But you're making your entire argument from price, and you're casting aspersions on anyone who doesn't sell for the lowest of the low prices. That's absurd. Is Neiman Marcus "sleazy" for selling Mantellassi shoes for $750 when you can get them a couple of hundred dollars cheaper on the Mantellassi website? yes - assuming they are the exact same shoes. if i owned a retail store, i would not want to carry anything that was available directly from the manufacturer for less money. they are basing their business on the bet that their customers are, and will remain, uninformed. No, it's not sleazy at all. Neiman Marcus is being perfectly upfront with you. You can choose to buy from them or not at your discretion. You might not find value in the things that separate Neiman Marcus from the Mantellassi website (convenience, shopping experience, etc.); but that doesn't make Neiman Marcus sleazy for offering them, and it doesn't make anyone who buys from Neiman Marcus uninformed. Is Tanino Crisci "sleazy" for selling shoes for $700 at their New York store when you can get the same pair on their website for $400?? the company can justify the price because it costs them more to sell something at a brick and mortar store than it does online. but if i were a shoe salesman, I'd have a hard time taking someone's money without telling them about the site. like i said, i'm not a salesman. The company doesn't have to justify anything. They can set their prices at any level that they think makes sense. There is no supreme arbiter of what luxury goods ought to cost. As for the shoe salesman, he's providing you with a service, and it's reasonable for him (and the company who employs him) to want to be compensated for it. If his service isn't of use to you or isn't worth the cost, then don't use it. Essentially, what you're saying is that every importer, wholesaler, and other kind of middleman is by virtue of his job sleazy. That's ridiculous. let's not insult one another's intelligence. you know as well as i do that importers, exporters, wholesalers, and distributors are necessary chains in the link between maker and consumer. scalper's are not necessary to our economy. In the first place, you're making a distinction without difference. As far as I can tell, you think that the necessary (and morally acceptable) middlemen are those who don't compete directly with you whereas the scalpers are the ones who do compete with you. In the second place, have you considered that arbitrage is as necessary to a properly functioning economy as anything else that a middleman might do? So what? GJ Cleverley won't tell me who makes their ready-to-wear shoes. Does that make them disreputable? To my mind, you're splitting semantic hairs if you try to differentiate between unethical actions from sleazy ones (or at least sleazy actions in a business context). i'll concede that. what i meant was that even though i consider it unethical, even those who don't might still feel uncomfortable about it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with attempting to exploit pricing inefficiencies with luxury items, just like there's absolutely nothing wrong with Andrew trying to sell Vass shoes in the United States for twice they would bring in Budapest. If you want the the best prices on the Web for a particular shirt, spend the time and search for it. If you don't, go to eBay and bid for it. If you want the best prices on Vass shoes, go to Budapest. If you'd rather not do the legwork, contact Andrew.