Originally Posted by eddievddr10
same thing happened in jersey gardens nmlc, some guy bought tom ford, kiton, and cucinelli shirts and returned crap shirts with the tag sewn on, what he did was, he ripped off labels off kiton and tom ford ties and sew them onto the shirts, so essentially he kept the real shirts and returned the crappy ones for a refund, essentially stole the shirts and ruined the ties for everyone else. i pointed this out to the associates there. I came back a few weeks later and the were back on the floor, this time i spoke to a manager, i explained that some guy was ripping them off, and ppl were buying fake kiton and tom ford shirts from their lcnm store. I explained it was easy to look up who has returned these items and have them arrested, but she didnt seem to give a shit, so careful around the jersey gardens neiman, your shirt or tie may not be the real deal.
Just a thought, but if haberdasheries actually existed anymore and hired sales associates who knew t-shirts from tuxes and paid them what their knowledge was worth, then this sort of thing would not happen. Instead, we live in a world where labels are everything, as anyone who has sold anything on eBay well knows. And so it is not surprising that no one cares when it is reported. The only thing that is worth it to the store is the label, and since that was returned, there is no harm done. And most customers wouldn't care, either. All they want is that label. So, in a weird way, I have a grudging admiration for the thief. He is beating the retailers at their own game.
There is an utterly amazing old-school Mackinaw coat, classic black-and-red buffalo plaid, at the local Salvation Army that I would buy in a heartbeat if it fit me. Not only that, it has a down liner and is in true NWOT condition. I have never seen anything like that with a down liner, and they only want $26. So why don't I buy it? A, because it's a tad snug, and B, because it is made by Eddie Bauer. Now, anyone who has dealt with old-school Eddie Bauer (Nat, are you listening?) knows what I'm talking about when I say that there was once upon a time when no one did down better than EB. It's a way-better coat than anything you could get from Filson today. But is also impossible to flip because it has the EB label. It would be unethical if I were to tear out the EB label and sew in a Filson label and flip it for $75 on a BIN, but I would actually be doing the buyer a favor. I wouldn't be surprised if it goes through the cycle and ends up at 59 cents. At that point, I'll buy it.