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if you're a style noob, stay away from ebay

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by XKxRome0ox, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. BevisFrondFan

    BevisFrondFan Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2009
    I love vintage cashmere sweaters from Scotland. Ebay is the only viable option.
  2. Knucklehead

    Knucklehead Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2011
    I effing love ebay. I never really spend 30 bucks on one item so I avoid guilt if its a dud....but I haven't had any duds.
  3. Pantisocrat

    Pantisocrat Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    I don't know. You have to pay for your mistakes to learn. It's like when I first got into sound systems. A lot of experimentation and money to learn what works best for my needs.
  4. greyinla

    greyinla Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2008
    Yep. But don't feel too bad, you've gotten off fairly cheaply. Like Klobber, I've often seen ancient and out-of-date items selling for ridiculous prices because of the brand. Escheriff's advice is good; if you're going to shop ebay, educate yourself in a particular niche.
  5. MBreinin

    MBreinin Well-Known Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    At the bottom of a Stoli bottle
    Know what you are looking for and what is worth buying, and it is a great resource.

  6. Wayward

    Wayward Well-Known Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    I don't know. You have to pay for your mistakes to learn. It's like when I first got into sound systems. A lot of experimentation and money to learn what works best for my needs.


    What I've learned is to know your own measurements exactly, and to have the seller give you specifics. The stuff I've bought that I regret, I chalk it up as a lesson. ~$300 is not bad all things considered, especially if you've ended up with things you'd like. Case in point, my first shirt from Modern Tailor arrived, and it fits poorly. However, now I know what to do next time, and will make the proper adjustments. Once those numbers are down, I'm golden.

    My strategy: get a measuring tape, measure the hell out of my favourite clothes, and not deviate from those numbers when shopping online.
  7. A Canuker

    A Canuker Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2006
    The Great White North
    I've won a few items on Ebay that worked well. I've bought more here that turned out to be a total waste but the chance can be worth it. The worst event I've had is trading on the boards and getting totally stuffed on my item.....have not made a trade since as the taste is still bitter. To the guy who has since left the boards, I still think your a dick.
  8. tim_horton

    tim_horton Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2010

    My advice to OP, if you like buying stuff on eBay: Don't start buying on eBay until you've decided what your favorite brands are and what size you are in their lines. For instance: I love the look of Luciano Barbera jackets, but having never owned or even tried one on before, I would never blindly send $600 to some eBay seller for a jacket whose cut I hope looks good on me. I've made that expensive mistake before and have several SF closet cleaning threads to prove it.

    On the other hand, there are things I already know about as far as sizing and cut are concerned. The Polo Prospect shorts--I've been buying them at Dillard's for years and know that I am a 36; I have bought half a dozen various colors this year on eBay for less than half of retail. They all arrived and fit great with no surprises. Oxxford suits and jackets-- I bought my first Oxxford Mason cut suit at the Saks outlet last year. I love the 44L Mason cut and it fits me perfectly. So I had no qualms buying another a NWT Oxxford Mason cut wool/cashmere sport coat for $380 before Christmas. Amazing deal: it would have cost me $2500 retail. And I felt completely comfortable buying it because I knew it would look and fit great.

    This is excellent advice. There's nothign wrong with eBay, what's wrong is the way the OP is using eBay (and I say that as someone who made the exact same mistake as he did! [​IMG]) Live and learn...
  9. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    NE PA
    You should always be cautious about buying on eBay, noobs particularly so. But once you know what to look for it can be a great resource.

    1. Know your measurements.
    2. Demand pics, especially of interior coat labels and the interior soles of shoes.
    3. Be reasonable about your bid limit.
    4. Never assume the seller knows what he or she is talking about, descriptions are often wrong.
  10. JohnShaft

    JohnShaft Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2009
    Inner Loop, Houston, TX
    Lots of excellent advice in this thread!

    Don't be discouraged OP, we all make the occasional misstep.

    I have a love/hate relationship with ebay that is probably different from many men on here. I preferred it in the old days when it was less 'strip mall' and more 'estate sale'. It seems to me that there were more good items for the discerning eye to purchase for a real deal. I still find things but the searches are so easy that I'm usually up against ridiculously financially liberal brand whores.

    If I'm going to drop $600+ on something, I'd rather go to a shop where I can have service.
  11. 1901

    1901 Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    Is it best to have a tailor take down measurements for eBay reference (with regards to suits and sport coats)?
  12. DStew

    DStew Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2010
    If you're buying 18 items for $290, you're making bad decisions.

    Unfortunately this is just true. 9 Sport Coats & 2 Suits + more for 290$ just sounds like one of those too good to be true things.

    Don't be discouraged. We all do stupid shit when it comes to money and clothes.

    Also, while there are some master deal finders on SF, some people on here are full of shit on some of the deals they allegedly got. Don't always believe the hype.

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