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post #16 of 133
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Originally Posted by scruff View Post
dudes need to stop shilling dated thriftstore crap for unreasonable prices (how're you gonna sell a 20 year-old unvented double-breasted taupe valentino silk suit jacket for $100?).

Hear, hear.
post #17 of 133
As a seller, I have to say, I haven't been buying as much partly because stuff doesn't seem to be moving as it once did. Trousers still do well, but I've got several unsold sportcoats and other items lying around. I've had to return some very nice items, too, which I strongly dislike having to do. Just look at all the threads offering Greens but without a taker. Maybe that's because of GVH's big EG blowout, but that's another reason I haven't listed -- fear that people are feeling tapped out. It's also a tricky time of year to sell. Summer stuff generally does less well than other seasons -- less businessy, I suppose. But a lot of guys aren't interested in buying fall-winter stuff either -- too unseasonal. Another complicating factor: The "no bumping" rule means that a thread can go from the top of the first page to the second in the span of three or four hours. Once that happens, it's done. I'm not trying to criticize the mods here -- everyone should get a chance at selling. But it sure makes bulk selling more difficult. I can't risk having 15 $200 items sitting unsold on page 6. Couple all this with the fact that eBay seems stone dead, and buying a big lot of clothes means I could get stuck with them, or end up subsidizing the cost.
post #18 of 133
the no bump is not good, it makes it alot harder to sell i feel...
even if we could bump ONCE a week that would help
post #19 of 133
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Originally Posted by EL72 View Post
+1. As a free-market capitalist, I like to believe that the market will sort the crap from the good stuff and people will stop posting thriftstore rejects rather than waste their time and bandwidth but some of the stuff I see posted really makes me cringe and think WTF!?

I don't doubt that the market will sort things out, but here the Invisible Hand has taken the form of the Price Drop-via-Bump. So you have shit items being bumped incessently, which screws over other sellers who have taken the time to price appropriately. I say there be a rule that you can price drop-via-bump no more than twice.
post #20 of 133
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Originally Posted by whacked View Post
Wait, don't such throughts destroy the integrity of the B&S forum?

Heh! Nicely done.
post #21 of 133
I've noticed , although to no one in particular, that prices aren't as good as used to be. For example, Incotex pants used to be listed around 125-135 range, not they are listed at least 150-170 range, and often even more.

Also, fiancial services industires aren't doing well right now, I konw a decent amout of fellow forumers (including myself) working in the industry, so that has to play a factor as well.
post #22 of 133
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Originally Posted by scruff View Post
I don't doubt that the market will sort things out, but here the Invisible Hand has taken the form of the Price Drop-via-Bump. So you have shit items being bumped incessently, which screws over other sellers who have taken the time to price appropriately.

This is a good point. Call me crazy, but I try to price stuff so it moves, and that so that my buyers benefit from the good deal. My Italian-made Polo trou generally go for $20-$40 less than most I see sold here. Usually that doesn't leave me much margin, so I don't have the luxury of repeat price drops without going into the red. I guess eventually I'll have to start building in more margin by charging more, or something else will have to happen.
post #23 of 133
has anyone else ever noticed that whacked remembers every single post ever posted by every single poster, and knows exactly how to find it within four seconds of any later posts to the contrary?
post #24 of 133
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Originally Posted by SuitingStyle View Post
I've noticed , although to no one in particular, that prices aren't as good as used to be. For example, Incotex pants used to be listed around 125-135 range, not they are listed at least 150-170 range, and often even more.

Don't discount the rise in retail costs. The Incotex I've listed recently cost me a lot more, but I thought I'd still give it a shot. It was either that or not offer them.

But 8 pairs of very nice cotton Incos still didn't sell, even when marked down to $99.
post #25 of 133
All sellers should pull a Holdfast. Simply let everyone know an item sold each time something sells (rather than simply removing the item from the original post). Be sure to make a separate post for each sold item.
post #26 of 133
^^To be fair, Holdfast isn't the only one that does it.

Another thing is, I think forum members have come to expect price drops, assuming the item isn't so hot that it's gone in a matter of minutes (which, as pointed out, isn't as common nowadays). Considering there is less disposable income in general, things aren't a must have any more and people with more patience will wait around until the seller is willing to go down that extra $25 or $50.
post #27 of 133
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Originally Posted by constant struggle View Post
the no bump is not good, it makes it alot harder to sell i feel... even if we could bump ONCE a week that would help
The bump or no bump debate is a hard one. I understand the appeal of stopping chaotic bumping, but I agree that something like once every few days or once a week might be best. As it stands, most people just make a separate thread for every few items instead of consolidating it all. And then, since price drops are the only way to legally bump, it seems most people inflate their price allowing them to price drop later
post #28 of 133
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Originally Posted by whacked View Post
Wait, don't such throughts destroy the integrity of the B&S forum?

Nice try but I keep my thoughts on specific items to myself so they can't destroy anything. I agree with scruff that some shit posted for sale is crap but would never comment on that directly in a sales thread.

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Heh! Nicely done.

post #29 of 133
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Originally Posted by NOLA1 View Post
All sellers should pull a Holdfast. Simply let everyone know an item sold each time something sells (rather than simply removing the item from the original post). Be sure to make a separate post for each sold item.

I usually do this. But once the thread leaves the front page, odds go way, way down there will be any more sales to report.
post #30 of 133
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has anyone else ever noticed that whacked remembers every single post ever posted by every single poster, and knows exactly how to find it within four seconds of any later posts to the contrary?

Touche



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