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79. Best times to skip big brands
79. Best times to skip big brands
Product: Clothes
Big brand: Ermenegildo Zegna ($170 for a silk tie)
Savings (per unit): 56%
Store brand: Saks Fifth Avenue ($75 for a similar tie)

Eliminating the middleman lets stores undercut the price of comparable designer items.

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Last updated May 12 2010: 10:39 AM ET
Source: Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan
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