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post #3916 of 14986
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Originally Posted by foto010101 View Post
Dear styleforum members,

Please tell me what you think about my offer on ebay. I have not seen any people on this forum showing any interest. Maybe the shoes still were a bit too expensive. Therefore I just lowered the price from $320 to $280.

Personally, I think it would be a very good deal. Please share me your opinions!

Beautiful shoe, similar to those available on STP at ~$429.00 less 30% discount.
post #3917 of 14986
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Originally Posted by foto010101 View Post
Dear styleforum members,

Please tell me what you think about my offer on ebay. I have not seen any people on this forum showing any interest. Maybe the shoes still were a bit too expensive. Therefore I just lowered the price from $320 to $280.

Personally, I think it would be a very good deal. Please share me your opinions!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dark-Brown-A-Tes...QQcmdZViewItem

I think that a. Testoni lacks the cachet of the other brands you mention in the statement in your listing: "The brand A. Testoni belongs together with brands like Santoni, Berluti and Lattanzi to the top of Italian shoe brands." Perhaps it doesn't matter in an eBay listing, but this statement is not really very accurate. There's no way, for example, that Testoni can be seen as equivalent to Lattanzi. Further, Berluti is French, not Italian. I don't know the extent to which the small errors in your English play a part--perhaps not very much--but you could have your listings proof-read by a native English speaker. Basically, however, I think that it's simply a case of an almost-unknown brand listing at what most people would consider a very high price for eBay (even though they may be worth it!).

Further, consider this statement in the listing:

"The true shoe lover knows that a high price is justified because of the top quality materials and handwork that are necessary to create a shoe like this one."

This is what we commonly call bumf. It is vague and possibly imaginary, and is unlikely to persuade anyone. If I were actually trying to appeal to "true shoe lovers," I'd replace that kind of assertion with some factual details such as whether the shoes are welted, the quality of the lining (which is probably very good and may cover 100% of the interior), and any other features that are noteworthy--like reinforced eyelets, if the shoes have them, channeled soles, etc. If you know for a fact that there is some small amount of handwork in these shoes (which I doubt), you could mention that in a way that was specific enough to be convincing.

Perhaps I'm seeing this too much from the viewpoint of a knowledgeable shoe buyer, and, in fact, for the masses--prototypical eBay buyers--the details noted don't really matter. Others can comment on this.

After all this, let me say that they are very nice shoes!
post #3918 of 14986
Think I posted in wrong thread. So sorry, all this ebay porn everywhere I just get confused. OP - Just wanted to let you guys know about this Seller who just accepted my $20 Best Offer for a nice Crookhorn belt. I don't know, but they would probably (logically) take the same offer (or maybe less?) on what they have left. Various styles and sizes still available (but no more 36's ). http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZparents2abbyQQhtZ-1
post #3919 of 14986
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Originally Posted by Roger View Post
I think that a. Testoni lacks the cachet of the other brands you mention in the statement in your listing: "The brand A. Testoni belongs together with brands like Santoni, Berluti and Lattanzi to the top of Italian shoe brands." Perhaps it doesn't matter in an eBay listing, but this statement is not really very accurate. There's no way, for example, that Testoni can be seen as equivalent to Lattanzi. Further, Berluti is French, not Italian. I don't know the extent to which the small errors in your English play a part--perhaps not very much--but you could have your listings proof-read by a native English speaker. Basically, however, I think that it's simply a case of an almost-unknown brand listing at what most people would consider a very high price for eBay (even though they may be worth it!). Further, consider this statement in the listing: "The true shoe lover knows that a high price is justified because of the top quality materials and handwork that are necessary to create a shoe like this one." This is what we commonly call bumf. It is vague and possibly imaginary, and is unlikely to persuade anyone. If I were actually trying to appeal to "true shoe lovers," I'd replace that kind of assertion with some factual details such as whether the shoes are welted, the quality of the lining (which is probably very good and may cover 100% of the interior), and any other features that are noteworthy--like reinforced eyelets, if the shoes have them, channeled soles, etc. If you know for a fact that there is some small amount of handwork in these shoes (which I doubt), you could mention that in a way that was specific enough to be convincing. Perhaps I'm seeing this too much from the viewpoint of a knowledgeable shoe buyer, and, in fact, for the masses--prototypical eBay buyers--the details noted don't really matter. Others can comment on this. After all this, let me say that they are very nice shoes!
I agree with you on most things you pointed out, so I will revise the text soon. Thanks for your constructive criticism, Mike
post #3920 of 14986
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Originally Posted by Roger View Post
I think that a. Testoni lacks the cachet of the other brands you mention in the statement in your listing: "The brand A. Testoni belongs together with brands like Santoni, Berluti and Lattanzi to the top of Italian shoe brands." Perhaps it doesn't matter in an eBay listing, but this statement is not really very accurate. There's no way, for example, that Testoni can be seen as equivalent to Lattanzi. Further, Berluti is French, not Italian. I don't know the extent to which the small errors in your English play a part--perhaps not very much--but you could have your listings proof-read by a native English speaker. Basically, however, I think that it's simply a case of an almost-unknown brand listing at what most people would consider a very high price for eBay (even though they may be worth it!).

Further, consider this statement in the listing:

"The true shoe lover knows that a high price is justified because of the top quality materials and handwork that are necessary to create a shoe like this one."

This is what we commonly call bumf. It is vague and possibly imaginary, and is unlikely to persuade anyone. If I were actually trying to appeal to "true shoe lovers," I'd replace that kind of assertion with some factual details such as whether the shoes are welted, the quality of the lining (which is probably very good and may cover 100% of the interior), and any other features that are noteworthy--like reinforced eyelets, if the shoes have them, channeled soles, etc. If you know for a fact that there is some small amount of handwork in these shoes (which I doubt), you could mention that in a way that was specific enough to be convincing.

Perhaps I'm seeing this too much from the viewpoint of a knowledgeable shoe buyer, and, in fact, for the masses--prototypical eBay buyers--the details noted don't really matter. Others can comment on this.

After all this, let me say that they are very nice shoes!

Please keep in mind Testoni also makes shoes that vary in quality from mid to top.
I will try to post some pictures of my brown monk strap Testonis and let you be the judge.
post #3921 of 14986
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Originally Posted by mr monty View Post
Please keep in mind Testoni also makes shoes that vary in quality from mid to top. I will try to post some pictures of my brown monk strap Testonis and let you be the judge.
Yes, I know. The ones I try to sell are just below the top: the black label line is one step below the very expensive amedeo line.
post #3922 of 14986
Silvano Lattanzi size 8.5 blue leather These are really quality shoes, for all you 8.5's out there... custom made for someone with a Napoleon complex. And for an incongruous bonus, they come with Woodlore shoe trees...http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=270107707762
post #3923 of 14986
J.M. Weston 13C suede.

I wish everybody took pictures like this guy!

http://cgi.ebay.com/J-M-WESTON-Brown...QQcmdZViewItem
post #3924 of 14986
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Originally Posted by amerikajinda View Post
J.M. Weston 13C suede.

I wish everybody took pictures like this guy!

http://cgi.ebay.com/J-M-WESTON-Brown...QQcmdZViewItem

Yeah, I was looking at those, but he said they fit like an 11.5 which detered me. The inside wear was strange compared to the exterior.
post #3925 of 14986
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Originally Posted by jml90 View Post
Yeah, I was looking at those, but he said they fit like an 11.5 which detered me. The inside wear was strange compared to the exterior.
Yeah, I stay away from shoes where I can see the individual toe impressions of the previous owner... But it's nice that he took pictures that actually show that up front, rather than you getting a "this little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home" surprise when you open up the box!
post #3926 of 14986
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Originally Posted by foto010101 View Post
Yes, I know. The ones I try to sell are just below the top: the black label line is one step below the very expensive amedeo line.

I own a pair of black monkstraps from the Testoni black label line that otherwise look identical to those you list. They are indeed a rather delicate shoe, but they also look quite nice and sleek. Two years ago NM was selling them for >$600 (I bought mine on sale), so your price is very good.

Does anyone else find the storm welt on the Santoni oxfords posted by amerikajinda incongruous? To my eye the storm welt just ruins the look.
post #3927 of 14986
Anyone for a pair of Forli Croc and Lizard captoes, sz 9? $19.99, ends in a few hours.
post #3928 of 14986
New Allen Edmonds Fairgate in Black Shell Cordovan 10.5B BIN $199

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Allen-Edmond...QQcmdZViewItem

Too bad these are too narrow for me.
post #3929 of 14986
Shipton & Heneage Black Wingtips 8.5W

Very attractive price and fair shipping to the United States. I imagine that a final hammer price of $100-125 shipped would still be a fairly good value.
post #3930 of 14986
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Originally Posted by amerikajinda View Post
Yeah, I stay away from shoes where I can see the individual toe impressions of the previous owner...

But it's nice that he took pictures that actually show that up front, rather than you getting a "this little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home" surprise when you open up the box!

Maybe I'm wrong on this, but wouldn't there be these toe impressions on an insole after just a handful of times wearing the shoes? Though not necessarily visible, they can probably be felt.
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