Direct factory outlets guide

Factory outlet centres can be a bargain hunter’s paradise but don’t let the sale signs go to your head.
 
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  • Updated:18 Oct 2007
 

03.Price comparison

So how much can you expect to save? To find out, CHOICE went shopping at a factory outlet centre, and compared the final price with a mainstream retailer.

We bought an entire outfit for a man, woman and child. The quoted recommended retail price (RRP) is what was displayed on the original label, and is what we would have paid if we’d bought the item at full price, in season, at a mainstream retail store.
 

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A casual look for him: Rodd Gunn

Rodd Gunn outfit

What we paid RRP Saving
Chinos $99 $159 $60
Shirt $99 $149 $50
Jacket $299 $459 $160
Total $497 $767 $270

 

 Work-smart for her: Jigsaw

Jigsaw outfit

What we paid RRP Saving
Top $100 $179 $79
Jacket $156 $329 $173
Trousers $79 $189 $110
Total $335 $697 $362
 

Cool for kids: Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch outfit

What we paid RRP Saving
Long-sleeved T-shirt $15 $20 $5
Zip-front hoodie $16 $27 $11
Jeans $17 $27 $10
Total $48 $74 $26

 

Total Cost

The total cost for the three outfits was $880. The recommended retail price was $1538, meaning we saved $658 by shopping at the factory outlet.