Outlet malls can be a great day trip. You can find some really great bargains at these types of clearance malls. However, you should take a few things into consideration before your next big shopping trip to your nearest outlet mall.
Do you have the time to shop at one?
You might even have a long wait to get inside such a mall, especially if it is grand opening day. A recent mall in Raleigh, North Carolina reported a five mile back up of cars on its opening day.
Consider what you want to purchase.
If you are looking for brand name merchandise, then yes an outlet mall may be the perfect place to find some great savings. Research has proven that many outlet malls have merchandise that has been marked down as much as 30% to 70% off retail price.
Yet, you may also get some great bargains on brand name merchandise at your own local mall, especially if you are a loyalty customer, participate in loyalty customer programs and are lucky enough to have some coupons.
Do you enjoy driving long distances?
Most people will tell you that the closest outlet mall is at lest 60 miles from their home.
Consider prices while shopping at the outlet mall.
Yes, you spent time in the car getting there. Yet, that doesn’t mean you just buy anything you see. If you have a smart phone download some apps that will allow you to make local price comparisons on products such as Redlaser and Google Shopper and check the prices before purchasing.
Don’t forget your coupons
Yes, most outlet malls do accept coupons.
Consider if you may want to return anything you purchase
Will returns be a hassle? What is the return policy of each store? Will getting back to the mall be a problem? Consider all of these questions before purchasing anything.
Don’t assume that every store in the mall is an outlet store
Yes, about 90% of the stores will be considered outlets. But there may also be some filler stores included in the mall. Yet, even these filler stores will probably have more clearance sections than they do in your regular malls.
Finally, don’t assume you have to travel to enjoy an outlet mall
Go online and see what outlet malls you can find. Every day, more and more outlet malls are getting their own websites. This mean you don’t have to travel to enjoy their sales and their bargains.
Yes, save where you can. Yet, be a savvy shopper while you are finding these savings.
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