I've heard the same, $325 for shell seconds. I've bought 2 shell seconds, and a third this coming week in that sale, brown Dundees.
I've seen others say the same...the issues are usually very tolerable, and, you can make changes to the shoe like, diy-mto and the outcome is still $ smart for shell.
For $325, nothing on shoe bank should last long. In my size, they are pretty limited, fortunately.
How are you customizing seconds? I thought the shoes were already built?