Originally Posted by robin
Maybe not as much these days, but yes, there have been a few folks who've done it as a job (they're usually located to nicer outlets).
A lot of people still do this, and with a great deal of success. Some power sellers have incurred our wrath by not following our rather simple rules, and have paid their $500+ fine immediately, just so their flow is not broken. This is mostly in CM. It doesn't take too many $1000 suits or $100 ties or $600 shoes sold to turn a tidy revenue stream. (Incidentally, the + is an annoyance surcharge. If you have clearly broken the rules, and we've warned you even once, or if you have broken the rules, and you come back with an excuse like "I didn't read the rules", or "other people seem to be doing the same thing", you can expect that I'm going to tack another $250 to your fine, for making me have to read your bullshit.)
I see nothing wrong with this when the source is a brick and mortar, since this is a real service. If you live in NYC, sure, you could probably go to the sales yourself, but there are a lot of people who simply do not have the time to do this, and even a greater number who just don't have access. It's a lot easier than calling IF boutique or whatever stores doesn't have a big webstore, and asking a bunch of questions about inventory which they may or may not have. I also don't begrudge them a decent markup. Resellers are taking significant risk and do incur overhead, in time, inventory held, and if they also post on Ebay, listing and final value fees.
On the other hand, I think that people who do this with online sales are scumbags.
Originally Posted by ExAngel
on the other hand, there are also industry insiders, stylists, assistants and reviewers that acquire many pieces for free, sample and retail, and make a side job of selling to places in l.a. like wasteland, crossroads, bufallo exchange, flea markets and ebay and these sites. Nothing wrong with that even if they are making 100% profit.
I see no issue with this either.