Originally Posted by Klobber
The voice of reason!Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I have numerous times run into this problem here.
Me: Hi nice jacket, interested in trades or how much?
Answer: I need to cover some bills, hows $300.
Me: Wahahaha that is only worth $150 on open market. I tell you what, I will offer you full amount - 150 beans.
Answer: I prefer to send it on eBay.
I bid on eBay using my wife's account and pick up for $70. Thanks for your business
! Oh yeah got to love this - I get a PM here saying my offer of $150 is acceptable!
Consignment is another funny one. Offer $250 for a used piece, fellow says his consigner can get him $450 on eBay. I tell him that if there is a 50/50 split, he would still be making more off my $250. Nope he is not interested. Then....... Badabing ....... it sells on eBay for $320. 320 was too much change for me to go bidding, but after eBay fees and postage costs deducted and the 50/50 split, he probably took home $140 for this. My $250 straight up vs $140, I wonder..........
People here should be more open to offers. It is far easier to deal with a homey on this thread versus dealing with the unknown on eBay..............
First, welcome back Mex.
Second, and you know I love you brother, but did you have to throw a hand grenade in on your first post back?
Third: This again?
Fourth: I'm going try to stay true to form and tread the middle here. We're all victims of our own circumstance. Sometimes I'm able and truly enjoy hooking someone up. Sometimes I'm not -- either because, yes, I have bills to pay, or because my buy-in was large, or because I ate too much broccoli that day. Sometimes I make a genuine mistake with my initial expectations, and just as often when I ask for offers I get lowballed -- kinda goes with the audience. We're all just doing what we can and what we feel is right under the circumstances.
Should people be more realistic, diligent with their homework and open to offers? Yes -- I'll count myself first in that lot. Does it suck we don't live in a Utopian, Kitonic commune of shared free clothing? Yes. But such is the imperfection that is life.
Switching gears only slightly, if the folks don't think the bar has been raised, re-read the thread (as you're so anxious to encourage newbs to do). Early posts feature much more Thomas Pink than is seen lately. As so often, we seem to be longing for a Golden Age that's actually currently upon us.
So, as my Dad used to tell us when we kids fought in the back seat: SMILE! Back to the find posts.
EDIT: Oh, yeah. Having now handled my first Kiton shirt, I feel qualified to weigh in on the Great Shirt Debate of 2013. I've now handled most of what I think of as the major biggies: Kiton, Charvet, Borrelli, Barba, Isaia, Finamore, Cucinelli, Barbera, T&A, etc. etc I would say, the one I was most impressed with was Charvet, but it wasn't a runaway. And that may have been influenced by how NEW it was. Thing was brand new. What did I like? The feel was great, construction was excellent (though less of the handwork flourishes like stitching at the terminus of the cuff slit or at random spots along the button line). Nor was the gusset nearly as elaborate. But it just struck me as one of the nicest, most impressively professional shirts I'd ever held. Now, for workmanship, the Neopolitains have it hands down. The Kiton is at least on a par with the Barba and the Finamore, and only a hair above the Cucinelli and some of the better Borrellis. Fabric selection depends on the shirt, but is a fair match across the board. Cut is hard to judge because today's Kitten is too small for me (Sadly). To answer Klobber's question more directly, the biggest difference between these titans and Thomas Pink or other less revered brands is collar cut (well, and button materials, of course). The Neapolitains -- and T&A, unlike many of its Jermyn Street brethren -- cuts their collars full enough, even in a spread collar, that the collar can extend under the jacket lapels. While that's not what you see on TV these days, it looks a LOT better. Anyway, just my random observations.Edited by GMMcL - 2/20/13 at 7:47pm