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Hermes wallet, scarves...fair value?

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I've been shocked by how expensive the Hermes wallets and scarves are...

What's so special about them, and what do you think is fair value? How much would you pay for them?
post #2 of 32
Hermes scarves are outsourced to a silk company; however, they are known for the limited edition prints. Maybe one time ago, they made their own signature items.

As for their leather goods, that is another facet of the legend although they do make leather goods inhouse, and the quality tends to back up the reputation. Many makers also imitate the Hermes look.
post #3 of 32
You're paying a premium for the name and for owning a status symbol.

Make no mistake, they are of good quality but $500 CDN plus (at Holt Renfrew) for a wallet is nuts. You have nothing but a receipt to put in it once you've purchased it.
post #4 of 32
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so how much would you be willing to pay for them? i think i may be able to get some NWT/NWOT Hermes wallets for $200ish.

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Originally Posted by LegB4Wicket
You're paying a premium for the name and for owning a status symbol.

Make no mistake, they are of good quality but $500 CDN plus (at Holt Renfrew) for a wallet is nuts. You have nothing but a receipt to put in it once you've purchased it.
post #5 of 32
Honestly, I think if you're the type of person who is phased with paying $200 for a pocket square or $500 for a wallet, then you probably shouldn't be buying Hermes items in the first place. You'd be better off saving the $500 towards a nice suit.
post #6 of 32
throw away the name "hermes" from the question and put in "gucci", "louis vuitton", "prada", "christian dior", "ferragamo", etc... and you'll get the same answer.
post #7 of 32
I think what I'm getting at really is that I would always concentrate on getting quality "basic items" like suits, shirts, shoes, etc. before spending money on accessories. Granted, it should ultimately come together but one step at a time for poor students like me. Along the lines of your questions, my sister has some hermes accessories (watch, loafers) and they seem very high quality as as expected.
post #8 of 32
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Originally Posted by acidicboy
throw away the name "hermes" from the question and put in "gucci", "louis vuitton", "prada", "christian dior", "ferragamo", etc... and you'll get the same answer.

The quality of Hermes leather goods is far superior to that of the designers that you mention. Hermes is in a different league. They operate as an atelier, using old world techniques and the finest skins on the market. That's why they're backlogged on orders for saddles, Birkin bags and such.
post #9 of 32
Hermes leather goods are very high quality. Yes, the price is high...so is Kiton.
post #10 of 32
Well, I am a fan of Hermes. I agree that they are very expensive, and some people, or make that most people may think it is not worth the premium over other brands such as Gucci, LV, or etc.,

But if you want the best (in terms of major fashion houses), and can afford it, go for it. I don't think there is a "fair value" for products like these anyway, they are all over priced.
post #11 of 32
You can get Hermes quality for much less. But you have to pay the price for the Hermes name.
post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by tom2517
I don't think there is a "fair value" for products like these anyway, they are all over priced.

Precisely what I was thinking.

I've purchased 3 Hermes ties in the past 4? months because I really liked them. Do I think I could have found better ties for half the price? Of course I do. Do I think that Hermes goods are worth what they charge? Of course I don't. No purse is "worth" 35,000 dollars, just like no watch is worth 25 million. It's worth what it cost to make it/market it - its "price" however, is a number on a tag that someone came up with to define a profit margin and establish product exclusivity.

Fair value is a term whose meaning is COMPLETELY lost in the realm of luxury goods.
post #13 of 32
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Originally Posted by kitonbrioni
You can get Hermes quality for much less. But you have to pay the price for the Hermes name.
I don't know about "much less", which seems an hyperbole, but certainly there are relative "bargains" to be found in lesser known atelier-type firms. The Italian brand Valextra has raised its prices to compete with Hermes.
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
The Italian brand Valextra has raised its prices to compete with Hermes.
Funny how in luxury goods the laws of pricing and demand work in reverse.
post #15 of 32
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
Funny how in luxury goods the laws of pricing and demand work in reverse.
I suspect that Valextra is also trying to market its avant-garde design past to people with cerebral luxury tastes as compared to Hermes, which tends to be sort of obvious.
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