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Why do you buy used clothing?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Carey, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. Carey

    Carey Senior member

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    True vintage coutre aside, why does anyone purchase used clothing. Forum members share a pursuit of style and fashion. Most love a bargain, but I have to draw the line at used clothing.

    If my own father had a great overcoat, maybe I would have it altered to fit me. But I just can't see trying on someone else's used trousers or shoes. I don't care how often a garment has been cleaned, someone elses "boys" have been in there for who knows how many wearings. If the previous owner was particularly fastidious, those pants may never have been cleaned before you got them.


    Yadda, yadda "Bespoke" this, or hand-crafted that. Really how many men out there are so weatlhy that they buy a very expensive garment, wear it twice and send it on to Goodwill or the Salvation Army or Joe's Consignment shop?

    I guess I am just too picky.
     
  2. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Asking this is like asking why people buy used cars. Reasons range from financial to buying something no longer made.

    Also, keep in mind that even brand spanking new clothing at the highest end stores has been tried on various times by potential customers (sometimes bought, worn and returned). Are there any guarantees that a pair of trousers you are buying weren't tried on commando style by someone else?
     
  3. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    Asking this is like asking why people buy used cars. Reasons range from financial to buying something no longer made.

    Also, keep in mind that even brand spanking new clothing at the highest end stores has been tried on various times by potential customers (sometimes bought, worn and returned). Are there any guarantees that a pair of trousers you are buying weren't tried on commando style buy someone else?


    Note to self: always wear underwear.

    I buy used stuff because I don't always have money for nice things. if I can get them lightly used they will be less than I would pay for something of less quality that costs more. Right now I am wearing some Alan McAfee that I bought used on Ebay for $12. They look brand new.
     
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    Because some people do not have the means to buy whatever clothes they want. I would rather have a slightly worn pair of Allen Edmonds than a new pair of J&Ms. A used Canali as opposed to a new Jos. A. Banks. RIght now I am wearing a used Zegna suit that looks significantly better than my brand new Daniel Cremiuex suit that cost nearly twice as much. Honestly, if you had to choose between a brand new Ford Taurus or a used Lexus, both the same price, which would you choose?
     
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    I bought used stuff when I was broke because I had champagne tastes in clothing on a beer budget. Now that I'm under different circumstances, I don't buy used clothing anymore. I have to admit though, sometimes you would get a hell of a piece that doesn't look like it was used too often for a pretty good price. Now, though, I prefer to go new for most of the reasons you mentioned.
     
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    Because I can't afford to buy new versions of the brands I like [​IMG]
     
  8. Carey

    Carey Senior member

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    Asking this is like asking why people buy used cars. Reasons range from financial to buying something no longer made. Also, keep in mind that even brand spanking new clothing at the highest end stores has been tried on various times by potential customers (sometimes bought, worn and returned). Are there any guarantees that a pair of trousers you are buying weren't tried on commando style by someone else?
    I am not trying to stir the pot here. I understand this is a sensitive issue. Some choices are driven by financial constraints, that is understandable. I cannot go purchase a new suit, or a pair of $300 trousers, or a pair of $400 + shoes anytime I want them. Instead I wait until I can afford these new things. I can also usually tell when a garment has been worn and returned to a store. Most often it lacks the original sales tag, or the "joker ticket". One should reasonably expect an RTW garment to be tried on by others. Hopefully the previous customer did not work-up a full ball-sweat trying on some clothes. Clothes are not cars, nor are they like antique furniture. I drive a used car, as it is a depreciating asset. I have clothes that have outlasted many cars I have had. The clothes may cost the same as a car payment, or two, or three.
     
  9. summej2

    summej2 Senior member

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    I find that even though I could buy the items I own new, I just can't justify it. I'd rather put the money to another use.

    There is also something of an adventure in finding a quality vintage piece.
     
  10. chorse123

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    All the reasoning I need is in Vintage Gent's posts of vintage items.

    That said, I don't buy used socks, pants, or shirts. Jackets are different, in my opinion, and a lot of "used" shoes sold on ebay are almost brand new. It's pretty easy to tell with shoes how much they've been worn.
     
  11. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am not trying to stir the pot here. I understand this is a sensitive issue.

    Some choices are driven by financial constraints, that is understandable. I cannot go purchase a new suit, or a pair of $300 trousers, or a pair of $400 + shoes anytime I want them. Instead I wait until I can afford these new things.

    I can also usually tell when a garment has been worn and returned to a store. Most often it lacks the original sales tag, or the "joker ticket". One should reasonably expect an RTW garment to be tried on by others. Hopefully the previous customer did not work-up a full ball-sweat trying on some clothes.

    Clothes are not cars, nor are they like antique furniture. I drive a used car, as it is a depreciating asset. I have clothes that have outlasted many cars I have had. The clothes may cost the same as a car payment, or two, or three.



    Your argument is all over the place. You don't wear used clothing because of it's potential to have been ball sweat drenched, yet you drive a used car in which people could have done the deed and deposited DNA in your coffee cup holder. Clothing, for the most part, also depreciates. I have no dog as I am neither a used clothing dealer nor am I a used clothing consumer ( I have purchased two used garments in the last few years). I just realize that not everyone can afford a lot of the brands that are discussed here. I also realize that there is a certain rush to thrifting, as I experienced it in the vintage watch market. Lastly, I would not look down nor talk down to those on a public forum who do it by stating "I guess I am too picky" as if those that purchase used clothing have lower standards than me.
     
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    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That said, I don't buy used shocks,

    Yeah, those things are murder on the suspension [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  13. mack11211

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    I've been buying used clothing since high school.

    I draw the line at socks and underclothes. I'll buy anything else.

    Used clothes do not threaten my health. Clothes can be cleaned.

    Revulsion at putting my 'boys' where some elses 'boys' once were, is, to me, a pointless luxury. There are other pointless luxuries I prefer far more than doggedly buying every pair of pants at retail.
     
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    Why? I'm not squeamish; I get the clothes cleaned right away; and I like to save money where I can:

    I grew up wearing as many hand-me-downs as new clothes. Perhaps because of this, I'm not squeamish at all about such things. Also, used clothes I get from EBay go straight to the wash or the cleaners -- though they nearly always arrive clean (99.9% of the time), I'm more concerned about moths and their offspring. Thus, they're quite clean and sanitized when I wear them. Finally, I like to save money where I can. Today, I'm wearing two items of "used" clothing that I bought on EBay -- a Borrelli shirt (I paid @$55, whereas retail is $350 or so) and a herringbone 85/15% wool/cashmere D'Avenza blazer (hard to call it used as the pockets were still sewn shut when it arrived in this past Friday's mail -- I paid $158, whereas retail is well over $1000).
     
  15. chorse123

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    Corrected! Meant socks.
     
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    Ed summed it up quite well with his first post, and summej had a good point as well. I could purchase all of the items that I like at retail or new without it being a stress on my finances but buying used/discount items increases my buying power and allows my to indulge in more items that I like. There is always going to be more items that you like then that you have for most people, that is.
     
  17. Carey

    Carey Senior member

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    Your argument is all over the place. You don't wear used clothing because of it's potential to have been ball sweat drenched, yet you drive a used car in which people could have done the deed and deposited DNA in your coffee cup holder. Clothing, for the most part, also depreciates. I have no dog as I am neither a used clothing dealer nor am I a used clothing consumer ( I have purchased two used garments in the last few years). I just realize that not everyone can afford a lot of the brands that are discussed here. I also realize that there is a certain rush to thrifting, as I experienced it in the vintage watch market. Lastly, I would not look down nor talk down to those on a public forum who do it by stating "I guess I am too picky" as if those that purchase used clothing have lower standards than me.
    My argument is not all over the place. Clothes are not a home, nor are they a car, nor are they like a watch. Those things are considered durable goods. Clothes are very personal items, almost like skin. I am not looking down on anyone. This idea struck me from another post where a respondent advised the readere to consider "used clothing". I looked at some posts on the Selling and Buying forum. It struck me as strange, maybe weird, why someone would want to purchase the actual garment as modelled by the seller. In some pictures, a seller shows the label of brand X jacket; but the picture shows a jacket that gaps behind the wearers neck, and the sleeves show about two inches of cuff. Are we so caught up in acquiring what we can't afford, that we will buy that brand X garment even if it is used and doesn't even fit the seller? I have been poor, and then I shopped only at outlets. I still shop the outlets. I just can't go used.
     
  18. Thomas

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    For me it frees up funds that could be better employed elsewhere, particularly for seldom-used goods such as ties and suits. I might wear a suit ten times a year, so I'm reluctant to drop serious cash on any suit or tie.

    I also know from my own experience, that I have bought things I neither needed nor used. I have books that languish unread on my bookshelf, movies I have yet to strip the wrapper from, CD I have long-since forgotten, and tools that I have to dust off before using. I had thought that I was discerning in my purchases but faced with this evidence I have to conclude otherwise, and hope that I'll benefit from someone else who - like me - bought something, used it twice, and then moved on.
     
  19. epa

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    I grew up wearing second-hand clothes; I remember being 13 or 14 and having to wear some orange corduroy pants that my father had got for around one dollar (that was quite cheap even at that time...), while everybody around me wore fashionable blue jeans.
    Nevertheless, I continued to buy a lot of my clothes second-hand until I was around 30, basically for economic reasons. I actually used to wear a lot of army surplus stuff, even to my first post-university employment (not to the interview, though).
    Now I really enjoy buying the things I really like at retail price, without bothering about waiting for the sales (when the things I like may not be left) and without bothering about looking for odd items second hand. It just makes me feel happy being able to do so. Of course, due to the space problem I mentioned in another thread, I do not buy a lot of clothes, that is why I can afford going retail. Maybe with more space for my clothes, I would consider going second-hand again.
     
  20. Bergdorf Goodwill

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    Why?

    Because I can buy significantly better clothing for less money, which reduces my need to do things I don't feel like doing on a momentary basis so that I can fund useless consumerist habits. Because I'm not concerned about a bit of "history." Because clothing can easily be inspected for problems. Because I'm a broke ass scumbag. Because the necessity of "newness" in all things is a repulsive bourgeois trait proliferated by those lacking consideration or perspective. Because textile industries are massive polluters. Because fashion is bullshit.
     

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