Just out of curiosity, why should one avoid buying a suit off of eBay? Is it not enough to know your shoulder, waist, and inseam measurements, as well as something about brands, and then to bid accordingly?
I think more than that is required. Lots of people can measure an existing suit, and remember being told, for instance, that Canali produces a better suit than Hugo Boss. But when they find a Canali that "fits" on eBay, do they appreciate its merit relative to other Canalis? Can they tell what season it's from? Whether the cut is an odd one? Whether there's an issue with the construction? How the fabric will feel and wear? How much the suit would actually have retailed for? Obviously, some of these questions loom even if you buy your Canali suit from a retail discounter for marginally more than you would have paid on eBay. You still won't be able to tell what season the garment is from. But, you will be able to tell whether there's a construction problem, the quality of the fabric, etc. My view re: purchasing suits on eBay is that, particularly at the lower end (i.e. anything other than Kiton, Attolini, etc.), you're better off 90% of the time purchasing through traditional routes. I own close to 20 suits now, across all different brands, and tend to get burned on those rare occasions when I dare to purchase a new suit on eBay. When I don't get burned, the suits still generally don't rate as well with me as ones I've purchased in person. Incidentally, here's a taste of some of the suit disasters I've had via eBay: - slightly different glen plaid on jacket than on pants - pinstripe fabric for jacket, exact same fabric in windowpane on pants - fabric - on a major brand - that feels and looks like cardboard (on the plus side, it doesn't wrinkle.) - pinstripes on back of jacket uncentred and centre seam - broken pants zipper You can see, most likely, why I'm at the point where I'll happily pay 20% more for the privilege of inspecting the garment before putting down my cash.