Are outlet stores for real?

first_imgWhen you think of bargain shopping, chances are that outlet stores come to mind. There is good reason for this. While it isn’t always the case, outlet stores tend to be less expensive than retail stores. In fact, you can often find a product that is virtually identical to an item from a retail store at less than half the price.For example, NBC’s TODAY recently did a segment on this topic, highlighting a men’s suit. The original suit from a big-name retailer cost $923. An identical suit from an outlet store was priced at $369. That’s a 60% difference.Later in this segment, people on the street were asked to identify the difference between clothing and accessories purchased at a retail store and an outlet store. Most consumers were not able to tell the difference.You may not find this surprising. After all, outlet stores sell overstocked and out-of-season merchandise, as well as “seconds,” from those big-name retailers, right? Not necessarily.According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), most of the products found in outlet stores are made specifically for outlet stores. The same report from the FTC suggests that this could mean that products from outlet stores may be of lower quality. The report states, “For example, plastic might replace leather trim on a jacket, or a t-shirt may have less stitching and a lighter weight fabric.”What does this mean for you? Be wise with what you purchase. Chances are that if something is cheaper, it’s cheaper for a reason. If you have questions about a product, ask a sales representative. Knowledge is power.Discovering that screaming deal at an outlet center can be a real thrill. However, make sure you understand what you’re getting for your money. 66SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derek San Filippo Derek is a freelance writer who spends his off time either working with his rescue animals or writing children’s books. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife … Web: Detailslast_img read more

England’s Jordan wins St Andrews Links Trophy

first_img11 Jun 2017 England’s Jordan wins St Andrews Links Trophy England’s Matthew Jordan has been threatening all season and has now pulled off the biggest win of his career with victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy in Scotland. The 21-year-old from the England Golf A Squad had four sub-par rounds and finished on 11-under, one shot ahead of Ireland’s John Ross Galbraith. The Cheshire golfer realised the magnitude of his win when he came off the Old Course at St Andrews to see his grandparents. “My grandma was just made up, it was great to see the joy in their faces, their happiness,” he said. “This is my first really big win. It’s brilliant, but hard to describe the feeling, it’s unique and I just want to try and savour it.” Jordan (Royal Liverpool) began making a name for himself last season when his performances played him into the England A Squad. This year he’s continued the form, with seventh place in the Lytham Trophy, fourth in the Irish, fifth in the Brabazon Trophy, runner-up in last week’s Scottish men’s open – and now the winner of a major amateur title. “It’s not one thing that I’ve done. I did well last year to get into squads and it’s just carried on from there,” he said. “The next step is trying to believe you can win and having confidence and belief in yourself.” Jordan was under par in every round at the St Andrews Links Trophy, opening with two-under 70 on the Jubilee Course and adding 68 69 70 on the Old Course. He was tied for the lead at the start of the final round and quickly forged ahead, playing the first 12 holes in five under par. When he reached the 17th he knew he had a four-shot lead and he chose the conservative option, deliberately avoiding disaster on the Road Hole, and playing smart golf to finish bogey, bogey. Behind him the challengers were jostling for position, but none could catch him. Jordan is England’s first winner in this championship since Hampshire’s Neil Raymond in 2013. Click here for more information Image copyright Kenny Smithlast_img read more

Renovations to Queen Elizabeth Park on schedule — facility ready for baseball in spring of 2015

first_imgThe money is used to pay for materials and contractors with the majority of the work being done by Martel, David Gray, Roger Aubert, Stephen Forte, Corbin Comishin and a few enthusiastic NDBA players.“The new and improved diamond will be ready for the early spring,” Martel said, adding a new irrigation system has been installed by the City of Nelson.“Not only does Nelson Little League Baseball use the diamond but so does the high school and slow pitch league and many people use it for evening and weekend pick up games.”Martel said the NDBA would like to erect a 25-foot high fence in right field to stop balls from getting caught up in the tall grass.“This is short right field distance and the wall will keep the balls from being lost on the bank,” said Martel.“Fenway in Boston has a wall so we will make a Nelson equivalent to the Fenway green monster and the plan is for advertising on the wall so that will pay for itself.”Martel said NDBA has seen an increase in registration during the past four years.He said therefurbished diamond at Lions Park for the younger players as well as improvements to Queen Elizabeth Park should help the kids enjoy the game of baseball even more.“Other than evening vandalism, like removing the post and string we used to mark were the bases go, the project is coming along very smoothly with the help from a few 14-16 year old baseball players,” he said. The sound of “Play Ball” is going to have a different ring to it when minor baseball resumes in 2015 following the completion of renovations to Queen Elizabeth Park.The main park for the Nelson and District Baseball Association and L.V. Rogers Bombers Baseball is getting a complete overhaul of the diamond — a project that should have the park ready for play in the early spring.“We have removed about six inches from the top of the field and replaced it with better top soil,” said Larry Martel of the NDBA.“The sod was placed on the infield and around the outside of the diamond.  Crush shale that we’re bringing in from Cache Creek, will fill in the base paths, pitching mound and around home plate,” Martel added.Martel said the bulk of the $20,000 to complete the upgrades of Queen Elizabeth Park have come from provincial grants applied for during the past couple of years.last_img read more