Originally Posted by kwilkinson
I dunno, there seems to be a lot of trust on this forum. So it's easier to buy without worrying about getting screwed on here than on eBay, even with feedback.
Not to mention, I'd rather spend an extra $5 or 10 buying from somebody I know and like, like Edmorel, than some random guy on eBay. Maybe not that I'd rather spend more, but I definitely wouldn't skip the sale just b/c Ed or someone else on here priced it barely higher than eBay.
I would add to this that there is some additional value in buying from the forum in a several cases
I think that a number of both buyers and sellers are quite knowledgeable about fit, construction, history, etc, so that I often feel that I can buy something and know what I'll be getting without personal history. How many of us now own something made by Caruso based on what was learned here in B&S? I know that I have 3 suits and a jacket
the trust thing goes beyond the randomness on ebay.. the sellers here are very responsive in answering questions, taking more measurements, and being honest about what they're selling
NWOT on this forum tends to mean that someone bought something for themselves, took the tags off, and changed their mind.. as we all know, ebay NWOT usually means alterations have been made, or the item has been worn
to me, all of these qualities have value and if it means that items might be a touch more expensive, and it's not something available on every corner, it's worth that premium.