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July 11, 2019

The Costs of Retail

While I was visiting a Warehouse Distribution Outlet it dawned on me that the discounts were based on removing the large section of distribution and marketing.

This warehouse outlet was selling product at below or at the cost to manufacture.

So then why is everything so expensive at the retail level? The quick answer is COST.

June 13, 2019

A Bad First Impression

So much of the communication I do now is thru text, emails, Facebook messaging etc. It’s very uncommon to actually talk to anyone anymore. Words can be and often are misconstrued if you can’t hear the inflection behind them.

So, last year, I had several, what I read as very “mean” emails cross my desk from a representative of an off price retailer. Offended, I just stopped talking about them.

 

May 16, 2019

The Joy of Bargain Shopping

It isn’t just about saving money. For avid bargain hunters it’s also about beating the system and knowing you can ALWAYS find what you need for less without giving up on quality.

There’s a lot of comfort and power in that simple idea.

April 30, 2019

Open Open Open that BargainsLA Notice

I get a heck of a lot of email. I spend at a least an hour and sometimes 2 hours, on email every day. I use several different email addresses. A few addresses for consumer / BargainsLA information, one for general shopping and one vague address so I can research incognito.  So I already have a good idea ...

April 23, 2019

Slipping and a Sliding

We are so lucky to have original hardwood floors in our 1927 home. In excellent condition, I’ve ended up in charge of their care.

As a pet owner, I Swiffer as well as sweep and steam my floors pretty regularly.  I like a nice shine and walk around my home barefoot a lot, so debris free floors matter to me

April 10, 2019

Automation Irritation

I avoid self check out.

Though I have given in on occasion, I find that the checkouts don’t work all that well, making it take longer than it should.  It also irritates me that I am paying retail and getting no service. Plus though low paying, those are jobs lost while the corporation makes more money for less service.

March 29, 2019

Those Small Purchases Add Up

As independent business owners, whenever we go thru financial dry periods, we are reminded of our small expenses. We master our expenses for awhile and then when business picks up, we forget our hard won victories. Those small $2-$5 expenses can wreck a budget.

March 14, 2019

Grey Market Know How

Describing what I do is complicated to non retail/ non manufacturer industry people.  Usually I say something like, “I research, post and promote Discount Outlets, Sample and Warehouse Sales.”

But when I am talking to someone in the industry, “I say I cover the direct to the public Grey Market sales and outlets.

February 19, 2019

Clearing Out the Old

We bought new clothes this winter. We hit the sales and bagged some amazing items for both of us. Since there was no space to fit our new wardrobe items into our closets and drawers, it was time for a clean out. With the rainy weather, it was a good time to get on it.

February 12, 2019

Valentines Hopes

Valentines Day expectations are usually over done.

In my twenties, I expected a lot from boyfriends. They had to secure dinner reservations, flowers and an expensive gift… all to validate our relationship.

During those years though, I found the thoughtful gifts to be the most romantic and memorable.

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