Consumer Reports Survey: 64% Say Outlets Offer Great Value

Want to live close to outlet malls? Prudential Realty has communities within a half hour-hour drive of both the Tanger Outlets and Grove City Outlets.

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — We’re spending more than ever at outlet malls.

Sales are expected to top $42 billion this year, according to the trade publication Value Retail News.

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Consumer Reports has rated 53 of the biggest outlet stores for value and quality, based on a survey of almost 16,000 subscribers, and can help you bag the best bargains.

Most shoppers that Consumer Reports surveyed are happy with the outlet deals.

Sixty-four percent say outlets offer great value. Those surveyed found superior value at Bon Worth, Haggar, OshKosh B’gosh, Izod, and L.L.Bean. But the ratings from subscribers were not as good for some other stores, including American Eagle Outfitters, Old Navy, Gap, Nike, and Levi’s.

These days most merchandise is made especially for the outlets. But is it the same quality?

For example, two Coach bags: One from the Coach store for $378 and the other…

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