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post #21961 of 28871

Hahaha.

 

Spoo has just bought a Ferrari on the back of flipping second hand shirts on eBay.  He may well be the Antichrist.

post #21962 of 28871
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


What I did some years back was post (over on AAAC, although I suppose one could do the same here) that I lived in Baltimore County, Maryland, and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good alterations tailor. Within a day or two, I had multiple recommendations.

Assuming you don't live within a 5 minute bike ride of the middle of nowhere, there's a decent chance you could start a thread asking for suggestions for a good local tailor, and get some results. Worth trying, at least.

You could also google around a little, looking for online reviews of local tailors, dry cleaners, etc. And lots of places, there's a local paper that does annual "Best of..." awards, where one category might well be "Best Local Place for Clothing Alterations." Heck, if there's a local menswear store, maybe they have a good tailor on staff, or could recommend one to you. Or maybe you have a friend, or a family member, whose clothes fit particularly well, and who wouldn't mind you asking whom he uses for alterations. These are just a few ideas.

Finding a competent local tailor is worth a little effort, but it's hardly rocket science. (Even rocket science isn't even rocket science anymore.) I'm confident that with a little time and thought you can come up with some leads.


Thank you Michael. I will try your ideas....

post #21963 of 28871
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

I once bought an antique fountain pen from a local store. I then listed it for sale on a fountain pen site, and sold it for a profit.

Mind explaining to me just how my actions were ethically questionable? Because for the life of me, I don't see how I did anything wrong.

I mean, are you suggesting that just because two parties happen to visit the same website, they're somehow family, so it's morally wrong for one to profit off the other? Or are you arguing in support of some weird quasi-Utopian economic theory, whereby it's immoral to set a price in excess of one's cost? Or do you interpret some holy book as forbidding the sale of Brooks Brothers jackets for more than they sell for at Marshalls/Winners?

I just snagged some Marlow Shell Pennies on eBay for $200 plus shipping. Looking over the pictures again, there is a good chance that the seller thrifted them for $10.99 and made about a $190 profit. I still got a decent deal on the shoes and the seller made out pretty well if the above scenario is how it went down. I don't hold no ill will towards the seller, but wish I was able to snag these for the price he paid.
post #21964 of 28871

Let's say that I buy a bespoke shirt now and lose about 4 inches a few months later on my waist. How well would my bespoke shirt fit compared to a normal dress shirt?

post #21965 of 28871
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

I once bought an antique fountain pen from a local store. I then listed it for sale on a fountain pen site, and sold it for a profit.

Mind explaining to me just how my actions were ethically questionable? Because for the life of me, I don't see how I did anything wrong.

I mean, are you suggesting that just because two parties happen to visit the same website, they're somehow family, so it's morally wrong for one to profit off the other? Or are you arguing in support of some weird quasi-Utopian economic theory, whereby it's immoral to set a price in excess of one's cost? Or do you interpret some holy book as forbidding the sale of Brooks Brothers jackets for more than they sell for at Marshalls/Winners?

I agree with the points you and others made; I am however still a bit unnerved. I am not questioning the ethics of the seller, rather the ethics of potentially announcing to the forum that this jacket can right now be acquired for $100, while the seller is listing it for $250. Given this knowledge, a buyer might want to spend the extra $150 on travelling here for a nice weekend and picking up the jacket in person.

I do not suggest that this is a utopian forum where profits are heresy. I am more than happy with the purchases I've made here, which no doubt allowed the seller to profit. But in this case, huge profits are reaped due only to an imbalance of information available to the seller vs. buyer, and not on the advantage of the seller to procure the good in the first place.
post #21966 of 28871
The general consensus is to not buy a jacket that its too small.... but if it fits everywhere except the shoulders/back is it possible to make it bigger? I wouldn't mind paying a couple hundred to get it done considering the jacket itself its at a very huge discount and its quite unique.If possible:

Would there need to be an obvious fabric panel across the back/back of the collar?
Or could it be done by adding it to the shoulder/sleeve seam?
Any online tailor recommendations? Given I could send one jacket that fits since there aren't great tailors in my area.


Thank you
post #21967 of 28871

Don't do it.  Taking the waist in a touch is one thing, but once you start messing with the proportions of the jacket shoulders and collar, in my experience it tends to be a one way ticket to "this jacket is fucked".

post #21968 of 28871
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Originally Posted by ImaPro View Post

The general consensus is to not buy a jacket that its too small.... but if it fits everywhere except the shoulders/back is it possible to make it bigger?
For enough money, most things are possible. But some things cost a fortune, and yield highly dubious results. It sounds like that may be the case here.
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Would there need to be an obvious fabric panel across the back/back of the collar?
Maybe. Obviously, if the shoulders/back must be made larger, there has to be additional fabric. But I couldn't say whether the fabric must take the form of a panel across the back/back of collar. I suppose that depends, in part, on the construction of the jacket, the nature of the alterations, and the skill of the tailor.
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Or could it be done by adding it to the shoulder/sleeve seam?
Probably a bad idea, which would lead to the aforementioned highly dubious results.
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Any online tailor recommendations? Given I could send one jacket that fits since there aren't great tailors in my area.
If you are determined to have this work done - and that's probably a mistake, mind you - you'd be crazy to do it via mail order. This sort of work cries out for in person fittings. (Sending along a jacket that fits is not likely to prove to be an adequate substitute for an in person fitting. Not if you want the work done well.) (Over the past month or two, I've seen multiple questions about obtaining mail order alterations by sending along one's measurements, or sending along an article of clothing that does fit, to use as a template. I'll refrain from, yet again, explaining why this is seldom the best way to do things.)

If there aren't any great tailors in your area, go travel to an area where there are great tailors. And understand that you may have to travel there a second time, as a single fitting may not quite suffice.

Seriously, unless this jacket is insanely special, it's hard to believe it's worth this effort. And if it is that special, the museum where it ought to be on display would likely prefer it in unaltered condition.

Upshot? Don't buy jackets that are too small in the shoulders and back, figuring that you can get them made larger. It's almost never the smart move. No, not even if the jacket is selling at a huge discount, and you really like how it looks. There are always other jackets out there to be had for huge discounts, which look really great, and which are not too small. Buy one of them.
post #21969 of 28871
Thanks for the detailed response. I will pass, this is just asking for trouble.
post #21970 of 28871
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Originally Posted by ijung View Post

Hi, I am on a very low budget for a sport coat. I bought a lauren ralph lauren but I had to flip it because it was way too wide, and the arm holes were very low. Does anyone know where I can get a slim fit, higher armhole sport coat for around $100ish? Thanks.

Not sure if this has been solved yet but ~

 

I found one in Macy's very recently. Paid exactly $100. 

 

Granted it was Macy's brand (Alfani), very impressed thus far. 

post #21971 of 28871
Shipping from the USA to Austria - Getting from Point A to Point B without getting into a bureaucratic mess:

I had some problems after recently shipping a pair of shoes for repair back to Austria (from my home in the US - I shipped via USPS Priority) - The local post in Austria tried to hit the retailer with a very big tax (maybe VAT) upon receipt of the item. They just can't over the fact that the retailer is not purchasing the item, it is simply an item that has already been purchased by an American and used in the US and is now being shipped back to Austria for repair. For information - I marked the customs form as a "Gift" and added additional insurance, estimating the package value at $800.

The retailer refused to pay the tax on principal (as it was completely inappropriate), refused the delivery from Austria Post and the item was returned to me.

I'm shipping the shoes back to Austria tomorrow and just looking for any recommendations. I am planning to send them again via USPS and mark them "Return/Repair" without any additional insurance. If anyone has any additional guidance I am all ears. Is there a threshold for package value that can create an issue when shipping - i have to list an approximate value? Any other red flags i should watch out for?

Thanks in advance.

Mike147
post #21972 of 28871
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Originally Posted by Mike147 View Post

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I marked the customs form as a "Gift"
...
Well, technically it wasn't a gift, was it? It was an item being shipped for repair purposes. But in any case...

I know virtually nothing of Austrian import/export, customs, etc. But I've got to believe that there's some form or documentation or somesuch, which can be filed or filled out in some way, which will permit an item to be shipped back to a company in Austria, from overseas, for purposes of repair, and which then lets the item to be shipped back to the owner without a huge tax hit.

Common sense dictates that such a policy be in place. Anything else would be ridiculous even by government standards, and that's saying something.

I do not know precisely what the form in question might be called. I do not know exactly which government entity in Austria could help you. But I'm nearly certain that such a form exists, and that there's a government entity in Austria which can explain just what you ought to do to avoid any problems. Get on the phone, or online, figure out what you need, and do it. I doubt whether it'd take more than 15 minutes of your time to sort this out.

From a website I just stumbled across, after a few seconds of searching:

::begin quoted material::

For further assistance please contact the Austrian Customs authorities directly. They will provide the latest information about customs regulations and export-import procedures.

Austrian Customs contact information

Address:
Hintere Zollamtsstraße 2b
1030
Vienna
Telephone: +430151433-0
Website: http://english.bmf.gv.at/Ministry/_start.htm

::end quoted material::

Also, fwiw, the phone number of the Austrian embassy, in Washington, DC, is (202) 895-6700. And you can call M-F, 9-5.
post #21973 of 28871

Im new here and im not sure whether i should post this here but it seemed the best place. I purchased a blazer last week from Brad Goreski's copious thing because i needed a flashy blazer for around 200-300. He was selling a Gucci blazer with metallic threading throughout. Im very pleased with it, however i just wanted to know what Gucci Bowtie is. In the inside of the blazer there is the Gucci tag of course and then underneath another one which says bowtie. Is that a lesser version or is it just an extra tag. I know mr goreski enjoys wearing bowties so... maybe he asked for it. Anyway if you have any idea thanks. Also just wanted to say this website is amazing! Really glad i joined.

post #21974 of 28871
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


Well, technically it wasn't a gift, was it? It was an item being shipped for repair purposes.

This.

 

Trying to avoid customs duties by writing "gift" was silly.  If you'd written the truth, something like "goods returned to country of origin for repair", they shouldn't have been liable anyway.  But when you send a "gift" of shoes to a shoe company, only the most dim-witted customs official is going to see that as anything but a dodge.

 

Best talk to them and explain your error.

post #21975 of 28871
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

This.

Trying to avoid customs duties by writing "gift" was silly.  If you'd written the truth, something like "goods returned to country of origin for repair", they shouldn't have been liable anyway.  But when you send a "gift" of shoes to a shoe company, only the most dim-witted customs official is going to see that as anything but a dodge.

Best talk to them and explain your error.

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Originally Posted by Mike147 View Post

Shipping from the USA to Austria - Getting from Point A to Point B without getting into a bureaucratic mess:

I had some problems after recently shipping a pair of shoes for repair back to Austria (from my home in the US - I shipped via USPS Priority) - The local post in Austria tried to hit the retailer with a very big tax (maybe VAT) upon receipt of the item. They just can't over the fact that the retailer is not purchasing the item, it is simply an item that has already been purchased by an American and used in the US and is now being shipped back to Austria for repair. For information - I marked the customs form as a "Gift" and added additional insurance, estimating the package value at $800.

The retailer refused to pay the tax on principal (as it was completely inappropriate), refused the delivery from Austria Post and the item was returned to me.

I'm shipping the shoes back to Austria tomorrow and just looking for any recommendations. I am planning to send them again via USPS and mark them "Return/Repair" without any additional insurance. If anyone has any additional guidance I am all ears. Is there a threshold for package value that can create an issue when shipping - i have to list an approximate value? Any other red flags i should watch out for?

Thanks in advance.

Mike147

I need to clarify my question here - if anyone has actual experience in shipping to proxies or retailers in central and eastern europe - I would ask you to please take a look. Just looking for tips from people with experience in shipping in and out of the region. I know that others have had this issue before. Thanks, Mike147
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