Two sets of questions: (1) Is there any practical limit on the amount it is possible to take in the waist of a pair of trousers? Many of the suits I see on ebay have waist measurements that are quite a bit larger than I need. Usually, when buying off the rack, I need them taken in an inch or so, but is it a problem to take trousers in as much as 3 inches? (2) Aside from avoiding the alteration fee, when buying a new pair of pants, is there a downside to buying an inch above or below my measurement? Is one direction better than the other? Thanks.