Originally Posted by AlanC
This is a topic that interests me, mainly just because I'm curious, but I wonder what impact the fora do have on various clothing related markets. Clearly there's a lot of money being spent by forum members on certain targeted items. However, AAAC, SF and LL taken all together isn't really that many people, either, although there are more lurkers than one might think.
Certain items on ebay, particularly when they're listed here, can be affected dramatically. I remember the feeding frenzy from forum members at Bennie's and at the Tom James/C&J clearance sale that cleared both out pretty quickly.
Like you, Alan, I don't want to overstate the importance of the forums, but I will say that I stopped talking so much about Corneliani here after several eBay auctions in my size went through the roof. What was an undervalued brand suddenly seemed in much more demand. Admittedly, it could just be coincidence -- Oxxford is talked about quite a bit here, but its stuff, even its nice stuff, still does fairly poorly. But it only takes two people to wage a bidding war, and the more folks who learn about the forum's favorite brands, the more competition there will be ...
I've certainly lost my share of auctions to posters here. I imagine there's a core group of high-end menswear purchasers on eBay, and that forumites make up a decent percentage of that group. One of those Cornelianis I was watching even ended up the subject of a loving photo essay here.