It used to be that you had to go to an actual outlet mall to shop at an outlet store, but these days you can shop online outlet stores from the comfort of your own couch. Not all online outlet stores are created equal, however. Here are nine of the best online outlet stores that offer not only a great array of products, but big discounts as well.
6pm.com. 6pm.com is easily one of the best shoe stores online. Many people don't know that 6pm.com is actually the Zappos.com outlet store, which means that you can frequently find this season's most popular footwear styles for less. Like Zappos.com, 6pm.com offers free shipping on all orders and you will also find some clothing on the site as well. Keep an eye out for special promotions because they occasionally offer coupons for an extra 10 to 20 percent off all purchases.
Tommy Hilfiger Company Store Outlet. I don't normally shop at Tommy Hilfiger, so it took me awhile to check out the Tommy Hilfiger Company Store Outlet. Now I am a devoted shopper of this site because not only are the prices amazingly low, but they frequently have coupons available that will take an additional 40 to 50 percent off all purchases. My recommendation is to start in the Outlet Clearance Section, where prices are even cheaper.
The Outnet. If high-end designer fashions for less are what you seek, then The Outnet is your store. The Outnet is the outlet for Net-a-Porter, and you will find more than 250 designer brands on the site.
J. Crew Factory. It used to be that the J. Crew Factory was the first store I would visit anytime I found myself at an outlet mall, and I love that I can now shop this store online.
REI Outlet. The REI Outlet offers amazing discounts on some of the best outdoor brands, including The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot and more. In addition to prices that are generally lower than those available anywhere else, the REI Outlet offers frequent coupons and a deal of the day where one specific item is marked down even lower.
Last Call by Neiman Marcus. Last Call by Neiman Marcus contains a great mix of mid-to-high end designer labels at prices that are well below retail. You can often find the same items at Last Call for less that are being sold for full price at regular Neiman Marcus stores. You will definitely want to register for their email list because they frequently send out coupons that can reduce the cost of your order by as much as 50 percent.
Saks Off Fifth. Saks Off Fifth is the Saks Fifth Avenue outlet and it is another great place to find designer fashions for less, in both plus and traditional sizes. Recently, Saks Off Fifth had a buy one get two free sale, which is easily one of the best sales I have ever seen online. Be sure to check out the Saks Off Fifth clearance section where you will find prices up to 90 percent below retail.
Reebok Outlet. If fitness apparel is on your shopping list, the Reebok Outlet is definitely worth checking out. They have athletic apparel and footwear for men, women, and children at prices up to 50 percent below retail. Like many of these other online outlet stores, it is worth registering for Reebok Outlet emails so that you can find out about special sales and discounts ahead of everyone else.
Amazon Outlet. I only recently learned about the Amazon Outlet, and let me tell you, it is a great way to save. The Amazon Outlet is where you will find markdowns, closeouts and overstock deals on everything from clothing for the whole family to housewares to electronics and jewelry.
Online outlet stores are becoming increasingly popular, which is great news for online shoppers since online outlet stores offer a fantastic way to get the best brands for prices well below retail.
Lisa Koivu is the founder of ShopGirlDaily.com, a shopping blog for women who want to have the best for less.