The outlet shopping malls provide a unique experience of being able to shop your favorite brands at discounted pricing in a beautiful outdoor environment. Many of the outlets have places to eat and relax too or possibly see a movie like the AMC at the Orange Outlets. On each of the outlet mall’s websites you might see some factory stores listed such as the Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Guess Factory etc. These stores most likely carry items specifically made to be sold in their stores and are not directly sourced from the main company retail stores. Therefore, the styles you may see may be similar but will not be the same.
When shopping at an outlet or factory store pay attention to the details in quality and pricing. Items that are made to be sold already at a discounted price and that never hit the main retail stores might lack the same quality you expect. However, many of the items that you will find will be a nice addition to your wardrobe.
Look for discounts or percentage-off sales already on top of the discounted price. Sometimes the entire outlet or factory store will do an extra sale or clearance merchandise. Each specific outlet’s mall website under the store directory might alert you of special promotions and the span of dates. You can possibly signup for emails about the specific outlet store sales. Most likely, there are extra sales around the typical shopping holidays.
- Please note that not all stores at the outlet malls are discounted stores. Many regular stores are placed amongst outlet and factory stores.
- Outlet stores most likely will not match online prices. For instance, at a Kate Spade outlet you might find an item that is actually better priced on katespade.com with their online sales. However, the outlet will not price match for you.
- There might be a line outside the store. Be prepared to possibly wait.