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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. pnutpug

    pnutpug Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  2. eddievddr10

    eddievddr10 Well-Known Member

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    true, the associates knew nothing, i actually had to find (which was hard since this guy ripped of like 20 kiton and tom ford shirts just from what i saw) a real kiton shirt and point out the label (white) versus a tie (black) and the buttons and detailing before she thought i was sane. its kind of sad that ppl working do not know what they are selling, in the woodbury store they have the knowledge because they have a salesman, so it wouldnt fly in that store.
     
  3. eazye

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    Today's finds:
    Minty AE Walden strap loafers, in my hard to find narrow size!
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    Vintage LL Bean mid boots in my size.....
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    to go with the full length pair I found at the same store a few months back.
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    Vintage NWT PRL cotton canvas "work pant". I've only ever seen this dry clean tag on the Corneliani versions, but I cant imagine them making work pants.
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    And an early birthday present to myself. I actually found this yesterday but didn't grab it on account of it being higher than normal thrift prices. I ended up kicking myself for the rest of the day so I went back this morning and it was still there. This is the good shit right here!
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  4. suited

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    Yeah. Although I'm not sure how those stores handle returns when cash was used for a large purchase. If the person was using cash and spreading out the purchases so he wasn't attracting attention, it would be very difficult to catch unless they started to train their employees. There should be at least a few trained employees that handle all returns over X amount of dollars - enough so there's always one at the store.

    The person also must have access to additional labels. For example, they walk into a neiman marcus outlet and buy a Zegna blazer for $500. They take off the labels and tags and sew them onto another blazer and return it. They get their $500 back and keep the blazer, but now they're left with a Zegna blazer with no labels. They would need an extra set of real labels to sew back onto the jacket so they could fence it on eBay. I suspect they are probably taking items into the dressing room and removing the labels so they can use them later (like Eddie's tie example), although a rack full of blazers missing labels would be a huge red flag, so I suspect they're spreading out that part of the operation as well - or maybe they're just keeping the stuff for themselves.

    The exception would be those Armani shirts. How is there a $599 security tag on those shirts? That makes no sense unless an employee is in on it. When the shirts were purchased they would have removed the security tag, and clearly that was not the original security price tag from an Armani dress shirt. That bar code on the price tag has to be linked to the type of item with a description, right?
     
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  5. noob in 89

    noob in 89 Well-Known Member

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    Don't be foolish, there are cameras over the dressing rooms now. :paranoia:
     
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  6. concealed

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    tough to pick out some indiscriminate fellow from a line up bro.
     
  7. Snoogz

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    If your local store is not willing to deal with the issue at hand.

    I would def try and take it to upper level regional status.

    That is a big PR mess they don't really want to get into with the public. Imagine if this went viral from online blogs / postings or local news to get the word out.

    Passing fake goods onto to the consumer from within a nationally renowned establishment...yikes
     
  8. stevey d.

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    For the Winners and Marshalls in Canada, they write in a code/price in Ink on the fabric (usually near the content label) that's damn near impossible to remove. If someone was trying to return a Calvin Klein jacket for a grand, the clerk should be able to check that the jacket was priced at 100 originally.

    There must be insiders working on this scam.
     
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  9. wcl

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    Is this the Montecristi I am looking for?

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  10. sparrow

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    Just got this Dolce and Gabbana jacket in.
    paid ebay prices but it was my size.
    the label is weird, super large compared to the other dolce labels ive seen
    also the threads sticking out is weird.. given all the swapping we've been reading about..
    no holo.
    Im thinking its just a really old label.... I hope. I know black text white back is old but its just kind of off
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  11. eddievddr10

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    Eazy, love those pants. I Magnin has been gone since the early 90's so those are probably from the 80'sat least.

    And a big thanks to acosbysweater for hooking me up with sweet Oxxford suit! :fistbump:
     
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    Watched the video... I'm obsessed now too!
     
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    I suspect this is a fake, but would happily be persuaded otherwise [​IMG] I can take additional photos if they would be useful.

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  17. TheNeedMachine

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    TL folks - just spotted this on CL - never been to this store so I don't know what they stocked originally, but, a joint named Ambrose Vintage is going out of business. Fill a bag with clothes for $10 (not sure how big the bag is - if it's a little sandwich bag, well, that would suck) - and they are also selling fixtures (mannequins and whatnot). The ad.

    If anyone goes and spots a full-size female mannequin, or female dress form, in good shape and for cheap, please let me know...I'll be in the market soon with something headed my way in the next week or three.
     
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  18. FaceOfBoh

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    Just the machined stitching on the edge of the scarf tells you its fake. And that's just the beginning...
     
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  19. HansderHund

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    FOB was quicker, but yes, it's fake. Sorry!
     
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