10 Things Clothes Shop Assistants Will Never Tell You About
Clothing stores often use tricks to make us spend more.
We at Bright Side vote for honesty in everything, so we found out what manufacturers and retailers of clothes hide from us.
Sales benefit the stores, not the customers.
Sales are a means of making you buy things you didn't even think of buying originally. Not many can resist temptation upon seeing a discount. But what are sales actually about?
- Sometimes, stores artificially raise the prices just before the sale to announce it later and attract customers.
- Ads and shop windows can claim sales of up to 70%, but you'll only find such a discount on a single item. For everything else, prices are cut by no more than 10%.
Similar sizes may be too big or too small depending on the brand.
Different manufacturers have different size scales. Therefore, you'll be able to fit into a small item in one store yet hardly be able to squeeze yourself into a medium in another. Some companies artificially "reduce" the size of their clothes for female customers to buy them more readily.
Collaboration with a famous designer doesn't guarantee quality.
Large brands sometimes create clothes made with well-known designers. Their aim is to make customers pay more for exclusive items. However, the only thing exclusive about them is their limited edition, and the quality of such clothes isn't any better than the rest.
The sales section looks so disorderly on purpose.
Have you ever noticed how all the clothes in a store are neatly folded or racked, while the sales section is in total chaos with things piled in heaps? This is done on purpose to make a customer feel happy that he or she found a nice bargain in that mess and run to buy it immediately.
Harmful chemicals are used in clothes manufacturing.
Even if an item is labeled "100% natural," it may still be dangerous for your health. Clothes manufacturing involves chemicals that can't be identified without proper lab testing. Some harmful substances help carry out a designer's wish regarding the color or texture of the item, while others protect the clothes from insects and mold. Always wash new clothes before wearing them. It will reduce the amount of dangerous chemicals and keep you safe in case an infection has lingered from some previous customer who tried it on.
Synthetic items cost the same as those made with natural fabrics.
Manufacturers often overprice synthetic clothes to give customers an incentive to buy more expensive items made from natural fabrics. The customer thinks that a cotton or woolen blouse isn't that expensive compared to a synthetic one and buys it without a second thought.
Designer clothes are of worse quality in outlets than the same items in boutiques.
Striving to save money, many people go to outlets for designer items. However, clothes and accessories there only look like they're from designer collections. Lux brands often make items from cheap materials specifically for outlets to receive income from those who can't afford their clothes in expensive boutiques.
Poor quality goods.
Our parents have left us things that we can still wear. Today's clothes, however, are often of poor quality: all bad stitches, poorly printed images, cheap plastic fittings, and so on. This is exactly the aim of the manufacturers: to make things quick and cheap so that we buy them more often.
Fashion trends change every week.
The times when there were only two seasons, spring/summer and fall/winter, are gone with the wind. Modern clothes manufacturers have taken up on microtrends. New fashionable items appear in stores almost every week, so you want more and spend more.