Originally Posted by odoreater
I wonder how many of us have bought stuff from ebay that had similar - ahem - deficiencies as this suit where the seller either wasn't honest enough to tell us about it or didn't know about it. That's why I feel a little wierd about getting pants off of ebay - their close proximity to the junk.
I once found a really neat looking Belvest suit being auctioned by one of those all-around general consignment drop companies. It was used and dated to around the 90's, but the pictures looked nice and the ad said it was in excellent condition. I was a little hesitant to pull the trigger since the suit was tagged as a 42S, but the listed measurements were much closer to the 38R/40R range. There was a $75 Buy-it-Now price and a policy that allowed me to return it minus a 20% restocking fee, so I figured it was worth a gamble. Then the suit came in the mail. First I put on the jacket, and it was clearly much too big. When I measured it later it was closer to a 42-43R; the seller obviously didn't have an auction lister who knew how to measure. I took off the jacket and was about to put on the trousers, but as I was about to step into them, I decided it would be pointless and went to measure them first. I was very glad I didn't put on the pants, because as I held them by the waist and prepared to stretch it out for measurement, I got a glimpse of a discoloration on the inside. It was a large stain that covered significant portions of the inside lining, and it was a delightful shade akin to that of coffee or mocha. In other words, there was a massive yellow/brown stain covering the crotch and seat of the pants. I don't really want to make any speculations as to the origins of the stain, but I was glad not to have put the pants on. The waist measured at 38" anyway (the auction stated it was in the 33-34 range), so there would have been no point. At least, the saga ended satisfactorily: I sent a calm e-mail to the seller with pictures of my measuring the jacket in accordance with A Harris' excellent guide (which I also showed as lesson material for future suit auctions), and, of course, casually mentioned the dilemma of the disturbingly located pants stain with appropriate images attached. To his credit, the seller had a "HOLY SHIT" (no pun intended) moment and in addition to accepting my request to waive the restocking fee, refunded the rather considerable shipping costs I had paid as well. Needless to say, the experience was enough for me to decide never to shop from that seller again and to be very cautious when looking at used suits on eBay. This happened about a year ago, but I could probably find the relevant photos I took if anyone were interested.