WHAT IS A SAMPLE?
Sample sales are used by retail businesses in order to discard excess merchandise. Sometimes these samples have been used by agencies to sell products that they will distribute to local vendors. These sales are an opportunity to get near perfect merchandise at a fraction of the price. It is often difficult to have information on the date and time of sample sales, although there are websites which list information about sample sales (GO TO MAFMATIKS.COM FOR MAFMATIKS SAMPLES). They are also used to draw in new clients.
Sample sales are a way for retailers to sell their items that are used in advanced showings, fashion shows, and presentations for interested buyers. These samples are often very limited in sizes and quantities due to the purpose the items serve, in some cases sample sales can be much larger in both sizes and selection. Some of the items sold at sample sales are from previous seasons, overstocked items, returned, or were never sold in stores (EXCLUSIVE).
Sample sale websites are a new trend expanding upon the popular brick-and-mortar (B&M) sample sales that often occur in New York, Los Angeles, and other prominent locations. Sample sale sites are usually invite-only websites that receive the opportunity to sell certain products from top labels in the fashion industry (often these items are from previous seasons, but just as often they are current products) at a heavily discounted rate. Each sample sale tends to run for about 24 to 48 hours, or until sold out; since inventory is often limited and some sites are extremely popular, some items on some sites will sell out in a matter of minutes or even seconds. Sometimes these sites place their orders for the number of products they would like ahead of time, sometimes they place their orders after receiving the customers' orders (in the latter case, shipping to you will take longer). The popularity of these sites has exploded in recent years such that many of the sites have expanded beyond fashion labels to household items, wines, and even travel. Comparatively speaking, the prices and selection are typically better than department store discount stores.
Mafmatiks website will have sample sale calendars that alert users to upcoming sales available online. Many new fashion brands feature their samples online, with the option of purchasing in-store or through the website.
Sample sales increased in popularity during the Great Recession because of the increasing economic challenges facing both the fashion industry and the consumer. GUESS WHAT? AMERICA IS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR OF ITS NEXT RECESSION! Shoppers are advised to check their merchandise carefully before purchase, as sample sales are final, and some samples inherently have manufacturing flaws (ergo sample sale discounts).