Monday, March 21, 2011

The Overpriced, the Bad, and the Ugly

Update — This old coat from the real Abercrombie and Fitch started off at $99, which is within the bounds of sanity, but there were two bids immediately for $500. How that will work out I don't know, but I suspect...

Hipsters...with trust funds

Original post:

Sometimes I find things that are so preposterous they deserve our attention. Like these shoes on eBay for a mere $29.99 plus shipping.

I'd pay that to make them go away — which, come to think of it, might be what the seller has in mind.

To be continued...

Here's a nice old suit with skinny lapels, short side vents and all that Lee Marvin in "The Killers" stuff. The seller's connecting it with "Mad Men," a tedious television show with some interesting clothes and a whole lotta hype.

Purveyors of "vintage" gear have to take advantage of the golden moment when something stops being old and outdated and starts being hipster. (Notice I didn't say 'hip," because hipsters aren't.)

Hipsters have large budgets and the attention span of a gnat, so the window for selling something to them is short but lucrative.

That means that this nice suit, for which I might pay $100 if everything was just right, has an absurd asking price of $299. Nothing against the seller; I've bought from him before, and he's honest and reliable.

I blame the hipsters. Luckily the wind seems to have gone out of the "Mad Men" balloon, so maybe these old gems — which happen to suit me — will go back down in price soon.

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