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New Tanger Outlet Mall Causes Traffic Backups
« on: July 31, 2015, 08:51:44 PM »
http://woodtv.com/2015/07/29/tanger-outlets-in-metro-gr-opens-on-friday/

Saw this on my way to pick blueberries this morning. I just cannot get over what people went through today to spend money.

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Re: New Tanger Outlet Mall Causes Traffic Backups
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2015, 09:37:24 PM »
These things are fascinating. There is one in northeast PA. that's about ten miles from the NJ. border on RT. 80, and less than 100 miles from NYC.  It has been there for three decades now, and they still have to contract a large traffic control staff to keep the flow of cars moving off the highway quickly enough to avoid pile-ups. The place is a gold mine, they get tens of thousands of shoppers on a typical weekend day.  OTOH, in our frequent travels across North America, it's common to see massive outlet malls, some even Tanger Branded, that are ghost towns. Some are abandoned, some limping along with a handful of stores. Down south, it's even common to see them turned into mega-churches. Personally, I hate even getting close to them, but they are an interesting snapshot of American culture, or lack of it.

The article the OP posted is kind of sad. Sad, in that there are still cities that cling to the hope that the next outlet mall, or other tacky commercial project is going to be their salvation. Even the lieutenant Gov. had a stupid comment about how this is proof of the state rising up again. Well, not really, dumbass. Low paying, part time jobs, no benefits, and the locals squandering more on useless shit is not going to be your salvation.

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Re: New Tanger Outlet Mall Causes Traffic Backups
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2015, 08:00:23 AM »
We had a very similar situation about a month ago when a high-end outlet mall opened near the airport.  On opening day the place was so busy with shoppers looking for parking that people who wanted to fly out from the airport that day were told to come early to avoid the traffic.  There was an article on the Internet about it and the picture just showed a wall of people. 

I want to go when it have some time off work just to walk around.  I have no
interest in Gucci.

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Re: New Tanger Outlet Mall Causes Traffic Backups
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2015, 06:12:37 AM »
People line up for an hour to pay $100/person to get into Disneyland (and stand in more lines inside) every summer weekend.

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Re: New Tanger Outlet Mall Causes Traffic Backups
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2015, 07:24:35 AM »
People also need to realize the concept of the outlet mall is so different than what it used to be. Back in the old days the outlet mall may have been a good deal as companies would have their unsold past season merchandise to the outlet store for a deep discount but now all companies produce products specifically for the outlet mall which is often lower quality so it is not a good deal. In fact you are better off just going to the regular store and hitting up the clearance rack looking for the deal. I get it if there are those that do not want to buy used clothes for cheap at goodwill but people who flock to the outlet mall thinking they are getting a good deal because they see an inflated sticker price on a pair of jeans and a sign that says 50% off really need to think. The best way to buy new clothes is the clearance rack off season, summer clothes in winter, winter clothes in summer. Great deals can still be had if you do not want to buy used from Goodwill.

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Re: New Tanger Outlet Mall Causes Traffic Backups
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2015, 08:51:55 AM »
People also need to realize the concept of the outlet mall is so different than what it used to be. Back in the old days the outlet mall may have been a good deal as companies would have their unsold past season merchandise to the outlet store for a deep discount but now all companies produce products specifically for the outlet mall which is often lower quality so it is not a good deal. In fact you are better off just going to the regular store and hitting up the clearance rack looking for the deal. I get it if there are those that do not want to buy used clothes for cheap at goodwill but people who flock to the outlet mall thinking they are getting a good deal because they see an inflated sticker price on a pair of jeans and a sign that says 50% off really need to think. The best way to buy new clothes is the clearance rack off season, summer clothes in winter, winter clothes in summer. Great deals can still be had if you do not want to buy used from Goodwill.

Or just don't buy new clothes. The old ones should last for maybe decades.

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Re: New Tanger Outlet Mall Causes Traffic Backups
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2015, 09:12:34 AM »
People also need to realize the concept of the outlet mall is so different than what it used to be. Back in the old days the outlet mall may have been a good deal as companies would have their unsold past season merchandise to the outlet store for a deep discount but now all companies produce products specifically for the outlet mall which is often lower quality so it is not a good deal. In fact you are better off just going to the regular store and hitting up the clearance rack looking for the deal. I get it if there are those that do not want to buy used clothes for cheap at goodwill but people who flock to the outlet mall thinking they are getting a good deal because they see an inflated sticker price on a pair of jeans and a sign that says 50% off really need to think. The best way to buy new clothes is the clearance rack off season, summer clothes in winter, winter clothes in summer. Great deals can still be had if you do not want to buy used from Goodwill.

Or just don't buy new clothes. The old ones should last for maybe decades.

Davids' comment is spot on.  Regarding forummm's comment -- If they buy their new clothes from the outlets, they'll be lucky if they last a couple years, let alone decades!