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Wurkin Stiffs - Are you kidding me?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by itsstillmatt, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. TIEALIGN

    TIEALIGN Senior member

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    Gotta admit, all three of these seem like pretty innovative ideas. The magnetic things might be a good idea as it does get annoying when your shirt collar won't stay down under a sportcoat.

    I also like the Tiealign, but what's up with the membership program. Do they really need to be replaced every 3-months or is that mainly for people who wear and abuse their clothes every day like waiters, etc?


    They don't wear out but are easy to lose because they are clear. Most of the people who get the subscription give packs of them away. We used to offer them in fabric but we opted for the plastic because you can't see it from the side, its lighter weight, and it holds the tie closer to the shirt.
     
  2. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

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    ^^ Interesting. Thanks for the answer.
     
  3. CharlesAlexander

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    lol, my boss has a pair of these and he SWEARS by them. He's always trying to get me to buy them, but they're not my style. I don't like the unnatural look they produce. I use collar stays from time to time, but I think the magnet is overkill.

    Also, I don't know if it's been mentioned, but depending on how you wear these things, the magnets are VERY visible. Actually the way I found out about it, was by seeing them. I asked him what the hell that piece of metal on the inside of his shirt was.
     
  4. eg1

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    Well, next time I take a job in Arkham Asylum I'll make sure to wear them. But it wouldn't work in the Marvel Universe -- Magneto would use them against me.

    Srsly, a friend who used to work for the French prison system showed me a standard-issue guard's tie, the only tie he would wear not for safety reasons, but because he hated ties: It was an already knotted tie with an elastic knot, so that you wouldn't be strangled if someone grabbed and yanked the blade of your tie. Quite funny to see demonstrated.


    Wasn't this the original purpose of the clip-on tie?
     
  5. furo

    furo Senior member

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    I just bought a pair of these today. I figure I mine as well get more use out of my non-button down shirts. Most of them just sit in the closet since I don't wear a suit every day to work. I have no idea if they'll actually work but it's worth a shot.

    What's amazing is that I paid almost $20 for a single pair of these. I'm not sure what the retail price was in 2008, but after going on the Shark Tank with these (where I first saw them a few months ago), the perceived value has really gone up A LOT. It's amazing how much you can grow a business with price leadership.

    I can't recall the exact cost mentioned during the Shark Tank episode, but I'd guess that the total cost of goods sold per pair is ~ $1 to $2 which would include materials, labor and packaging.

    Throw on a couple extra bucks for capital expenses, marketing, distribution, and other G&A, and I'm thinking the net margin is somewhere around 400% per pair - a solid return for any small business, assuming demand is on pace with inventory.
     
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  6. johnnyletrois

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    Funny, I just bought a pair at Nordstrom Rack for $15.
     

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