Suppose, hypothetically speaking, you were to visit the Henry Bucks sale and tried on a few Boglioli unstructured jackets that fitted you very well for Off the Rack and looked and felt very good, and though they were very nice and you were tempted you decided $800 or more was too much to spend on an jacket that was not MTM and that you did not necessarily need (or where not thinking about getting for a while)... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
What then if you, "hypothetically speaking", bought one as your size was available and cheap (ish - based on what you have seen and read) - http://www.flannelsfashion.com/designers/men/boglioli/boglioli-sale/boglioli-sale-details/i/14144-b1 . Should you then feel guilty for using Henry Bucks as a "try on" service and not supporting Australian business or lament that you you are priced out by the Australian retailer. It kind of upsets me when one of the main reasons I started to think about a Boglioli jacket, or even buying a blazer now, instead say in 6 months when back in the UK, was that I saw it in Henry Bucks, but buying it for double the price just seems ridiculous. 10% price up maybe but not 50% (especially when that is literally hundreds of dollars - not small change, even in Prince of Paisley's book ).
Anyway, just in case anyone else, hypothetically, have visited Henry Bucks and had the same thoughts. Hope it turns out well and I am not hit by some sartorial karma.
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I second the not guilty verdict.
I think the key difference here is that HB is basically re-selling a foriegn brand at an inflated price. This not only allows consumers to find the exact same thing online for half that price, it encourages this behaviour.
Where Australian retailers sell their own designed, sourced and branded items (alas, generally never "made" as well), it becomes much harder (read: impossible) to look online for the same thing to get it cheaper. The proposition then simply becomes "will I pay $xx for this nice jacket?", not "will I get this for half price online?".
In the former case I would pay $800 for the right RTW jacket, sure, assuming the quality and fit justified it in my mind. In the second case, I think you'd be pretty foolish to pay significantly above the odds to a capitalist - whether he be local or not - for something that is clearly worth a lot less than what you would be paying for it.