Nonetheless, there is a difference between quoting the retail price that is realistic, albeit a little high, and making things up wholesale. A Naldini suit for $1200? Get real.
LA Guy is right on as usual. There really is a range in retail prices but you can spot those sellers who are just making things up if you pay attention. I must say that, sometimes, the differences in retail prices can be quite dramatic. For instance. Carrol & Company in LA sells an Oxxford suit for less than $2000 while Neiman Marcus carries the same model for $3300. And if you go to a store like Wilkes Bashford, things start even higher. I don't think I've ever seen a Brioni suit at Wilkes for less them $3700 and most of them are substantially more. Yet you can get Brioni elsewhere, at retail, for $2900. Nonetheless, there are a million sellers quoting retail prices that are far outside the bounds of reality. I recently sent a scathing email to ebay seller Nitr-o because he is making a practice of claiming ridiculously high retail prices for his fused-front Gianluca Napoli suits. An example of which is: This suit
I said: "Lying about the original retail prices for these Gianluca suit is going to backfire on you - it is a rather simple matter to go down to Nordstrom and look at the price tags on the suits at retail, which will reveal that the price for a SUIT is between $800 and $900. I don't think that will make your customers too happy. How about telling them the truth in the first place??" His reply: "You are looking and/or confusing the "STREET" price with MSRP. Ever buy a new car? did you pay what the sticker indicated? Actually, Isaia doesn't put price tags on any of their products, the PRICE
tags are printed up by what ever store is selling them. There is a law/statute "Robinson-Patman act", which states that no Mfg can dictate what a product MUST be sold for.. Base rule is, retail is 3-4 times what the wholesale cost is. In any case, you act as if I am listing these at more money than you can buy them at Nordstrom's etc. Unless you are referring to an Gianluca Isaia, and comparing to a Gianluca. Nordstrom's do not sell the black, and grey labeled Isaia, only the Gianluca." What the heck is he talking about?? Is he saying that since, by law, there is no set-in-stone retail price he can just make up a retail as he see's fit?? I have no idea why he brought the real Isaia suits into the picture but since he mentioned it, the SF Nordstrom store has an extensive selection of Gianluca Isaia suits, and, unfortunately, the GianLuca models as well. The REAL Isaia's start at about $1900 retail, not the $3350 that Nitro claims: Gianluca Isaia suit
And the Gianluca models go between $800 and $900, not $2550... So the advice is, BUYER BEWARE. You would probably be best to stick with sellers that honestly represent their merchandise.