Outlet malls are a great option. They have great fashion and prices that are lower than the mall.
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They can also be a great way to save money on your favorite brands in these inflationary times.
It is important to note that the items you find in an outlet store may not be the same as those you would find at a mall.
According to a report by, this means that you might not always get the same merchandise in department stores. the Krazy Coupon Lady.
Heather Wheeler, cofounder of Krazy Coupon Lady shopping site, said that outlets no longer sell overstock items like they used to in the past, but rather more affordable versions of the company’s products.
“Outlet stores are great, but you have to know what you are doing before you go in,”She said. “It’s made just a little bit cheaper, and a little bit like a knockoff would be made.”
How to tell if it’s outlet merchandise
Wheeler said that although the merchandise isn’t always of inferior quality it might have fewer buttons, less sewing, and thinner material.
And a report in the Krazy Coupon LadyThis may make it easier for shoppers to spot telltale signs.
She explains that Banana Republic factory products have three small diamonds underneath the name on the tag.
“You’ll see that it has 3 diamonds, at GAP it has three squares, at J Crew you will see it has 2 diamonds. And so you just kind of have to look.”
She says that handbags are a different product than other products.
Kate Spade bags are usually marked with a square on the front that has a hollowed-out spade.
Wheeler recommends Coach bags: “F”In the serial number “made-for-outlet.”
Can’t remember? Wheeler’s tip is to do a quick online search.
“You can just Google before you head into the store. Ask it what does the ‘insert the store name,’ mean and then the factory or the outlet tag look like.”
We reached out to all companies mentioned in the Krazy Coupon Lady Report and received responses from only two.
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Banana Republic spokeswoman said that their factory stores and specialty products are available. “two separate business units with distinct strategies that ladder up under the Banana Republic brand.”
We were told by a Coach spokesperson: “our outlet stores are merchandised with a mix of products that our outlet customers are looking for.”
Keep in mind that while outlets can offer big savings, it is still a smart idea to inspect the quality before you purchase, so you don’t end up wasting your money.
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COACH FULL STATEMENT —
“Our outlet stores are merchandised with a mix of product that our outlet customers are looking for. This includes items that may have been transferred from retail stores, styles that may have previously been offered in retail stores and other channels, and items designed with our outlet customer in mind but which may also sell in channels other than just outlet stores. At our outlet stores we don’t differentiate between the source of our products, as each item, and its features, stands on its own.”
FULL STATEMENT FROM BANANA RESPUBLIC
“In September 2021, Banana Republic announced a bold reset for the brand with a commitment to elevate all product and bring new customers into the brand while serving existing customers in fresh and creative ways. While we are showing up in a more dynamic way as one brand across Banana Republic Specialty and Banana Republic Factory, these are two separate business units with distinct strategies that ladder up under the Banana Republic brand. Our Factory business designs and develops new high-quality lines each season for our customers.”
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