By Noah Henry • June 03, 2014
Gather around, all ye bargainers, and let me guide you through a journey of the best outlet stores online. Not all of us can blow a car payment on a new outfit, and not all of us can even afford a $200 wardrobe revitalization. That is why the fashion retail gods invented what is commonly called an outlet.
The following is a guide to the best online outlet stores, as well as little information about what might as well be outlet stores due to their insanely low prices. If you are someone who would rather save cash for the finer things in life (besides clothes) then use this article as a reference before you make your next shopping move.
Ever since Zappos busted onto the scene with free shipping, consumers have been delighted to purchase shoes from a business that made fast and free delivery its most endearing characteristic. Many fail to note that 6pm is part of the Zappos’ family of brands—in fact, it’s its outlet store.
Like Zappos, 6pm offers free shipping; but it also offers savings of up to 75 percent. There is a rewards system, 6PMBrandaholics, which gives customers 10% off for every $400 they spend, as well as a clearance section with shoes well below $20 and clothes less than $10. Pictured above is the Buffalo David Bitton Kesher Dress; it is available for $10 more at Lord & Taylor currently, where it’s on sale.
Dubbed the “most fashionable fashion outlet,” The Outnet features more than 250 brands for up to 75 percent off. If you love to dress in designer clothes but feel the panging regret of spending on designer clothes, this store might well become your best friend.
As Net-A-Porter’s sister site and outlet store, The Outnet is a place where you can buy the hottest designer gifts for under $100. Check out coupons for The Outlet for a nice illustration of the current category-wide deals. The piece pictured above to the right is originally $120, but at The Outnet, it’s only $42. Expect similar—and sometimes greater—prices at this awesome outlet.
A small link at the top of the J.Crew homepage will lead you to its outlet store. You will find slight variations of the same clothing on J.Crew except extremely cheaper. Adding to the benefits of shopping at The Factory are the frequently promo codes; shoppers are almost invariably able to find a J.Crew promo code—right now, currently 30% off every purchase.
What’s lacking in a more creative name is certainly made up for in first-class deals. It was originally conceived as a clearinghouse for Saks Fifth Avenue merchandise; prices, however, were obviously too hot not to design an entire retailer based on them. You will find over 800 brands and a clearance section up to 90% below the normal price. Folks can expect up to 55% off designer brands and 70% off women’s clearance.
It’s the off-price division of the Neiman Marcus Group. Most items are purchased directly from the designers, so it’s you who benefits. Essentially, items are anywhere from 30% to 40% off. Take it a step further by trying the clearance section for styles up to 50% off. Free shipping, to hammer in the final nail, is available for orders over $75.
To my chagrin, I was blissfully unaware that Amazon had an outlet store. All my life I felt as if the best deals anywhere were available at Amazon. I was wrong—they’re at the Amazon Outlet. Consumers will find eye-popping prices on closeouts, markdowns, clearance items and overstocks. From clothing to tablets to TVs to books, the Amazon Outlet is a veritable treasure trove of cheap goods. Search for a specific item or shop a particular category on the tab to the right.
These retailers aren’t technically outlet stores, although they pack a mean punch in the savings department. Some of these stores will flat-out blow your mind with their ability to make a profit.
10 Dollar Mall: Clothes are all under $10.
599 Fashion: Could it get any crazier? Yes. Everything is $5.99 or less at 599 Fashion.
Go Jane: Runway styles at outlet prices.
Sammy Dress: Some 200,000 product lines at “the lowest prices online.” Use the 10% off coupon through the link.
Noah Henry Noah Henry is an amateur movie critic, foodie, bowler, and beer reviewer. But he's no amateur when it comes to saving money, so listen up!