Online or In Person?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ROT, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. ROT

    ROT Senior member

    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2004
    Location:
    Richmond, Virginia USA
    I have been buried in work lately. To clear my head the other day, I dropped into a local men's store and browsed the suits, ties and pocket squares and wound up picking up a pair of shoes.

    It had been quite some time since I actually hit a brick-and-mortar shop instead of ordering something on-line. I'd forgotten how much I like talking with the salespeople and checking out the fabrics, etc.

    I like the convenience of on-line -- it's easier to make time to browse a site than it is to go out these days. And I get notified of on-line sales at Polo, etc. through e-mail and the boards. But there was something to be said for the stately pace and tactile pleasures (and instant gratification) of dropping by the store.

    Which made me wonder, how do you prefer to shop and why? Just curious.

    ROT
     


  2. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior member

    Messages:
    577
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2005
    Location:
    a fine country
    At tailors. I cannot afford ready-to-wear.
     


  3. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    5,730
    Likes Received:
    1,230
    Joined:
    May 5, 2005
    Location:
    London
    I presume eBay counts as a "discount site".
     


  4. ROT

    ROT Senior member

    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2004
    Location:
    Richmond, Virginia USA
    Alchemiste: I envy you. I wish I had a tailor I could count on here. I'd love to go custom. I always think the cost would sink me.

    Kent: Yes, I'd count eBay as a "Discount site." wasn't sure how to word the catchall phrase. I have yet to try their clothing vendors, but I've seen some good looking stuff.

    Thanks for the responses.

    ROT
     


  5. Roy

    Roy Senior member

    Messages:
    1,051
    Likes Received:
    30
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2004
    Location:
    Amsterdam
    At an Independent Men's Store, simply because I know a few excellent stores with a good selection and good service.
     


  6. DandySF

    DandySF Senior member

    Messages:
    853
    Likes Received:
    34
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2003
    Location:
    San Francisco
    There's just no substitute for seeing something up close and touching it, trying it on, understanding how it fits, and deciding whether it's a good wardrobe addition. Clothing appeals to the senses of touch and sight. It's impossible to accurately determine what something is like, in all its details, from a catalog or a website. For these reasons I always prefer to visit stores in person.
     


  7. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    5,730
    Likes Received:
    1,230
    Joined:
    May 5, 2005
    Location:
    London
    The best of both worlds is to try garments in store and then buy them online. Maybe a tad bit unethical.
     


  8. Roy

    Roy Senior member

    Messages:
    1,051
    Likes Received:
    30
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2004
    Location:
    Amsterdam
    It depends, if the service at that store was very rude etc. I would buy it online.

    But if the service was outstanding i'd buy it at the store and pay the extra.
     


  9. ROT

    ROT Senior member

    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2004
    Location:
    Richmond, Virginia USA
    I have to admit that I'm a sucker for "outstanding service." But I rarely find it these days. Or maybe participating on these boards has opened my eyes to how little the average salesman knows about his goods [​IMG] And maybe that's why I can feel relatively confident shopping on-line. I envy Roy his choice of shops.
     


  10. Roy

    Roy Senior member

    Messages:
    1,051
    Likes Received:
    30
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2004
    Location:
    Amsterdam
    It is a rare thing nowadays. But i'm lucky enough to be on the road quite often for my work. So I have the opportunity to go to the some of the best (imo) shops in the country. Where they have a lot of knowledge about the product and are even friendly as well. But it makes me realize I only ever go to 4 or 5 shops nowadays anyway since I think the rest is below par.
     


  11. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

    Messages:
    5,663
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    and that I am Satan.
     


  12. cpac

    cpac Senior member

    Messages:
    206
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    I'd prefer to always shop in person.

    However, time being less than infinite, I tend to research largely online, then confirm selection & purchase in person.

    Also, online is fabulous for gathering info about possible places to visit.
     


  13. Horace

    Horace Senior member

    Messages:
    1,447
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Same here.
     


  14. rootless

    rootless Active Member

    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2005
    Location:
    Florida - NYC
    (Roy @ June 23 2005,08:23) At an Independent Men's Store, simply because I know a few excellent stores with a good selection and good service.
    Same here.
    I love shopping in person, and I will pay more to do so- sometimes a lot more. Where I am now, though, there are not any decent clothing stores. Online is the only real option, and then to my tailor, who is the best around here, but not like my tailor in NYC. I guess I'm saving some money, but I do miss the city for a lot of reasons- not least good stores, good sales, and people who care about clothing. I'd always rather touch the fabric, and look at how the jacket works with my back. (Restaurants are an entirely different thing, but one I'm not really happy about right now).
     


  15. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

    Messages:
    17,933
    Likes Received:
    80
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2002
    Location:
    Canuckistan
    I'm a sucker for good service. It's nice having a salesman that knows your tastes and will be brutally honest about how you look in things. It's been a couple of years since i've had that level of service but I just found a new guy that i'm very happy with. He actually called me up today to let me know about some sales i'd be interested in. When the service is at that level, I tend to do a lot of buying from the same guy.

    On the other hand, I find it difficult to justify some of the prices I pay when i compare them to Lance's prices for the same thing (anywhere from 50-75% off). As much as I love going to a store and being treated like i'm one of their most valuable customers, the fact remains that I would generally prefer to spend 1k with someone like Lance and get 4-5 cashmere sweaters than get 1.5-2 sweaters at retail price (at least for the high end cashmere stuff i'm interested in).
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by