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Ebay Clothes & Cigarette Smoke

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Man In Space, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. Man In Space

    Man In Space Senior member

    Jul 8, 2006
    The Outer Periphery
    Can a sport coat that absolutely reeks of stale cigarette smoke really be advertised as "like new" condition?

    Would you be happy if, as you began to cut the tape on the package that you received, a fist-shaped cloud of cigarette smoke stink flowed up out of the box and knocked the daylights out of you?

    Absolutely disgusting.

    Feel free to share your thoughts on this foul practice.

  2. Roger

    Roger Senior member

    Mar 26, 2005
    Well, certainly the seller should be upfront about this if the garment is saturated with the smell of smoke. Many sellers make a point of noting something like: "from a smoke-free home," but if this is not stated, and the item is used, you should ask about this before plunking down the long green.

    The term "like new" is widely and variously used and interpreted, and it's certainly conceivable that a seller might advertise a smoke-smelling garment this way (although whether they really should is another matter). "Like new" should be a signal to inquire in detail about the item's condition.

    As for a garment saturated with smoke, although it is disgusting to encounter when unexpected--as you note--it can be cleansed of this smell pretty easily. Interestingly, probably the best procedure is the simplest: hang the garment outside, under cover, where it can be exposed to fresh air and occasional wind. Do this every day for a week. By that time, you probably won't be able to smell the cigarette smoke any more. If there's still some hint of the smell, just continue the drill until it's all gone. Believe me, it will go away and completely! [​IMG]
  3. VooDooATL

    VooDooATL Active Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    As I smoke I will give the seller a break, if they are a heavy smoker then they don't even know it smells. I know I can't smell smoke very well, unless its as bad as you describe. Then again I am not that heavy of a smoker and don't smoke in my house or office. The dry cleaner can get out the smell no problem, as long as its not stained from the smoke or burned. I worked nights at a club years and years ago and it can really trash you stuff night in and night out. P.S. It could be wrose, I take a heavy smoker over someone who is heavy on the flatulent side of things [​IMG]
  4. pkincy

    pkincy Senior member

    Mar 14, 2006
    San Diego Ca
    That is where your Whirlpool Steamer/Freshener earns its money.

  5. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Jan 6, 2003
    No and No. It should be noted in the auctions. I hate it when I get smoke ridden clothes from buyers. However, I have also discovered that even the worst smells will go away if allowed to air out for a while. Hang em in the garage, and use a fan to speed things up. Leather takes longer, I've had to let shoes sit for 6 months before.
  6. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

    Jul 24, 2006
    If there were no damage or issues to the item(wear, rough spots, etc.), then I think it could be described as "like new", even with the smoke. The seller probably should have revealed that the item smelled of smoke, but you also could have asked!

    I've noticed that many sellers include something like, "from a smoke free home", in their descriptions. Less sellers say something like"this item has been exposed to smoke"! I don't see many if any sellers, saying this items reeks of smoke!

    While I agree the smoke odor is disgusting, it at least, can be addressed. As has been said, you can get rid of the smoke odor. Lot's of problems can't be addressed. What do you do about wrong measurements, or numerous moth holes!

    If you like the item you bought and think you bought it at a good price, just air the coat out and chalk it up to experience. Ask about smoke prior to your future purchases.

    I believe Pkincy contributed to this thread. He once said something that I put into use when on Ebay. When I shop on Ebay(and I do often), I figure that about half the time there will be a problem. And sometimes, I will basically be bilked. I've got to balance that against my chances of getting a real bargain. Ebay does not have(nor should it) the return policy of STP or Yoox, but sometimes you can really get a great deal.

    Last week, I bought a Navy Color 100% Cashmere vintage overcoat. It fit me perfectly, and was of extraordinary quality. Cost me $11.00 and $10.00 shipping for a total of $21.00. I was very fortunate and I'm grateful.

    It did not smell of smoke at all. If it did, I wouldn't have been happy, but I would have aired it out and after that, I would have enjoyed my bargain.

    Short version of all I've said. If you like your purchase and the price, the smoke is just a bump in the road. If you did not, then the smoke only made it worse!

    BTW: Minus the smoke were you happy with your purchase?
  7. Newton

    Newton Senior member

    Oct 6, 2006
    A quick spray of Brut fixes any odour problems! [​IMG]

    But seriously, on the internet there are some great tips for odor removal. Look especially for 'removing odour from cars' (or 'odor' if that's how they spell it in America).

    A technique that I heard recently would be to put a bowl of warm, steaming water in a cupboard with the jacket. Don't take my word on it, though.
  8. johnpemberton

    johnpemberton Senior member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Berkshire, United Kingdom
    Its disgusting to receive an item smelling of smoke. Leave feedback stating this, so that others are pre-warned. Try and charge the seller for cleaning as some sort of compensation.

  9. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Paris, France
    As A Harris wrote. It's no big deal, smoke will disapear very quickly if you allow the clothes to air (wool, of course. synthetics can keep the odour for much longer).

  10. rssmsvc

    rssmsvc Senior member

    Mar 10, 2006
    No excuse for it, because the seller can always do the above mentioned things and save the customer the grief.

    When you purchase an item, NWT should also mean "no stink".

    There is a great seller of brooks brothers items , that does this all the time and limits what i will purchase from them.

    They are absolutely perfect in every way but this and I have returned several items but they continue to do it after promises of not.
  11. charlief1975

    charlief1975 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    That is where your Whirlpool Steamer/Freshener earns its money.


    Ditto. Picked one up from ebay for 100 around february...great for coats, jackets....I spray some febreeze before it goes into the steamer.

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