(esquire. @ 21 July 2004, 10:58) On that now locked thread, it mentioned that Ernest is unemployed. Even if they are good prices, the question is should he buy them if he's not currently employed and has no need to wear a suit. Ernest, what is your profession and how old are you are? The answer to this will determine whether or not you should have bought these suits.
I respectfully disagree. Â Clothing purchases, like many items we purchase, ought not be viewed soley on the basis of necessity. Â Many of our clothing purchases are, frankly, matters of indulgence. Â If we looked only at necessity, a simple $100.00 discount store suit would meet most of our needs. For Ernest, or whomever else likes to by suits, it is not necessary that the buyer have a compellig reason to wear them. Â Many folk, even when not in the best of financial straights, purchase items because it gives them pleasure to do so. I think we ought not pass judgment on the appropriateness of the purchase as relates to Ernest's, or anybody elses, life circumstances. Â Rather, we should be evaluating the purchase as to whether it is a nice garment that is likely to flatter the wearer and whether it represents value. Just MHO
Marc: Ernest is buying suits now with the intent of perhaps needing them in the future as quoted here
I have 20 suits, 14 new + 6 used (soon dead) I do not need them, for THE MOMENT... What do you propose ? Buying nothing because I do not work for the moment but buying 5 suits when I will need them a the double price and get them used very quickly because I wear them often? Sorry, I prefer making a bargain when I can it because it may not be here when I will need it in x mounths. One calls this : "to project in the future" Is there an age to have more than 5 suits? I think interest in clothing is going less important when you already have had many suits in your life @ 40 years...
Johnny made a valid point stating that to project so far into the future and so extensively just because its a good by is perhaps silly as styles change, tastes change, financial positions change etc... Bargains can always be found when one is willing to try. Your recent interview attire attests to that. A good deal out of something is not and should not only be based on price but practicality and if someone is not working and sees no work in sight is not practical. Even if we are to say that it serves to satisfy some inner drive and gives pleasure, still we must again evaluate the purchase based on what need it fills. At some point we agree that the purchase of items to satisy one inner needs and not serving any particular practical needs are problematic and need to be dealt with. In plain terms, as one who drinks alchohol for pleasure can cross over to alchoholism, so to the purchase of clothing not for inherently practical reasons can be problematic as well. And to quote you Marc... Just MHO