“What does factory seconds mean exactly?”

Asked by Nate from Washington on 3/3/2017 12:05:33 PM
  • I have ordered many pairs of these and never found anything noticeable other than some loose threads in the pockets. I just trim them up.
    Answered on 3/3/2017 12:27:52 PM by David from VT
  • They have a flaw somewhere meaning they can't be sold for full price in a department store. However the two pairs of pants we bought, we didn't notice any flaw at all and couldn't be happier. The flaw could be length, size, belt loops, etc. Minimal flaw but somehow detected upon inspection prior to sale.
    Answered on 3/3/2017 1:53:53 PM by Lindsay from MI
  • It means there is some flaw, usually quite small, that makes them not "perfect" in some way. I have purchased over a dozen pairs of Carhartt "2nds" and I typically cannot find the flaw. ONE time I did actually find the flaw and it was about a 2 inch blemish in the fabric which looked lkike a double stitch or something similar. It was on the leg and in the back. I am a high school teacher and wear Carhartt canvas pants to work every day. They are as comfortable as blue jeans but look professional enough to meet our dress standards. Yes, you do take a bit of a risk. For example the flaw could be right in front and obvious. However, as I said, I have only ever found the flaw one time after nearly 15 pairs of pants have been purchased. For what is usually about half price----- it is worth it!!
    Answered on 3/3/2017 3:22:25 PM by Brad the Teacher from Wisconsin
  • Factories produce products in "runs." Be it jeans or cabinet doors or red solo cups. They inspect each run with random Quality Control tests. If a QC finds a certain # of items with flaws big enough to reject an item for retail sale, the entire run is typically rejected and placed into second-place status. Some items may be fine, some may have a visible defect, but the factory finds it more profitable to sell their seconds to warehouses in lots for a deep discount rather than take the time and pay an inspector to look over every single item in the run and sort out the 1st placers from the 2nd placers. The only flaw I noticed on my pants was that the button hole got messed up. still works, just not perfect.
    Answered on 3/3/2017 8:10:02 PM by Babz from NM
  • Factory Seconds = items rejected by quality control as being flawed. The flaw could be visible or internal. It may affect functionality or it might not. Buying seconds is taking a chance, but it could be worth it or it might not. If the item is mission critical (life depends on it) then don't do it. If you can stand a wardrobe malfunction, well it might be worth it...
    Answered on 3/3/2017 8:43:47 PM by MrPerk from Texas
  • Good question, it is difficult to find any blemish on the pants I have purchased, near imperceptible.
    Answered on 3/4/2017 5:11:41 AM by The Local Potter from Ohio
  • 2nds: Minor cosmetic blemishes or irregularities which do not affect the fit, performance, or longevity of the item. Label is usually clipped by the manufacturer. A small flaw means big savings.

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    Answered on 3/8/2017 10:36:00 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post