MDM not only likes to shop the clearance of shopping networks, but will look for special buys of individual designers since many times the clearance will be very limited in size, color because of the huge clientele that the networks reach. However, here are a few tips:
Tip 1: At QVC check out the “Savings on Style Price” and “Fashion Outlet Price” of your favorite designers like Bob Mackie, Koos Of Course, Susan Graver, and Citiknits. Usually QVC prices its apparel at half of suggested retail price and this added savings is approximately one-third off that price. By shopping these price listings, you have a better chance of getting your size and selection of color than Last Clicks.
Tip 2: Write down the model or item number. Especially when it comes to jewelry since many times the items can come back into stock. See posting on this site: “Sold Out or Is It?”
Tip 3: Go to mall outlet of the shopping network. At Mall of America, QVC has a store which has some super savings in clearance. The last time MDM was down, peridot jewelry selection was fabulous and the savings matched! ShopNBC has its’ home base in Minneapolis as well.
Tip 4: Check out auctions such as ShopNBC Auction. Many items that were out-of-stock can show up at this auction. Remember these are offered as last one items either by style or size and do your homework on the price. You don’t want to pay more than the item’s previous sale or clearance price.
Tip 5: Value pays, Flexpay, Stretch Pay, and Easy Pay are ways to purchase items from the networks especially on large ticket items interest free. Several things to remember: initial payment will include shipping and handling, and make sure that you will have money or credit available when the other payments come due. It is best to keep a record of such purchases and lock-in payments to your budget. As with any extended credit, you can get into trouble if not managed responsibly.