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Walmart vs Abercrombie , Holister?

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  1. darklide

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    If you were to buy some plaid shirts would you buy them from Abercrombie & Fitch/Hollister clearance or Walmart, and why?
     

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    Question is are you more for name brand or for function? Comes down to what are you happy with.
     
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    You get what you pay for at Walmart.

    If I had to choose between A&F/Hollister clearance and Walmart... it would hands down be the former. The clearance part doesn't bother me as I'm not really into the whole "what's in and what's out" kind of thing. If it looks and feels good to you... then it's just fine. My dad actually had a few shirts from Walmart and they felt like cardboard to me since the fiber count was lower and the quality of the materials were lower. I remember seeing some in Walmart for like $2 each and they literally looked like they were stiff.
     
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    I've bought many garments including shirts from ASDA(UK Wal*Mart), I've found them to be great and very good value. Would NEVER buy anything A&F, here one is paying for the name and it is extremely overpriced for what one gets. I also object to the obnoxious branding on everything, they should be paying me for advertising their expensive 'Made in China' dreck. Same goes for many other overpriced designer brands, ahem...Emporio Armani. Never heard of Hollister.

    HTH.
     
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    Neither. I usually troll the department stores and stores like wet seal and rue 21, searching for good sales. Burlington coat factory is another place to find nice clothes at good prices. Hollister is fine for my teenage sister, who manipulates people into buying everything for her (my mom taught her well) but I don't have the money to waste.

    Wal-mart, on the other hand, just no. I grew up with hand-me-downs and cheap wal-mart clothes. I was 18 when I bought my first nikes, now I wear nothing else (no other shoes!) . Wal-mart clothes are uncomfortable, shoddy quality and ill-fitting. Not to mention, just not cute. They might try but they ultimately fail.
     
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    might be surprised as how many Name brand clothing stores and discount clothing stores gets their product from the same manufacturer. My mother worked in a tie factory once. Sewing labels on ties. Same ties on the line she sewed Gucci, Kmart, Sears and so on. You think theres a difference because you see that name and think oh its a higher quality?

    Sometimes in the end your just paying more for the exact same piece of clothing.
     
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    You can tell the quality of some garments if you look closely at the construction.
    I've seen expensive brands that are so sloppily constructed they fall apart in a month.

    If I wanted a good plaid shirt, I'd make it myself.
     
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    I think there's a definite age limit for Hollister and A&F. For me... A&F is very high school and early college years like up to 21. Anyone older and it's just weird. (this only applies to items of clothing with a prominent A&F logo or lettering since jeans are still fine) It's really amusing to see a 40 yr old man wear an A&F polo. Midlife crisis anyone? :p

    I love going around department stores also! My favorites are Macy's, Saks, and Bloomingdales.
     
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    if they are all the same price:


    i would go with holister.. walmart would be last choice.

    i can see and feel the fit difference.
     
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    Neither, I refuse to go into either one of those stores. I get most of my stuff on sale at Target.
     
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    if i do any brand name clothing shopping i tend to find myself at Express other wise i usually go to Kohls, good clothing decent prices
     
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    I know this for a fact. There is a massive denim products factory in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China. One month they're making jeans for Walmart, next month production is for Armani. This actually happens at thousands of garment factories all over China and SE Asia.

    It can sometimes be the same for genuine designer goods and knock-offs. Genuines go out the front doors of the Chinese factories, knock-offs go out the back doors.


    It actually happens more often than people might realise.

    People might want to think about this when they're considering those $200-$300(USD) designer jeans, tops, shirts, jackets, sneakers, etc, etc, with 'Made in China' on the label.
     
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    The only reason I wouldnt go to walmart is bc theres no such thing as an in-and-out trip there. Everything takes so f'ing long there. I went to buy a pack of socks and it was literally a 30 minute ordeal bw getting through people and waiting in line.

    I dont really care for abercrombie for cloths. I think ive owned maybe one shirt from there. I cant stand their jeans. You must be outa your mind to spend $100 on a pair of jeans with holes and acid wash on them...If im buying new jeans, they better look new.

    Im a big fan of jcrew and banana republic. I can almost always get what I need from their sale tab on the website. Just about all my dress pants came from there, and I dont think Ive ever spent more than $35 on them, including shipping.
     
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    Great stores. I personally really like Banana Republic. Clean-cut, simple, classic, and good reputation.
     
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    funny, having been in retail for 30 yrs, all you have to do is look at the labels where the garment is made, AF like everyone gets their stuff from the same factories in china, indonesia, taiwan, etc just like walmart, target, Kohls, Gap, etc... what you are paying for is insane marketing expense that is added to the garmet with print, media and instore advertising, plus of course they know a certain demographic will pay for the AF label and even more so for the AF logo that others can see...same goes for polo or any other designer label...it's a feel good purchase, psychologically!
     
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    I wouldn't be caught dead in anything plaid lol.
     
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    I prefer ross/burlington/department store sales.
     
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    Another thing for me is the fit of the clothing. I like shirts and polos that are snug fits around my waist. I really don't like clothing that drapes. Higher brands, like Ralph Lauren, have polos that are "slim fit" and they fit quite well. But... there are other brands like Calvin Klein that don't do very well. A lot of shirts and polos that I've tried from places like Gap, American Eagle, H&M, Express, and American Apparel just don't do it for me anymore (I used to get them before my requirements changed). The same thing goes with jeans. It's important for me to find jeans that are just the right fit, design, and color. I like my jeans with a strong form that is fairly snug (not like emo jeans). I have a very difficult time finding those at lower brands. In any store, I will go into the changing room with like 6-8 different jeans and come out with 1 or at max 2 that I really like.

    I <3 Japanese denim :)

    The most important thing is to find what you're comfortable with. If you're not happy with spending a certain amount of money on clothing, then you wont be happy afterwards.

    My parents buy cheap clothing from lowest department stores and from Walmart/Target.
    My brother buys from brands like Express and Banana Republic and shop at Macy's.
    I buy from brands like Diesel, Rock & Republic, and shop at Saks and Bloomingdales.

    We are all happy and comfortable with our purchases. That's the only thing that matters.
     
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    I only wear what the cool kids wear. Not going to get caught wearing something that cost less than five or twelve hundred dollars and most certainly, nothing from Wall-Mart or some other mass market store where the pedestrian and ever so poor people shop.

    No way, man . . . my entourage must also look cool, too. so we all wear 1200 dollar special edition Nike Air Crap shoes. Justin Bieber editions and very special.

    I am currently in the market for a pocket dog like my BFF, Paris, carries around.
     
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    me, i try and wear clothes with the least amount of advertising. it's tough. not because i'm ashamed to wear something from Kohls or Target or whatever, but i'm not being paid to promote anything... does that make sense?

    Aeropostale (sp?) and Abercrombie are the worst offenders in my eyes, but maybe times have changed. i havent been in those stores for ages. the cologne scares me off from Abercrombie!
     
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    Considering my g/f is a manager at Rue 21 and I work part time at the Buckle, you can pretty much guess where most of my clothes come from.
     
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    THE BUCKLE! quick story. went there with my 11 yr old niece. she wanted some white jeans (kids these days...) the sales lady overheard me pretty much being a guy and say, just get em. she was super nice and took care of her for me. i wandered off and picked out a pair of kick ass reversible shorts!?! so my lil niece picks them out and we go to pay. $75 for the shorts $150 for the jeans. dilemma time. got both, but only because the girl that sold them to my niece was GORGEOUS. my sister (nieces mom) was sooooooooo mad that i spent that much $$ for the jeans for a middle schooler took them back and yelled at me. (i wasnt worried cause i had the cash for it). i kept the shorts but the buttons fell off.... i still have them, but cannot wear them cause i lost the buttons. moral of the story, WHEN DID THE BUCKLE GET SO EXPENSIVE?
     
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    When employees started making commision. lol

    It's mostly because of the brands. Lot of Ed Hardy, Affliction, and the like. But the quality tends to be much better than what you'll find at other stores, maybe not in the case of your buttons. lol

    They higher thread count in the clothing makes for a much more comfortable wear and very few, if any, mistakes. Like I said, my g/f works at Rue 21 which is mostly a similar store, but the quality isn't nearly the same, hence why it costs half the price.

    Oh and cause you get to look at sexy people. lol
     
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    I occasionally buy stuff from wal mart. Norma Kamali's got some good stuff there... and organic cotton. I also dig the low price on hane's/fruit of the loom v-necks. Plus no one around here would buy from there. Cheap stores almost never have a good men selection though. A&F and Hollister is for people under 22, though they do have nice warm coats in winter.

    Old navy's reasonable. Overall I'd only buy cheap with trends and stuff you don't expect to wear a long time.
     

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