Express Shopping Spree

Over the weekend, I went to my neighborhood mall and bought three shirts, one pair of pants, and a belt from Express Men.

I like the design and love the colors from this store, but the stuff is so darn expensive!  $235 retail price for merely five items!  Thank goodness for sale deals, coupons stackable with sales, and multiple checkout, I walked out with my stuff after paying only $115.

I’m curious about the business model behind this type of clothing stores, Barnes & Noble, and those online florists… there is always a coupon available somewhere, so if you’re among the few who don’t know about it and end up paying full retail price, you’re screwed.  It’s sort of like street vendors in China and their margin for bargain.  Yet that’s considered evil business practice while stores like Express is “high class”?