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Dumb eBay Purchases?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by emptym, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Sigh. I had to confess somewhere. Over Thanksgiving I saw a pair of Polo loafers w/ a starting bid of $20, no bidders: [​IMG] I thought they looked just like these: http://cgi.ebay.com/Ralph-Lauren-Pol...QQcmdZViewItem ...so against my normal procedure I didn't email any questions. But I was still wary and only bid up to $21 -- taking a small gamble w/ the hope that they were the Langfords. They arrived today, Polo Sport w/ rubber soles! I'm not totally against rubber soles, but they are a far cry from what I'd hoped they were. Not a big waste, but a waste. Sigh. Does anyone else have a simliar story? Misery loves company.
     
  2. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    The Curse of the Polo Sport!

    I once bought a "like trickers" listing, thinking it was Tricker's.
     
  3. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    Well, at least they're not made in Italy.

    Isn't Polo Sport made in China[​IMG]
     
  4. mikeynyc

    mikeynyc Well-Known Member

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    Well, at least they're not made in Italy.

    Isn't Polo Sport made in China[​IMG]



    If so, don't let your child eat them.
     
  5. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Kenneth Cole boots. My feet never fit into them - never got through the instep, and off to the trash they went. Bought a size up, no less.

    Adidas racing flats. Quality shoes, but I am not nearly light enough to train in flats. They sure look nice in my closet.

    Other goods I never inspected properly or researched well enough.

    But, overall, I think I won more than I lost on ebay.
     
  6. SantosLHalper

    SantosLHalper Senior member

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    A pair of Costume National boots for $50 a while ago. Looked great, but the angle of the photos did not show how square-toed and clunky they were in real life. I ended up giving them away.

    Mistake in progress: a pair of Gucci boots that I mistakenly bid on. I won't embarass myself by explaining how that happened. If they fit or are remotely as described, it won't be a total loss. If they don't, they'll end up in the BS forum or in a friend's closet.

    Overall, I've had good luck, but there's plenty of time for me to continue to make asinine purchases.
     
  7. HomerJ

    HomerJ Senior member

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    A 42L Oxxford suit. I'm a slim 38, halfway between S and R. The measurements seeemed alright.. [​IMG]
     
  8. kakemono

    kakemono Senior member

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    bought a jacket that it turned out was a women's jacket (i just didint read the description, just kinda looked at it...)

    it was one of those jackets that only goes down about 2/3 down your back. O_O I just gave it to someone.
     
  9. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Gambled on a pair of Polo shoes, hoping they were made in England. Not only were they made in Italy, the seller had listed them as the wrong size.
     
  10. nmoraitis

    nmoraitis Senior member

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    You could have done much worse, $21 is not such a big deal.

    Sigh. I had to confess somewhere. Over Thanksgiving I saw a pair of Polo loafers w/ a starting bid of $20, no bidders:

    [​IMG]

    I thought they looked just like these:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Ralph-Lauren-Pol...QQcmdZViewItem

    ...so against my normal procedure I didn't email any questions. But I was still wary and only bid up to $21 -- taking a small gamble w/ the hope that they were the Langfords.

    They arrived today, Polo Sport w/ rubber soles! I'm not totally against rubber soles, but they are a far cry from what I'd hoped they were. Not a big waste, but a waste. Sigh.

    Does anyone else have a simliar story? Misery loves company.
     
  11. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Oh yeah, once I picked up a pair of Orvis pebble-grain shoes, for outdoor/bad-weather use. Looked nice in the pic, like crap in person. And they were two different widths!
     
  12. spence

    spence Senior member

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    I bought a fake Dunhill briefcase last year, considering I'm a pretty experienced ebay buyer it was quite embarrasing at least for myself. They did take it back but with a restocking fee, which I just applied to the cost of learning.

    My new rule is not to ebay if I've been dinking more than a few glasses of wine [​IMG]

    -spence
     
  13. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    A kids-sized Manchester United jersey.

    I somehow managed to miss the 'Boys' notation in the sizing listing.

    I have it pinned up at work now.
     
  14. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Thanks guys, you've made me feel better. Good stuff.
    IMO, HomerJ's takes the prize though, so far at least. Kakemono's women's coat comes close.

    A 42L Oxxford suit. I'm a slim 38, halfway between S and R.

    The measurements seeemed alright.. [​IMG]
     
  15. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    But, overall, I think I won more than I lost on ebay.

    Me too.

    They did take it back but with a restocking fee, which I just applied to the cost of learning.

    Well said.
     
  16. amerikajinda

    amerikajinda Senior member

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    A Tino Cosma necktie arrived from Italy this past weekend -- and I immediately donated it to a Goodwill because it was fake! Who fakes Tino Cosma? [​IMG]
     
  17. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Senior member

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    I've had a couple of these: • Helmut Lang dress shirt, size 38. Now, it seemed fine, I didn't really check the measurements, and I swooped in and got it at the last second (~$50). Yeah.. EU 38 (which is about a size 2/XS-S in Women's). Luckily it fit my fiancee just fine. It's a really nice shirt. For her. [​IMG] • Costume National pants. The fit was horribly off, the material (nylon/cotton blend) did not look at ALL like the picture (it was quite ugly and cheap looking in person)... Tossed it to Goodwill the day after I bought them. Sticking to returnable goods for this brand. • Some 'beater' J&M shoes. Seemed alright by the picture, but when I got them, the soles were fucked up and the shoes themselves were near rubbish. Guh. • Various Prada/Dolce/Gucci items which were either fake or really stupid purchases. Not a lot of money spent on those, thankfully.
     
  18. well-kept

    well-kept Senior member

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    A real trap can be buy-it-now. You stumble upon something. Looks unbelievable. Buy-it-now seems almost free. Listed just minutes ago. Better grab it immediately before someone else does. You click.

    On balance, however, eBay has been the source of many treasures, not just bargains but things I had thought long gone from the world. Well worth the occasional error. And I've made my share.
     
  19. nsoltz

    nsoltz Senior member

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    My wife never lets me forget my dumb purchases:

    1) The two Brioni shirts I listed in sales forum which vendor said were 32" sleeve length but actually were 28"

    2) When I was a total newbie, a Hickey suit which was at least 30 years old and smelled like it, too

    3) A fake suit when I was a newbie.

    Buy it now sometimes is great if a seller really does not know what they are listing. I've had a few experiences with sellers primarily of women's clothing who come across something great in men's clothes-- and don't know it. I got a whole load of nearly-new Zegna dress shirts for something like $30.

    eBay has revolutionized my wardrobe in the over all scheme of things. But wife will never let me forget a couple of purchases...
     
  20. petitnoblesse

    petitnoblesse Senior member

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    I have the opposite problem, yesterday I lost an auction for some vintage Edward Green Malverns. I lost by $6. I am still crying in my beer over that loss.

    Luckily I am sure I have a fake RLPL shirt coming my way which will only make me feel better [​IMG] I am sure.
     

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