I've been getting a lot of PMs and emails in the general vein of "I really wanted X, but it's not available/on sale, and I can get Y, which is like X, but in the wrong color/model/etc.., should I just go for it?"
No, don't. If you really, really, want it, and could afford it, buy it at retail. If it goes on sale 5 months later, you will have gotten 5 months of wear out of it. Don't think that you got "ripped off." If you can't afford it at retail, and it sells out on sale, it was not meant to be yours, at least not for now. Don't settle for something you don't really want.
Best advice I ever got. I began this game looking for "deals" and such, and had a bunch of stuff I kind of liked. This year though, instead of buying a bunch of junk that I'd end up never wearing, I instead started looking at webstores and collections and wondering "Do I like this?" If I liked it enough, I'd buy (See black calf 5 zip from January, ID bracelet, side-zips, LVC denim, MMM tees). If I kind of liked it, I'd put it in a wishlist or somewhere. If it made it to sale, great, I'd buy. If not, ah well. Not the end of the world.
Ended up much happier in the end with clothes I actually like to wear instead of alternatives. I didn't like my black calf Toj moto because I was using it as a substitute for a 5 zip, the jacket I really wanted. So I barely wore the moto and ended up selling it. When I found a black 5 zip on Tres Bien for $1600, yes it was a lot of $$$$ but it is a jacket I've already worn more times than I ever wore my toj. Clothes are clothes, buy and wear what you want.