not have a return policy so be positive this is the item you want before parting with your money. Outlet shopping is fun and you may be able to buy something extra special you otherwise you could not afford. Be a savvy buyer and enjoy the experience.