Just saw that Kent Wang is selling Saphir products if anyone's looking out for some.
This is what I did and it works a treat, I bought a pair Tana thin foam insole from my local cobbler for $8
I see a bit of this thinking around here - that somehow making an offer is not playing fair or something.
As a bit of context and background. A long time ago I made my living, for several years, solely out of buying and selling a major (or several ) commodities. Not a side hobby - a proper living. Not something abstract that involved sitting at a desk and risking other peoples monies - but risking my monies, with something tangible not fungible. Often I sold by auction, with a live auctioneer and often by mutual negotiations and sometimes by fixed price.
Making a lower, or higher for that matter, offer is an essential part of doing business. It does sometimes make a difference how its done.
Some buyers just like to haggle and beat people down - for no particular reason - these people can be irritating and are the ones who will get the same treatment back - no rounding down only rounding up, no "bakers dozen" , no useful info etc.
Nothing wrong with a buyer saying - "those shoes are only worth $100 to me - let me know when you are ready to let them go for $100" - However that should be a firm offer. No further haggling or seeking discounts or umming and arghing.
I'm old enough to remember the Trading Post too- (Tell em they're dreamin) I don't know how many times a second hand item like say a clothes dryer, fridge would be advertised at a a firm price equal to what the seller paid for it when a new item could be purchased with guarantees, delivery etc at a cheaper price.
As you all know from basic economics - in a relatively free market with relatively well informed buyers and sellers then an item is worth almost exactly what you can get for it.
Some markets are distorted by low numbers of potential buyers - eg purple emu skin triple monk shoes - but when those buyers do appear then they will agree that the shoes are worth a fair bit of $. These items are rare, potential buyers are rare and markets difficult to establish - for this item the seller will probably hang onto the item to get a "fair price" - amongst the small number of buyers there will be some agreement on what is a "fair price"
Other items, lets say fr instance, a pair of mid price English shoes black captoe, normal average size around 8 or 9, with a couple of weeks wear on them are likely to be worth a fair bit less than what it cost to land them here. Mainly because - anyone can see the price new online, theres lots of them around, most people have a pair, many people do not need more than one pair, without insulting anyone in particular , a "normal" old black captoe shoe looks like any other black cap toe shoe. Unless someone was just over the last week looking longingly at that exact pair during lunch, and needs them now and its $50 saving on all in cost + postage etc.
OTOH a pair of plain black captoes in average size may well move fast and sell for not much less than new, precisely because they are a staple item, don't vary much and many more people are seeking a pair at any one time.
Some sellers have an emotional attachment to an item and somehow feel their manhood ( Its usually men although women can be just as crazy) or family honour is impugned if offered less than what they deem something is worth.
People forget that money has a time value - as a rule of thumb money is worth the basic headline interest rate at the moment thats around 3.25% I think. That is $3.25 per every $100 per year. Not much on a $300 pair of shoes I guess- but theres storage costs, and opportunity cost of not having the $300 to spend on something else etc. In addition - if that $300 is on a credit card @22% - then selling quick for less is an obvious decision.
I'm not even sure what I'm saying here now - but.
Nothing wrong with negotiating on an item, but there should be a sense of business about haggling not a sense of petty point scoring. If you make an offer base it on what the item is worth to you as buyer and a price at which you will gladly pay. That may be way way below what a seller initially asks.
In making an offer the buyer should be actually making an offer, not just testing the waters.
Buying and selling things can be fun and commerce makes the world go round..
+1 what he said ...
economics 101 - a sale is only possible when you have a buyer and seller agree on a price. That's why the stock market works on bids and asks until they match a price which equals a trade.
While I'm on this forum, I regrettably need to sell my Burgundy Carmina Shell Cordovan - punched captoe Oxfords on the Forest last size UK9.5. They have been a bit small and I've had enough in trying to be comfortable in them. With the benefits of hindsight, I should have sold them the first day I got them.
Only been worn about 10 times. There are some minor marks, but nothing major. Shoe trees have always been used. Comes with box (my daughter used the shoe bags for puppets - long story). They are beautiful shoes and regret selling them. Given my Tricker's are also for sale, I haven't had much luck with shoes recently
Price is $350ono, but PM if interested.
i've got the persol 714's in tortoise shell. does the job and fits into the chest pocket.
i get my sunnies online from the UK: http://www.pretavoir.co.uk/
they occasionally have free shipping. takes about 2 weeks to get here. with free shipping and taking away VAT and you'd be laughing at the savings compared to buying locally at Sunglass Hut or your local optometrist.
Yep, we are both classified as '36Rs' so naturally, I am interested.
The waist does look a bit tight.
On my jacket, and that is with the waist almost too tight, it is 3cm bigger than his jacket's waist. (43 v 46 cm).
The chest is tight by about a cm and shoulders wide by about a cm.
What did you think of the sleeve length, 50cm looks short?
Markus must be the ultimate V.
What did you think of the cotton and craftsmanship of the jacket?