I have been learning how to get great deals on things by lurking here and have put some ebay sellers to use, but I really have learned that there is a lot of value left in full retail price shopping. Here's why I like it: 1. Selection, selection, selection. No more hunting for my size. I look at patterns and buy my size. 2. No shortages in my size. Usually plenty in stock even in half sizes at the right store. 3. Current season merchandise. Fewer trendy, already out of style in six months yesterday's "gotta have". In fact, a good rule for gentlemen is to avoid any clothing that the NY Times, GQ, or Esquire says is a must have piece. 4. Best patterns/colors/etc. are not taken because a sale is on and some sales guy gave an early tip-off or hold to his regulars. 5. No product sniping by ebay resellers at places like Filene's. 6. More relaxed, less pressured buying experience. 7. There is value in forming networks of friends at the better local and out of town stores. 8. Trunk shows, artisan collaboratives, and receptions are just plain fun when done well. Meeting great people like Massimo, Fabio Borrelli, Olga Berluti and others creates more of a connection with the craftsmanship imho. 9. Bespoke & MTM is loads of fun-fabric selection, fittings, your own "design" is really cool. 10. Shoes are much easier to buy in person. Just my $0.02 on the subject...do you agree with me? How much full retail shopping do you do?