Originally Posted by jcb9
I think you have the right mindset. I have only been able to successfully flip Brooks Brothers USA-made items, Made in Italy sports coats, a few vintage items and anything Makers. I leave everything else.
EDIT: It's true that most of the BB items I see are stained/ripped/frayed all to hell. I am not sure how this happens. I recently retired two pair of BB pants made with Loro Piani fabric that I wore once a week for six years, and the only visible wear was the beginning of some fraying on the bottom of the cuff (not from stepping on it, but from wear/cleaning).
Ah yes - Makers - that's the other I keep an eye out for but have not come across it yet in the wild. 1818 and Eye-talian, yes, but no Makers (yet). Someone earlier mentioned a vintage BB corduroy coat made in Italy, which I had in my cart yesterday but then picked up all those damn 4XB Zegna shirts and put the BB coat back...might have made a mistake there, but it had a number of questionable spots that looked surface-only and possibly removable but wasn't sure.
Originally Posted by DeadBoy
Suits/jacket-wise I might grab if it fits or is especially flip-worthy. Shirts almost never because the eBay prices are low and they rarely fit me because I am not a human beach ball. I've literally only ever found one pair of their pants without holes, and I bought for myself.
That's the thing - I don't have a smart phone or vast knowledge bank yet, so determining flip-worthy-ness when in the wilds is still gut reaction for me. I never browse the pants - have absolutely no patience for that. Shirts, jackets, ties, quick eyeballing of the shoes, down the "figurines" aisle at GW, check for silver-face vintage stereo equip, see if they have a "special price" section for men or women, then out the door.
Thank you both for your insights.