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post #61 of 527
^Well, I can remember thinking, "I'll buy X and wear it until I can find/afford Y". I think it's always better to wait for Y.
post #62 of 527

^ Toughest decision to make

 

Sometimes you end up with multiple X because you couldn't wait and save up for Y..

post #63 of 527
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

When not to buy
i'll start with the obvious:
1. When you can't afford the item.
2. When you just want to buy something.
3. When you are substituting it for something you like better.
4. When you are following other people's opinions and haven't really thought about how it fits your own personal style.
5. When you have to justify buying it because of a sale.
6. When you have to justify buying it because of its "quality"
7. When you have to justify buying it because it may sell out.
8. When you just read a feature or article on the item or brand. This will blind you. selectism etc.
9. When you want to post about it on the internet.
10. When you are buying it because it's a "staple in the man's wardrobe". Seriously, I have no need for a "classic blue blazer, charcoal suit, 10 white shirts, Mac coat" etc etc. Figure out what your own staples are.
please add to this list.

 

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11. When you have no closet space

 

Also, I don't think #5 & 6 apply. If the item is on sale, of high quality and you have the means ($) + you like the design and it fits into your wardrobe/upgrade from your current items, I don't see why you shouldn't purchase it.

post #64 of 527
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11. When you have no closet space

Also, I don't think #5 & 6 apply. If the item is on sale, of high quality and you have the means ($) + you like the design and it fits into your wardrobe/upgrade from your current items, I don't see why you shouldn't purchase it.

Yeah you're right I need to figure out ways to word this better.

5 should be " when the item being on sale is what attracts you to it". actually this is more difficult to put into words than I thought. I think it's fine to buy items on sale that you otherwise wouldn't because you couldn't afford them, but when you actively peruse for items "on sale" even if price isn't a factor than all you're doing is buying into the increasing retail prices that fund the sales in the first place.

6, it's along the same lines but i've just noticed that retailers have caught onto the fact that men like to have nerd out points about their clothes. everything in menswear will now have a little blurb so you can learn what type of artisanal machine made what and how it's been family owned since the MRCA. Everything now has buzzwords. hilarious thing? Many of these buzzwords used to be an indicator of bad quality or factory- manufactured goods. See #Goodyear Welting.
Edited by hendrix - 7/8/12 at 12:04am
post #65 of 527
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post


Yeah you're right I need to figure out ways to word this better.
5 should be " when the item being on sale is what attracts you to it". actually this is more difficult to put into words than I thought. I think it's fine to buy items on sale that you otherwise wouldn't because you couldn't afford them, but when you actively peruse for items "on sale" even if price isn't a factor than all you're doing is buying into the increasing retail prices that fund the sales in the first place.
6, it's along the same lines but i've just noticed that retailers have caught onto the fact that men like to have nerd out points about their clothes. everything in menswear will now have a little blurb so you can learn what type of artisanal machine made what and how it's been family owned by the MRCA. Everything now has buzzwords. hilarious thing? Many of these buzzwords used to be an indicator of bad quality or factory- manufactored goods. See #Goodyear Welting.

 

Hm...I think part of the problem is retailers (or the brand itself) don't price their merchandise properly..

 

It really sucks when you see a piece of clothing you like and it's $500 because of severe mark ups and a couple months later, there's a 50% off sale = $250 <- which is what the price should have been in the first place.

 

A good example is ssense.ca, the shit there is so overpriced, even -30% sale is basically normal MSRP.

 

But us as consumers are guilty of always waiting for sales too, it's a vicious cycle.

post #66 of 527
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Originally Posted by Raindrop View Post

Also, I don't think #5 & 6 apply. If the item is on sale, of high quality and you have the means ($) + you like the design and it fits into your wardrobe/upgrade from your current items, I don't see why you shouldn't purchase it.

I think it's fine to purchase something I want or that I know is good quality when it goes on sale. But, if I find something on sale and I haven't seen it before, it's generally not a good idea to buy it. I'll either not actually like it or it will be a slight variation of something I already have, and I won't wear it much.
post #67 of 527
Most worn are my Wings + Horns black raw jeans and Undercover shorts w/ long johns/leggings (wear both at least a few times a week depending on time of year).

The shorts are really perfect (lightweight suit-type charcoal wool and came unhemmed), if I could find pants in the same material I'd buy them in a second.

Rarely rock the shorts/leggings look but have repurposed the long johns to wear under my lighter weight pants recently.
post #68 of 527
Ended up resisting this sales season pretty well. Just eying 2 Schneider items for F/W - other than that, any significant purchases will be MC footwear only. That is, unless something dramatic happens like I have to relocate somewhere that has a real winter...
post #69 of 527
I only bought two items in the past few months, and both cost more than what I would normally want to spend (I'm a plebe mostly). But both were things I had been looking for and were exactly what I wanted, rather than items I picked up because they were discounted or because of the label. I'm very happy with the purchases and feel like they were worth the price. It's worth pointing out that both were items I purchased in person, not online. I was able to handle them and try them on first. I know a lot of people in smaller cities don't have access to a lot of the brands they like, but whenever possible I think it's worth shopping at physical stores, even if it costs more. Shopping online seems to lead to buying based on price, at least for me, just because price carries so much weight on the screen next to that little 2-D image of the item, which almost never matches the physical item. You're judging what you want to spend based on incomplete information, since you can't touch and feel and try on the item. The savings I get from buying online never equal the contentment I feel at finding something that really works for me, even if I have to pay more for it, and my sense of contentment with a purchase always comes from how I feel about the item itself, not how much I paid for it.
post #70 of 527

This thread is a great read.

post #71 of 527
there is no better feeling than putting on a piece you haven't worn in a few months/weeks and remember just how much you enjoy wearing it.
post #72 of 527
^ Except finally putting on a piece you've been wanting for years and finding that it fits perfectly biggrin.gif
post #73 of 527
What do you do when you want something expensive really bad + you have enough spare money + it doesn't go on sale + you don't need it actually + you know that you'll regret spending that much on a single item later
??

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#first world problems
post #74 of 527
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post

there is no better feeling than putting on a piece you haven't worn in a few months/weeks and remember just how much you enjoy wearing it.

what if that piece is a coat/jacket/pair of pants and there's money in the pockets? devil.gif
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Originally Posted by Zeemon View Post

What do you do when you want something expensive really bad + you have enough spare money + it doesn't go on sale + you don't need it actually + you know that you'll regret spending that much on a single item later
??
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#first world problems

you go write out a list of why you want it, and then refer to hendrix's list
post #75 of 527

Does anyone else find that the stuff you bought but don't wear all that much was worth it in a way, because otherwise you never would have found that perfect piece?  

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