I 've been looking a LOT at ebay, but I just haven't had any luck...tried sniping and proxies and every trick I could think of and I always get one-upped by some ass at the last second, 0/10 in auctions so far.Â Lotsa good stuff there, but it seems to get inflated to way more than store prices by last minute bidwars, so I need to improve my strategy.Â You mentioned you used it a lot; maybe you have some tips, mainly on how to figure out how to bid enough to beat the competition without screwing yourself?
When it comes to sniping, everyone uses the same "tricks," so there's not too much you can do. My advice is, figure out how much an item is worth to you"”taking into account the risks of buying without actually seeing, let alone trying on, the item"”and stick with it, accepting that the item may be worth more to someone else. That's life. The best deals come from wanting things that aren't as universally popular as those that generate the fiercest bidding wars. If you're familiar with relatively little-known designers, you can score some incredible deals because few other people even know to look for those things. You may never get a decent deal on Prada or Gucci, but you might score on Richard James or Dirk Schonberger. (Plus, there's the greater likelihood that the item is genuine, since people aren't cranking out bogus Schonberger the way they are, say, D&G.)
my best fitting shirt is a size 40 Lacoste button down I have...that's about 15.5/33 or M in the U.S., right?
That's correct; you and I wear around the same size. Depending on the make (and your preference for fit), that might be Small in a lot of items.
My anti-jeans sentiment is entirely comfort-based, not style based. They just feel heavy and rough on me, and I find them very irritating to my skin, so I've never been able to tolerate them long enough to break a pair in.
This is probably because you've tried jeans that are made of harsher, stiffer denim. Not all jeans are like that, and the current trend towards distressed denim usually translates into softer material. Try lines like Paper, Denim & Cloth for more comfortable material; pricey, but many feel they're worth it. As a good cheap alternative, check thrift shops for used jeans. It's hard to beat a classic pair of Levi's 501s that are already broken in for under $10. (And, hey, you can experiment with your own stylized distressing techniques with minimal financial risk.)
I'm gonna try some high end stores, i.e. Sak's and Neiman Marcus, and see what they have that's on sale or in my price range.Â Any chance I'd be able to get something nice and stylish without ripping myself off?Â I believe there's also an Off Sak's in the area, but it's an hour drive away and I heard all their stuff was crap they couldn't sell at Sak's priced at the same inflated levels...any comments or experiences about that would be helpful.
Off Fifth and its Neiman-Marcus counterpart, Last Call (there's one in Austin, another at Grapevine Mills near Dallas, and a few in the northeast), require some dedication on the part of the shopper to find the real bargains. If you're a "thrill of the hunt" bargain shopper, you can do very well there. If the thought of spending more than 20 minutes in a clothing store gives you hives, you'll probably run out screaming before you ever find the best sale racks. Sales in the main stores are certainly worth checking out. You won't get the sorts of deals you can at the outlets, but it still beats paying full "Needless-Markup" retail.