Hi everybody, this is Elena from the ECONI.ORG family and today I’d like to share with you a little bit of my experience with one of my all-time favs. Banana Republic has been among my favorite stores for years. I have always been happy with their quality and choice of fabrics, and I guess you can say that I’m a “fan”.
Regular Stores, Outlets and Online Shopping
Recently, more and more Banana Republic Outlets are popping up all over the country. The styles held in these stores offer reduced prices on pieces that are unique to the outlet stores. And that means, if you purchase from an outlet store, you must go back to the outlet store (location or online) to exchange or return merchandise. In other words, a regular Banana Republic store would not accept an item that was purchased at an outlet store.
Did you know? The merchandise sold in the outlet stores are designated by three dots on their labeling. These dots distinguish them from regular Banana Republic fashions.
Quality and Selection
Since I am very familiar with the sizing and quality of Banana Republic in general, I can easily go online and pick and choose what I want without fear of it not fitting or disappointment with the feel of the clothing. And what is nice is that if you cannot find something in your size or color in the store, you will most-likely find it online. I have also found that not all Banana Republic stores offer the same styles. Larger stores will have much more variety than smaller locations. The size of the store varies by where it is located. Larger malls in turn house larger stores. Of course the full line is offered online.
In all the years I’ve been shopping there, their quality has been nothing short of outstanding. And I much rather pay a couple of bucks more knowing my new blouse is not going to shrink by two sizes when it comes out of the dryer (well, unless it’s an item that should not go into the dryer AT ALL…guilty as charged!..;-)..
It is always a good idea to check the sale merchandise first. I have found some incredible bargains at up to 90% off of original retail price by simply waiting a few weeks or shopping sales. Of course if you wait for reductions to take place there is always the risk that the style or color you are seeking will not be available. But, sometimes the risk pays off big!
When browsing clothing from Banana Republic online, you will find the site easy-to-navigate and the ordering process straight-forward.
One feature I would like to mention at this point is the ‘Quick Look’ option. It allows you to look up the price, available sizes, colors, etc. quickly without leaving the page your are on.
Shipping and returns
Free shipping was once reserved for Luxe card (the VIP customer credit card) holders. But, recently they began offering free shipping for all on orders over $50. If you hold a Banana Republic credit card you will benefit from sale offerings and rewards that can be redeemed online or in the stores.
Should you need to return merchandise, it can be done online for $6 shipping and handling or returned directly to the store. Returns/exchanges must be made within 45 days of purchase. I personally have not had a reason to return an item. As I mentioned earlier on, I “know” their sizes and their quality so I always know what I get.
Banana Republic Merchandise is not cheap. But if you want better quality, you will have to pay a little bit more. On the other hand, unless you absolutely must have the newest items all the time, you can save big if you wait a couple of months until an item is being reduced in price. And they ALL do eventually. That’s exactly the reason why I love the online store – I usually know exactly what items I want and then I just check in periodically to keep an eye on them.
Oh, and before I forget: you might want to consider signing up for the Banana Republic newsletter to stay in the loop regarding information on new collections, upcoming sale events and more. As you sign-up, you’ll get a 15% coupon you can use on your next purchase.
That’s it. I would love to hear from you guys and learn more about what kind of experience you have with shopping at BR. Please leave a comment or send me an email.
Thanks and happy shopping!