Originally Posted by lakewolf
Certainly... a friend of mine works at a shop and she told me they have an special stock for the sale period... with tags displaying high prices so when you buy it you'd say WOW, I got 70% off on this !
My current employer makes clothing for several "Branded" outlet stores. This practice is not common amongest just the desingers or "better" labels but is the norm in the industry.
Think about it....if you had 200+ outlet stores like a Polo how can you have enough seconds, overruns, or obsolete product across every catagory to fill the stores?
In the old days when product was produced here in the USA or in nearby counrties like Mexico or the Dominican Republic the allowable seconds was like 3% of an cutting or order. When my former company made product for Polo they would take up to 3% seconds at a reduced price. Anything over that we were responsible for...Today with most product being made in Asia or the sub continent you only ship first quality product to the states. So there is vertually no seconds in teh USA...unless a quality issue is discovered once the goods arrive in the warehouse.
BTW Old Navy is nothing more than cheap inferior Gap, etc...