While in California for work and pleasure, I decided to have some fun by checking out Saks Off 5th.
This is where a shopper can find merchandise that did not sell at the regular Saks Fifth Avenue stores, and brought over for her to get to deeply discounted prices.
Or, can she???
I frankly am outraged at the nerve of this retailer fooling their customers into thinking they are getting a deal.
This off-price retailor is carrying brands including Nine West, Jones NY, Ivanka Trump, and Rafaella that have never seen the light of day in a Saks 5th Avenue store.
Give me a break.
As an image consultant and personal shopper, I really and I mean really know labels, prices and deals.
I love a good sale and know when I see one.
I don’t like being manipulated, and don’t want you to get tricked into buying something that is not a deal.
For more tips on outlet shopping, I wrote about where the better deals are a while back in this blog post.
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As a wardrobe stylist, I just had to share with you a great article that I read in Real Simple magazine about where to find the best deal – outlet or off-price retailer.
I myself have never been much of a fan of shopping outlets, as just like the article states, much of their merchandise is made for the outlet itself, therefore not the big bargain they want you to think you are getting.
Typically the merchandise made for the outlet is of a lower quality and although it can be fun to go from store to store, I find that you can still get a better deal at off-price retailers such as TJ Max and Marshalls.
Based on my personal and professional wardrobe stylist shopping experiences, I still find that I get the best buys at retail store sales, and it is always worth checking out on-line sales too. On-line shopping is also a lot less exhausting than outlet shopping, allowing you more time to organize your closet and create some new outfits with your bargain purchases.
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