How good are the deals at the outlets?

Instyle magazine had an interesting tidbit on outlets. Many brands now produce lines specifically for outlets, lines that feature lower quality materials and construction.

Since most of these items were never sold in a regular store, manufacturers can put a fake “original price” on them to make the outlet price seem like a bargain.  And there’s a reason why these discount malls are in the middle of nowhere–shoppers feel like they have to buy something to make the trip worthwhile.

Evaluate quality, pretend that you didn’t drive an hour to get there, and ask yourself if you really want to buy it.