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Offline ptbass75

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Re: GAP Factory Store
« Reply #90 on: August 04, 2014, 07:37:28 PM »
Ok Shelby, now I'm interested, especially since the GAP representative I spoke to laughed at the idea that GAP would make a cheaper line for their factory or outlet stores.  Yet i've just done a bit of internet research that shows otherwise, noting those three squares as clothes designated for their outlet store. Seems to be a bit of confusion out there about the matter (whether outlets carry overstock or a cheaper line) and it seems companies are not being forward with this info.  i'm attaching two links about this topic.

Listen, I'm happy it's here, I think we are witnessing the beginning of an influx of name brand (non hoochy) stores in our hood.  But at the same time i think businesses should be ethical about what they are actually selling to the consumer. 

http://www.disboards.com/archive/index.php/t-3103480.html

http://m.cheapism.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cheapism.com%2Fclothing-outlets#2852


Offline Lilybell

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« Reply #91 on: August 05, 2014, 09:38:51 AM »
never mind!  I posted an article that was already linked above. 

The Gap does manufacture clothes specifically for the Factory Store. They are slightly less well-made and might be shorter in sleeve/hem length.  Worth buying if they are on sale, but the normal prices aren't all that much less than retail.

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Re: GAP Factory Store
« Reply #92 on: August 05, 2014, 10:40:16 AM »
 Have a hard time believing that someone does not think this store is an asset for Jackson Heights. For real? Are you watching
what goods and service the other local stores are selling? IMHO this place is a godsend and the quality of the two items I
purchased is about a 4 out of 5. Most of us don't need/want fussy clothing for alot of our waking hours and this store provides
enough quality, fit and style to keep us satisfied.
  My biggest complaint is how many people leave the stuff thrown all over the place!!Why can't you fold back the thing you
just looked at? Can't be that hard. After reading Barbara Ehrenreich's investigative writings about the way Walmart shoppers
leave piles of stuff to put back, I always return my stuff after the fitting rooms and really try to keep it folded so it's not the
pigsty of other stores like Old Navy on a weekend. At this Gap store, I watched a woman continue to pull a whole stack of sweatshirts down from a top shelf after staff explained there were none in that size/color available. Made a big mess and
walked. Not nice...

Offline dssjh

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Re: GAP Factory Store
« Reply #93 on: August 05, 2014, 11:35:36 AM »
i don't usually shop any gap stores -- just never seem to find much i like -- but i think the outlet/factory is just fine. as far as rudeness? i worked retail in the village in college, more than 25 years ago, and it was exactly the same. dressing room duty was the worst, because people (especially European tourists) would just leave piles and piles of stuff laying around.

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« Reply #94 on: August 05, 2014, 12:01:15 PM »
taggie, I'm not saying it's bad for JH - I just find the "outlet store" scam (scam is too strong a word I think) to be a very interesting topic in general. It just shows how easily we are swayed by psychology tactics in marketing and sales.  Even if we don't think we are. 

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« Reply #95 on: August 05, 2014, 01:19:41 PM »
good point, Lilybell. it's pretty pervasive .... for instance, the 'house brand' items at your average supermarket are exactly the same as the house brands at whole foods and other high end retailers, same manufacturer, same canning/bottling, different labels. but people think they're getting 'higher quality' for the higher price.

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« Reply #96 on: August 05, 2014, 01:27:57 PM »
 Understood, Lilybell, that whether this is outlet merchandise or a different product in disguise is the core of this discussion. Point
taken. I try to avoid labels, logos, overtly identifying materials of any designer or manufacturer without being nutty about it so I
don't care who made it or if it is "on trend." I know that anyone with champagne taste will not be happy here but those with beer
budgets have something pretty good in our midst now, Gap outlet or Gap (never meant for full retail) factory outlet.

Offline lmaniace

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Re: GAP Factory Store
« Reply #97 on: August 05, 2014, 10:32:56 PM »
Consumer Reports and others have detailed that outlet stores do indeed sell a cheaper quality versions of the name brand products sold at other high-price stores.

I made a few purchases there a couple of weeks ago and had to return a pair of pants when they split after one day's wear - and yes, that is where they split. I had no problem exchanging them for a new pair, but they split in the same place on the first day of wear. And before someone starts in... I'm not gaining weight!!!

Had no problem with the other items I bought, but I didn't have problem with any recent clothing purchases I made at Macy's, where I got two pairs of shorts and a shirt that were even cheaper than similar stuff at Gap Outlet.

Hey at least it's convenient, unless your have to go back a couple of times. LOL.


 

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Re: GAP Factory Store
« Reply #98 on: August 05, 2014, 11:04:08 PM »
Consumer Reports and others have detailed that outlet stores do indeed sell a cheaper quality versions of the name brand products sold at other high-price stores.

I made a few purchases there a couple of weeks ago and had to return a pair of pants when they split after one day's wear - and yes, that is where they split. I had no problem exchanging them for a new pair, but they split in the same place on the first day of wear. And before someone starts in... I'm not gaining weight!!!

Had no problem with the other items I bought, but I didn't have problem with any recent clothing purchases I made at Macy's, where I got two pairs of shorts and a shirt that were even cheaper than similar stuff at Gap Outlet.

Hey at least it's convenient, unless your have to go back a couple of times. LOL.

I had the same splitting problem with a pair of jeans I bought at a regular GAP a few years ago.   The demin was extremely thin.  And they did take them back for a full refund. Then I bought a pair of jeans at the GAP outlet in Deer Park and they turned out to be one of my favorites, and very durable.

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Re: GAP Factory Store
« Reply #99 on: August 06, 2014, 09:56:27 AM »
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I made a few purchases there a couple of weeks ago and had to return a pair of pants when they split after one day's wear - and yes, that is where they split

uh-oh Len, I hope you didn't moon your neighbors by mistake!

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Re: GAP Factory Store
« Reply #100 on: August 06, 2014, 10:27:55 AM »
Ugh thanks for the warning on the jeans ripping.  Most of the stores here have intentional holes for intentionally revealing your skin - (perhaps for all the dancers and nightclubbing on Roosevelt?) - I was trying to avoid that!  I'll probably just buy sweatshirts/sweaters and the like that I'm not too worried about, and keep the jean shopping to Kohls.

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« Reply #101 on: August 06, 2014, 01:07:58 PM »
I thought it was implied that Gap Factory would sell slightly inferior clothing - inferior to Gap, but not as bad as Old Navy. It's a similar concept to Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft, or Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack (in this case, overstock).

I have to find out if Gap Factory takes returns from Gap.com. If so, then great! Since I know my size, I'd much rather purchase sale clothing via Gap.com stacking discount codes, buying through cashback portals, and using discounted gift cards. It ends up being substantially cheaper than even Gap Factory prices and I can try on the clothes in the comfort of home and at my own pace and leisure. Even better if I can do my returns with a stroll to 82nd St :D

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« Reply #102 on: August 07, 2014, 03:17:26 PM »
Jason, I found this on the Gap's website:

For Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta items, you can return merchandise purchased online to the appropriate store. For example, if you bought an item on Gap.com, you can return it to a Gap retail store, but not to an Old Navy store. Merchandise purchased online cannot be returned to any of our Factory or Outlet stores

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Re: GAP Factory Store
« Reply #103 on: August 07, 2014, 06:21:48 PM »
Jason, I found this on the Gap's website:

For Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta items, you can return merchandise purchased online to the appropriate store. For example, if you bought an item on Gap.com, you can return it to a Gap retail store, but not to an Old Navy store. Merchandise purchased online cannot be returned to any of our Factory or Outlet stores

Thanks. I actually stopped in yesterday to confirm and the fine print is correct  :'( 

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Re: GAP Factory Store
« Reply #103 on: August 07, 2014, 06:21:48 PM »