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By buying selloffs and promotions in bulk and avoiding the overhead costs of physical stores (leases, employees, bills, etc.) online stores are able to sell clothing and gear at big discounts and a lot of these stores have sprung up in recent years. This post was originally a list of such stores that I kept on my desktop for when I wanted to do some shopping. I’ve pretty much stopped shopping at ‘real’ stores altogether because I save so much money by shopping online.
Discount online stores generally fall into two categories: 1) big stores that offer a wide variety of goods at lower-than-normal prices every day, and 2) stores that offer limited-time sell-offs. The first are great when you are looking for something you need while the latter are for snatching a fantastic deal when it comes along or buying discount gifts that look expensive. Limited-time offer stores usually require you to sign up, but it’s worth it because they tend to get some of the most outstanding deals.
Either way, you can save a lot of money and still get quality brand-name gear. Check out these shops and the only reason you’ll ever visit a mall again is to try things on for size (before you go home and order them).
Big Stores with Lots of Deals
The Department of Goods sells ski and snowboarding, camping, climbing, and biking gear. I head straight to the clearance bins (the link is in the top navigation bar) for as much as 70% off. Check out the 60% off gear bin* here for some of the best deals.
Altrec is an all-round outdoors retailer selling all manner of clothing and gear for travel, hiking, running, surfing, cycling, kayaking, yoga, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. If you’re looking for the best deals, jump straight to their outlet store for items up to 85% off.
Most of us have heard of REI, so I won’t go into detail about them. Rather than shop in the normal section, you want to look at the REI Sale and Clearance page for the best offers of the moment. At the time of writing REI had gear on sale for up to 50% off
Sierra Trading Post has a wide variety of gear including that used for most outdoors sports, but they also sell luggage, electronics, and even golf accessories. They advertise 35 – 70% off retail prices. For the really good deals I go straight to the Bargain Barn*.
Dog Funk has an indy feel to it and is aimed at boarders (skate, surf, and snow) and even has some super-specialty items like avalanche beacons. Most of the gear on Dog Funk is around 30 – 50% off, though I’ve run across items as much as 85% below retail. If you’re looking for the really good deals, you should jump straight to their sale page*.
Limited-Time Sales Stores
Planet Gear has sells products for about one-week at a time and usually have six to eight offers on any given day. Their prices range from about 40 – 70% below retail.
In the Bivvy has a wide variety of outdoors-related deals including gear, clothing, and shoes. They run for various periods of time and are usually around 40 – 60% off.
This Portland-based store is not just for climbers, as the name might imply. They have up to 15 different limited-time sales, generally running for three to seven days, with goods ranging from luggage, to watches, to sport-specific gear usually for 40 – 70% off. And they say that they have Adventures (trips I assume) coming soon.
Steep and Cheap has outdoors and snow sport-related gear on sale one item at a time. They sell until the current item is gone, and then post a new one.
Chainlove is like Steep and Cheap–one deal at a time–except they sell bike-related stuff.
With the tagline “Surf, Skate, and Snow. Cheaper Than Your Mom.” how could you not love these guys? Their wares are geared towards a young alternative crowd. They have one deal on at a time for non-members, but if you sign up (free) they usually have another six to ten deals at any given time.
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