Im sure this is just a personal issue, but I find when I look for items on sale, I end up buying stuff I dont really need. In my mind I think I am getting a good bargain because of the discount, but in reality, I dont need it, or dont love it, but am buying it because I feel like I would be stupid for not taking advantage of such a good deal. As for ebay, yes there are great deals, but often I find myself justifying certain items. The deals can be so good I will talk myself into a suit even though its not exactly what I want. In the end, I am dissatisfied. What I have done over the past 3 years is have a strategy that has served me very well: Each spring: 2 suits, MTM (either from RL, or Isaia), some shirts, maybe 4 (T&A, BB mtm), 1 pair of EG's (ordered from Richards of Greenwich). throw in a few ties. Each fall: 2 suits, same deal. same deal with shirts, shoes and ties. and maybe a sweater. Yes, I end up paying retail for the majority of it, but I get EXACTLY what I want. Lets say all of that costs $6000.00 (just picking a number), am I getting a worse deal than if i scour ebay and sales for items I dont really want and spend the same $6000.00? I would definetely have a greater amount of stuff if I went that route, but would I truly be satisfied. For me, I wouldnt. For someone else, the lure of the sale and the satisfaction of getting something for less is very powerful. For me, I like getting what I want. I like looking through swatch books, and fabrics, and photos, and getting a very small amount of things I truly love. Otherwise, I look in my closet and say , wow i got such a great deal on that brioni on ebay, but couldnt it just be a slightly darker shade of grey? At the end of the day, I like having things in my closet I truly love.