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Would you buy men's accessories online or offline?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by creat3cp, May 25, 2006.

  1. creat3cp

    creat3cp Well-Known Member

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    how many of you would prefer to see,feel,touch before buying a pair of cufflinks,tie or belt?

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  2. kronik

    kronik Well-Known Member

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    I'll do tie / cufflinks online..

    Preferably offline for belt.
     
  3. Eskie

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    I'm fine with all of them online, so long as I can satisfy myself they are not counterfeit, or, with cuff links, if presented as sterling, that I have checked out the seller as best I can.
     
  4. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Well-Known Member

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    how many of you would prefer to see,feel,touch before buying a pair of cufflinks,tie or belt?

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    I'd buy cufflinks before a belt, a belt before a tie. To me touch is very important for ties, less so for belts, and even less so for links.
     
  5. The False Prophet

    The False Prophet Well-Known Member

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    I like to buy things online that I've already seen IRL and know are good quality...
     
  6. Swann

    Swann Well-Known Member

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    I like to buy things online that I've already seen IRL and know are good quality...

    Second that.
     
  7. medwards

    medwards Well-Known Member

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    In person...virtually always; seldom virtually.
     
  8. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Well-Known Member

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    I've ordered all online, with much success. The only time I purchased one of the aforementioned items online with less than complete satisfaction was when I bought a Borrelli tie. Still, the price was right, and I continue to get decent wear out of it.
     
  9. designprofessor

    designprofessor Well-Known Member

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    I'm a fan of the retail experience. to walk into a shop and see all those ties and all that color / pattern. I like that.
    Better deals on line for sure, but I have yet to see a web site that matches the eye candy of a top end tie counter.
     
  10. DandySF

    DandySF Well-Known Member

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    Ordering online always seems to result in a small surprise:

    --the sheen of a silk pocket square is a bit different than expected
    --the texture of a tie isn't quite what I thought it might be
    --the ribs on a sock aren't what I had in mind
    --the fit is a bit off
    --some niggling detail emerges as a slight annoyance


    There is simply no substitute for seeing and touching an item before you buy it, unless it's something that you're already quite familiar with. Granted, some people may live too far from the stores that sell what they think they might enjoy; in this instance, the slight risk of buying online might make sense.
     
  11. creat3cp

    creat3cp Well-Known Member

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    what if it is a store which you always shop at and have an online facility to allow you to buy online? We can always call to enquire before buying online. Perhaps in future, with technology advancement, touch can be simulated. ha.
     
  12. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps in future, with technology advancement, touch can be simulated. ha.

    If this ever happens you can forget about cufflinks, the porn industry will take over the universe.
     
  13. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Well-Known Member

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    it's hard for me to buy ties online, unless the design is very simple (i.e. solid or two colors in the tie), as i feel better placing the tie with a suit jacket to see how it looks before i buy it.

    however, i wouldn't hesitate to buy silver cufflinks online, or leathergoods (have you seen the new john lobb leather accessories on the website? not for sale online, but pretty nice stuff for my next NYC trip)
     
  14. Tibo

    Tibo Well-Known Member

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    I've always bought a lot of clothing items online (shirts, ties, cufflinks, shoes), both from eBay and from online shops, and the track record to date has been very positive.

    The ideal situation is when you find online what you have seen in reality. For instance, I have just found on eBay this pair of Burberry cufflinks, which I first saw at a shirtmaker just around the corner. In such a case, the risk of being deceived is virtually naught.

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  15. Niels

    Niels Well-Known Member

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    I would never buy clothes or acc online. I like the feeling of touching and smelling the items in a shop
     
  16. creat3cp

    creat3cp Well-Known Member

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    how much did you pay for? wow, a nice pair.
     
  17. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

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    The problem with online buying is that I can walk into any numbers of local stores and more often than not beat online prices. Plus I can see and try the item right then and there. I've found ebay prices on most style items to be higher than local store prices for new with tag items with new shoes being high on ebay. For instance, Costco books are less than Amazon.
    http://whatareyouwearingtoday.blogspot.com/
     
  18. Sam Hober

    Sam Hober Well-Known Member

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    Ordering online always seems to result in a small surprise: --the sheen of a silk pocket square is a bit different than expected --the texture of a tie isn't quite what I thought it might be --the ribs on a sock aren't what I had in mind --the fit is a bit off --some niggling detail emerges as a slight annoyance There is simply no substitute for seeing and touching an item before you buy it, unless it's something that you're already quite familiar with. Granted, some people may live too far from the stores that sell what they think they might enjoy; in this instance, the slight risk of buying online might make sense.
    DandySF, Have tried asking for swatches when you are interested in a tie or pocket square? I think Lands End is usually happy to send swatches and we are always happy to do so.
     
  19. GBR

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    never on line.

    Want to feel/see the merchandise
     
  20. creat3cp

    creat3cp Well-Known Member

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    In general, if the cost is low and product is with 100% refundable, buying online is not an issue right.
     

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