Retailers, at least the ones that practice good business, don't just count beans one sale at a time. In reality, you loose some and you win some, and hopefully by the end of the month there is an overall profit. Same applies to one's investment portfolio.
Recently, a retailer was offering 40% off list on some leftover stocks. Granted, they were doing it to move inventory, and they were not loosing money doing so.Our typical $700 shoe is really worth about $350 to the factory
Profit or not depends on the retail operational cost. Regardless, retail list is near 100% over wholesale. As an interesting point of reference, that is about the same for Rolex. Wholesale is about 55% of list price. Next time when you walk by the fancy jewellers, you know who is paying the rent.
No. Most but not all Alden shell shoes have that, regardless of color. The exceptions I can think of are: Leffot cigar x snuff suede saddles. Aof Carmel color 2 lwb, I have also seen a pair of matt surface #8 model form Anatomica years ago.
The $700 is not all lost. You may be surprised how much people will pay for second hand Alden Cordovan boots. More power to you for you can visit Vass frequently. When you buy from Mr. Vass, you get factory direct pricing. Not so for Aldens, in which the retailer gets a 50% retail margin.