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Retail expert: Buyer beware at outlet stores

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A retail expert warned consumers about the type of merchandise they'll find at outlet stores like those at the new outlet mall in Simpsonville. (Source: WAVE 3 News) A retail expert warned consumers about the type of merchandise they'll find at outlet stores like those at the new outlet mall in Simpsonville. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Shoppers looked for bargains on the first day of business at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Shoppers looked for bargains on the first day of business at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With the opening of the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, we wondered what kind of products consumers are really buying at outlet stores.

A retail expert at the University of Louisville says the clothing consumers find at outlets often is not what they'll find in regular stores. Companies will create special lines they'll sell at a discount or market two or three-year-old merchandise at their outlet stores, he said.

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He also says retail shoppers should always be on their toes because the business is extremely price-sensitive.

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