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post #4486 of 99183
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Originally Posted by MiniW View Post
to help keep things grounded, here's some things that you may want to keep in mind about Alden shoes:

Exactly! Thank you for saying these things!

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Originally Posted by 1969 View Post
Are you guys serious about trying to dupe Alden into selling you on the cheap? If so, please take your shenanigans off this thread.

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Originally Posted by Trapp View Post
Agreed.

Alden has eyes and ears everywhere. They have been in business for a long time and won't be easily fooled.
post #4487 of 99183
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Originally Posted by slappy View Post
There's no duping of Alden. Why would Alden care whether a collective of shoppers or a store buys their shoes? They get the same profit for either. Anyways I can see this isn't going to end up anywhere constructive.

If you really think Alden wouldn't care, why are you pretending that you're opening a store?
post #4488 of 99183
Alright agreed, I am going to contact them today and tell them the whole score. If they don't approve this wont go forward, is that respectable enough?
post #4489 of 99183
Please record the call and post it on youtube.
post #4490 of 99183
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Originally Posted by slappy View Post
Alright agreed, I am going to contact them today and tell them the whole score. If they don't approve this wont go forward, is that respectable enough?

I think that's cool, but you are probably gonna need a legit reason why you're doing this beyond price, which would be that you want a special makeup.

ie, I don't think you can just call them up and ask for 12 standard longwings in #8 at a wholesale price

so it probably helps to have at least a makeup in mind you can speak to
post #4491 of 99183
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Originally Posted by bananananana View Post
Please record the call and post it on youtube.

Ha you guys lead 'interesting' lives if this is scandalous to you.
post #4492 of 99183
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Originally Posted by slappy View Post
Ha you guys lead 'interesting' lives if this is scandalous to you.

Not scandalous so much as funny and awkward.

"Hey Alden? It's me again, the guy opening a new online shoe store. I called last week, remember? Hehe, I was bullshitting about opening a store. Sorry 'bout that. It's just that I like your shoes and I want to get'em wholesale. So anyway, my lies notwithstanding, are we still on? For the special make-up? At wholesale?"
post #4493 of 99183
Yea it should be funny.
post #4494 of 99183
lol slappy. C'mon... do you understand indirect sales channels. Why would Alden screw over their resellers to sell 12 shoes directly to the customer?
post #4495 of 99183
Yea I dont think outright telling them what's going on is going to work. At the very least it should be kind of amusing.
post #4496 of 99183
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Originally Posted by slappy View Post
There's no duping of Alden. Why would Alden care whether a collective of shoppers or a store buys their shoes? They get the same profit for either. Anyways I can see this isn't going to end up anywhere constructive.

Not saying they do or do not care, but this is the company that limits certain shoes to certain regions in deference to their dealer network (think Japan for instance). Also it may, or may not, be short sighted to take an order for 12 shoes off an individual while undercutting a dealer you've sold to for many years.

I'm not saying Alden will or won't do this, but there are a number of good reasons why they wouldn't. Keep us informed.
post #4497 of 99183
Slappy,
What's your shoe suggestion anyway?
post #4498 of 99183
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Originally Posted by aaronv View Post
If you really think Alden wouldn't care, why are you pretending that you're opening a store?
I like you. For your second post this is an understated home run.
post #4499 of 99183
Hey guys I'm going to fuck over my distributors for some random guy on the internet Just buy the shoes and if you can't afford them new get them off eBay second hand and refurbish them
post #4500 of 99183
I figure this is a good place to post this. I am getting 15 or so shell cordovan Aldens in sizes 11.5 & 12. I have Whiskey, Cigar, Ravello, #8 and Black. They are all brand new. I have various models. They would be ~70-80% of retail (20-30% off). PM me if there is anything in particular that you are looking for. They are all loafers or lace-ups, no boots. There are a few more that are not in this picture. Teaser pic:
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