Introduction:The Factory Outlet Mall has become big business in the last decade or so...perhaps a little longer than that. New brands are being added all the time and prices are very competitive. Here are a few tips to make your trip to the outlet mall more successful.
Salespeople tend to know about the merchandise including what is and is not available, what a good deal might be, and how to meet a specific concern you might have. More on defects later...but defects or returns are one area that you might benefit from a saleperson's expertise.
Often times things are moved to a factory outlet when it doesn't sell at the main store--merchandise is perfectly fine but the longer it stays at the factory outlet, the more the price gets knocked down. Sometimes it is as simple as a factory overrun or the fact that too much was ordered.
This will take a little practice but sometimes the store might even have a guide to help. Ask questions and know what you are will to accept and at what price. An uneven color may or may be acceptable, a stain probably is not acceptable, but a crooked stitch that you can barely see might be perfectly okay.
Where ever products are discounted, it is even more imporatant to save your receipts. Even if the return policy is pretty liberal, you will get the lowest price the item was sold for on return if you cannot prove what you paid for it.
If the Factory outlet you are planning to visit has a website, visit it! They may have rewards programs that you can sign up for, coupons that you can print off, or highlight sales that you wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
The biggest tip for having a successful Factory Outlet trip is to have fun.
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