Some days are more prone to shit storms then others and this Friday is the Mother of All SchitStorms as far as shopping is concerned. It’s total madness and we’re not sure why anyone would ever want to venture out on that Friday morning. You really want to fight total strangers to save a few bucks on something you probably could get for a few bucks more on any other day of the year.
We can understand why cyber Monday has become so popular but again, if you look hard enough, you can usually find killer deals on just about anything on any other day of the year. Companies love to make too much inventory as sales managers will forever be optimistic with their forecasts in order to please upper management.
One place that is sure to be busy on Friday is the local ‘outlet center.’ You know those places where companies supposedly send their excess inventory and sell it at a discounted price. You do know that that is a complete sham, right? There was a time where Polo Ralph Lauren actually did send the excess inventory that Macy’s or Bloomingdales couldn’t sell but they soon ran short of that stuff and they also realized the profit margins on the real inventory was not very good.
So, what do they do? They start making very similar products just for the outlet stores. No, the material quality isn’t the same and there are probably fewer features on the outlet product, or, even worse, it’s made in a factory somewhere where they pay the workers even less than the factory that makes the first line goods. Then they create the illusion of a special deal with the manipulation masters in the marketing department. There are probably a couple legit outlet stores left, especially if a brand only has a single outlet location, but those are few and far between.
Companies also have another option to clear inventory that starts to get covered in dust in their warehouse, and that is with Ross Stores or TJX Companies and their Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Sierra Trading, and Home Goods stores. These guys are a sales managers last line of defense when they have inventory they need gone and the deals are never sweet for the company, but large quantities of product will vanish and they know they’ll get paid. Some companies are even making product specifically for these guys too, especially when their sales are a little softer than plan and they need to make the top-line move.
So were back to Black Friday, when the bored masses want to escape their in-laws and head out into the wild west of the retail frontier and go elbow-to-elbow with thousands of others to get that killer deal on a big screen TV. Good luck.
And yes, we’ll have a special on our unique line of shirts and hoodies and you won’t find them at any department store – or any store for that matter. If you want to get them something few others will have, you’re in the right place at SchitStorm.com
For those brave enough to head into the madness, here’s a reminder of what you’re in for:
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