Factory outlets are the saving grace of every wallet during the upcoming Christmas season. They provide branded and luxury items at a fraction of their retail price. Today, we reveal their secrets to help you with your Christmas shopping!
In case you do not know what a factory outlet is, it is basically a store mostly dedicated to the old or past season stocks of a certain brand. The items in these outlets are generally discounted at a lower price than the normal boutique store.
On the other hand, a boutique store carries the latest designs and items for the brand. These are the kind of stores you can find at Orchard Road.
Before we grab our wallets to head to an outlet store, there are a few secrets that you have to know about.
The Discounted Price
Generally, factory outlets offer an average 38% discount off the retail prices according to Value Retail News. You can find items going from 20% to 40% off in the factory outlets found in Singapore.
While this does not seem much, items from the past seasons can go up to 70% off depending on how long the stock has been in stores. Additionally, these stores offer more promotions during the holiday seasons! The only problem is the product might have been a display item or is low on sizes.
If you do not mind, the price is a great deal. However, you might want to thoroughly check the quality of the item if it is a Christmas gift. You do not want to be gifting mismatched colored shoes.
The first thing that comes to your mind when shopping at a factory outlet store is that the products are all from the past fashion season. This is no longer true.
According to TIME magazine, an estimated 86% of the stocks from factory outlets are made for the factory outlets. This means that these clothes or shoes were not part of any seasonal collection of the brand.
It is something to keep in mind especially if you are shopping for someone who is brand conscious. The good news is these items are totally new!
You don’t have to worry much about someone else trying it before and it will be great as a Christmas gift. Just remember to double-check the item.
Same But Different
The items that are made specifically for the outlet store are almost like imposters in Among Us. They typically look very similar to the items found in the boutique stores. However, there are always minor details that are different.
It could be the print of the shirt, the stitching on the boot, or the number of layers there are in a jacket. This means that the quality of the items would also be slightly lower. Paying at a lower price just means that you get a lower quality item.
This is something to consider when you are buying a Christmas gift. If you do want better quality items, head to a boutique store instead.
There are a couple of factory outlet malls in Singapore you can check out to shop for your Christmas gifts. Shop till you drop at these malls but still save money!
2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601
1 Queensway Singapore 149053
370 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159953
5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038
238 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307683
While shopping, do look out for these secrets. The shop assistants will smile and telling you every item is good but now you know better! Remember to always, always check for the quality of the item. Get the best value for your money with these secrets.