Shopping at outlets

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Around here we have several pretty large outlet centers. My favorite is in Vacaville that is less than an hour away from here.
    The trick at outlets is to know you prices. On a recent visit I got a Columbia jacket for $32. I know these jackets for for about $150. Columbia makes good stuff but it is not worth that much to me. However $32 is a good deal for a lightweight warm jacket.
    Some of the stores there are no bargain. Just because it is an outlet doesn't mean you are getting a good price. I can get Levis jeans locally for less than what they cost there.
    It is also good to watch for sales and use any other discount you can. I ask them about AAA discounts, if they say no I ask them about senior discounts. You can also get a coupon book at the center office if you show them your AAA card.
    I also know what I am looking for when I go there. I don't go just to shop for whatever. If I am not careful I can come home with stuff I don't really need. It has been a long time since that has happened.
    Of course there are also the local sales and bargain racks at local stores.
  2. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    ... and all the thrift stores on Valencia and Mission

    When I first got to the US I stocked my kitchen and closets from Thrift Town and Community Thrift.
  3. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    The book "Cheap: The high cost of low prices" has a whole chapter on outlet stores.


    1) products are frequently not equivalent.
    2) destination locations make for a psychology of overspending.
    3) Captive audience.

    In short, rarely the value you would be led to believe.

    P.S. Even though I never really enjoyed it as a kid, as an adult I miss three old Nut Tree.
  4. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I used to get all my clothes at Thriftown on Mission. Back in the late 70's I got a 1958 cruiser there for $13 it still had the old license stickers on it. I rode that bike everywhere.
  5. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    It's great we agree on something.
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    We have a few options around here. I know what you mean about knowing your prices. The wife and I usually find what we want online, check pricing, then hit the outlet to see what kind of deals we can scare up.

    That being said, I have scored some major good deals at the Coach outlet when getting gifts for my wife.

  7. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    I haven't really been impressed with the prices I've seen at outlets, perhaps for the reasons Unrepresented delineated. I do like the Levi's store, though, because while the jeans aren't much cheaper than you'd pay at JC Penney, you have your choice of pretty much every style, wash, and size.

    However, I am a total bargain shopper and I have found some killer deals at TJ Maxx and Ross. In the North East of the U.S., we have a small chain of overstock stores called Gabrielle Brothers that absolutely rock. I've also been hitting up Plato's Closet a lot for some good deals on jeans. I recently picked up a pair of 7 For All Man Kind for $30 and a pair of Diesels for $22. Score!
  8. There is a Levi's outlet near me, I like it.

  9. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Yep, TJMaxx is my go to. They have high end stuff for low budget prices, you just have to dig through it all a bit to find what you want. Although not an outlet, I'll never buy clothes at Target again. I've had more than one garment from there that I discovered either had holes in it that I didn't notice when I bought it, or it quickly developed them after I brought them home.
  10. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I agree. I would rather buy better made clothes at bargain rates then buy cheap clothes.
  11. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    On top of that, some retailers make some "outlet only" lines like Banana Republic, Express, JCrew, etc. Knowing your prices is key.

    For me, Nordstrom Rack is the place. All the size 14 shoes I could want and great clothes for business and the funky.
  12. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I was just at Nordstrom rack over the weekend. It looks like they raised their prices since the last time I was there. They used to have Lucky jeans for less than $40 now they are 90 something dollars. Other things seemed more expensive as well. I didn't look at shoes.
  13. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    ^^^ Well that sucks. Hoping I don't find the same deal in SD. We have two of them and they are always packed, but easy to find great stuff. I'd be bummed.
  14. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I get the senior discount on Wednesdays at Ross. :D
  15. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    If you have AAA insurance ask stores if they give AAA discounts. I have been surprised at how many do around here.
  16. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    I worked on some transformers in a substation in Vacaville. Does that get me a discount?
  17. T-birdfan


    Jan 29, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
    Bumblebee and Optimus Prime?
  18. I rarely by new clothes, so when I do I really don't mind paying full price if its something I really dig, but then again I'm not really buying over priced designer carp either.
  19. Large outlet chains, such as Tanger, never seem to have good deals. but I've found other Outlets that have amazing deals in every store.
  20. Hey, I worked as a seasonal sales associate at the Vacaville outlets over the Christmas period, specifically at Kenneth Coles.