bySonu BohraAug 29, 2016 #FbTips 7 Likes
Call me a frugal shopper or a savvy shopper but I take my job as a shopaholic extremely seriously. Here are some tips I swear by to buy clothes & bags at the best prices and deals.
#1 Wait for Thursdays
Most stores replenish their stock on Thursday, prepping for the weekend rush. Usually they also mark down items that will be on sale over the weekend on Wednesday evenings itself. For the best weekly offers, hit the malls on the same evening. You not only get the best prices, but you’ll
#2 Wait for 2 months
I fail terribly at this trick but if you have better self-control than 1 do, this move will save you a lot of moolah. If you like something in a store,resist the urge to buy the item immediately - two months after the trend arrives, the price is marked down. Unfortunately, you also have to risk the item running out stock. You can always ask a sales associate to phone other locations to see if your item might be in stock elsewhere. This is a great way to test your patience and impulse spending. I try to picture the garment, if I can’t exactly then I let go of it.
#3 The fashion cycle
The fashion cycles work differently than the seasons marked on your calendar. The fashion cycle begins a couple of months prior to the official change in season. For a good price for these items, it’s best to wait until the end of the season. So start looking for your sweaters and winterwear in January instead of September. Similarly, stock up on your swimwear in August. Athletic footwear often goes on sale in January when people are looking to get going with New Year's resolutions, though you'll often find sneakers on sale again in April. Jeans go on sale in October after the back-to-school rush has subsided.
#4 Savour sales online
Sign up for newsletters and follow your favourite shopping websites on social media. They often send out advance notice to their subscribers for big sales, private sales or even flash sales. Alternatively, also check eBay or Amazon. There is a legitimate business on sites like Ebay and Amazon where sellers buy designer items from various flash sales and sample sales and then re-sell them for a profit, yet cheaper than the original store price. Of course there are many fakes and replicas out there but since it’s an open forum,refunds and return policies can save you from getting swindled. Having said that, check out the seller’s history, how many luxury items has he/she sold and bought, and buyers’ comments and reviews before you make your purchase. There are New with Tags (NWT) or barely used items available for you to make a sound decision.
#5 Plan ahead
Finding a good deal involvers patience and planning. Not only is it a good idea to buy once a season's already started, it's typically best to avoid buying too close to a major holiday when many clothing items are purchased as gifts. So plan your holiday gifts in advance. On the other hand, once these major holidays have passed, clothing items usually go on sale to liquidate the excess stock (Black Friday sales after Thanksgiving or Boxing Day sales after Christmas, for example).
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