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Is it just me or has anyone else noticed a deterioration in the quality of clothes on sale in some of the main high street stores? I used to shop regularly at NEXT, but find that the clothes are now often of such poor quality whilst at high prices, that I am no longer doing so.
'Made in China' seems to be on most of the labels and, whilst I having nothing against goods made in China, the 'feel' of the goods tends to indicate quality on the lower end. NEXT are selling short-sleeved shirts 'from' around £25.00 and more, and they are of such poor quality that I am loathe to part with my money. In fact, I often go around NEXT stores muttering to myself "What a load of rubbish all this is". Am I going mad? Or is this a common reaction?
NEXT clothes relying on past good reputation?
It seems to me that NEXT are relying on their past good reputation and the familiarity with their brand to sell rubbish goods at higher quality prices. I can go to Tesco and buy a shirt of the same, if not better, quality than in NEXT for around £10.00 and often less. Also with NEXT, I buy a pair of jeans or trousers for work, and find that the fabric in the seat quickly becomes very thin and holes appear.
I went into Monsoon yesterday to look at the so-called 'sale' in the men's section. Yet again, 'Made in China' seemed to be the norm, and even at half-price, the shirts on offer seemed to me to be of a very poor quality. Is it the same with women's clothes I wonder?
Are we being "ripped-off" by retail stores that we once trusted? Or am I just getting old (at 39) and I need to start doing more shopping in Marks and Spencer and/or the supermarkets?