Originally Posted by DWFII
Does it have to be said? Seriously? "A fool and his money are soon parted."
Do we have
to hold brand whores up as exemplars of taste and perspicacity?
So basically, what you're saying is that a small shop can afford the ethics...and an honesty...that the major corporations are too sophisticated/cynical to even bother with. In which case, it's probably unreasonable of us to even hope
accountability in that world. All, by the way, consistent with what I've been saying here since 2008.
BTW...it's worth noting that the larger operations buy materials at a much lower price than the small shops. What costs me $1500.00 may cost half of that when purchased in the kinds of quantities that you're talking about.
I'm just as happy to pay less for the same thing, but I don't think that pricing at the level at which someone will pay is as criminal as you make it out to be. At the same rate you immediately right off the costs involved in running a larger operation, their material costs may be lower, but I'm sure their structure is a bit more expensive than yours.
Consider that some of the retail spaces cost upwards of $75,000-$100,000/month plus a portion of the monthly sales, they pay professional wages to the sales staff and have a corporate structure that the small shop does not.
The ones that provide a volume at which they can produce, rather than diffusing their work, are certainly going to charge a premium for their product because they likely could produce and sell more but chose to operate at a level which can be supported by their craftsmen.
Their is a customer for every type of service, and while I put things like quality of construction on the foreground of what's important, others want fashion, brand cache, ect.
Value is one of those things that's certainly in the eye of the beholder. The goodwill of a brand is worth paying for in some cases, and many are often paying to keep up with the current opinion. How many come to styleforum and immediately wonder why the hell anyone would pay $1000 for a pair of shoes and a year or two later, they themselves are coughing up thousands for the right pair.
I'm not trying to chip away at your efforts, just offering a different perspective.Edited by SkinnyGoomba - 5/18/13 at 1:20pm