Guide to Shopping at the Outlet

Get up early

Most outlet stores stock up in the morning and have the biggest selection after they opened their doors. Also a better variety or more sizes will be available. Another advantage will be – you are avoiding the crowds, especially around the holidays. To get the best deals, you should go after regular retail stores get their new seasonal merchandise and need to get rid of last season’s stuff. Timing is key, when it comes to outlet shopping.

Check for coupons

Once you arrive at the mall check if there is any coupons available. Some outlet centers charge $5 or $10 but it may be well worth it as it can maximize your savings, especially when you shop for the whole family. Many have you sign up for a “VIP Club” and you will get a free coupon book.

Always check the label

Some items in outlet stores are of lesser quality, have minor faults or may have been made exclusively for outlet stores. These will not be the same products you will get in the high street stores. For example, more than 50% of products sold in the “Saks off 5th” are made exclusively for the Saks outlet stores.

Only buy what you need!

Don’t get carried away by the incentives to buy in bulk, like “Buy 2 get the 3rd item half price”. Only buy what you were planning on. Otherwise you may get carried away easily and spend much more than you hoped for.

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