DANGIT!!! I wrote what amounted to a dissertation on this whole 'ebay is getting too costly' stuff ya'll keep saying and when I went to post it, I'd timed out or something, had to log back on and in the process lost everything I wrote. What's up with this new forum software?? Anyways:
Ebay vs STP = no comparison. Compare prices on Isaia suits for instance.
Also, does stuff on ebay cost more now than it did in the old days? No, that's a misconception, and I can speak from 7+ years of professional buying and selling. I used to routinely get $200 for well used Mani sportcoats, $300-$400 for vintage Oxxford sportcoats etc. back in the day. Why? There was no supply. You could count the sellers of high end clothing that knew what they were doing on your two hands. Now that we (professional sellers) have educated everybody and their brother on ebay, everybody and their brother is selling high end clothes. There are thousands of sellers dealing in this category these days. Supply is up, way up, and more stuff slips through the cracks at giveway prices than the sum total of everything that was listed in the old days.
Everybody is probably remembering that period of a year or so in 02-03 where a lot of guys came on ebay selling NWT goods for far far less than what they were worth. Think RLPL suits all day long for $300-$350. That sort of a business strategy is just plain stupid, and ends up in a loss at the end of the year. Those schmoes are long gone (go figure.) But not before they nearly bankrupted me and a lot of other sellers. That is something to keep in mind about selling on ebay - at all times, you are competing against people whose underselling will result in then very shortly going out of business!
Ebay is an absolutely vicious marketplace. Prices are what they are for a reason. Sellers that sell stuff to cheap don't last. Sellers that sell stuff for too much don't last. Believe me.
Anyways, rant (and hijack) over