FYI, AE used to have better sales more frequently in the past, back when their shoes were higher quality and carried a lower MSRP. Continue buying AE seconds on sale if you want, but stop acting like waiting around to scrounge leftovers during a sale is how everyone shops.
AE actually has a few things going for it, which oddly you haven't mentioned - choosing instead to fall into "but they're a great value" party line. They're available everywhere and they offer a million different sizes. Neither can be said of Carmina or C&J.
My only point is that you are not being fair or accurate in your disparaging of AE. That's it. I'm not sure where you get the rest of this from or why you keep carrying on in suggesting anyone who buys AE's is scrounging around for leftover seconds.