What You’re Really Getting From Outlet Stores

Outlets aren’t what they used to be.

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FEATURING
Sapna Maheshwari
News Reporter, BuzzFeed
http://www.buzzfeed.com/sapna

Ilse Metchek
President, California Fashion Association
http://calfashion.org/

Colleen Tressler
Consumer Education Specialist, Federal Trade Commission
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/

STILLS
“Percentage of Stores That Are Outlets”
Courtesy of Ilse Metchek

VIDEO
KDVR, Fox31 Denver News Footage
http://kdvr.com/2014/11/20/can-you-tell-the-difference-between-clothing-from-an-outlet-store-versus-retail/

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SOURCES
http://www.businessinsider.com/outlet-stores-arent-a-good-deal-2014-5
http://www.racked.com/2014/10/8/7573957/outlet-mall-stores
http://www.buzzfeed.com/sapna/customers-finally-aware-that-most-outlet-merchandise-is-now#.xfdoKnqrM
http://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/sens-and-rep-to-ftc-outlet-stores-may-be-misleading-consumers
http://www.racked.com/2014/8/20/7580389/gap-banana-republic-outlet-lawsuit
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/gap-and-banana-republic-sued-over-outlet-store-offerings-081914.html
http://www.bbb.org/blog/2014/04/do-you-know-what-you-are-buying-at-factory-outlet-malls/
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/outlet-shopping-getting-your-moneys-worth
http://jezebel.com/your-j-crew-outlet-clothes-arent-discounted-theyre-jus-1577059280
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/16/outlet-shopping-stores-knock-offs-_n_5336790.html

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Comments

Zoey goldworthy says:

Just gonna be honest, god this is boring lol. But the guy is cute so I’m gonna give it a thumbs up. Loll

toyamwarr says:

I know coach sells items from last season that didn’t sell in their full price store as well as items that are exclusive to the outlets store. A shopper can tell the difference when buying a handbag. If it comes with a dust bag, it’s a discounted full price handbag. If it doesn’t, it’s a bag that was made specially for their outlet stores.

Calvin Wong says:

So the Asian tourist group are not really getting the best products.

rian x says:

I thought this was common sense ?

Lordland says:

lol who didn’t knew this

ImAPerson says:

I thought this was a given… However, there are rare moments when you find really good deals. So rare though. Last time I found one was in 2015ish.

Thessarabian says:

What about the “closeout” places like Ross & TJ Maxx? Are they also selling the made-for-outlet clothing, or is it really from the main store?

Spooky Skeleton says:

i still like outlets

Sara says:

CITADEL OUTLET ITS AMAZING GO THERE WHEN YOU GO TO LA !!!!( I live in la so….)

Saltiest Walrus says:

yeah, my dad told me a while back what an Outlet store really was. I still don’t really mind tbh, as the goods I buy last as long as the Retail goods usually.

Emily Eastman says:

Gap has regular retail stores? wow I love living in a place where all we have are several outlets

Cobalt says:

Are the stores you see in malls considered outlets? How can you tell between retail vs and outlet?

Steven Toro says:

During college I worked at banana republic factory store. The stuff at my store versus stuff in the retail store were nowhere near the same. If you have stuff from the factory store, there are 2 little stars under the banana republic label. That means it was made specifically for the factory store. We never sold anything from the regular store.

F. Reyes says:

outlet shopping is CHEAP!

Narwhal nation says:

0.30 did this guy just cite buzzfeed as his source for a buzzfeed video. lol

Rock. Paper. Glam. says:

this was really interesting to watch

Jameetaye says:

if you shop at GAP that’s an L

Potting Soil says:

buzzfeed using buzzfeed as a source. I love it.

Alex Aydin says:

I’m citing myself for my next paper

akaJacob says:

I don’t buy from outlets because they are “cheaper,” I buy from outlets cause I have two ten minutes away from my house and they’re practically the same as a regular mall to the average consumer.

John Carey says:

one thing to look out for is that they won’t list an SMTP but a “Compare at” price like at Banana Republic.

SirMeme says:

well let’s see some bootlegged yezzies. oh wait…

Clucker Chicken Cluckers says:

All of the stuff I got at Nordstrom rack was good quality

Michaela Leach says:

Shopping at outlets doesn’t always mean you’re getting a lesser product. I work at an outlet and the products we sell are simply overflow from our big retailers. The product tends to be “last season” but it’s the exact same quality that you’d see at our full retail stores. If you’re willing to wear something older for almost half the cost it’s worth it.Some outlets do sell lesser quality items like things that weren’t dyed or stitched correctly but it’s usually pretty obvious or the associates will tell you what you’re getting.

Fred Jackson says:

“Unknowingly buying lower quality products”. What that basically translates too is, “you’ve got the name brand you so desired but it’s not great quality – not that you’ll notice it” and that can be furthered too “who cares?”

Rich Luna says:

I bet he gets all his clothes from outlet stores.

Valeria Sanchez says:

what about the price? is it cheaper or not?

Julia Roberts says:

I work at an Outlet. The clothing sucks. It’s all lower quality and reduced because most likely, it’s irregular. But people buy it anyway because they just HAVE to have two season old “Designers”

_ KIXR _ says:

Citadel outlets lol

Derp Cranberry says:

I NEED HIS IG

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