Originally Posted by Dorje
I don't know how people take high end designer prices seriously when sales are often over 75% off... I guess only the super rich buy this stuff at full price...
I buy regularly at retail, or with a very small discount, and I would not consider myself wealthy.
Often the stuff that you really want is gone by sale time. I typically buy a bunch of stuff that I really want at the beginning of each season. About half of that stuff is gone by the time sale time rolls around. Some stuff, especially accessories, can only be found in one or two places, are are bought in sticks. So, for example, I bought a Dries van Noten belt this season at full price. I have been to several stockists, and only one of them, on of my favorite stores, carried it, and they only had one in my very common size. So I picked it up. Other things, like jeans in evergreen cuts and washes, also hardly ever go on sale. Some basics do go on sale, but those are typically not prohibitively expensive.
The stuff that I got at retail goes on sale - I am glad that I got to enjoy it for that much longer.