First of all, outlet malls are located in the middle of nowhere, which means whatever money you might be saving you'll usually spend on gas. Second, many brands like the Gap and J. Crew make lesser-quality items specifically to be sold at these locations. The factory store you think you're getting a deal at? You're actually paying full price for a shoddier product. While there are some items that are a bargain, more often than not shopping at these places is more trouble than it's worth.