Originally Posted by hadecker
Wouldn't it be a leap to buy a suit online without the experience that it would fit? I guess if you try it on in a store then it makes it an easier decision.
And I think that is where the value perception difference lies. If this suit fits the purchaser, if it is as described, it it is of the wool weight the purchaser desires, if it hasn't been altered, if it hasn't been mismeasured, if it hasn't been misrepresented in some way, than it is truly a screaming deal at $661 plus postage.
However if any of the above have happened you get to donate it to charity or a close friend that it does fit or satisfy and you are out $680 or so and do not have a suit that you can use. Mainly since the seller will not take returns and you can not try it on, feel the wool, or look at the suit.
And if you buy enough on Ebay you will run into one or all of the problems stated above. So every purchaser needs to add a "reserve" if you will that will allow them to cover these deals that don't work out. If that reserve for KB is 100% than the adjusted cost of the suit is $1322 and while a good deal it is no longer a screaming deal. If the "lost money or can't use" reserve is only 50% than the adjusted cost of the suit is less than $1000 and again is in the screaming deal category.
I had occasion to find a 42L (my size) Oxxford Gibbons in the recent NM sale. Lovely suit in tan wool for summer. When I tried it on it turns out this was a MTM special order and although clearly labeled a 42L it was closer to a 42XXL. Not wearable. With a most careful Ebay seller than it would have been carefully measured and you would see how long it was. With a less than careful seller with no returns than you are out of luck.
So if you are going to buy on Ebay you need to be certain that you are dealing with a very reputable seller. And others have said this one (Classy Closet) is a reputable seller. So we are probably in the screaming deal category.