I think tie bar is a great option
- for students,
- folks who are on a budget.
- folks who want to try new stuff/express themselves (so in case you make a mistake it's not a costly one)
- and for ties to be worn to lounges/pubs/clubs. So in case a drink gets spilled on to it, it's not like you ruined a $100 tie.
I have several of them and their quality is much better then the mall ties at twice or three times the cost.
For the more dressy occasions you could...