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Is Century 21 the Worst Shopping Experience in the City?

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If you haven't chimed in yet, the back-and-forth is in full force in the comment section of our Century 21 story from earlier this week. Is the store, which is notoriously overfilled with tacky tourists and damaged goods, even worth shopping? It's totally up to you.

We don't have any connection with Century 21, nor are we anywhere near enthralled with the place. The shopping experience there as well as the quality of their goods has obviously taken a steep nosedive over the past few years, but sometimes it's fun to spend a few hours honing your eagle eye ability to spot the diamond in the rough.

During our hours being elbowed by whole families hoarding Godiva gift boxes and stepping over packs of tired teenage girls half napping on the floor near the Milly racks, we weeded through tons of damaged Missoni to find some perfect and undamaged pieces. We also did a quick stop into menswear, to find $100 silk button-downs from Miu Miu, plainer $80 pieces from Alexander McQueen and McQ, and Acne under $40...all undamaged and unstained.

The gist of all this is that although Century 21 is absolute retail hell and quite possibly one of the most frustrating shopping experiences in the city, we're not quite ready to give up on it.

What do you think? Are you so over Century 21, do you favor their locations outside Manhattan, or are you still entranced by the masses of designer names piled up in there?
· Surprises at Century 21: Piles of Pucci and DVF Under $100 [Racked NY]
· Surprises at Century 21: Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, McQ [Racked NY]

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