PEr FYI

June 2, 2018

Tanger Outlets, Washington DC…small but you get your money’s worth

I’m a certified outlet mall junkie. Going to outlet stores meant a treasure hunt of last season’s clothing at up to 90% off.

Tanger Outlets at National Harbor is rather small compared to many outlet stores in the USA. There are a total of 73 shops. All the usual suspects are present: Nike, Calvin Klein, Under Armour, Polo Ralph Lauren.

It may be small, but you’re getting your money’s worth. his is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 10, 2016

Mitsui Outlet Park, Kuala Lumpur…you will be sorely disappointed

As the economy and inflation continue to pinch consumers’ wallets, outlets are a great way to save money on your favorite brands. Who doesn’t love a deal?

There are 13 Mitsui Outlet Parks across Japan but this is the first one outside of the country. Located 60km from KL and 6km from KLIA, the outlet offers 127 stores with brands such as Nike, Levi’s, Versace, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Samsonite and Swarovski.

Plenty of stores here really aren’t discount stores, they’re just there to confuse consumers into thinking they are. Here are some hot tips : be familiar with current merchandise to be able to identify clothing that may be a few seasons old. Knowing retail prices before entering a store can help you make better decisions.

If you’re looking for a good buy at great discount, you will be sorely disappointed. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 22, 2015

Premium outlet Phuket…I was uber-disappointed!

I write a lot of lists telling shoppers the best outlet malls to visit around the world. But how about where not to go?

Premium Outlet Phuket is supposed to be THE premium outlet mall in Phuket with outlet stores from 300 brand names, Lacoste, Guy Laroche, Hush Puppies, Warner Bros, Levi’s, Nautica, Adidas, Nike and Thai brands, so I was all psyched about what I might find there. I was disappointed with the lack of selection and deals. It was one let down after another. Many of the stores caused me to walk in and out.

Regardless of the downfalls, I did managed to save money – a pair of Geox shoes –  was the only thing that made the trip worthwhile.

I feel for Phuket. It deserves a better outlet mall with real deals. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 9, 2015

Orlando International Premium Outlets, Orlando…..It’s hit and miss really.

First things first, you need to know that attaining a vacant spot at the parking facilities is a near-impossible task. Finding one is like winning a battle.

The mall has 180 stores including 22 food and beverage outlets. You can get decent trainers at a good price and luggage, sports gear. The outlet stores I browsed included: Calvin Klein, Nike, Under Armour, and Polo Ralph Lauren among others. The outlet mall’s Nike store didn’t slam dunk the competition. other marquee retailers including Tumi, Bath and Body Works, Vitamin World, Armani Exchange, DKNY, J.Crew, Levi’s Outlet Store, Sketchers and Samsonite. Judging by the crush of cars circling the carpark and the constant ring of shopping tills at some of the stores, the outlet mall is pretty popular. Another reason for a miss is the lack of good food offerings however, some new names are on the way – like Panera Bread – and can only elevate the experience of shopping here.

As it’s outdoors it’s less egh than other malls. And it’s laid out in such a way that I can get in and out and am not forced to do loops through a building designed to keep me shopping all day. Comparing this outlet to the ones in Vegas and New York/New jersey,  this outlet mall doesn’t have as much designer stores as the others (so that’s the only thing i’m disappointed about).

All things considered, it’s hit and miss, really. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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March 10, 2013

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, New York City…like Disneyland for shopaholics!

An outdoor (so wrap up in winter) village with more than 220 freestanding “high end” names. Stores include a mega-Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, Nike, Nine West, Michael Kors, Longchamps, Bose, Swarovski, Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Toryburch and so many more that it’s staggering. Be prepared to spend the whole day here and have an early night as you will be tired. Better wear comfy sneakers there will be alot of walking to do. I walked around for 7+ hours going thru various stores that I was interested but most of them were disappointment.   Items looked cheap.  I am not sure if they have the 2nd grade items or all tourists got the good stuff.   I didn’t get as much as when I was in Vegas. Remember you do have to pay sales tax.

I’d signed up online as a VIP member (sign up is free!) and printed our my free coupons prior to arriving  in New York.  These coupons offer more discounts than the VIP coupon book which you can pick up at Woodbury! None of my coupons were use, by the way. And get a copy of those handy maps and store listings while you are there.  Woodbury Premium Outlets occupies a large area, this is very useful to locate the store you want.

The food court is very basic eats, nothing exciting. Although I go there to shop not to eat.

As to be expected, outlets are hit or miss.  Maybe I’ve just missed on my visit here but I would say…for the shopaholics… it is like Disneyland! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

March 2, 2013

The Outlet Collection, Jersey Gardens, New Jersey…Massive Tax Free Outlet Mall

It’s under an hour-long drive from New York City to Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, which is situated near the newark airport. Though not that high end, there’s something for everyone in particularly the younger crowd with heaps of shops selling street fashion and a large entertainment complex for watching movies and playing video games.

First things first, the shops in thisoutlet mall are indoors – so it doesn’t matter what the weather or temperature is like outside. Because Jersey Gardens is an Urban Enterprise Zone, sales tax on non-clothing items is only 3.5% and there is zero sales tax on clothing items – you’ll save money even before you benefit from the low outlet mall prices! There were over200 shops in the mall but quite a few were disappointing with very little selection and/or sizes. Big name shops like Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, Abercrombie Outlet and Calvin klein were massive letdowns.

There are no real “good” restaurants in the mall. With the exception of Johnny Rockets, the rest are clustered in the food court…Sbarro, Nathan’s Famous, Great Steak & Potato Co, to name a few.

This is a very touristy place – everywhere you look you will see an Asian, Hispanic or European. The only reason I will return to this mall is because of its proximity to New York City and that Woodbury is a long drive away. This is the true truth as i say it as it is…

April 30, 2011

Citygate Outlets, Hong Kong…I have never left empty handed.

December 27, 2010

La Roca Village, Barcelona…worth a visit

La Roca Village is a factory designer outlet shopping mall located 45 minutes from Barcelona. There is a direct bus connection from Plaza Catalunya.

It is designed as if it were a village, which of course is where the name comes from, so it is an open space with wide boulevards and several restaurants. There are over 100 luxury designer names like Versace, Zegna, La Perla, Loewe, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Across the village, don’t miss out the Nike and MNG stand-alone outlets.

This is worth a visit as there are so many shops in such a close proximity. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

December 13, 2009

NikeID….Just Don’t Do It!

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NikeID….we can order custom designed Nike shoes direct from Nike.The NikeID site lets us choose from different colors, materials, and would even allows us to stitch on our name and/or number onto the shoe….a service Nike trumpets as the freedom to choose and the freedom to express who we are.

Though it was launched in 2000, you’d think that they would, by now realise the biggest rule of business…Make it easy for customers to do business with you.

I was so thrilled that I ordered a pair of shoes customised by “moi”. Nike rejected my request because of the mode of payment. I couldn’t use my Singapore currency credit card. I needed an American one. When I got hold of one, they rejected the order because the was a problem with the phone numbers. I tried using paypal but they needed an account with an American address. My emails to Nike doesn’t get replied. It was a nightmare. Years of loyalty to Nike – the brand and the company – has been challenged by this one botched transaction.

C’mon Nike: why be difficult when with a little bit of effort, you can be impossible. Basically, the way I see it, Nike was telling me JUST DON’T DO IT!

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