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post #12526 of 37392
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I was going to object until I read the exception. In which case, I still sort of disagree. I mean, there are ties out there that I wouldn't pay 150 dollars for, but if they go on sale for 75, I'm damn well picking them up. Because they are worth 75 dollars to me. If I recall, Stitchy says that money doesn't enter into the equation for him. If he wants it, he gets it. 150 dollars or not. But that's because he's crazy for kopping. And this whole thing has been a segue for this awesome Hitchcock gif I found.
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I dont disagree with that at all. But you are not a person trying to build a tie collection. You can buy whatever tie you like if you feels the kop is justifiable from a financial standpoint. So, should a tie that you love but would not pay 150 for, is available for 75, kop away.

However, a person trying to get started on a tie collection should shy away from that. If what he wants/needs is on sale, awesome, but passing on a tie that he "needs" for a tie he likes more, that happens to be on sale, but is less of a staple, is a mistake for most beginners imo.

Great gif. I am so happy that you posted one knowing your disdain for gifs and jpegs.

Also, money does enter the equation for me. Just not in the same way as most people with similar incomes.
post #12527 of 37392
I bet I could build a great starter collection of ties right now if I tried searching eBay.

But like stitchy said, most people starting out don't have that knowledge. They'll probably buy a bunch of junk that they regret purchasing
post #12528 of 37392
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

I think the learning curve is the same, whether thrifting or buying retail. Unless they grow up in suit and tie, it takes a while for most to find solid footing. Ultimately, what the best do is learn to resist impulse purchases or simple acquisitiveness.

Realest ish written here in a while.

Everybody buys junk till they acquire taste and there is no escaping this. My 2 cents
post #12529 of 37392
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post


But like stitchy said, most people starting out don't have that knowledge.

This is what matters. It's not where you buy or what you spend, it's the knowledge and discipline you have when you make the purchase.
post #12530 of 37392
If I had more hours in the day, I could open up a for-profit eBay hunting service... I have so many damn saved searches to leverage
post #12531 of 37392
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

First off, let me say clearly, I have no hate towards thrifters, there are some top notch fit posters that are almost entirely thrifters, though some of them do "splurge" here and there....
...Im saying buck up, and spend more per item, according to your financial abilities, and over time, you will almost certainly be better off.

Excellent, excellent post, sir. Well executed and full of very good information. You've come so far since you started posting here.
post #12532 of 37392
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post
 

Buy what fits you and not the things you want to fit into. 

 

RTC, I think you're spending too much money on tailoring. :nest:

 

Lol. I spend a pittance on tailoring. All these alterations would still be required had I bought something off the rack as a lot of places don't fix sleeve/pant length or have enough waist suppression.

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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post


You wore this to a business (medical/anethesia?) conference?


I did. I showed up dressed like I was in the pic with noodles. It was on a saturday conference hosted at my institution and there were people wearing khakis and polos there. I got atleast a half dozen 'nice jacket!' comments from other presenters!

post #12533 of 37392
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post

If I had more hours in the day, I could open up a for-profit eBay hunting service... I have so many damn saved searches to leverage



Wanna send me a nice PM?

:p

post #12534 of 37392
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post

I bet I could build a great starter collection of ties right now if I tried searching eBay.

But like stitchy said, most people starting out don't have that knowledge. They'll probably buy a bunch of junk that they regret purchasing

Its not about about where you purchase. Its about what you purchase and why. But maybe that is what you are saying. smile.gif
post #12535 of 37392
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

Its not about about where you purchase. Its about what you purchase and why. But maybe that is what you are saying. smile.gif

Indeed

eBay is like a thrift store on steroids. A new person might buy a lot of stuff he'll never wear just because the stuff is cheap
post #12536 of 37392
Also, in discussing the virtues of retail v. alternatives, let's not forget that this thread was founded to help a guy who splashed out too much money on expensive mistakes at Neiman.
post #12537 of 37392
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

Also, in discussing the virtues of retail v. alternatives, let's not forget that this thread was founded to help a guy who splashed out too much money on expensive mistakes at Neiman.

:nodding:

Very true indeed. 

I wanted to look nice but I thought becoming a brand-whore would solve everything. I didn't think of fit or style. It stemmed from not having the knowledge on what to buy and how to wear and assuming name brands were the only way. I got to SF with some unrecoverable damage but it saved me a whole bucket load of cash. 

 

I think I counted like 15 ties and 1 Isaia suit returned for full refund at NM. 

post #12538 of 37392
From NM whore to NMWA whore, eh, Noodles?

Not bad, not bad at all smile.gif
post #12539 of 37392
What was wrong with the Isaia suit? confused.gif
post #12540 of 37392
If I recall, it was too short.

Isaia's cut has really gone downhill. the older stuff that shows up on ebay has a nicer cutt @comrade will agree with me
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