Originally Posted by Bakes11771
Originally Posted by Michigan Planner
On a related note - When I was talking to a sales associate at one of the official Alden stores about a year ago or so and I mentioned how hard of a time I have finding certain shoes in my size (7.5 for many of their lasts), they noted that the stores have a list of a few people they unofficially refuse to sell to anymore because they would come in and buy up every piece of inventory around a size 8.5 and smaller and were suspected of reselling them in Japan, Korea, and Singapore at a significant markup.
Well then, Alden must be run by lunatics and will go out of business. This practice is absurd, self-defeating and un-enforcable.
If the resellers were successful at reselling the shoes abroad, then the mark-ups were by definition not "significant". If people paid the prices the that resellers were asking, they did so happily and not begrudgingly.
Seriously, though, Alden does seem like something of a mess as a company. We all complain about it, right? They've created a situation where people (like us) get all cult-y over their products, then they get mad when said situation blows up in their faces. Does not augur well.
I know AE doesn't get much love in this thread, but at least that company seems to be run by businesspeople.
P.S. If anyone from any Alden retailer reads this comment, please disregard.