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Factory defect clothing, factory seconds, clothing seconds, factory irregulars, factory imperfects, slightly irregular, slightly imperfect are all terms that describe clothing that did not meet the manufacturers strict quality guidelines for first quality, non-defective clothing and are considered factory rejects.
Factory defects in clothing can range from minor defects, considered slightly imperfect or slightly irregular, to rags or pound goods. RG Riley factory reject clothing is sold wholesale in bulk case lot quantities at below wholesale prices. RG Riley does not sell any rags or pound goods and therefore all products while damaged can be worn.
Factory defect clothing is purchased by charities, schools, goodwill and thrift stores, and other giving organizations that are seeking quality clothing at bargain prices.
Hospitals, hospital supply stores, trauma centers, and short and long term health care institutions purchase defective clothing as a way to reduce their operational costs.
Discount retailers, flea markets, swap meets, dollar stores, and outlet stores sell defective clothing at low prices to provide bargains for their customers.
Screen printers and embroiderers purchase defective and closeout clothing for promotions and sales.
The level of damage determines how we categorize the quality of the garments on our web site. Please view the graphic below for a comprehensive list of the quality standards on the RG Riley web site.
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• First Quality Product
• Excess Inventories
• First Quality Apparel
• Discontinued Styles
||This category contains clothing known as closeouts, excess inventories, overstock, discontinued, etc., that are all flawless, first quality merchandise. First quality apparel originally made for retail chanels may still have there original branded hang tags and/or UPC stickers just as you would find them in a department store. Closeouts or first quality clothing created for the imprintable, screenprinting, or embroidery industries will often come without branded ticketing or tags depending on the manufacturer, and/or which stage of their production they were decidedly "closed out". Private label closeout apparel may include clothing with brand labels that have been removed or left off, these closeouts will still have a care, content, and/or size label. Closeouts can also be stock lots or canceled production orders. These are the highest quality off-price clothes available.
Closeout Customers: Mass Market Retail Chains, Screen Printers, Promotional Businesses, Resort Wear Stores
• Slightly Irregular
• Hand Graded Irregulars
• Clean Irregulars
• Graded Factory Seconds
• Graded Factory Rejects
||This category contains clothing considered non-first quality or slightly irregular by the manufacturers. This can be for a multitude of reasons including, but not limited to, fabric defect, construction imperfections, slight dye lot discrepancies, or slight sizing issues. However, our staff looks through each and every piece to inspect for visible flaws. Those with major visible flaws are dropped into the (*3rds*) category below. Those without major noticeable flaws are sold as a very clean, or as we call it, hand graded irregular. The primary difference between these and first quality garments are the marked, clipped, or stamped labels behind the neck. Also, hand graded irregular clothing will typically not have any retail hang tags or UPC adhesives.
Graded Irregular Customers: Discount Retail Chains, Variety & General Merchandise Stores, Hospitals, Screen Printers
• Mill Graded Irregulars
• Factory Seconds
• Factory Rejects
||This category contains clothing considered non-first quality or slightly irregular by the manufacturers. Again, this can be for a multitude of reasons including, but not limited to, fabric defect, construction imperfections, slight dye lot discrepancies, or slight sizing issues. RG Riley has not culled, graded, or looked through these garments. They are sold exactly as they arrived and may contain some visible flaws. In some cases, you may find a sticker, tape, or flag near the irregularity marking its location. Mill Graded Irregulars or Clothing Seconds will vary in quality from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Mill Graded Irregular Customers: Discount Retail Chains, Bargain Outlets, Warehouse Discount Stores, Screen Printers
• Visible Flaws & Small Holes
||This category contains clothing with clearly visible defects. During our grading process, any garments found with visible defects, are moved into this category we call (*3rds*). These defects can include, but are not limited to, holes (ranging from pencil eraser to golf ball sized holes), rips, stains, seam puckering, mended tears, mis-stitching, and other flaws. Traditional hang tag labels will be cut horizontally, others may have an 'IR' or 'IM' stamp, or marked out labels. All of these garments, while flawed, are still wearable and represent real value for the lowest priced discounters
(*3rds*) Customers: Dollar Stores, Charities, Non-Profit Relief Funds, Clothing Donations, Single Use Clothing