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Originally Posted by TO Tie Guy View Post

I don't begrudge a retailer for rewarding customers that spend the most, however we also have the right to not shop at that shop. Many people decided that they wouldn't buy from LS because of their policies with regards to rare shell. If Leffot decides to go that route perhaps people will do the same with them.

TSM/DC/AoM all have very fair and customer friendly policies with regards to rare shell. Nearly all of mine have come from those 3 shops.

Don't be so sure...
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Originally Posted by Handcuffed View Post

Don't be so sure...

I'm supposedly on the AOM rare shell list.
I've spent enough through them to be considered a good customer in my opinion. I've even boughten rare shell from them.
I can say thou, that despite being on the list I've never actually gotten an email from them with cigar,whiskey or ravello. I've only received emails with color 8.
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Apparently TSM has a secret Facebook group that gets the rare shell list an hour or two before those of us that get the emails. I imagine that's for individuals spending a lot of money with them?

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Originally Posted by Handcuffed View Post

Don't be so sure...

No system or method can please everyone in the Alden rare shell game. I'm surprised Alden still even bothers making exotics. Demand is crazy and everyone, from customers to retailers, are frustrated. Soon enough I imagine they will stop altogether and just do black and #8.
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Originally Posted by TarquiniusTX View Post

Apparently TSM has a secret Facebook group that gets the rare shell list an hour or two before those of us that get the emails. I imagine that's for individuals spending a lot of money with them?

I got an email that asked me to join it. I requested access and was accepted.
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I think AoM has sent out 3 emails with small sizes of Cigar over the last 12 months. Before that was the Whiskey/Ravello/Cigar e-mail which was was Sept/Oct 13.

I have had luck with finding rare shell in their stores that was not advertised.

Years back citishoes had rare shell on their shelves as well but I imagine that has long since dried up.

TSM's facebook group is NOT only for high spenders. They offered it up to people who were in the old group, I believe.
post #4507 of 10525
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Originally Posted by TO Tie Guy View Post

I think AoM has sent out 3 emails with small sizes of Cigar over the last 12 months. Before that was the Whiskey/Ravello/Cigar e-mail which was was Sept/Oct 13.

I have had luck with finding rare shell in their stores that was not advertised.

Years back citishoes had rare shell on their shelves as well but I imagine that has long since dried up.

TSM's facebook group is NOT only for high spenders. They offered it up to people who were in the old group, I believe.

AoM sent out 1-2 rare shell emails in the past two years, it usually consist of 2 make ups in each rare color and everyone is limited to 1 shoe. I believe anyone who contacts them can be added to that list.

Though a private group, the TSM fb channel is open to anyone who request to be added. They've posted some odds and ends exotic shell in the past, they also let people know when a new factory second list is released.

I think the key to obtaining rare shell is to be patient, build a relationship with 1-2 retailers, and don't take it personally when you miss out on a release.
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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post

No system or method can please everyone in the Alden rare shell game. I'm surprised Alden still even bothers making exotics. Demand is crazy and everyone, from customers to retailers, are frustrated. Soon enough I imagine they will stop altogether and just do black and #8.

can't see this happening. it's the classic bait and switch. people search for the rare stuff, can't find it, and end up buying the color 8 and black shell to tide them over.
post #4509 of 10525
Do you guys pair #8 shoes/boots with #8 belts mostly? Any belt recommendations?
post #4510 of 10525
I received the AOM rare shell twice in last 2year.
I was listed on alden sf and tsm rare shell list too.
But for DC everytime i sent an email to them they said there were no such list.
I will never purchase anything from DC.
post #4511 of 10525
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Originally Posted by aldennoob View Post

I received the AOM rare shell twice in last 2year.
I was listed on alden sf and tsm rare shell list too.
But for DC everytime i sent an email to them they said there were no such list.
I will never purchase anything from DC.

You will have to get on a list for a specific makeup at DC. It's not a catch-all list like AoM.
post #4512 of 10525
Gents, some opinions please;

I am longing for this specific shoe (previously available from needsupply):



I really like the dark eggplant shade of the shoe as pictured. Unfortunately, this run is sold out.

I have not inquired whether they have stock in my size, but AoM has a nearly identical shoe listed:



My question is, is the NS shoe truly that dark, vs the Aom, which appears more light and more brown? And if so, with various cremes or polishes, could the darker shade of the NS shoe be duplicated on the AoM shoe with a little effort? Or is it a case of "it is what it is"?
post #4513 of 10525
I think that's just differences in the lighting
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Originally Posted by avidtest View Post

Gents, some opinions please;

I am longing for this specific shoe (previously available from needsupply):



I really like the dark eggplant shade of the shoe as pictured. Unfortunately, this run is sold out.

I have not inquired whether they have stock in my size, but AoM has a nearly identical shoe listed:



My question is, is the NS shoe truly that dark, vs the Aom, which appears more light and more brown? And if so, with various cremes or polishes, could the darker shade of the NS shoe be duplicated on the AoM shoe with a little effort? Or is it a case of "it is what it is"?

I have the NS version, they're both color 8, should be the same shoe.
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Originally Posted by aldennoob View Post

I received the AOM rare shell twice in last 2year.
I was listed on alden sf and tsm rare shell list too.
But for DC everytime i sent an email to them they said there were no such list.
I will never purchase anything from DC.

You will have to get on a list for a specific makeup at DC. It's not a catch-all list like AoM.


this^

 

I've received ravello, cigar, and whiskey from DC (whiskey I think came from there, but all might have been NY), all within my relatively short time being in the alden hunt.

 

come to think of it, I dont think I've ever bought non rare shell, or even non shell offerings, from DC

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