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post #31411 of 56343
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Originally Posted by g-banger View Post


Yep i did mate - i paid about $270 shipped as they were factory seconds, i think there was some marks on them but who cares.

Looking back im glad i went with the factory seconds AE's, but if 270 is too much i reckon go for meermin, im still gobsmacked by the quality of my tassel loafers. (yet to wear as I've been recovering at home from minor op)

If you have a US post forwarding service and want a pair of AE factory seconds email shoebank@allenedmonds.com. my crappy loyd black oxfords need a new sole but would prefer invest in a pair of AE's or Meermin cap toes, so we can spilt shipping if your keen. im leaning towards meermin, have a think

 

Is that just because the Meermins are higher quality?

 

I'll probably pick some up in a month or two (new shoes)

post #31412 of 56343
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Originally Posted by LonerMatt View Post

Is that just because the Meermins are higher quality?

I'll probably pick some up in a month or two (new shoes)


yes in my opinion - i think the AE inner leather is better than meermins. but price/quality ratio definitely meermins. Also a note you should leave yourself a month with meermins as it takes a while if they are out of stock.

btw is that epic brewery still open in mildura?
post #31413 of 56343

The Mildura Brewery is still open and does excellent food.

post #31414 of 56343
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Man, this whole falling dollar thing is annoying the hell out of me, considering government and business have been pretty much engineering its demise.

Meanwhile CR, DJs and other non competitive retailers are practically frothing at the mouth at the expense of consumers.

 

This comment really doesnt make alot of sense since Australia has very little local sourcing and therefore the COGS line of most retailers is currency related - a rapid devaluation in currency will drop straight through to the gross profit margins of retailers here. So while many local clothing retailers have had no sales growth over the past 6 years, they have had rising gross margins.

 

This of course will drop straight through to the bottom line and a currency move from $1.05 to $0.85 AUD/USD would wipe around 6-8% off gross margins and guess what most retailers dont have more than 6-8% at the bottom line to wear the change.

 

So how does one offset the currency move? Prices will have to go back up - but do all retailers have pricing power? id suggest not in the short term 

post #31415 of 56343
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

So you start at about 3am and... just sneak into work on time?

Usually done in five-ten mins if I do it right. Helped by a pre-wetting of the brush and then mixing lather while drinking a coffee and watching the news.

These blades are damn sharp so a pass is done quick. Although I have a bad habit of refilling my (small) sink between passes to get hot, clean water.

The best post-shave balm for me (I've tried heaps) is $12 Olay moisturizing lotion from Coles!

Don't, repeat don't, get the UV stuff: it stains collars, at least with the hard water here in Brissie...
post #31416 of 56343
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Originally Posted by Romp View Post

 

This comment really doesnt make alot of sense since Australia has very little local sourcing and therefore the COGS line of most retailers is currency related - a rapid devaluation in currency will drop straight through to the gross profit margins of retailers here. So while many local clothing retailers have had no sales growth over the past 6 years, they have had rising gross margins.

 

This of course will drop straight through to the bottom line and a currency move from $1.05 to $0.85 AUD/USD would wipe around 6-8% off gross margins and guess what most retailers dont have more than 6-8% at the bottom line to wear the change.

 

So how does one offset the currency move? Prices will have to go back up - but do all retailers have pricing power? id suggest not in the short term 

 

Interesting take. Why do retail groups always complain about the low dollar and internet shopping then? It seems lose-lose.

post #31417 of 56343
Got some shoes topy'ed yesterday and stubbed my toe on the way home today. Now the topy is loose fuuuuuu!
post #31418 of 56343

Also, for SF lawyers...

 

Anyone know of a good place that does professional resumes/practice interviewing?

I've written my own CVs and Resumes based on the 'Cover Letter Magic' and 'Resume Magic' series but I'm worried they might be too close to the American market.

 

Clerkships are vicious these days, and I only get one shot. 

post #31419 of 56343
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Also, for SF lawyers...

Anyone know of a good place that does professional resumes/practice interviewing?


I've written my own CVs and Resumes based on the 'Cover Letter Magic' and 'Resume Magic' series but I'm worried they might be too close to the American market.

Clerkships are vicious these days, and I only get one shot. 

Wouldn't pay anyone to tinker with your resume, to be honest. If you wanna kick it my way, I'll give it a look, for what it's worth (currently in Government practice but have come from and am just about to go back to private). In strictest confidence, of course...
post #31420 of 56343
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Originally Posted by Nolvadex View Post

Got some shoes topy'ed yesterday and stubbed my toe on the way home today. Now the topy is loose fuuuuuu!

steel taps on top of topy = fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu proof

post #31421 of 56343
Any better ideas than transferring money to paypal or cash for locking in the exchange rate?
post #31422 of 56343
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Originally Posted by azif View Post

Any better ideas than transferring money to paypal or cash for locking in the exchange rate?

 

commonwealth bank has a travel card where you can load it up with different currencies. that might be worthwhile investigating.

post #31423 of 56343
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

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Originally Posted by Romp View Post

This comment really doesnt make alot of sense since Australia has very little local sourcing and therefore the COGS line of most retailers is currency related - a rapid devaluation in currency will drop straight through to the gross profit margins of retailers here. So while many local clothing retailers have had no sales growth over the past 6 years, they have had rising gross margins.

This of course will drop straight through to the bottom line and a currency move from $1.05 to $0.85 AUD/USD would wipe around 6-8% off gross margins and guess what most retailers dont have more than 6-8% at the bottom line to wear the change.

So how does one offset the currency move? Prices will have to go back up - but do all retailers have pricing power? id suggest not in the short term 

Interesting take. Why do retail groups always complain about the low high dollar and internet shopping then? It seems lose-lose.

Ignoring stickiness you have more local dollars to spend to on AUD expenses. Obviously you have problems till this happens tho.
post #31424 of 56343
Couple of questions re trench coats. First, sizing. Do you size up if the coat will be worn over a suit, or does the size already allow for that? Also, most of the suggestions I've seen here are from UK suppliers. With the decline in the $A, are there local options you'd recommend?
post #31425 of 56343
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Originally Posted by azif View Post

Any better ideas than transferring money to paypal or cash for locking in the exchange rate?

global ETFs, currency ETFs etc
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