the only voices we are those of re-distributors
We are agents, nobody asked you to give us a new title.
They don't own Vass and shouldn't represent themselves as spokespeople for the Brand when their interest clearly lies on this being decided in a cerain way.
We’ve never represented ourselves as owning Vass. But we do speak for the brand here in the US. And I might point out that your interest lies in it being decided in another way, thus this argument.
The question is the large price discrepancy between the two markets and the decision to clamp down on the seller that was shipping to the US. It is hard to not take that as a diss if you are an American customer, knowing that the same shoes are sold for a lot less in Europe.
First of all, the prices of the German retailer and of Bergdorf are oft-misquoted in these threads. The difference is not quite as large as it is being depicted. Second, it is not a “diss”, it is just a matter of geographic location, as pointed out in JBZ’s example of the Alden shoes.
There is a dirty component to this story and it is seriously pathetic and hypocritical to deny that.
There is nothing dirty about Vass making a decision as to how their shoes are to be distributed. As has been pointed in detail already.
The one thing i don't get is why they would care where we buy the shoe from? We are buying the shoe and unless their wholesale prices changes and the are gouging retailers here and making more on the wholesale end it shouldn't matter. Its still one pair of shoes when it comes down to it and its the retailers choice to sell it for what it is. Sorry if i'm being unarticulate but a week of writting papers with another to go with very little sleep has seriously deprived me of thinking clearly. I think an example would suffice
If a vass whole sale cost for BG was 538 at a 2.6 markup would be around $1400 retail
But my question is BG getting the same wholesale price say as the german retailers selling for $550 retail at a wholesale cost of $220 most likely.
My idea is that if BG is getting them at the same price as the german retailers why would vass care who makes the sale? They are both buying a pair of shoes and then they have sold them. What difference does it make because BG is making more money the money goes to them not Vass.
You’re speculating, and you’re WAY off. But I forgive you
Read the AAAC thread for more detail
Ah, you've hit on the rub of it. The German store places order and buys directly from Vass with no middleman or wholesaler mark-up. Bergdorf buys from Gabor/Andrew, Vass wholesalers/middlemen, and therefore their cost includes Vass's fee plus the wholesalers additional charge. Bergdorf's standard markup amount may also be more than the German store's which could also contribute to the higher pricing.
You seem to understand this pretty well. Why then can you not see that your arguments carry the implication that the work Gabor and Bergdorf do to sell Vass in the US is of no value??
Anyways, I feel like a bit of an attention-whore after that outburst last night. Thanks for the support guys. I took a deep breath, counted to three and all that jive, and feel better now. Tiger02 is right, I was mostly reacting to comments on AAAC, though there have been a few zingers here too.