By Gina Briles, Cheapism.com
Outlet malls attract bargain-hunters in droves and claim to offer significant savings over retail, but have you ever wondered what you're really getting for your money? Is it worth making a special trip to the factory outlets for summer gear, or will you do better shopping the sales at your retail mall?
Cheapism enlisted a secret shopper to find answers to these questions. Our researcher compared summertime staples in the areas of quality, selection, and price in order to separate good deals from clever marketing. We conducted a similar exercise prior to the holiday shopping season.Jewelry was 40% off at the Banana Republic outlet.
Here's what we found: Outlet shopping can yield good deals if you know what to look for and forswear illusions about what you're buying. For the best selection of sizes, colors and styles, and often for the most convenient locations, retail malls are destination of choice. Moreover, product quality and customer experience are generally on a higher level. But ifRead More »from Outlet Vs. Retail - Summer Shopping Comparison