I think if the aesthetic is totally not part of the advantages of the item, then it doesn't really have anything to do with style.
Also, did not realize $7 was such a sensitive price point.
The aesthetic advantage (IMO, the color) is apparent from the picture. The other information, while not relevant to the aesthetic, is relevant because clothes do not exist in a vacuum. They have to be made and bought (hence the provenance and price information), and they also serve a function, in this case to cover my stick-out ears so they don't turn red. Someone who purchases a winter hat may not care about the former two, but as I said the latter is important to me whenever I'm buying a functional, as opposed to decorative garment.
My collection of GI watch caps seems seems to be going through that mid-winter dwindling. The sad part is that the current watch caps are only about 2/3 as thick as they used to be, so not as warm. I decided to upgrade to the Goretex version for an extra $10, and they're supposed to be much warmer (and waterproof!).
I picked up a couple things during sales this week, nothing too exciting but they were lots of percentages off.
And this SNS sweater I have a question about: is it a bad idea to cut the steel wire that runs up the sleeves and down the sides so I can stretch the body down? It fits but an extra inch would be perfect.