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Buying a suit off ebay

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cheyrou, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. cheyrou

    cheyrou Well-Known Member

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    thanks everyone I really appreciate your help. If i find something that fits my requirements I will purchase it, if not I will think of something to do with my navy suit. Your help has been great!
    btw: what stores would you suggest in orlando for a suit that fits my needs?
     
  2. KungFuJoe

    KungFuJoe Member

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    Bumping this thread....

    Would it be worth to try on some suits at a store then find the same one on eBay and buy it? There seem to be some great deals on RLBL suits on eBay.

    Assuming it fit well enough at the store would it be safe to get off eBay?
     
  3. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Of course.
     
  4. gsugsu

    gsugsu Senior member

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    +1. Absolutely. If you are buying a suit online it is advisable to get a sense of how it fits by trying it on in a store. That way you can make a reasonably informed choice. Be careful when considering NWOT suits as they may not actually be new, unworn or unaltered. Check why they do not have the tags intact.
     
  5. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    If it's RLBL, then you're safe. Their sizing is very consistent, so whatever you try on in-store will be the same online.
     
  6. randomhero88

    randomhero88 Well-Known Member

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    Let's not forget fellas. He's buying a suit to wear to prom, not for an investment banking position on Wallstreet.

    I personally have had excellent success with buying suits on ebay. I have bought around 8-10 and only had to send 1 back and 1 just didn't quite fit right. Those are pretty good odds in my opinion.

    Do my suits look like I spent $3000 on them? Of course not, but they fit very well for off-the-rack suits. I definitely don't look ratty, and I consider myself the best dressed in my office by far.

    In many cases, I have less than $100 into each suit. My tailor is a retired 85 year old lady who I'm very close with. She just charged me $112 to do 3 full suits and fix a seam on another jacket. To pay $100 each for a Huge Boss, John Varvatos, and a newer Hickey Freeman with tailoring....I'll take that chance every time.

    I'd suggest you have all your measurements written down first. Many reputable ebay sellers will post the full measurements. Always leave at least a tiny bit of room to have them tailored down(make sure it isn't to small essentially).


    I'd take this approach every time before going to Men's Warehouse or Jos A. Bank. I've made those mistakes in the past and they did a horrible job compared to some of my ebay suits.

    I'm a firm believer that a good tailor can make a $50 ebay suit look better than an average tailor getting a hold of a $1000 suit.

    If I were you, I'd strongly re-consider the ebay option. You could grow a heck of a lot over the next few years and it's better to have a $200 suit get too small than a $1000 suit.
     
  7. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Let's also not forget that this thread dates from 2010 and was bumped (as opposed to a new thread) for no particularly good reason.
     
  8. randomhero88

    randomhero88 Well-Known Member

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    If he bumps a thread he gets flamed. If he starts a new one he would get "use the search button."

    I gave him and anyone else some legitimate advice. Try not to be a victim of forum seniority. I'll admit I've done it on other forums myself, but some of the same questions are always going to get asked every other day. Either help him or don't. That's my philosophy.
     
  9. The Dork

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    Does suit sizing really vary as wildly as it seems to do on ebay? For instance, I took measurements from a MTM suit I have, and the shoulders are 19" across the back. I've seen 19" shoulder measurements on eBay suits from 38S to 44L. How can that be? What's even more boggling is that I see 1.5"-2" swings between the same size suit from the same manufacture. Can a shoulder measurement on a couple of different 42R 2-button Hickey Freeman Boardroom suits really vary between 18.5" and 20"??
     
  10. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Partly people can't measure.

    Partly there is a spread . Some makes /cuts are aimed at average. Some at people narrower shoulders. Some the other end. This is natural. Not everybody is exactly the same.

    Partly when you get up to 44 you risk makes aimed not at fit 44 but guys carrying a bit of extra weight. There are guys wearing 44 that could be wearing a much smaller size if they lost weight. Shoulders don't spread out if a guy gets boobs.
     
  11. Simon at Elite

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    Definitely. While we mostly sell MTM, we do offer standard off the rack sizing for those that don't want to bother going through the measurement process or happen to be lucky enough to fit into a standard size suit.

    Deciding on the finished measurements for off the rack sizing was a nightmare as it seemed almost every manufacturer used a different sizing chart. We eventually persuaded one of Asia's biggest off the rack suit manufacturers to send us their sizing chart and now use that. However, we still ask customers wanting a standard size to send us their chest and trouser waist measurements instead of relying on them just asking for a "size 42" suit as a standard size 42 suit can vary greatly according to who manufactured it.

    For the record a size 40 (made to fit a 40" chest measurement) has a 19" shoulder. A size 38 shoulder measurement is 18.4" and a size 42 is 19.6". Even they vary a little if you get into long or short measurements.
     
  12. The Dork

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    Thank you both for the information. I'll have to tweak my ebay strategy a bit. Especially since I just received my first ebay purchase today (40R Hickey Freeman) which the seller listed the shoulders at 19.5" and I measured it at 19" even.
     

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