How often do you actually buy stuff from the B&S forum?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by countbaron, May 5, 2011.

  1. countbaron

    countbaron Senior member

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    Yes I know many people buy a lot of stuff from B&S otherwise it would not be there.

    But I am intrigued in a way; since I have read SF regularly for a few years now and I am a shopaholic but only in a small number of occasions have I found myself tempted to buy anything here- (just like in eBay)

    Clearly it has something to do with the advantage of living in London- so I know my way around many shops , I am 1 hour away from a very good Outlet (Bicester/Oxford) and about 1.5 hours away from the Northampton shoe factory shops.

    In the end almost all the stuff on sale here (and eBay) that I care about I can have for a much better quality/price ratio

    For example, over the last year I have bought (I am quoting dollars since most people here are from the US and these are averages over 3 or more items - much more on the shirt front of course)

    Shirts

    RLPL on average for about $100
    Thomas Pink Imperial 170s (not the crapolla in the basic lines) also for about $ 100
    Eton for about $90
    Zegna main line/couture for about $100-140

    Shoes

    C&J Benchgrades for about $200
    Royal Collection Church's for $400
    Custom grade Church's for $280
    JLP (non prestige) for average $550
    Ferragamo Tramezzas/ LO for $300/$240
    Barkers Black (yes quality sucks but they look good) for $240

    I wont bother you with trousers/coats and I don't buy suits since i don't need/want to wear them


    So anyway- rather than just this being a bragging thread (which it unavoidably is in part) I ask you fellow members in my place what items should I be buying here?
     


  2. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

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    Yes I know many people buy a lot of stuff from B&S otherwise it would not be there.

    But I am intrigued in a way; since I have read SF regularly for a few years now and I am a shopaholic but only in a small number of occasions have I found myself tempted to buy anything here- (just like in eBay)

    Clearly it has something to do with the advantage of living in London- so I know my way around many shops , I am 1 hour away from a very good Outlet (Bicester/Oxford) and about 1.5 hours away from the Northampton shoe factory shops.

    In the end almost all the stuff on sale here (and eBay) that I care about I can have for a much better quality/price ratio

    For example, over the last year I have bought (I am quoting dollars since most people here are from the US and these are averages over 3 or more items - much more on the shirt front of course)

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    Shoes

    C&J Benchgrades for about $200
    JLP (non prestige) for average $550
    Barkers Black (yes quality sucks but they look good) for $240


    WTF? I think it's safe to say that deals like that are nearly impossible to come by in the states unless you're in NYC and CONSTANTLY looking.
     


  3. countbaron

    countbaron Senior member

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    the deals on the C&Js and BBs are available every week in factory shops. The JLP deals are less frequently available but I would not be lying if I said you could get them once a month in average- assuming you load up when things are good

    fact is UK shoes are vastly overpriced in the US

    And please dont ignore the Church's deals. Church's Custom Grades are better than C&J benchgrades, and the Royal collection holds its own against C&J bechgrades anytime

    Amongst others there are two big myths in SF

    Myth 1: Church's are overpriced
    Myth 2: Thomas Pink shirts are overpriced crap

    neither is true.

    Church's top ranges are very good quality and can be had at much better discount prices than C&J now that the C&J bandwagon is well on its way. TP shirts of the higher ranges are pretty good quality and are available at 50% discounts year round
     


  4. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    I only buy Ed Hardy bikinis in bulk from new members with less than 10 posts.

    Other than that I am pretty fussy and while I have been tempted others usually swoop in and buy before I make up my mind.
     


  5. rebel222

    rebel222 Senior member

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    the deals on the C&Js and BBs are available every week in factory shops. The JLP deals are less frequently available but I would not be lying if I said you could get them once a month in average- assuming you load up when things are good


    How many SF members do you think live within 1.5 hours of the factories? This should probably answer your question about B&S activity.

    Also, I have been told that you can't go to the factory store with a specific model in mind because the odds of finding a specific model is slim to none. Maybe the SF crowd doesn't just buy something because it's a good deal, but they buy something because they want it.
     


  6. inimitable

    inimitable Senior member

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    Myth 2: Thomas Pink shirts are overpriced crap
    The standard line Pink shirts are crap. Plastic buttons, stiff cuffs and collars, mediocre fabric and a price of ~£90.
    TP shirts of the higher ranges are pretty good quality and are available at 50% discounts year round
    Yes, but only if you live near Bicester Village
     


  7. countbaron

    countbaron Senior member

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    I only buy Ed Hardy bikinis in bulk from new members with less than 10 posts.

    Other than that I am pretty fussy and while I have been tempted others usually swoop in and buy before I make up my mind.


    squirrle darling you should know that post count is meaningless. Unfortunately SF does not allow you to carry counts in between re-incarnations
     


  8. Icehawk

    Icehawk Senior member

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    I buy from here when I see something I like and a good price, I don't buy from eBay often. Why? Because here I can do a little research on the seller and see what deals they have done before, what kind of poster they are, etc - I feel it tends to add some legitimacy particularly for a poster with a reasonable post count.

    I probably buy 1 item every other month or so but if funds allowed I would buy something like once a week [​IMG]


    To the OP, folks like you with close access to outlets are part of what make B&S run so I don't begrudge your access to those fine shoemakers even if I'm just a wee bit jealous.
     


  9. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I buy from here selectively. I have had some excellent buys measured as both quality and price. But you need to wait for your size and know how things fit.
     


  10. alphaO888

    alphaO888 Senior member

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    the deals on the C&Js and BBs are available every week in factory shops. The JLP deals are less frequently available but I would not be lying if I said you could get them once a month in average- assuming you load up when things are good

    fact is UK shoes are vastly overpriced in the US


    Seconds/irregulars don't really count as deals if that's what they are.

    There are outlets in the states as well as sample sales. The only items in your list that cannot be found in the states at those prices are possibly C&J and JLP. However, there are some to be found since you see threads like the current EG and JL thread with brand new selling for about 600-700; the seller probably picked them all up at the same prices or lower that you're quoting.

    There definitely are deals to be found on the BS thread once in a while if you're lucky enough to pounce on something.

    I think you're also not realizing that when you scour the outlets you're doing the exact same thing as perusing the B&S.
     


  11. austerlitz

    austerlitz Senior member

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    I have bought 3 ties, one of which was a kickass armani knit tie
    2 purple label shirts

    and thats it.
     


  12. kellgy

    kellgy Senior member

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    I recently started and have bought three items. All were good experiences with a nice price point and quality.
     


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    tricky Senior member

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    I've bought quite a bit but my best luck has been with shoes.
     


  14. blahman

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    As much as I like to buy from good members on B&S, the right sizes for me are just too rare. So I go through B&S every day but don't usually find much I can buy.

    Only bought one thing so far:

    Borrelli shoes - $280


    I've seen some great accessories around but fuggers like Spoo seem to snap them up way too quickly. (Release that Wang now!)
     


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    veneto Senior member

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    You already answered your question, at least the fundamental point of it.

    You have the access and time needed to acquire these items. Many do not. Hence, the marketplace.
     


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