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Summer Outlet Prices

We shopped for a variety of warm-weather items at summer outlet stores and searched for comparable items at retail sites or online; in rare instances the summer outlet and retail merchandise was identical. We compared prices at each venue before and after discounts, but always before taxes. Note that some prices listed in the chart do not match prices mentioned in the article. Chart prices reflect the closest comparable items or the least expensive option that we found during our shopping expedition.

BRAND
PRODUCT
OUTLET Before Discounts
OUTLET After Discounts
RETAIL Before Discounts
RETAIL After Discounts
PRICE DIFFERENCE Before Discounts
WINNER Before Discounts
PERCENT SAVINGS Before Discounts
PRICE DIFFERENCE After Discounts
WINNER After Discounts
PERCENT SAVINGS After Discounts
SHOPPING LIST TOTAL:
$3,903.28
$2,906.43
$4,718.82
$4,453.41
$815.54
Outlets
17.3%
$1,546.98
Outlets
34.7%
Gap
Women's cotton tank
$19.99
$10.00
$16.95
$12.99
$3.04
Retail
15.2%
$3.00
Outlet
23.1%
Women's khaki capris
$44.99
$31.49
$59.95
$55.95
$10.96
Outlet
19.6%
$24.46
Outlet
43.7%
Women's cotton shorts
$39.99
$23.99
$39.95
$39.95
$0.04
Retail
0.1%
$15.96
Outlet
39.9%
Women's short-sleeve cotton tee
$19.99
$9.99
$14.95
$12.50
$5.04
Retail
25.2%
$2.51
Outlet
20.1%
Men's cargo shorts
$39.99
$31.99
$39.95
$39.95
$0.04
Retail
0.1%
$7.96
Outlet
19.9%
Men's polo
$29.99
$9.99
$34.95
$24.99
$4.96
Outlet
14.2%
$15.00
Outlet
60.0%
Men's khakis
$49.99
$25.00
$49.95
$36.99
$0.04
Retail
0.1%
$12.00
Outlet
32.4%
Men's plaid cotton shorts
$34.99
$26.24
$44.95
$44.95
$9.96
Outlet
22.2%
$18.71
Outlet
41.6%
Boys' graphic tee
$14.99
$8.99
$14.95
$8.99
$0.04
Retail
0.3%
$0.00
None
0.0%
Girls' graphic tee
$14.99
$11.99
$14.95
$7.99
$0.04
Retail
0.3%
$4.00
Retail
33.4%
Men's swim trunks
$34.99
$15.99
$39.95
$39.95
$4.96
Outlet
12.4%
$23.96
Outlet
60.0%
Women's bikini top
$24.99
$19.99
$38.95
$14.99
$13.96
Outlet
35.8%
$5.00
Retail
25.0%
Women's bikini bottom
$24.99
$19.99
$36.95
$12.99
$11.96
Outlet
32.4%
$7.00
Retail
35.0%
Women's one-piece swimsuit
$44.99
$35.99
$59.95
$59.95
$14.96
Outlet
25.0%
$23.96
Outlet
40.0%
Women's cover-up
$39.99
$31.99
$34.95
$34.95
$5.04
Retail
12.6%
$2.96
Outlet
8.5%
Girls' one-piece swimsuit
$24.99
$17.49
$19.95
$14.95
$5.04
Retail
20.2%
$2.54
Retail
14.5%
Boys' swim shorts
$19.95
$13.97
$19.95
$14.95
$0.00
None
0.0%
$0.98
Outlet
6.6%
Men's rubber flip-flops
$7.99
$3.99
$14.95
$14.95
$6.96
Outlet
46.6%
$10.96
Outlet
73.3%
Women's rubber flip-flops
$7.49
$3.75
$16.95
$16.95
$9.46
Outlet
55.8%
$13.20
Outlet
77.9%
Boys' rubber flip-flops
$6.99
$4.19
$14.95
$7.95
$7.96
Outlet
53.2%
$3.76
Outlet
47.3%
Girls' rubber flip-flops
$9.99
$7.49
$8.95
$7.99
$1.04
Retail
10.4%
$0.50
Outlet
6.3%
TOTAL:
$557.25
$364.50
$633.95
$525.82
$76.70
Outlet
12.1%
$161.32
Outlet
30.7%
Banana Republic
Women's cotton shorts
$39.99
$19.99
$39.50
$39.50
$0.49
Retail
1.2%
$19.51
Outlet
49.4%
Women's Martin-fit pants
$59.99
$41.99
$69.99
$69.99
$10.00
Outlet
14.3%
$28.00
Outlet
40.0%
Women's linen sheath dress
$89.99
$53.99
$140.00
$140.00
$50.01
Outlet
35.7%
$86.01
Outlet
61.4%
Women's patterned wrap dress
$69.99
$35.00
$89.99
$89.99
$20.00
Outlet
22.2%
$55.00
Outlet
61.1%
Men's cotton cargo shorts
$44.99
$18.00
$54.50
$54.50
$9.51
Outlet
17.4%
$36.50
Outlet
67.0%
Men's cotton polo, solid
$34.99
$17.50
$39.50
$39.50
$4.51
Outlet
11.4%
$22.01
Outlet
55.7%
Men's cotton polo, striped
$36.99
$22.19
$44.50
$44.50
$7.51
Outlet
16.9%
$22.31
Outlet
50.1%
Men's graphic tee
$26.99
$9.99
$34.50
$34.50
$7.51
Outlet
21.8%
$24.51
Outlet
71.0%
Men's button-down linen shirt
$44.99
$26.99
$69.50
$69.50
$24.51
Outlet
35.3%
$42.51
Outlet
61.2%
Long turquoise/aqua necklace
$24.99
$14.99
$49.50
$49.50
$24.51
Outlet
49.5%
$34.51
Outlet
69.7%
Turquoise drop earrings
$19.99
$11.99
$39.50
$39.50
$19.51
Outlet
49.4%
$27.51
Outlet
69.6%
White and glass bangle
$24.99
$9.99
$49.50
$34.99
$24.51
Outlet
49.5%
$25.00
Outlet
71.4%
TOTAL:
$518.88
$282.62
$720.48
$705.97
$201.60
Outlet
28.0%
$423.35
Outlet
60.0%
Tommy Bahama (Retail online and from Nordstrom)
Men's Hawaiian button-down shirt
$118.00
$77.00
$118.00
$118.00
$0.00
None
0.0%
$41.00
Outlet
34.7%
Men's shorts
$95.00
$66.50
$98.00
$98.00
$3.00
Outlet
3.1%
$31.50
Outlet
32.1%
Men's Relax tee
$42.00
$29.40
$48.00
$48.00
$6.00
Outlet
12.5%
$18.60
Outlet
38.8%
Women's shorts
$78.00
$54.60
$78.00
$78.00
$0.00
None
0.0%
$23.40
Outlet
30.0%
Women's cotton-knit shirt dress
$88.00
$61.60
$88.00
$88.00
$0.00
None
0.0%
$26.40
Outlet
30.0%
Women's tropical-print sundress
$128.00
$89.60
$128.00
$128.00
$0.00
None
0.0%
$38.40
Outlet
30.0%
Men's swim trunks
$72.00
$50.40
$58.00
$58.00
$14.00
Retail
19.4%
$7.60
Outlet
13.1%
Women's one-piece swimsuit
$128.00
$64.00
$126.00
$126.00
$2.00
Retail
1.6%
$62.00
Outlet
49.2%
Raffia tote bag
$118.00
$82.60
$118.00
$118.00
$0.00
None
0.0%
$35.40
Outlet
30.0%
TOTAL:
$867.00
$575.70
$860.00
$860.00
$7.00
Retail
0.8%
$284.30
Outlet
33.1%
Quiksilver
(Retail from PacSun, Nordstrom, and Quiksilver.com)
Women's Roxy bikini top
$24.99
$17.50
$29.50
$29.50
$4.51
Outlet
18.0%
$12.01
Outlet
40.7%
Women's Roxy bikini bottom
$19.99
$17.50
$29.50
$14.75
$9.51
Outlet
47.6%
$2.75
Retail
15.7%
Men's board shorts
$34.99
$34.99
$49.50
$49.50
$14.51
Outlet
41.5%
$14.51
Outlet
29.3%
Towels
$16.99
$16.99
$30.00
$30.00
$3.04
Outlet
76.6%
$13.01
Outlet
43.4%
Men's rubber flip-flops
$12.99
$12.99
$16.00
$16.00
$10.96
Outlet
23.2%
$3.01
Outlet
18.8%
TOTAL:
$109.95
$99.97
$154.50
$139.75
$0.04
Outlet
28.8%
$39.79
Outlet
28.5%
Nine West
Straw-look bag
$39.99
$39.99
$99.99
$69.00
$5.04
Outlet
60.0%
$29.01
Outlet
42.0%
Women's color-block heels
$69.99
$69.99
$89.00
$69.00
$0.04
Outlet
21.4%
$0.99
Retail
1.4%
Women's cork wedge/platform sandals
$59.99
$39.99
$89.00
$69.00
$4.96
Outlet
32.6%
$29.01
Outlet
42.0%
Women's dressy flip-flops
$49.99
$49.99
$49.00
$49.00
$0.04
Retail
2.0%
$0.99
Retail
2.0%
TOTAL:
$219.96
$199.96
$326.99
$256.00
$9.96
Outlet
32.7%
$56.04
Outlet
21.9%
Restoration Hardware
Cote D'Azur Stripe 20" x 20" pillow cover
$47.99
$38.39
$69.00
$58.00
$0.04
Outlet
30.4%
$19.61
Outlet
33.8%
Outdoor 20" x 20" pillow insert
$18.00
$10.80
$18.00
$15.00
$0.04
None
0.0%
$4.20
Outlet
28.0%
Cote D'Azur solid canvas tote
$33.99
$27.19
$49.00
$41.00
$4.96
Outlet
30.6%
$13.81
Outlet
33.7%
TOTAL:
$99.98
$76.38
$136.00
$114.00
$13.96
Outlet
26.5%
$37.62
Outlet
33.0%
Columbia
Men's convertible pants
$44.90
$44.90
$55.00
$55.00
$11.96
Outlet
18.4%
$10.10
Outlet
18.4%
Women's convertible pants
$44.90
$44.90
$60.00
$60.00
$14.96
Outlet
25.2%
$15.10
Outlet
25.2%
Boys' convertible pants
$24.90
$24.90
$40.00
$40.00
$5.04
Outlet
37.8%
$15.10
Outlet
37.8%
Women's button-down hiking shirt
$34.90
$34.90
$50.00
$50.00
$5.04
Outlet
30.2%
$15.10
Outlet
30.2%
Women's hiking shoes
$100.00
$30.00
$100.00
$100.00
$0.00
None
0.0%
$70.00
Outlet
70.0%
Boys' moisture-wicking tee
$12.90
$12.90
$20.00
$20.00
$6.96
Outlet
35.5%
$7.10
Outlet
35.5%
Men's softshell jacket
$99.90
$69.90
$130.00
$130.00
$9.46
Outlet
23.2%
$60.10
Outlet
46.2%
Women's full-zip fleece
$29.90
$29.90
$48.00
$48.00
$7.96
Outlet
37.7%
$18.10
Outlet
37.7%
Men's full-zip fleece
$29.90
$29.90
$48.00
$48.00
$1.04
Outlet
37.7%
$18.10
Outlet
37.7%
Toddler full-zip fleece
$17.50
$17.50
$24.00
$24.00
$76.70
Outlet
21.7%
$6.50
Outlet
27.1%
Hiking daypack
$109.95
$109.95
$139.00
$139.00
$0.49
Outlet
20.9%
$29.05
Outlet
20.9%
TOTAL:
$549.65
$449.65
$714.00
$714.00
$10.00
Outlet
23.0%
$264.35
Outlet
37.0%
Nike
(Retail from Macy's, Foot Locker)
Men's running shorts
$29.99
$29.99
$32.00
$26.99
$50.01
Outlet
6.3%
$3.00
Retail
10.0%
Men's long-sleeve moisture-wicking shirt
$29.99
$29.99
$60.00
$60.00
$5.04
Outlet
50.0%
$30.01
Outlet
50.0%
Men's Nike Air Max shoes
$129.99
$129.99
$170.00
$170.00
$5.04
Outlet
23.5%
$40.01
Outlet
23.5%
Men's Nike Zoom Vomero 6 shoes
$99.99
$99.99
$130.00
$130.00
$0.00
Outlet
23.1%
$30.01
Outlet
23.1%
Women's running shorts
$24.99
$24.99
$32.00
$32.00
$6.96
Outlet
21.9%
$7.01
Outlet
21.9%
Women's moisture-wicking shirt
$27.99
$27.99
$38.00
$38.00
$9.46
Outlet
26.3%
$10.01
Outlet
26.3%
Women's running bra tank
$39.99
$39.99
$48.00
$37.99
$7.96
Outlet
16.7%
$2.00
Retail
5.0%
Women's Nike Zoom Vomero 6 shoes
$99.99
$99.99
$130.00
$130.00
$1.04
Outlet
23.1%
$30.01
Outlet
23.1%
Boys' Jordan shoes
$39.99
$39.99
$70.00
$49.99
$76.70
Outlet
42.9%
$10.00
Outlet
20.0%
TOTAL:
$522.91
$522.91
$710.00
$674.97
$0.49
Outlet
26.4%
$152.06
Outlet
22.5%
Sunglass Hut
Ray-Ban sunglasses
$199.95
$144.98
$199.95
$199.95
$10.00
None
0.0%
$54.97
Outlet
27.5%
Coach sunglasses
$158.00
$114.98
$138.00
$138.00
$50.01
Retail
12.7%
$23.02
Outlet
16.7%
Ralph by Ralph Lauren sunglasses
$99.75
$74.78
$124.95
$124.95
$10.00
Outlet
20.2%
$50.17
Outlet
40.2%
TOTAL:
$457.70
$334.74
$462.90
$462.90
$50.01
Outlet
1.1%
$128.16
Outlet
27.7%

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