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March 2016

Why Not Outlet Pricing for Travelers?

The proliferation of ‘factory outlets’ or ‘manufacturer-direct’ prices has become common place, but are we getting true ‘outlet or direct’ prices?

The middleman, agent or even retailer is suffering in our modern internet-based environment and big-box stores which appear to offer rock-bottom prices but still make enormous profits are commonplace.

The world of agents from insurance to travel to financial are feeling the crunch as they are rapidly being considered as expensive cost overheads by the producer, provider or manufacturer.

The airlines started the demise of the travel agency system when they started eliminating agent commissions and over-rides and turned to online booking systems aimed directly at the consumer, forcing some retail agencies to charge additional booking fees. Now you can find airline reservation sites charging fees for online seat selection plus anything else that they can get away with. Are the savings they are making being passed on to the consumer?

Insurance companies began advertising for direct dealings as did banks with their development of in-house financial planners (not at all independent, but merely another name for a bank products salesperson). Are they keeping the old commission for themselves or do they pass on the savings to the consumer?

Let’s focus on one of the consumers’ largest expenditures over a lifetime – recreational travel, business travel, vacations and trips and the Retail Travel Agent or Agency:

1.These were really needed before the consumer could access websites from B&B’s to Hotels,
Luxury Lodges and Tour Operators or if you wanted to pick up an expensive glossy brochure.
2.These were really needed before travel providers and tour operators enabled the consumer to
book directly with them on the internet with reservation systems and booking requirements that required little training or expertise.
3.These were really needed before airlines promoted their own booking services and became more greedy for any extra percentage or fee and wanted to be rid of travel agents as expensive and redundant overheads.

Now, these agents are only really needed if travelers want knowledge, experience and expertise of specific destinations, activities or tour companies, or of course, those travelers still not using the web.

Let’s not feel too sorry for retail agents as top-notch travel consultants are essential to travelers who have complex itineraries or who are venturing to the lesser know areas of the world. All is not dark for travel agents with knowledge, experience and expertise as consumers who need these professionals now have access to them with the web wherever they may be located and no longer need to use local agents unless they have the requisite skills. But, they still have to be found as they may not be in your local area or even in your own country.

There are various forms and levels of travel middlemen – Inbound Tour Operators, Wholesalers, Retail Agencies, all of which earn a percentage from the original travel provider for their advertising, promotion and sales efforts, these percentages can be anywhere from 10% to 25% or even more! When you see a travel advertisement offering $200 off per person and you book through a retail agent, you are still paying the commission, so by booking directly with the operator you should get the special offer and also save the commission.

Some travel operators already offer their products directly to the consumer but at the same prices as the consumer would get from a retail agent. Fair enough if these providers do not use middlemen but if they also sell through retailers their prices should be ‘net of commissions’ for direct bookers and ‘retail’ for agency sales.

When the consumer goes directly to the travel provider these middlemen percentages should not apply but the provider is sometimes in a predicament. To show a net price and retail price on their website could deter the middlemen from handling their products. Until now.

Travel providers are now able to offer net prices directly to consumers by using the TopTravelVoucher services at TopTravelSites.com. This website is in effect operating as a travel agent who does not sell travel on behalf of travel operators, but generates travelers who go directly to the providers for information and bookings. As the website does not need bricks and mortar offices, expensive glossy brochures, familiarization trips and computer reservation systems plus all the other paraphernalia of operating a travel agency, it is able to rebate sales commissions to travelers as a reward for handling their own arrangements directly with the travel operators.

This innovative consumer travel service offers travel discounts in over 70 countries to travelers who purchase their deeply discounted TopTravelVouchers. They offer their services to the global travel trade community and to the global traveler. They do not charge the travel trade for any promotion services and allow multiple listings for any kind of travel product as long as the consumer gets net pricing.

The consumer does not have to buy before seeing the travel offer and can also buy the vouchers to be used as gift certificates. All vouchers come with a 100% money back guarantee and even if the traveler is unhappy after completion of travel the monies for the vouchers are still 100% refundable.

At present you can get TopTravelVouchers for Escorted Tours, Eco Tours, Adventure Tours, Small Boat Cruises, Lodges, Resorts, Hotels, B&B’s and new products are arriving on a daily basis.

Some tours offer a flat percentage off of the retail price while other vouchers have a fixed value. One voucher for a Greek Cruise has a value of 1,500euros and can be purchased for only $100usd and there are many escorted tours around the world offering a 10% discount on the tour price, which can be significant depending on length of tour and number of travelers. If you have a family or group of travelers you can often buy a voucher for each person (there is a particular 7 day Thai River Rovers cruise that appeals to me if I can find a few friends to join the charter).

So now, no matter where you live or where you want to go, you can book discounted travel from your home, cyber-cafe or laptop anywhere in the world. You could be in the offices of a tour operator and go online and get a voucher and then hand it over to get instant savings. Not bad eh?

This website and concept is a first for the internet and with the support of the global travel trade from the smallest of travel operators to the giants, it can only grow larger with expanded product selections and savings as this aspect of internet travel is on a seemingly endless growth path.

Travelers who go directly to travel websites must do their own due diligence, talk free with skype, 800 number, or email with the operators, read testimonials, check the latest pricing and last minute deals, make a booking and check for deeply discounted TopTravelVouchers in order to get fairer fare prices. If your tour operator does not offer a ‘net of commissions’ tour price when you do your own bookings, ask for it or suggest they start to offer these vouchers and you will start saving on your travel.

Although this service is not yet a household word for travelers the TopTravelVoucher service from TopTravelSites.com is on the way to making a difference in that we can now find true outlet prices for a lot of travel choices directly from tour operators, wholesalers and even retail travel agents who often operate their own in-house tour programs. All want to expand their reach to the ever expanding international client base of travelers comfortable with handling their own travel arrangements and who all want fairer fare prices.

Coach Handbag Outlets

An increasing number of Coach Handbag outlets are being opened everywhere and to increase the accessibility of the customers. These Coach Handbag Outlets help in covering the needs and demands of the increasing number of customers.

This is a reality that a wide range of different Coach Products are available at different outlet stores. The designs of these products ranges from old to new one. This wide range of variety helps to facilitate the customers at all corners of the world that have different choices.

Mostly these Coach Handbag Outlets offer discounted prices. Many customers worry that how these Coach Handbag Outlets are able to offer the authentic product of the same higher quality at such a discounted price. The reason is simple. These outlets purchase the authentic products in bulk amounts from Coach Factory Outlet stores. These outlet stores are wiser enough to pass this part of their profit to the customers by offering the discounted price. They can easily make money by making more sales of discounted items.

Further the competition between different Coach Outlets further brings a plus point for the prospective customers. These customers are in a better position of enjoying even more reduced prices of the authentic Coach products.

However it is important that customers keep in mid that these Outlet Store make a bulk purchase. So there are bright chances that there could be some defect on these items. The customers have to be very vigilant while selecting the product. Again the best part of the deal is that Coach Products are backed by guarantee. No matter these products are purchased at discount or at a discounted price the products are backed by legal guarantee. This guarantee further gives the assurity of their authenticity.

However if you are still confused how to find the Coach Outlet Stores then the following tips would help you.

Mostly these stores are located in the big shopping malls. So whenever you plan to find a Coach store the best idea is to visit the biggest shopping mall of the city. There could be more than one such store in the city. Remember to visit all of them. This way you’ll end up finding the best discounted price and you will be better able to compare the prices.

Second if for some reason you cannot travel the whole city to find the bigger shopping mall; even then just relax. Grab a cup of tea, comfortably sit on the computer chair and surf the internet. You will get many Coach Online Outlet Stores. Again here remember to make the final purchase from the official sites only.

Wholesale Clothes – Tips to Find Out Whether a Trade Establishment Sells Real Wholesale Clothes

Wholesale apparel appeals to almost everyone. The idea of buying clothes at the lowest possible wholesale rates means that you can purchase twice as much. Well it actually does not work that way. Purchasing apparel wholesale is reserved for sellers with retailer’s licenses. Now you may think that you are purchasing ladies’ clothing wholesale or kids’ clothing wholesale because of the advertising put before you, but it is actually not.

Factory outlet malls give you the impression that you’re buying items directly from the factory at wholesale rates. Wholesale clothing makers do indeed have factory outlet shops, but they’re not selling products at wholesale rates. After all they’re renting premium shop space and paying a sales staff to market the products. This cost is added to the wholesale price. You may be able to purchase products cheaper at a factory outlet mall, but you’re not purchasing it wholesale.

Another myth is the wholesale clubs. You may be thinking that these clubs are selling wholesale club clothing or wholesale groceries, but that is not so. They have the same expenses as a retail shop. There are advertising expenses, building, sales staff, utility expenses and insurance that all have to be added to the product prices. Granted that because you are purchasing in bulk, you can save lots of cash, but you are not purchasing wholesale.

To buy wholesale girls clothing, wholesale dog clothing or wholesale men’s clothing, you have to purchase in quantity and you need a retailer’s license. Sellers that sell at open markets sell their goods at low rates because they have a license, purchase in big quantities, and have little overhead expenses. Entrepreneurs who market on eBay or other such internet auction sites have obtained their goods the same way.

Wholesale apparel is bought directly from the factory or a jobber in big quantities so that the buyer, or what we call the vendor, can sell it in smaller quantities, at higher rates, thus reaping a profit. That is what makes the globe go around.

So the next time you stroll around looking for wholesale clothes to sell on your retail store and you see a sign saying wholesale fashion clothing or wholesale designer clothing, in a retail shop, do not let them fool you. They are making a profit from these clothes that they purchased at wholesale prices.

So when you have your own retail shop, make sure that you are making business deals directly from the real wholesale providers. Definitely, if you do that you will earn countless proceeds.

Last Minute Wedding Dress Shopping

Finding a wedding dress at short notice can be an overwhelming thought! Many modern couples are deciding to get married very shortly after they get engaged, so sometimes a time-frame of just a few months or even weeks is becoming more common. There might be a particular reason for this, such as an illness in the family, booking the only available dates at a favourite venue, other plans that mean you need to get married right away and so on. Or perhaps you just can’t see a reason to wait! Whatever your reason for a swept-off-your-feet wedding, one of the first things you’ll be wanting to do is find a wedding dress. This might seem like a herculean task, and many traditional bridal shops will tell you it’s impossible, but don’t despair – it is absolutely possible if you know what to do!

Traditional bridalwear stores tend to suggest that you give yourself between 6 months and a year to find your perfect wedding gown – this is so adjustments and fittings can be booked, or the right size shipped in etc. While browsing these stores can give you a firm idea of what kind of dress you’re after, many simply won’t be able to provide you with a gown at short notice, so looking elsewhere is your first step to finding a late-notice wedding dress.

Your options include non-wedding clothing stores, vintage wedding dresses and wedding dress factory outlets:

The high street is sometimes a great place to start, and larger department stores often stock wedding gowns at affordable prices. But these tend to be rather limited, generic and might not cater for smaller or larger dress-sizes.

If you can find a vintage dress that fits, then fantastic! Many vintage dresses are often in very slim sizes, however, so may narrow down your options. Perhaps you have a family heirloom of a gown that could be adjusted to fit you?

Finally, wedding dress factory outlets are great places to find affordable designer wedding dresses in a huge range of styles. These outlets buy end-of-line, one-off and ex-display/catwalk bridalwear and are able to sell on to the customer at greatly reduced prices. Sometimes you can save up to £1500 on a top designer dress! They may also work with new or specialised designers who offer their gowns at reduced cost. This option gives you the greatest choice, with larger outlets stocking up to 700 dresses in a variety of styles and sizes.

Wherever you find your dress, you will most likely need to have it altered in some way. Even ‘off-the-peg’ dresses may not fit perfectly. But hiring a bridalwear seamstress is fairly cheap and easy to do, and you can get the work done with a quick turnaround if you start looking for your wedding gown as soon as you being planning your wedding.

Other top tips for anyone looking for a wedding dress at short notice include:

– Set aside a whole day for shopping and plan to visit just a few bridalwear stores rather than panicking and rushing round as many shops as possible.

– Don’t rush! Take your time to research what type of gown you are after and be open to trying on lots of different styles.

– Take the advice of the staff and whoever you’ve brought along with you.

– If possible, do some research on the gowns available before you come into the store.