I hate outlet stores
I went to the Reebok outlet store last week. I looked at the low quality apparel with the price and just laughed. It is January so there was no clearance (real sale) stuff. The store was empty during a weekday afternoon...I didnt understand why they were so overstaffed.
I guess the idea comes from a traditional factory store where true discounts could be made buying more direct. Even in the 90s I remember outlet stores were still like the factory outlets. These days its like they build brand new outlet stores and make it look as if its a warehouse with dim lighting or a store that they just found an empty location and set up shop the day before.
I don't know how many more years these sales strategies will work for but I can see them coming to an end as consumers are currently getting smarter. Probably around the time when stores stop pushing their extended warranties and come up with some new tactics.
Outlet stores arent that bad. I agree there are true deals to be had if you browse around. They aren't good stores when looking for something more specific.