These 4 tips will help you make sure that you’re saving as much money as possible when you go shopping at any outlet mall:
There Are Different Types of “Outlet Stores”
Outlet stores come in the three major varieties. You can quickly determine the quality and value they provide by knowing what type of store you’re walking into. Here’s how it breaks down.
-Actual Outlet Stores: True outlet locations provide the largest potential for savings.
-Factory Stores: These locations carry merchandise made specifically for them, not items that were originally stocked elsewhere. Buyer beware: Stitching and quality of the material is second rate and won’t last as long as you’d find in an original showroom.
-Retail Stores in Disguise: Many outlet locations are simply regular retail stores placed in outlet malls to take advantage of heavy foot traffic.
Find Outlet Coupons on Facebook
Most outlet stores won’t accept regular issue in-store coupons. They typically have to be labeled as “outlet” coupons and can often be hard to find. Instead, turn to Facebook. Search for the business page of the specific outlet location you’ll be visiting. For example, “Gap Outlet – Shasta Factory Outlet Mall”. Their page will keep you in the know of outlet specific coupons, many of which will only be valid at that specific location.
Shop the Nike Hash Wall and Negotiate
Nike factory stores carry a mixture of last season’s styles along with items made specifically for the outlet. You’ll save the most money on the back wall, termed the “Hash Wall”, at all Nike factory store locations. It’s where they stock all last of inventory shoes, as well as B-grade shoes. B-grade meaning shoes that may have a scuff mark on them or may have been returned after being worn once. These shoes are often sold at a slight discount, but you can get a better deal by approaching a sales associate and pointing out the flaw. Start by asking for an additional 20% off the asking price, and depending on the imperfection, you stand a great chance of getting it, or something close.
Save Your Shopping for Outlet-Friendly Holidays
Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend are the two best weekends of the year to find outlet deals on clothing and shoes. This is because both weekends correspond to the end of a fashion season. Because of this, outlet stores add items to the clearance section in droves and pass the savings along to you. It’s a great time to stock up on the cheap for the following year. The single best way to save is to shop a store-wide clearance sale and combine it with a coupon found on the outlet’s Facebook page.