Something is wrong now on eBay, perhaps too many people peddling their wares and prices are driven rock bottom. It is now actually cheaper to kop on eBay all the high end gear that you want versus going out to get from a thrift. Only notable exception would be suiting / jackets / shoes, everything else is cheaper on eBay than actual thrift store. Bottom line, thrifting is becoming a joke what with markups in most GW's now and a cheap eBay...
I generally am ok with a $20 sale on a shirt for which I paid $5, as there might be two other shirts in the same selling cycle that go for $50 or $60. Robert Graham, I'm looking at you. With that, I also find several items for myself that absolutely can't be found on eBay, either because they aren't a searchable brand or are a SW&D item that if I did find on eBay would be selling at a fair market value and not at a steep discount. Sure basic white dress shirt are suffering because, well, every company makes a basic white dress shirt.
I would imagine only the sea island cotton stuff is worth anything above 15bucks.
Ordinary records dont sell well, what you need to find is a niche market, like old skool heavy / thrash / death / black metal. It is awful music, but I sold a black metal record for $1.5K only 6 months ago. Music was by a band called Burzum, but people collect that shit, oh boy, do they collect and pay for it................. Another record was by a band called Mayhem, LP aptly called Deathcrush, limited to 1000. Sold that sucker around 8 months ago for a princely $900.
I hear ya, had the misfortune to see a real bust up pair of AE's with a 70 tag attached . Markups are getting out of hand around here, even George shirts are more expensive in some thrifts than Walmart - and at Walmart they are new
Let's face it, this is why we all do what we do. This one got spotted and culled, but that doesn't happen every time. The cash/Viagra/codeine we've found in pockets, the shell Aldens for three bucks, the infamous Gucci croc loafers. If it was easy, everyone would do it. So quit whining about markups and the good old days and go thrift an Omega or some RLPL or some Edward Greens. They're out there.
This. Stop bitching and enjoy the hunt. It's the gold rush...everyone is out there panning for easy money but only the people with eagle eyes and persistence are going to find the real treasure. It worked for me and I sure hope it continues to do so.