Outlet malls are victims of their own success. Or rather we’re victims of their own success. People assume outlet mall prices are lower, which is how they can get away with prices that are sometimes higher. For example, I once systematically compared outlet and regular mall prices and found plenty of examples, like brand name sneakers that were $16 LESS at the regular retail store. There are so many outlet malls that there just isn’t enough imperfect and second-season merchandise to stock them. So some stores have started designing lines just for their outlets. These items are sometimes shoddily made of cheap materials. My advice: scrutinize quality and compare prices at an outlet mall just like you would at a regular mall.
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