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For sale thread?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by VMan, Oct 24, 2003.

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  1. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,

    I just wanted to propose a new HOF thread idea and see what the opinions of the other members are. I think that something that would be a useful service to the forum members would be a thread dedicated to the sale of clothing. I know that there have been a few various topics similar to this (the great deal on Vass shoes and the Dunhill shirts), but this could be a more perminant thing. It would be a good alternative to ebay (no fees) but would have to rely on the trust of the forum members. Any thoughts/comments, please reply.

    Eric

    I have 2 Zegna shirts I want to sell, one I bought new online but never wore (doesn't fit me right) and the other is pre-worn but in excellent condition. The new one is creamy white with thin blue vertical stripes and the other is a shimmery light blue with a great texture and French cuffs. 17.5, 34-35 and 17.5, 36
     
  2. Eric

    Eric Well-Known Member

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    VersaceMan, Thanks for the offer. I have no idea what size I wear, lol. All my current dress shirts are from Structure or Banana Republic, both of which size by S, M, L, ect. I'll try on some shirts and figure out what size I am and get back to you. My email is ERasmussen14@yahoo.com. Eric
     
  3. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply, Eric. I didn't mean to come across as soliciting, or try to use the forum for comercial purposes. I just thought it would be a useful service for the members.

    Eric, the shirts are tagged a size 'Large' in addition to the numerical measurements. The stated size is 17.5 but they fit more like a 17. My problem is that I take a 16.5 or 17" neck, but I only have a 31" waist so dress shirts are always very baggy on me. I can post pictures if you are interested. However, I would have to wait until monday since the pictures are on my computer up at school.


    -Eric
     
  4. shoefan

    shoefan Well-Known Member

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    I think this would be a very useful service, whether it is a thread or a separate page, akin to what the watch-related web sites do. I have a bunch of really awesome items that I may be selling on e-bay (brand new Kiton, Barbera Sartoriale, SaintAndrews, Lauren Purple Label, Belvest, etc.), and I assume the participants on this site would find them interesting, but I don't want to violate the non-commercial aspects of the site.
     
  5. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    I think as long as the members who choose to participate in buying/selling remain active users on the forum (instead of use the site for the only purpose of buying/selling), then there wouldn't be any problems.

    Shoefan, what watch sites were you speaking of?
     
  6. shoefan

    shoefan Well-Known Member

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    Watchnet.com has a "trading post" page to post items for sale and wanted-to-buy

    timezone.com has a "sales corner" within its "community" section for the same purpose.

    Both of these sites have a level of detail, contributor expertise, and participation that are impressive.
     
  7. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Well-Known Member

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    Great idea for a post topic. I'm looking to sell a Canali Proposta suit, size 40R American. Three button, no vents, Three piece (high button vest), in brown twill. The trouser waist is narrow, about 30-31"; I'd let it go for $100. Superb condition.
     
  8. vero_group

    vero_group Well-Known Member

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    This idea has come up several times before. The last I heard about it, Steve B. was going to talk to the mysterious "J." who owns the board to get his or her opinion on the matter. I may also remember hearing that this feature might end up on Steve B.'s www.MensSpecialtyRetail.com site instead of here on The Style Forum. Either way, I do remember Steve B. saying that it would be likely that sellers would have to pay for the privilege to advertise. Perhaps they are still trying to sort that all out. Steve?
     
  9. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    I like the idea too. And I wouldn't mind spending a bit for the right to mention some of my nicer items on the forum. And I'm guessing I'd buy a lot too.

    I spoke to Steve about this not too long back. He is working on it but his hands are tied until he can speak to J about it.
     
  10. Steve B.

    Steve B. Well-Known Member

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    Well- my hands aren't THAT tied. We could do a HOF thread, but I'd prefer to add a separate category to the six we have now. This would allow for more expansion and separate subcategories (e.g. shoes, tailored clothing, jewelry/cuff links) as I think it would be a very popular category...

    How about I e-mail J again, and the we just start the HOF in a couple of days if I don't hear back?
     
  11. ken

    ken Well-Known Member

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    Fair enough idea, but I'd suggest taking some of the other HOFs off before putting a new one up. Some of those haven't been updated in a while, and they are cluttering up the top of the forum.
     
  12. Ranjeev

    Ranjeev Well-Known Member

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    I love the idea of having a sales thread. I do not have anything to post but it would save someone such as myself a great deal of time in terms of not having to search the net for certain items. By the way, if anyone has any suits in a 42 long or any winter jackets in a similar size, please do post.
     
  13. Eric

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    I would also like to alert you all looking to sell that I may be interested in suits in size (elusive 38L) and 40R American, with slacks W31-32 L32. It would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    Eric
     
  14. mrprlover

    mrprlover Well-Known Member

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    I feel the idea is a good one.

    However, there has to be some way to "update" and keep the "ads" current. In the current format (in the form of threads) things could get rather confusing. After a while the topic would get very long, as there will be no way of determining if an item is still in inventory, sold or in the process. (For instance, how would I know that the shirts being sold on page 1 are still available?) Yes I could email every single person individually, but it might be a good idea to know this without/before inquiring further. I guess one could simply do a search in the "For Sale" category, but often times I am just perusing around looking for nothing in particular, willing to buy if something nice became available.

    That's the only concern that comes to mind. I would trust someone here 100-times more than someone on ebay.
     
  15. shoefan

    shoefan Well-Known Member

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    The watch sites do this by having the listings automatically expire after 7 days; further, each listing is a separate thread, to which the seller can add "SOLD" when the item is no longer available.  If an item is not sold after 7 days, then the seller can relist it.  A simple search function can also help an interested party look for  items based on listed size, color, or maker (assuming the seller provides this information in the listing).  While not being a programmer, it would seem this should not be too difficult; certainly, other sites have done it, and they don't charge anything.  That being said, the watch sites do have a much higher level of overall activity and participation than this site.
     
  16. mrprlover

    mrprlover Well-Known Member

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    After some looking and searching on the watchnet site, several other things come to mind.  

    I like the fact that this forum is rather "personal"...in the sense that over time (and between posts/readings) you get an "idea" of the people on here.  (For instance...I know that so-and-so does more street/casual wear and that so-and-so does more of the Kiton/Brioni conservative thing, per se.  Furthermore, I know that x lives in nyc and prefers store-Y over Century 21.  Also, that z is in college and likes this brand because its affordable and good quality. I relate to them and enjoy their posts because Im also in college and live in nyc.)  It would definitely change if we open a for sale category with open access.

    But yeah, one gets used-to and expects posts/replies from certain people, while establishing a rapport with all regular members. It's like a small neighborhood-community place.  And yes...though the site is not flooded with posts, I prefer it this way, unlike other forums I frequent. This site is my secret, and though Im rather new...I pay special attention and comment when I can. (I can't wait until I graduate and start making 6-figure salaries.)  =]  I don't think it would be the same with 1000 of other members.

    Im afraid it would get cluttered, with random people registering simply to "get rid" of something. This would open the lid for scam-like behavior, too. Though there are some nice deals on watchnet, there are way TOO many sellers.  Whom could I trust there?  Also...Im no expert...how would I know if I was purchasing authentic or not?

    I wouldn't want the same to happen here.
     
  17. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    Steve,

    Thanks for looking into this, it would be awesome if we could get it to work. You are right, a seperate category would be a lot better (it would reduce 'clutter' and make the organization -- shoes, shirts, suits --much easier).

    Eric,

    You are the exact same size as me (40R, 31-32W/32L)...same name too. I should have a few things you may be interested in. What size shirt do you normally take?


    Definately. The concern that people could just register here to sell something, or that scams could take place is easily solved. Only choose to buy from established members, rather than people that just started posting here and start selling things that are too good to be true.

    Steve,

    If you open a new category, is there a way that you can have it only accessable to certain members? Could you make it so that members have to contact you and you give them permission in order to use that feature? This could solve the problem of the boards becoming flooded with new people, or people looking to use our forum for the single purpose of selling things. You could have some system of whom to allow, maybe the current members would be allowed access, and in the future new members would have to be members for a certain period of time (establish themselves as participating members of the forum) before this feature is 'unlocked'.

    Thanks for all the replies, I'm glad to see other people think this is a good idea.

    -Eric
     
  18. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    That would work. A simpler way would be for the seller to edit his original post when the item sells - replacing the text with "sold"
     
  19. mrprlover

    mrprlover Well-Known Member

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    Versace...? Who are you asking?

    I'm also an Eric. Size 40R. 32/32 pants, also. 15.5/33 shirts.
    =]
     
  20. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    I was speaking to the poster whose user name is "Eric". Wow, a lot of Erics here with the same measurments.
     
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