Discontinued merchandise – All fashion items go through fashion season. Fall, summer, spring or winter there are cloths for all seasons. But as it turns out not every single item is sold during every season. Left over merchandise cannot be kept on the rack. So retailers pretty much rather get the rock bottom price for the garment without taking a total loss. So, they will send these garments to outlet shops that will mark the price down to pretty much the bottom price that is close to cost. This keeps the manufacturer from not taking a lost and allows for the normal customer to find a great deal.
Distressed merchandise – Do you know that the people that sow these clothing items together do actually make mistakes from time to time. I suspect that most people would if they make 50 to 100 pants per day. These items or mistakes are called distressed clothing. And outlet shops are full with this sort of stuff. This could be pants, shirts, coats anything that is manufactured. But don’t get pissed about this. These items are opportunities to save significant money. And some of the items are not that distressed. Some may just have a stitch that is going the wrong way. Or maybe the pants may say that their supposed to be 42 inches long but are irregular at 41 ½ inches long. Not such a biggy. But big names like Banana Republic will not put this distressed items on their main floor. That is a plus for you and me.
Last but not least are returned items – Now, these items don’t usually end up on the main flow. Occasionally they do. But some do make it to the outlet store. These items are sold to wholesaler, as bulk items are they are featured at other outlet stores. These items are brand new items that may just need another chance. This is just the opportunity that is needed for you and me.