How many times has this happened to you? You go to the outlet mall and look around only to find that the special bargains are very few and far between. The rest of the merchandise seems to be regularly priced a lot of the time but it doesn’t have to be if you follow these tips.
The first tip is to order coupons before you go to the mall. Most outlet malls have a website of some sort where you can order coupons before hand or at least find a telephone number to the sales department of the mall or individual stores. Many of these places offer VIP coupon booklets that offers sometimes as much as an extra 25 to 30% off all items. Getting a hold of one of these coupon books before you go shopping is essential and can be done with just a little bit of forward planning.
Usually these coupon books go to people who are on bus tours and other bulk type of purchasers like that but with a little respectful prodding you can often get one for yourself. Stores offer them as a sort of goodwill gesture to individuals because they know most individuals don’t know about this trick or won’t bother.
The next trick is to ask for an early markdown. Many stores are about to hold a sale in the very near future so ask for the sale price now before the sale starts. Every store will have a different policy when it comes to early markdowns but with a little prodding you may be surprised how effective this trick can be. Don’t be too pushy because some stores simply won’t do this no matter what.
The next tip is to sign-up for the stores mailing list. I know that these days we are all bombarded with sales calls during supper and junk mail in our mailbox and also in our e-mail box but it doesn’t change the fact that stores often send out special coupons to members of their mailing list – sometimes as much as 15% off and sometimes as little as 5%… hey, every little bit helps right? Many stores will ask for e-mail addresses when you purchase something and others will have a sign-up sheet on the counter. Some will even give you a small gift or a discount coupon simply for giving them your e-mail address.
Finally, if you are buying large amounts of items then be sure to ask for a volume discount. Don’t bother with a salesperson, you’ll have to go straight to the manager for this one but often times if you’re purchasing enough items you can quickly receive rebates of up to 30 or even 40% depending on quantity.