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“Bargain on Getting Lost!”

DFO - Direct Factory Outlet
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Essendon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Just 20 minutes from the Melbourne CBD and close to Melbourne airport, DFO Essendon has more than 100 stores with up to 70% off including Polo Ralph Lauren, Authentics (Converse), Oroton, Fossil, Country Road, G-Star and much more!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Ballarat, Australia
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“Bargain on Getting Lost!”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

I really don't like this place. It's badly designed and cavernous , with limited exit and entry points. If you have to collect anything heavy, later, in your car, businesses are very hard to find.
Inside you get lost and it seems to take hours to reach the one shop you want to visit. Meanwhile you get lured in for other bargains.
But then that's what you came for isn't it?
Otherwise why put yourself through this claustrophobic shopaholic's dream destination.
Hundreds of shops selling factory seconds and over supplied stock. The Corelle Shop and Sheridan Sheets outlets are great.
Rivers is there, but do ask whether these are Australian made goods or if such bargains come at the expense of apaling conditions for workers beyond our shores!
How you spend can make a difference!
That said, there are things here that are made in Melbourne and certainly genuine bargains to be found!

Visited August 2013
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“Everyone should visit, just for the experience”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Lots of stores, variety in all ways, free parking, offers good selection of foods. Sales in practically every store. Don't be fooled though--lots of them aren't really that cheap!!!! A place to visit and spend time to have a good look.

Visited June 2013
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