Originally Posted by pebblegrain
Wow that's not a very good deal. Go get firsts for $280...
Seriously. Even assuming an additional charge of $20 for trees, plus $10 to $15 for shipping, plus let's say 7% tax, the $280 firsts with trees end up around $336 all in. For $36 more, you get a better and non-flawed shoe.
Of course, that assumes you could actually find Strand firsts on sale for $280. The Strand is a popular model and doesn't go on sale as often as other models. Full retail is usually around $300 to $330 before shipping, tax, and the additional purchase of trees.
I still don't think the seconds were a great deal in this case, though. Even if the rubber soles hadn't been there. Generally, I'd want to see a price reduction of closer to 30-50% off of firsts at full retail before seconds started looking like an attractive option. That is probably why I don't buy seconds, but to each his own.