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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by franz_sanchez View Post
Are you talking about TJ Maxx or Marshall's which is part of the same company? Is there a big difference between the clothing sold at TJ Maxx and Marshall's? We have a Marshall's and they don't seem to carry much higher end stuff anymore. They used to carry suits but now only seem to have a few sport coats. Usually they would have cheaper suits like you find Macy's and then they would have same higher end stuff mixed in.

In the shoe department Marshall's only has a few Cole Haan shoes but everything else is just stuff like Deer Stags, Rockport, Guess and Bostonian. They do carry Polo but not any higher end Ralph Lauren Stuff. The higher end clothing seems to be stuff like Bugatchi Shirts for $60. Usually they cost at least $125 at Nordstroms. They also have a few David Donahue dress shirts for $40 which would normally cost $125 at Nordstroms. I bought myself a CK Calvin Klein shirt for $30 at Marshall's which isn't super fancy. The nice thing is at least they don't have junky clothing like Ross.

The stock is largely dictated by the socioeconomic status and consumption trends of the area. The Marshall's shoe store by me had Allen Edmonds and Ferragamo at the top, Cole Haan and Sperry in the middle (lots), and some Bostonian at the bottom.

The Marshall's by me is *huge*. They have a far better stock than the smaller TJ Maxx nearby. They'll carry slightly better stuff like PRL mesh polos (normally hard to find at discount/outlet stores). However, the opposite was true in an upper middle class area of Florida. TJX keeps stock slightly different so that customers visit both. THe main differences are the lack of mens shoes and suits at TJ Maxx.
post #17 of 22
Outlets are for suckers.
post #18 of 22
Outlet stores are now generate company's most of gross revenue.
And they are very profitable, especially clothes made for outlet.

When clothing companies first opened their factory stores(outlet), they were meant to sell the inventories from last season, but since they can't always overproduce, they made facility just for the outlets using cheap materials.

And did you guys noticed that Ralph Lauren increased their polo shirts by $10. It's now $85 for a mesh polo shirts.
When they had earning conference call they talked about the price increase of raw materials and they said they are not going to increase their product but they did, I am sure it will affect a lot of consumers.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by stu00a View Post
Outlet stores are now generate company's most of gross revenue.
And they are very profitable, especially clothes made for outlet.

This is especially true for Ralph Lauren. I have never seen another man shopping at the RL store in South Coast Plaza. While the checkout lines at the PRL outlets are always a good 10 minute wait.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post
This is especially true for Ralph Lauren. I have never seen another man shopping at the RL store in South Coast Plaza. While the checkout lines at the PRL outlets are always a good 10 minute wait.

Same here, went to RL store South Coast Plaza, I only saw one or two man just browsing the store.

I think some people know the difference between outlet store clothes and some people don't.

And people don't know or care about quality(who only care about pony mark) appreciate outlet stores. RL is very smart company, their full price store shows the image of RL to public and that image will keep the outlets alive.

Did you know RL have 176 full-price retail stores and 191 factory outlets?
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by stu00a View Post
I think some people know the difference between outlet store clothes and some people don't.

I doubt those outside of styleforum, purseforum,... know the difference.

The difference in quality between the factory store items and the items found in RL stores or Macys varies. Many of the belts, socks, ties,... are made in the USA & Italy. They look just like PRL item found at SCP. Sweaters and polos are made in the same places, using the same fabrics. Factory items have more logos.

The biggest difference between PRL and PRL factory items are Suits, Outerwear, SCs, and shoes.

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Originally Posted by stu00a View Post
Did you know RL have 176 full-price retail stores and 191 factory outlets?

I have heard this.

The full price retail stores must lose money. I have never been in an RL store with more customers than staff. The few times I have seen people actually spend money, they ended up making relatively small purchases. <$100 items that were on sale.

At the factory stores, I have seen tourists spend thousands of dollars on polos, tees, underwear, socks,.... All with the pony logo.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post
This is especially true for Ralph Lauren. I have never seen another man shopping at the RL store in South Coast Plaza. While the checkout lines at the PRL outlets are always a good 10 minute wait.
The store -- albeit empty -- and its merchandise create the illusion that the outlet shoppers envision as they pick up there 'designer' gear.
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