Originally Posted by Artisan Fan
Honestly it bothers me a bit that Alex does not answer the questions here. He is a member here and could give us more information on his shirts.
I suspect there are some good reasons for the shirt price but I would like more info.
Good call, AF. I can't tell you how bothered I am that he hasn't come over here to talk about his pricing to people who can't afford his shirts and who can't be bothered to do a simple search (the results of which would tell you even his expected margin).
Just thinking about this in terms of any other industry is laughable.
How many businesses will, on demand, disclose how they arrive at their prices and how much they expect to make per transaction? And of those, how many businesses will bother to defend those prices to people who have no intention of buying the product? And of those
businesses how many would take the time to do it again if some more people came along and wanted to hear the same explanation but didn't want to take about 20 min to figure it out?
Personally, I can't afford Alex's shirts. They're nice shirts but I'm okay with that. I am a pretty awesome client but I think Alex is also okay with that (if he's not, PM me and we can set up an appt for some subsidized shirts).
Even if I were stacking the sort of paper I'd have to be to afford Alex's shirts, I don't know if he'd be at the top of my dream shirtmaker list anymore. I imagine that Charvet or Sivligia could do something similar at a better price. But that's about as important as the results of the top five celebrity hookups thread.
I have no suspicions about Alex or his prices. The fair price for something is where someone will lift your offer often enough for you to stay in the business. Alex's prices have obviously done that. It would be nice to be able to afford someone of that caliber without travelling very far from home but I certainly don't hold it against someone for charging as much as he can get away with - when it's a luxury item and the target audience is very much able to pay.
I'd be more willing to believe that this line of 'inquiry' was based on something more that Alex's internet popularity if there were similar threads about William Westmancott
, for example.