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Generally speaking, I tend to believe the old adage that you get what you pay for, but as a bonafide bargain hunter and discount connoisseur, I also firmly believe that you shouldn’t have to pay full price when you simply don’t have to. As a veteran shopping editor, part of my job is finding under-the-radar, hidden gems and quasi-secret discounts you can’t always find through a basic Google search, including researching stores that have online outlets.
There’s something to be said about that discount-induced serotonin surge that comes from treasure-hunting your way through brick-and-mortar outlet stores. For whatever reason, waiting in long lines for deals and scoring something tangible you get to take home the same day is peak instant gratification. But as I’ve learned from Black Friday shopping over the years, discount shopping IRL has its downsides, from battling crowds to cherry-picking through discount bins with limited (or just downright disappointing) inventory. Fortunately, many of your favorite retailers have online outlet sections allowing you to shop these discounted goods from your couch. I’m talking about Lululemon, Dyson, Amazon, Nordstrom Rack, Best Buy, and my personal favorite “off-price” store, Marshalls.