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post #16 of 105
This reminds me of an episode of Arrested Development where Job inherited his dad's expensive suit collection and made every point to remind the underlings about how expensive his suit is. "Me? Get my own coffee? Do you think someone in a $5,000 suit gets his own coffee?" I don't remember if this was one of the lines he used but it was to that effect. Because optometry school is 70% females, I get lots of compliments on my shoes from girls in front of other guys. And because I dress better than them, I get a disproportionate share of clothing compliments. So other guys will come to me and ask me about the cost of something (or a girl will ask), I just say "I don't remember how much I paid because it was in Euros off a European website and the exchange rate always fluctuates." But then I get the "well, what was it about? 200? 300?" I answer with "I don't remember because it was so long ago. I just try to obfuscate and evade as much as I can.
post #17 of 105
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"Do you think someone in a $5,000 suit gets his own coffee?"
I do.
post #18 of 105
I generally try and leave a price tag on so they don't have to ask
post #19 of 105
Always an awkward question. Even if I say I forgot, they ask what brand. I tell them...they go look it up and never look at me the same again
post #20 of 105
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I generally try and leave a price tag on so they don't have to ask

I go all out and wear the shoe boxes.
post #21 of 105
When they say, "What..100? 150?" I give a chortle and say, "Are you talking about my shoelaces or my underwear?"
post #22 of 105
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Always an awkward question. Even if I say I forgot, they ask what brand. I tell them...they go look it up and never look at me the same again

Or you just say it was custom-made, and then they get confused...
post #23 of 105
I usually tell people how much. And I try to explain why I chose to buy the item despite the high cost. Generally that involves some mention of "funding excellence" in craftsmanship, etc. When talking shoes, if you just point out the difference between full grain and corrected grain, people become much more receptive to the idea of buying quality shoes. And I find that in general the resulting conversation leads to a thoughtful discussion about the way people spend their money. Another thing that helps is comparing the cost of the shoes to a year of coffee, soft drinks, bottled water, and/or alcohol. Most people will admit they they spend way more per year on just one of those items than I've spent on the shoes.
post #24 of 105
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When they say, "What..100? 150?" I give a chortle and say, "Are you talking about my shoelaces or my underwear?"

post #25 of 105
I just tell them I got it as a gift but I think they cost around...(give wild ballpark figure).
post #26 of 105
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I usually tell people how much. And I try to explain why I chose to buy the item despite the high cost. Generally that involves some mention of "funding excellence" in craftsmanship, etc. When talking shoes, if you just point out the difference between full grain and corrected grain, people become much more receptive to the idea of buying quality shoes. And I find that in general the resulting conversation leads to a thoughtful discussion about the way people spend their money.

Another thing that helps is comparing the cost of the shoes to a year of coffee, soft drinks, bottled water, and/or alcohol. Most people will admit they they spend way more per year on just one of those items than I've spent on the shoes.

I like his one the best.... That's what I choose, bu sometimes I just plain don't like telling people the cost, but u gotta pay for quality!
post #27 of 105
Check out the the prices on Blahniks or Christian Laboutin .. and a co-worker of mine (err female co-worker ).. has 20 - 30 pairs. We small timers.

I usually just quote the right number tho - in Euro
post #28 of 105
i cringe when coworkers/friends ask me of the make/model of my shoes. I just tell them to google "alden" or "john lobb" etc. and then I usually end the conversation shortly thereafter
post #29 of 105
Hahaha, Okay. So I told a girl who was very interested in where I got my shirts. Dumbest mistake ever. I told her that a man shows up at a hotel, reserves a room. Then I meet him there and look at fabric samples. And three months later, clothes arrive at my door. And now the entire school knows. When you tell a bunch of people who are accustomed to going to the mall to pick up made in China stuff, they can't believe things like that happen. There's this underground market of goods and services nobody knows about. They find it shady that it goes on in hotel rooms like it is some kind of sex service.
post #30 of 105
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They find it shady that it goes on in hotel rooms like it is some kind of sex service.
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