Thoughts on TK Maxx

Hey Guys,

I heard about a store called Tk Maxx from one of my relatives and now I'm wondering if it's worth going there to get some clothes and shoes etc.

I usually go to dfo for deals and sales on brands like Ralph Lauren etc . But I never heard of Tk Maxx.

Has anyone on ozbargain been there, what are your thoughts on the deals?

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  • +1 vote

    Hey,

    I went to a TK Maxx that used to be a Target.
    It is sort of like a modern version of Target, an open plan department store.
    I didn't think anything was cheap as such.

    TK Maxx Australia describes themselves as "We offer everything from women’s, men’s, and kids fashion, to footwear, accessories, lingerie, beauty, luggage, and home wares for every room and more."

    I got the sense that they try to do it all but don't quite get there. YMMV.

    I'd suggest you go have a look, but I'd probably stay with dfo for Brand Label and deals and sales.

  • +12 votes

    It looks like they sell overstocked lines that other retainers have not bought or have returned. They are new cloths, but have cloths racks everywhere. It's like the end of season areas in Bigw/Target/Kmart but it's most of the store.

    • +6 votes

      But they are branded products, not home brand lines like those mentioned.
      They are like a discount Myers.

  • +2 votes

    It’s good if you are not looking for a specific brand/style as each of the stores will have different stock.

  • +7 votes

    Its a bit like a thrift shop in that you never know whats going to be in stock.

    Its worth a stroll if you are going past, but not worth visiting if you want something really specific.

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    I buy a lot of my clothes there. I feel it's a bit like shopping at ALDI in terms of the random brands and lines there.

    It can be hit or miss depending on the stock at the time though that's part of the appeal. For me I find the prices reasonable with the quality decent and a mix of known and lesser known brands.

    It's not nearly as good as TJ Max and simple stores in the states though.

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      TK Maxx is TJ Maxx. You can see this in it's receipt.

      • +4 votes

        Though like most shopping, the Australian version is not nearly as good as the US version - or the UK version.

        • +1 vote

          yeah the america versions are better
          ross, norstorm rack and tj maxx and marshall

          the pricing here aint bad, if you want those american brands (CK, tommy etc)
          however in America those brands are like dirty cheap

  • +7 votes

    Very much a pot luck affair.

    I've been there a couple of times and you have to wade through a lot of stuff that is, frankly, rubbish.

    You might get lucky, but mainly it's stuff no one else wanted that's ended up here after being discontinued, returned, etc. which really says it all.

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    Have been to TK a few times never brought anything though.

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    It’s definitely not actual designer stuff. Some okay clothes not super cheap, but not expensive. I think it used to be called Trade Secret. Has decent returns policies.

    • +1 vote

      I've seen a Chloé handbag in the Fairfield TK Maxx and a lot of DKNY and Michael Kors clothing

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        I’ve seen DKNY too, but wasn’t sure that’s an actual designer brand. I haven’t seen Michael Kors, I’d like to though. The majority of stuff at my local is just made up brands, still some nice items but not designer.

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          DKNY is the diffusion line of Donna Karan New York (like how Michael Michael Kors and Marc by Marc Jacobs are also diffusion lines).

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            @kerfuffle: My local TK Maxx has a lot of Michael Kors puffer jackets at present.

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            @kerfuffle: DKNY doesn't exist as a designer brand anymore. It was bought out and just puts it's label on stuff made by G-III Apparel. Along with dozens of other 'designer brands'.

  • +2 votes

    In the US it is called TJMAXX and it is great.

    In AU it is called TKMAXX and it is half as good

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      Can confirm. TJMaxx and Marshalls (same company) in the US are great. In Australia, it is no better than a bad Target or Kmart from the 90s.

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      I'd imagine the UK name indicates it's being run by the UK arm of the business.

  • +1 vote

    I have found counterfeit sunglasses for sale at TK Maxx. Printing quality of the branding was shocking and easily scratched off, Bali-spec.

  • +2 votes

    Depends, do you like sifting through racks and racks of random stuff, organised into very broad categories and full of random stuff people didn't want to buy the first time?

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    TK Maxx specialises in end of line items - if you see something you like, grab it on the spot as it likely won't be there if you come back in a couple of days' time. I like to poke around in the store to see what they have; a couple of weeks ago my local store had Spode coffee canisters well below Peters of Kensington's price, and last year they had a whole table of Oroton handbags and accessories. I've not really looked at the clothing, other than their sleepwear - I remember years ago some PJs were on sale at the DJs clearance store at Harbourtown, but TK Maxx was half their price for the same item.

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    It was great pre-covid, always heaps of new stock coming through. In the last year it's been half empty with not much new stuff. Probably having a hard time importing from shut down stores of something.

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    Been there got something I wanted at a really good price but there was only 1 in stock. I figured I was lucky.

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    Managed to pick up a pair of Adidas sneakers for cheap (~$80). I've seen some brand clothing there as well.

  • +1 vote

    Have lived in North America and London which converted me to TK / TJ Maxx… Great for reasonably priced, high quality products if you aren't shopping with a specific design/style in mind. I think generally it tends to be genuine real products too (bear in mind most outlet shops create lower quality "outlet lines" - think Sheraton, Adidas pretty much all of them)

    Yes they do tend to have better pricing and range overseas but that pretty much applies to every store - its expensive here!

    One thing that I have noticed with TK Maxx is that there is significant variation from store to store here. When I was living in Sydney my closest store (Chatswood) was pretty average. Now I live outside Sydney and my local store is pretty much on par with the regular overseas stores.

  • +1 vote

    Been in there a few times and always leave thinking what a waste of time. I've never seen any known brands or purchased anything. The things that are cheap, are cheaply made and pretty ugly.