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Old 06-06-2017, 03:55 PM
 
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For years I've heard that outlet stores don't really sell merchandise from their regular retail stores or catalogues. When I was into Talbots stuff I definitely saw that the outlet store had very different clothing that was ever seen in their stores or catalog. The Talbots label was sewn in, but that was the only thing it had in common with regular Talbots merchandise. Definitely lower quality fabrics.

A new Loft Outlet opened be me. At first when I walked in it seemed like a regular Loft store to me. But then I didn't recognize any of the clothes from their current or past offerings. And then I saw that every item had either "Loft Outlet" tags or printing on it! So obviously this stuff was never made for or sold in stores. It actually seemed very similar to stuff that would be sold, however. And I appreciate their integrity in acknowledging that this stuff was not true Loft clothing.

So where does the stuff that doesn't sell in a regular Loft store go? Why do stores put out other merchandise that isn't what they would normally sell? Guess they get it inexpensively and then make a profit?
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Old 06-06-2017, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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They still do sell out of season items in the outlets from the regular stores, but the mark downs are not always a low. Lots of stores do this. I know Coach does this. That is why sometimes it is better to wait for a cleareance sale in an high end department store or the actual store.
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:56 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I discovered this when I bought something at the Chico's Outlet and tried to exchange it at a regular Chico's store. They told me their merchandise is NOT the same. I used to think that Outlet stores just sold last season's fashions or any overstock they had in their regular stores but nope, whole different thing so I'm not sure why the Outlet stores near me are always packed. I also don't like that some stores seem to have an over abundance of a particular item, like instead of seeing one top in each size you will have 20 in extra small or extra large and none in medium. Ditto for shoes; I wear what was once an average size 7, these days it's getting harder and harder to find a size 7 in these outlet stores but if you wear a size 9 you are in luck.


However, in most cases I have better luck at the Chico's Outlet for some reason.
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Neiman Marcus has 2 kinds of outlets. One has stuff that would never ever be found in Neimans, and the other actually gets the store inventory. Be careful. I was really puzzled when I went to Neimans Outlet one day and saw Nine West. Then it all made sense.

Nordstrom is being really risky with their outlet. There are still many things from stores, but they have a lot of lines made just for the outlets. The sales are growing more in the outlets and the risk losing their premium store positioning.

Nordstrom has positive sales for Rack, negative for full line - Business Insider
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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For years I've known that Outlets are lousy for bargains except for the big sales. I didn't know that the manufacturers had special outlet clothing. Oh well.

I wear basically all designer brands, courtesy of TJ Maxx. Far better pricing and the items are not Outlet offerings.
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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For years I've known that Outlets are lousy for bargains except for the big sales. I didn't know that the manufacturers had special outlet clothing. Oh well.

I wear basically all designer brands, courtesy of TJ Maxx. Far better pricing and the items are not Outlet offerings.
I think you need to be selective with outlets. The bigger the company, the more likely outlet stuff is exclusive to outlet (looking at you Prada).

But I have also picked up some straight from the boutique deals in the outlets. And I find the boutique store outlets are an easier shopping experience than places like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls.

I don't get a ton of stuff from outlets. Mostly accessories. I find my size or things I like never make it to the outlet. I just hope for sales at full price stores.
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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For years I've known that Outlets are lousy for bargains except for the big sales. I didn't know that the manufacturers had special outlet clothing. Oh well.

I wear basically all designer brands, courtesy of TJ Maxx. Far better pricing and the items are not Outlet offerings.
TJ Maxx is an off price store as opposed to an outlet but has clothing manufacturered specifically for it just like outlets. It's not that it's not a brand name, but it's that brand made specifically for TJ Maxx, just like there are brands that are made specifically for Nordstrom Rack that aren't sold in the Nordstrom full line stores.

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We buy from all kinds of vendors: big brand names to boutique, designer labels, as well as up-and-coming labels and one-of-a-kind gems. We also have some merchandise manufactured for us to bring you exceptional fashion and quality at an amazing price. Our buyers choose many different colors, styles and fabrics so there are always lots of great choices for you.
how we do it - T.J.Maxx

There isn't enough merchandise out there for all of the outlets but consumers like them because they feel like they are getting good deals. So most of it is made specifically for the outlets/off-price stores.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:08 PM
 
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TJ Maxx works with manufacturers on clothes
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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SOME of TJ Maxx's offerings are made specifically for TJ Maxx, but not all.

Frankly, as a consumer, it doesn't really matter to me other than price and design. Thanks to a dramatic weight loss, I had to restock my wardrobe from scratch so I am mindful of price.

I like Calvin Klein very much, but I'm not willing to pay the MSRP price. I just flat out refuse to, not when there are off price retailers offering equally nice offerings by the same designer. I find outlet stores to largely be a waste of time for me, except for the big sales. Their selection is kinda limited and often savings is minimal.
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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SOME of TJ Maxx's offerings are made specifically for TJ Maxx, but not all.

Frankly, as a consumer, it doesn't really matter to me other than price and design. Thanks to a dramatic weight loss, I had to restock my wardrobe from scratch so I am mindful of price.

I like Calvin Klein very much, but I'm not willing to pay the MSRP price. I just flat out refuse to, not when there are off price retailers offering equally nice offerings by the same designer. I find outlet stores to largely be a waste of time for me, except for the big sales. Their selection is kinda limited and often savings is minimal.
I've gotten great Calvin Klein items at TJ Maxx, on super sale at Macy's and in their outlet. In my outlet mall that store is huge! And always has a good deal. Not as nice as the Macy's version, but still nice.
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