Originally posted by easydoesit
By the way, all these outlet malls all over -- a candid employee of those stores will admit that they are just another store -- not cheaper at all. Some careful shopping will prove that. Merchandisers know very well that we are just a bunch of pigeons walking around.
Another point to consider is that a lot
of the merchandise at "Factory Outlet" stores is made solely for the outlets. Some that come to mind are Nautica, Brooks Brothers, and Saks 5th Avenue.
While some of the clothing on sale at these outlets is really overstock merchandise diverted from regular stores, much of the clothing is made to be cheaper from the start and is not really marked down. So, this "designer" clothing is frequently made of cheap fabric that does not stand up anywhere near as well as the "real" merchandise from those makers.
I can tell you this from experience, based on how poorly some outlet-purchased clothing from the above named-merchants fit and how poorly it aged. Sometimes, bargains are not really bargains.
Another point to ponder if one goes to "dollar stores" is that most of their cleaning products and toiletries are made just for those stores. So, instead of getting a full-strength cleaner, like Fantastik
for instance, you get a very weak, very poorly performing knock-off (the brand is "Fabulous", for those who can't discriminate between that name and Fantastik
) that does such a poor job that it is not
a bargain, despite the low price. And, as to the toiletries and "health & beauty" items, most of them are made in China. Need I say more?