Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Some Things You Need to Know about Outlet Malls

It used to be a rare treat to go to an outlet mall, back when you could really get good deals, but now, they're all over the place!  My daughter and I went to Tanger Outlets which are about a half hour from us.  We had so much fun shopping (she is home for spring break), but there are some things to know about outlet malls.

1.  Outlet stores (also called Factory Stores) used to be near the factories where the merchandise was made, and most of the inventory was made up "irregulars."  The percentage of irregular merchandise that you would find now is only 1-5%.
2.  Now, the things you can get at lower prices, instead of irregulars, are manufactured intentionally with lower grade materials for the outlet store; they would never put in their regular store at the mall (such as Coach), so you need to know what you're getting if you want to save some money.  It's not going to be the same quality that you would get at the mall, but if you're okay with that, then go for it!
3.  If you see a drastic was/is price difference, that is just "retail theatrics!"  Was 200, Is 18.  Yeah, right.
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4.  Head to the far corners of the stores for the really good deals and clearance merchandise.
5.  Outlet malls are much less crowded during the day when most people are at work.
6.  Since factory seconds make up much less of the inventory as they did previously, they have more sales than their department store counterparts.  Sign up for their email lists so you will know when the sales are.

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7.  90% of the merchandise in outlet stores has never been on the rack in the mall department store of the same name.
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8.  Tanger Outlets have digital deals you can have sent to your phone.  They also have the Tanger Club where customers can earn rewards.
9.  Factories began selling their overstooked goods in "outlet stores" in the 1930's.
10.  There are over 13,000 outlet malls in the United States.
11.  The Travel Channel compiled a list of the best outlet shopping centers to visit.
12.  I have been to one of the outlet malls that made Travel Channel's list - the one in San Marcos.
13.  The biggest outlet mall in the United States (which has been open since 1963) is King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with 2,793,200 square feet .  

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  1. interesting facts cannot remember being to any lately or malls for that matter - drying up in Fla

  2. As you say, Outlet Malls used to be a good bargain. We have one about half an hour from us, and a Tanger about an hour away. I don't consider either one worth the drive. :-\ My T13

  3. Myrtle Beach, where we used to vacation, had several Tanger Outlet malls and we enjoyed them. The nearest one to me now is in a 2.5 hour drive. We went to it when it first opened, which was about four years ago, but haven't returned. I didn't know there was a Tanger club, that is good to know.

  4. We've never found the prices to be much cheaper at outlets malls.


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