11 Places To Buy Name Brands At A Discounted Price

11 Places To Buy Name Brands At A Discounted Price

Tired of emptying your bank account every time you just want a new pair of shoes? Well, now you don't have to!
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1. 6 PM

6 PM is great online resource to catch the best deals on clothing, shoes, and accessories. With name brands such as Nike, UGG, and Kate Spade already at discounted prices-- plus the occasional bonus clearance-- 6 PM is one of the best sites for the online shopper.

2. Marshalls and TJ Maxx

Marshalls and TJ Maxx are sister companies, so they both offer relatively similar deals. They both have a TJX rewards program that you can use to start earning points towards a $10 gift certificate. And you earn 10% off your first online purchase just by signing up!

3. Overstock.com

Overstock is exactly what it sounds like: an overstock of apparel, shoes, accessories, and home decor. Overstock is a retail-based website that is primarily closeout merchandise, so there are always great deals on your favorite brands!

4. Bluefly

Bluefly is very similar to Overstock, but another great place to find discounts and deals on home decor, apparel, shoes, etc.

5. Hautelook

Hautelook is a members- only site provided by Nordstrom. But wait, don't worry: you can sign up with just a few clicks, and it's completely FREE!

6. Plato's Closet

Plato's is a great place to not only catch great deals on name brand apparel, but you can also sell your old, gently used clothing to them and get some of the money back!

7. ShopItToMe.com

Shop It To Me is one of the best websites to find discounts on designer brands. When you sign up you enter your sizes and your favorite brands, and then you receive emails when an item in your size and brand has arrived! Cool, right?

8. GetTheLabel.com

Think you wanna rock the Timberland boots this winter? Well then Get The Label is the site to visit! They have discounts on UGG, Levi's, Converse, and yes, obviously those adorable Timberland's! Go grab yourself a pair!

9. DSW

Don't let the name fool you, Designer Shoe Warehouse doesn't just sell shoes. They also have handbags and accessories, all at great prices. Who could ask for a better deal than that?

10. Gilt

Gilt is known for having up to 60% off of your favorite brand names of clothing, home goods, and decor. Sign up to become a member and get even greater deals like access to exclusive sales!

11. Poshmark

Poshmark is basically like taking a stroll through the closets of other women and getting to pick out what you like! You can even post items of your own that are either new or in good condition, and sell them to other women around America! Shop for your favorite brands and styles all at good prices! Who doesn't love having a style-mate?

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Retail Stores Keep Dying And It Might Be Too Late To Save Them

The world's retail giants are slowly being slain one by one.

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I arrived to work one evening in late December 2018 expecting just an ordinary shift.

Everyone who was working that night had been called to a meeting to discuss that evening's plans. Before the meeting ended, my AP manager (whose job I still know nothing about) informed us that he was leaving the store next Friday and that we should all look for jobs somewhere else.

At this moment, I knew our store would end up closing down.

I worked at a Kmart that had been around since the 1970s. I used to go there when I was younger and buy things like video games, toys, and even VHS tapes. After a certain point, I didn't really buy anything from there anymore. One day I walked in and found out that they had completely removed the video games section in expectations of shutting down soon. But that wouldn't happen for another three years.

I'm currently unemployed. So are many others as a result of retail giants like Sears, which owns Kmart, going bankrupt and shutting down.

This has been a huge trend within the past decade. With the rise of Amazon and the evolution of the internet, it is becoming harder for retail stores to make money. The video game section removed at my Kmart was probably removed due to not making enough income to justify keeping it.

Right now, I can open up my phone, select the PlayStation app and purchase the newest "Call of Duty." This takes less than 5 minutes to do. Now if I wanted to go to my former Kmart and purchase the newest "Call of Duty," I'd first have to walk to the video game section in the back of the store, get an employee to unlock the case it is in, then stand in line to purchase it.

Depending on how busy it is that day, this may have taken over 10 minutes. The convenience factor is a big reason why something like Amazon has thrived.

You may not be able to get what you want right away, but you also don't have to deal with annoying shoppers and long lines.

At one point, Sears was basically Amazon. It had a large selection of merchandise within the Sears catalog, which at one point was the equivalent to Amazon's website. Unfortunately for Sears, they were overtaken by Amazon and many other retail chains because they were too slow in taking their catalog online, allowing you to make purchases online as Amazon does.

Sears has declared bankruptcy and will most likely be gone in a year.

Sears will not be the only retail chain to potentially close.

GameStop has not declared bankruptcy yet, but it may by the end of this year since they are slowly losing money. Other stores like Family Dollar and Gymboree are also losing money, which has resulted in the closing down of multiple stores.

I don't want to make it seem like Amazon is this big and evil company that is solely responsible for shutting down the poor, innocent stores. These stores, especially Sears, had their chance to adapt and failed.

GameStop, in particular, has been constantly made fun of for how they force their employees to annoy customers with questions about video game pre-orders. Did they ever fix this issue? Of course not, and now there are tons of articles speculating about how they may go bankrupt.

Not adapting to sell online isn't the sole reason for these retail chains failing as a business. But the fact that they don't listen to their customers could also have contributed to their downfall.

In the near future, I don't think there will be that many retail store chains around anymore due to poor business decisions and Amazon. Shoppers have asked for convenient shopping experiences and they now receive them due to the evolution of the digital marketplace. This wish for convenience may have doomed retail stores, since not all of them can really keep up with a company like Amazon.

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