You may have been to Concreters Ballarat lately and been tempted to try their all-inclusive high-end shops. If you are like many, this may well be a mistake. Not only do the high end shops of Ballarat offer you poor quality clothing but the prices are out of control. If you are in Ballarat for work or for a holiday, you are simply not going to be able to afford the kind of clothing that is on show there. Worse still, if you are staying there for just a short time period you will most likely return home empty handed. All these factors mean that you need to be extremely careful about where you buy your clothes.
Whilst there are high end department stores at the airport and in the city, such as JW Marriott and Woolworths on the Strand, the availability of good quality clothing is very limited. These are the shops that cater only to the more affluent customer by offering up the latest fashions from designer houses. There is nothing wrong with this if you are in this type of market, but if you are after something slightly less expensive then your only option will be the second hand stores and the internet. Both of these options can mean that you have to be really selective about what you choose.
The best way to find a decent bargain is to go to the stores in Ballarat. These are usually smaller shops that stock up on the end of line or last season styles that tend to be unpopular with the rest of the market. Many of these will be a sale or clearance type sales. You should aim to find one of these sales at the end of your shopping trip. This way you will have the opportunity to see the clothes in person and not just online pictures which are not always reliable.
It is important to remember that while you should check out the stores in Ballarat, you should also avoid the high end shops. If you are looking for designer labels and top of the range fashions then these stores are definitely not for you. There is no reason to pay over the odds for designer clothes when there are so many cheaper sources of clothing that are equally high quality. The best advice is to get your clothes from the lower end stores and buy from them every time you need something to wear to a special event, for example to a wedding or an engagement party.
It is important to realise that there are both cons and pros to buying from the stores in Ballarat. One of the pros is that you will find excellent prices. Most of the stores are owned by their local businesses and so you will benefit from the economies of scale from owning a shop rather than a big chain or international business. You will also find that the service is excellent as the staff are very used to helping people with any questions they might have.
The cons are that some of these stores can be pushy and you might find yourself paying more for the items you want to buy. The other problem is that you do not get to see the clothes before you buy them. Some of the higher end stores like Concretes have more generous returns policies so if your purchase does not fit, you get your money back. If you are shopping online then make sure that you check this out as the returns policy will probably be much more generous on online stores.