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Back-to-School Shopping Guide for Brand Name Backpacks

Jul 12, 2008
During July and August, it is usually easy to find back to school deals on pencils, notebooks, and other essentials, but hunting down bargains on name brand bags for hauling around all that gear may prove to be a little more challenging.

If you enjoy the hunt almost as much as the find, then there are several places you can look for deals:

Garage and Yard Sales

Garage and yard sales are great for finding unbeatable bargains. However, it is luck of the draw when it comes to finding specific items at these types of sales. You can increase your odds by first looking through the garage sale listings in your local classified ads, and then making sure you are first in line when the sale opens.

Classified Ads

It is not unusual to find individual listings for brand name backpacks and other back-to-school must-haves on classified ad websites such as Craigs List and US Free Ads. Regular newspaper classifieds and other local publications are other good places to check.

Corporate Websites

If your timing is good, sometimes you can find good deals on the manufacturer's corporate website. As new styles are introduced, most manufacturers reduce prices on older styles to make way for the newer products.

Outlet Sales

Another popular destination for bargain hunters are outlets. However, unless you live close to an outlet mall or similar venue, this may require some travel. The cost of travel should be factored in to determine if you really are getting a good deal.

Auction Sites

By comparison shopping on eBay and similar auction sites, you should have no problem finding the item what you at the price you can afford. However, pay close attention to the shipping charges so there are no unexpected surprises after the auction has closed. It is also a good idea to review the feedback left by other buyers about the seller, so you know that you are dealing with a reputable, experienced merchant, before you place a bid.

As you can see, there are many places, both online and offline, that you can find deals on brand name backpacks and other popular back-to-school gear. The internet has made it extremely easy for anyone that wants to comparison shop before they buy. If all else fails, simply type in a description for the item that you are looking for the in the search box of your favorite search engine, and you should be presented with many choices.
About the Author
Dawn Hall recommends shopping for both new and discontinued Vera Bradley bags, including Vera Bradley backpacks, at DiscountFabricHandbags.com.
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