Once again, can I say I love Eddie Bauer? Did you know they have a lifetime guarantee? My current knapsack I use for commuting to work was starting to deteriorate. The inside pocket seam opened and a zipper pull was fraying. This knapsack was already replaced last year so this was my second one. I went to the Cookstown Tanger Outlet Eddie Bauer store to replace the knapsack. With all outlet stores, selection may be limited but with 50% off storewide, I was not complaining. I also received a $10 gift certificate from the store once again! I tried to find a smaller but sturdy knapsack similar to my old one. Of course the old model, the Trailhead was discontinued. The customer service rep was nice and had to call a manager to assist. I gave him my membership number and like Costco, can go back and see last year that I exchanged for the Trailhead. I paid $30 for it and Eddie Bauer’s policy it has to have the same value and if not, pay the difference. I didn’t because I want something free. The original knapsack I picked up to replace the old one was regularly $90 which meant $45 after 50% off. I went back to get another model which rang in at $40 after discount. I gave him my $10 gift certificate and the bag was free!
Tanger Outlets has a coupon book and Eddie Bauer has a 15% off coupon if you spend $75 or more but since the whole store was on discount, I was not able to stack this coupon. After I got home I showed my friend visiting my new “free” knapsack and the lifetime guarantee and she wanted one too. I ended up going to the mall once again! The beauty of the outlet is that the regular store had a 40% off store wide sale instead of 50%.
I forgot I bought a knapsack in Buffalo at the Eddie Bauer outlet and it was only $20 US and was the same model but green instead of black! It is the Guide model which is sturdy and 30 L capacity. It has a compartment for a 15.4 inch laptop inside too.
The original price of my very first Trailhead was only $21 I believe and I had it for 2 years and then the second one for 1 year. Now with the third one, let’s see how long it lasts!
Mountain Warehouse also had some great deals. I didn’t know but it is a UK based outdoors store. I was able to buy giant microfibre quick drying towels for half price at $14.99 versus $29.99. Also there was a one day store wide discount of 20% too! I will be better equiped for camping next year. The towels fold up like a large napkin and take up no space!