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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.

January 02, 2019

BargainsLA Anniversary Year

Filed Under: Inside Scoop, OM Gosh!

As the New Year unfolds, I am reminded that BargainsLA.com was started in 1999.
This is our 20th Anniversary of helping you save money. How cool is that!!!

The beginnings of BargainsLA were uneventful.

August 21, 2018

A Bargain Doesn’t Mean Cheap

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a Bargain isn’t always cheap.

Definition: A Bargain is an item that is priced BELOW is actual Value.

Where as a cheaply priced item is just priced cheap.

July 18, 2018

The Gray Market

Every company that makes a product has to figure out how to clear out past season samples and overproduction Some hang on to product for over a year or two before they liquidate it.  More than a few liquidate to the big Off Price stores like TJ Maxx & Ross. Most though, try to liquidate it quickly & discreetly out of the main stream, so the general public doesn’t see their product at drastically reduced pricing. They don’t want to see their branded product sold cheaply at Ross Dress for Less. It’s the horror of horrors!

May 17, 2018

Do the Math

I was an idiot with Math. All thru school I was always in the basic, rudimentary Math & Algebra classes. Truth is, math scared me. It was pure terror to me.

But I went thru a school district that wouldn’t let my fear get in the way and eventually mastered enough of it to get into college.

I then didn’t really use it again for years until I started working with my Mom and had to figure out percentages in my head while researching discount outlets.

April 25, 2018

Sample Sale Guerrilla Shopping Tips

Like the Fall, Spring is a Sample / Warehouse Sale shopping paradise. But unlike store sale, these types of sales have both first quality and damaged product. All sales are final, There are often no try ons and there are no returns. You have to have a plan to succeed!
Try these Guerrilla Shopping tips:

Rule #1

Know the Marketplace…

April 17, 2018

The Case Buying Quality

I believe in quality over quantity. It saves you more money in the long run, last longer so you shop less and has some value when you donate or resell the item.

But we are obsessed with Fast Cheap Fashion and disposable cheap furniture. Neither retain their value and after their short life span they end up in the landfill.

April 04, 2018

Price and Quality

The old adage, “You get what you pay for” still rings true. Yet, knowing that, most of us are blinded by lower prices.

A lower price doesn’t usually equate quality. Yet, it can, if you know what you’re doing.

February 19, 2018

Excessive Hype

If you haven’t read it or heard about it yet, 2017 was a brutal year for retail.  Many once strong stores are now struggling with some closing or downsizing. Online competition is fierce. Brick and mortar competition is fierce.  Retail is a really a fierce, do or die business that is not for the weak kneed.

So retailers and brands are always looking for ways to standout in a very competitive environment.

November 28, 2017

When to Hit the Malls

Big stores are closing and gloom & doom predictions of retail are rampant. Most of the media and experts believe that retail store closures are caused by more people shopping on the web instead of in–store

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