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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. GMMcL

    GMMcL Senior member

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    I have a lot of intellectual property litigation experience, not specifically in trademark, but the general principles are familiar to me. Mere use of a mark requires permission. Any use that tends to reduce the value of your good is compensible mark tarnishment. I strongly suspect this is the reason brands are blurred.
     


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    Quote: Couple reasons for the blurring: the big network shows that do this are supported by expensive advertising, and HP is not going to like it when everyone on 30 Rock is using a Mac. Second is that they don't like free advertising when people will pay for product placement. Also, yeah, tarnishment is a form of dilution, which is definitely actionable. I suspect a lot of the big networks choose to blur stuff out to preempt any dilution claims (imagine a scenario where the dumbest person on the show uses some product in a ridiculous way, especially if its a sexual way). But in the case of a thrifting show, it's highly unlikely filming people buying things in thrift stores is going to constitute infringement. Think about Storage Wars - they've never blurred a brand name on any of the stuff they find, just the brands people are wearing. And that's just out of a desire to advertise for free.

    Trademark infringement is all about confusion. You really got to show that an "appreciable number of ordinarily prudent consumers" are going to be misled into thinking the defendant's goods or services are related to the plaintiff's mark.
     


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    Yeah, I noticed that too. Not sure why, but my best guess: need for suits + law school debt. I know I'm not buying any new 8k Kitons at the moment!

    Plus once you pay 10% retail for something like that, there is no going back.
     


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    Argh! Lawyers! I've fallen in with a bad crowd.

    I hit two places this morning (all the time I had) and found NOTHING. I don't think I've ever had an 0-fer before... Either my standards are higher now or places are depleted.
     


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    Are the Made in USA BB shirts significantly different from the ones made in Malaysia?
     


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    Their retail is significantly more.
     


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    If people are dumb enough to pay for ugly things and I have said ugly things in my possession, well, to quote Ice Cube "They can't do nothin' but get the hell outta my way."
     


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    Don't knock (modern) Dockers until you've tried them. The D1 slim fit cut and the Alpha Khakis are A+ for fit and materials at their $65 MSRP. I've yet to don a pair of Bill's, but you would still have a hard time finding that perfect pair of Bill's for $65, even at eBay prices. I've only seen a few M3s on eBay and a handful on this thread, so if you need good fitting khakis now and price is a constraint, those newer Dockers are spot on.

    Ignore this if you love pleats and have a generously sized waist.
     


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    Guilty, your honor. :embar:
     


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    I agree with most of what you said, including the highlighted point, but I wanted to add this perspective:

    We all generally know how the casts of reality shows work. There are very few balanced emotions, with the focus being on bringing dramatic situations into the fold. On Storage Wars, you have everyone save for the professional flipper (Dave) getting lost in this notion that things are worth money and these things have immutable values. You see them trolling through the stacks of stuff placing $100 values on anything from coffee tables to guitars, as if they're already sold. They "win" each episode by accumulating these appraisals as if they've already been promised the sale of these items. I've watched about a dozen episodes and in every one, at least one person "loses" multiple hundreds to thousands of dollars. I'm assuming most of this money is their personal investment, yet they seem undeterred by spending boatloads of money on a general loss. The time they invest in going to these events, buying, moving, storing, and bargaining the sale of items is outrageous, yet they continue.

    If like one poster said, people are flocking to these sales and throwing ever increasing amounts at the storage units, there's an even lower barrier to entry for thrifting. You could buy a whole rack of items, possibly containing a gem, for far less than a single storage unit would go for. I think the growth of thrift store shopping, even without media hype, has come to a point where I have trouble going through a store on the weekend. If the traffic DOUBLED, would there be any fun left in the hunt?
     


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    D1s are a little small in the seat for my hockey playing ass, but I'm a fan of the D2 fit. Not quite as slim in the leg as I would like, but pretty reasonable. D3 and D4 are the traditional dockers ridiculously baggy cuts.
     


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    A soon-to-be (unemployed) lawyer. I'm transactional, though, so no need to worry about me bringing the long arm of the law to bear on anyone.
     


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    I took my wife along on my Northern Thrift Loop yesterday. Found a number of sport coats but the highlight was this pair of shoes. In my effin size too!!

    Alden Shell Cordovan Perf Toe Style #9015
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    ^I want one, too.
     


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    They will plant stuff. Otherwise, finds are too unpredictable and low to sustain a show.
     


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