Posts Tagged: purchase

Reader Request: Price Versus Value

Musings on price, quality, and how the two factors interact. (AKA Just because it's cheap, doesn't mean it's a bargain. AND just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's high-quality.)

Elly made this request in a comment:

… it would also be good to hear your thoughts on price point versus value explored more. I wouldn’t buy a £14 dress from Primark, but I would buy a £40 dress from American Apparel. One has a better price point, but the other has a better value. Complex subject!

Samantha followed up with a related request:

I was wondering if you could do a post on how quality and price interact. I feel like I automatically assume that a $150 skirt from somewhere nice in retail-land is amazing quality. I feel like it’s drummed into our minds that higher price = higher quality, but this is not always the case. Could you write about how to scout out higher-quality clothes, still keeping price in mind? READ MORE

Originally posted 2013-08-05 06:18:04.

Reader Request: Being a Savvy Shopper on eBay

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Martha e-mailed me this question:

You have so many wonderful handbags, and your posts often note that they are from eBay. Do you have any tips for hunting for bags on eBay? Do you search for a particular bag, or do you search bags generally to see what turns up? How do you know you are getting an authentic bag and not a knock-off?

I posted a while back about my own handbag shopping practices and choices, but Martha’s question reminded me that my ancient post on how to shop on eBay was due for an overhaul and refresh. I have nabbed some incredible deals on eBay. Deals so good they make me blush. Gorgeous designer boots at a fifth of their retail price, vintage coats for $10, necklaces that garner dozens of comments every time they’re worn, many lovely handbags … and the list goes on. READ MORE

Reader Request: When to Make Shopping Compromises

When to make (and when to avoid) shopping compromises. (Think hemming, tailoring, and alterations.)

Reader Monica e-mailed me this question:

You’ve mentioned before that you’re lucky enough to generally be able to wear most clothes off the rack in a standard size. I have my share of fit challenges, being that I’m tall with long arms and legs. My shoulders are proportionally wide compared to my torso, I’m short waisted… you get the idea. Off the rack, very very few clothes fit me just perfectly. Because of this, I’m constantly trying to determine what constitutes “good enough.” Are these pants long enough? Do I love this jacket enough to cope with the sleeves being slightly too short? Is this shirt nice enough that it’s worth altering? Is it better to buy this tee shirt in a smaller size that’s not quite wide enough for my shoulders, or the bigger size that’s too baggy on my torso? I’d be very interested on your take about these questions if you have any thoughts. I am still working on developing my judgement about these issues, and it seems to be a frequent source of confusion for me. READ MORE