I went shopping at Brooks Brothers in lower Manhattan and noticed that their ties are $80 each (they do have stacking promotions such that they could come down to ~$50 each). Across the street in Century 21, however, are name-brand, 100% silk ties at $9.99 - $13.99 each (supposedly marked down from $60).
I bought eight nice-looking ties and brought them back to BB so I could compare them, and for the life of me, I could not tell a difference in quality between any of them. They felt the same to my fingers for the most part, though some had an obviously intentional texture added to them. If I had shuffled them up I wouldn't be able to pick out the expensive ones from the cheap ones.
So, my question is, is it a good idea to skimp and buy cheap silk ties or are more expensive ties worth it?