I will be the first to admit, I do shop at all four. However, I shop at Aeropostale the most because they have the best deals and their polos fit amazingly-not to mention they usually have a deal on them and they make one in black and they aren't all about the logo. I can find a lot of stuff for work there. For the rest of the stores I mainly shop the clearances. I love the quality of an Abercrombie polo, with the velvet taping.
And I make every penny that I spend on clothes. When my mom paid for clothes, I was all about finding a good deal and so it was the most pieces that I could get from the clearance racks at the local JcPenney's. (Now I find that a lot of their junior's stuff is way out of my style aesthetic) Now I still am looking for a good deal, because I don't make a ton of money. But I happen to like some of the styles at those stores. It's not about just wearing it to wear it, maybe I like the design on a given shirt. I find that due to my body shape, many of the styles at Hollister, A&F, AE, et. al. do not work-the skirts and shorts are way too short and an empire waist does not work for my curves.
My big thing is sunglasses. However, I never pay full price-rather I go to Nordie's Rack where I can get designer sunglasses for $60-$70. Yes it is a lot but I do not lose them and they never fall apart. Most of the time, I either buy them with my own money, or I ask for a pair for my birthday or Christmas. I also got my Joe's Jeans from there-for $80. Is it a lot? You betcha. But they gave me confidence and made me look better than ever.
However, I disagree with parents just spoiling kids with all the full-price stuff from there, because then when they don't have Mommy and Daddy buying the stuff for them, what will they do?