Originally Posted by ick578
That doesn't make sense to me. If something is recent and in really nice condition, who cares where its from and the fact its in a thrift store. I would honestly consider buying a $350 Kiton from a GW if it was recent, in nice shape, and my size.
Originally Posted by noobizor
Not to get too faux-philosophical here, but why locate the meaning of the object outside the object itself? Clothes are tangible goods, man! Quality should be apparent, entirely separable from its origins. I guess I don't mind throwing stuff up in B&S, because I'm always buying the same kind of stuff myself....
I agree in the hypothetical ideal case (recent, mint, in which case where it comes from is moot point). However, I see many times someone pick up a dusty old Brioni or Kiton and then slam a large price tag on it.
I dont get it, why would someone pay $400 for a thrifted Kiton jacket that is in so so condition, over 10 years old, and to top it off, with the understanding it was thrifted for 20bucks or so.
An Off fifth close to me has a brand new Kiton jacket for $899 with a further 30% off. Given a choice: Would you guys pay $650 for a new Kiton jacket from retail, or $400 for some beat up old thrifted Kiton that needs a tailors magic to make it look even passably contemporary?
It bugs the shit out of me why some folks value thrifted stuff at half to full "discount" retail.
I contacted a guy here about a thrifted Kiton shirt, and he slammed a $140 price tag on it refusing to budge a dollar. I went to a local Saks Off Fifth and saw a heap of Kiton shirts selling for $179 with a 40% off. So that is $108 before tax. Cheaper to get new from retail than some folks here trying to flog their thrifted wares.
/ End Rant