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post #2116 of 2937
The Cuch suit didn't come from a thrift, it same from a Saks off 5th.

In Florida.

In Orlando.

Ouch!

http://www.styleforum.net/t/480919/the-official-thrift-discount-store-bragging-thread-part-ii-return-to-the-thunderdome/20700_100#post_8186244
post #2117 of 2937
Ouch indeed! lol8[1].gif
post #2118 of 2937

South Florida is a barren land for quality classic menswear. 

post #2119 of 2937
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Originally Posted by AMProf View Post

The Cuch suit didn't come from a thrift, it same from a Saks off 5th.

In Florida.

In Orlando.

Ouch!

http://www.styleforum.net/t/480919/the-official-thrift-discount-store-bragging-thread-part-ii-return-to-the-thunderdome/20700_100#post_8186244

Damn.

I wish I could call BS but that receipt says it all. I will say this though, I know that Off Fifth and a couple of SAs there. I'm very familiar with it and it is the bottom of the barrel. 90% of the product there is saks red, black, blue label whatever. The rest is Michael Kors, Boss, and other brand crap. In the 7-8 years I've been going, sometimes weekly, I'm talking - what? - 300, 400 visits? - I've seen 2 - two - Isaia suits there and a couple dozen sport coats over three or four occasions. A Brioni once, maybe twice. Less than 30 pieces of Zegna over the whole period. Never, never, ever BC. Not a single time. And never had an SA call me that some landed either. (Not that that's a given, the hounds!)

I'm not saying it didn't happen, clearly it did. But I'm thinking the store got the wrong shipment. Or somebody screwed up at the shipping center. Or maybe it was a return. Dunno.

Big congrats to the buyer, he really hit it. But I've about given up even stopping by more than once a quarter because the chance of finding something, anything, worth spending money on is less than a lottery ticket. And I kick myself for wasting the 45minutes even when I do go; I feel like Charlie Brown after Lucy pulls the ball away. And, dammit!, it's scores like his that pull me back...no, not again!

Ok, I'm way off topic from the Best Of. I'll get back to regular programming tomorrow.
post #2120 of 2937
Great stuff!
post #2121 of 2937
Bit lame to post your receipt showing you paid $350 in one thread, and then put it up for sale in another asking $1400.
post #2122 of 2937
Is that so different from flipping a $5 thrift shop purchase for $50 on eBay?
post #2123 of 2937
I would argue that it is no more "lame" than every retailer on earth selling their products for 50-1000+% more than what they paid wholesale. He's just being more transparent about it.
post #2124 of 2937
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Originally Posted by jssdc View Post

Bit lame to post your receipt showing you paid $350 in one thread, and then put it up for sale in another asking $1400.

Why? If the market will bear $1400 then it is worth $1400 and he has no obligation to sell it for less. It doesn't matter whether he paid $1 for it, $350, or Grandma gave it to him for his birthday.
post #2125 of 2937
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

Why? If the market will bear $1400 then it is worth $1400 and he has no obligation to sell it for less. It doesn't matter whether he paid $1 for it, $350, or Grandma gave it to him for his birthday.

Exactly.
post #2126 of 2937
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

Why? If the market will bear $1400 then it is worth $1400 and he has no obligation to sell it for less. It doesn't matter whether he paid $1 for it, $350, or Grandma gave it to him for his birthday.

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Originally Posted by AMProf View Post

Exactly.

+1. People should be thrilled that they still have an opportunity to score a high quality $5K retail item at 80%'ish off. It wasn't just that he got it for less, he traveled to where it was, had to dig to find it, then had to front his own dollars for the cost. He's entitled to as much middle-man vig as the market will allow. For someone out there, the $1400 might still be a steal, if it's not for you then so be it.

Next post will be back to normal programming in 3, 2, 1...
post #2127 of 2937
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Originally Posted by breakaway01 View Post

Is that so different from flipping a $5 thrift shop purchase for $50 on eBay?

it is.

 

1400 on 350 is 400%; 50 on 5 is 1000% 

 

I'd say he undercharged with that 1400 asking price :stirpot::rotflmao: 

post #2128 of 2937
We now return to our normal Best Of programming...

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post #2129 of 2937
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post #2130 of 2937
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Originally Posted by razl View Post

I'm in Orlando, right smack in the middle of the state.

Don't get me wrong, we've got our plusses. Being the #1 tourist destination means we've got some decent shopping - at least in the outlets. I've got Zegna, Etro, Cucinelli, Prada, and Ferragamo outlets within 30 minutes of me. Some of which, especially the Cooch, get great stuff and good markdowns. Plus the Millenia mall has some decent mainline stores. You've got a lot of that down your way with the Sawgrass outlets though, so I'm not telling you anything new. Plus your regional mainline stores like Neimans and Saks carry the A-line stuff (ours is a Class-C store, ugh).

But thrifting? No way, nothing but junk. I'll tell you the biggest difference is actually in the discount stores like Marshalls, TJ Max, Nordstrom Rack, etc. In the better cities you'll find RLPL trickling down to there. Here's it's total made in china poly junk or Michael Kors crapola. Actually, I think I recall your Marshalls at Sawgrass being one of the spots that got some good stuff on occasion.

Anyways, I'm well past being jealous at seeing the thrifters make out in their area. As long as they flip deals here at B&S pricing levels, I look at them as my national deal-hunting agents in the field. They deserve some vig for that smile.gif

 

I'm familiar with the area. I was raised about 30 min out of Orlando in Volusia County and worked at Universal Studios for a short time, so I used to drive past the Mall at Millenia daily. This was at a time that I couldn't be less interested in clothing, so I never took advantage.

 

Sawgrass is about an hour south of me, so I don't get there frequently, but it's close enough if I'm looking for something specific. I actually just went to Saks Off 5th in West Palm Beach trying to find a (first!) sport coat that fit, and there weren't any "good" brands there. Sawgrass will be the next option.

 

Feel free to point out any 42R on B&S that would work with an athletic build in a hot climate!

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