A Guide to Buying Menswear on eBay

January 7th, 2014

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For all it’s potentially life changing benefits, being a well-dressed man can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. One of the best ways to save money on quality menswear: shop on eBay! There is no store with a greater selection or better deals.

Ebay was my first exploration into menswear. As a youngster I always loved clothing and style, but growing up on a farm in St. Joachim Ontario Canada, I had few local options for shopping, and even less money to spend. So one winter I used my Christmas cash to bid on a pair of coveted Jordan sneakers on eBay. A few days later I won the auction (at a fraction of retail price) and it felt like wining the lottery, especially considering the speed and reliability of our dial-up internet connection at the time.

I wore those Jordans a few times to school but eventually decided that I wanted them in a different colorway (to match my new fitted hat and Enyce sweater, of course). So, naturally, I sold them back on eBay (after scrubbing them with a toothbrush and whitening toothpaste). I took high quality pictures, described how rare these particular Jordans were, offered international shipping, and even uploaded a picture of Mike himself wearing the same pair in a game. They ended up selling for more than I bought them for and a lightbulb went off in my pre-teen broke-as-a-joke head. I only made a few bucks, but what if I could do this over and over again?

Long story short, over the past fifteen years or so I’ve bought and sold thousands of menswear items on eBay; sneakers, dress shoes, outerwear, suits, watches, accessories, you name it. In college I was making 2-3K a month from my dorm room and re-investing most of it back on eBay, constantly updating my wardrobe as my style slowly evolved. This was how I built the foundation of my wardrobe and how I was able to win the Esquire “Best Dressed Real Man in America” contest during my senior year of college (90% of the clothes I wore in those contest photos were purchased from eBay). Anyway, I digress. All this to say that I’ve been in the eBay game. It was the platform that gave me an opportunity to experience quality menswear first-hand and eventually develop a career via TheStyleBlogger.

Ebay is a hustler’s paradise, but it can be a confusing land to navigate. Therefore, I put together some of the best tips and tricks that I’ve learned in my years of scoring quality menswear, along with some of my favorite purchases that I’ve held on to since my early days in the game.

Hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.

 

Search Broad & Dig For Deals

Just like in a vintage store, to find the best deals you have to be willing to spend time digging. Start with a broad search if you want to find the auctions that slipped through the cracks. For example, rather than searching for “Burberry Trench Coat” try simply searching for “Burberry” within the “Men’s Clothing > Outerwear” category, because what you call a “trench coat” some sellers might mistakenly call an “overcoat”, or “topcoat”, or just “coat”, “jacket”, etc.

Sort by Price & Watch Items with Potential

After you’ve figured out your search criteria, sort the items buy “Price, Low to High” to start from the cheapest. You might have to skip over a couple pages of bullsh-t listings, but every once in a while you might find that one Gucci leather jacket starting at $0.99 in a 1-day auction. Sometimes people are desperate for quick cash and rush a listing.

Try Less Sought-After Designers

Brands with cult followings like Dior Homme and Burberry Prorsum rarely fall through the cracks. Fashion heads are searching these terms all day, every day. The lesser-known the brand, the less competition there will be on the auction.

Save Searches

If you’re looking for something rare or specific that only offers a few results at any given time, you can save the search to receive email notifications whenever new products are listed within the criteria (rather than going back every week to search again). Right now, for example, I have a saved search for a “vintage tailored rain/snow cape”…more on that later. I also sometimes keep saved searches for my favorite designers (those that I know will fit me well and aren’t too heavily searched for), filtered by my size only.

Know Your Measurements

It’s one thing to know your size, it’s another to know your measurements. Tag sizing can vary greatly from one brand to another, or even from one year to the next within the same manufacturer.

Take a garment that fits you very well, lay it flat and use a soft measuring tape to find the following measurements. Memorize them. Most good sellers are aware of these measurements and can provide them. If one is not provided, ASK FOR IT! If it’s a tailored garment, you might also want to ask how much fabric is available to be let-out.

Jacket/Shirt/Sweater

1. Chest
2. Stomach
3. Front Length
4. Sleeve Length
5. Shoulder
6. Back Length

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Pants/Jeans/Bottoms

1. Waist
2. Outseam
3. Inseam
4. Front Rise
5. Thigh
6. Knee
7. Leg Opening

 

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Make No Assumptions – Ask Questions!

If you’re unsure about any aspect of the item (condition, color, sizing, is that real leather?, etc) ASK THE SELLER. If it’s not in the listing, assume the worst.

Check Return Policies

In addition to reviewing a seller’s feedback (that’s eBay 101: you should know that already), check their return policy. Even if you’re the most careful and thorough eBay shopper alive, there is always a chance that you’re going to want to return an item (I’ve bought items with unpredictable faults such as fabric elasticity that’s completely stretched out, or sweaters that reek of cigar smoke). Double check their policies and think about the purchase again before pulling the trigger.

Cut Side Deals

If somebody is started an auction at $0.99, they’re looking to get whatever they can get for it. Sometimes I message a seller directly and make them an offer they can’t refuse, and offer to pay them directly and immediately via Paypal. I remind them that this way they get guaranteed money right now (removes the risk of non-paying bidders) and they won’t have to pay final value fees to eBay (eBay charges the seller a percentage of the sale price for every auction that ends in a successful sale). Of course, this is technically against eBay’s policies, but eBay hustler’s do it every day.

Be a Sniper

If you take away nothing else from this article, remember this: eBay auctions are all about the last 5 seconds. The winning bids are almost always placed just before the timeout of the auction, so competing bidders don’t have time to react. I used to literally set alarms for myself to remember to run to a computer for the last minute of an auction, no matter what I was doing. I would leave class for a “bathroom break”, run to the library (this was before smartphones) and login as quickly as possible to outbid someone on a pair of gently worn Gucci wingtips. Now, thankfully, they have websites that will place a bid within the last few seconds of an auction on your behalf. Gixen and Auction Sniper are examples of these. You can set the maximum price you’re willing to pay and forget about the auction timing until you receive an email with “you won” or “you were outbid”.

The More You Spend, the More You Save

There is a cap on how much clothing will sell for on eBay. For that reason, you can score great deals on high-end products. For example, a brand new peacoat from J.Crew might sell for $150 (regular $250, for savings of about 40%), but a brand new peacoat from Gucci might sell for only $400 (regular $1,995, for savings of 80%). Ultimately you can spend about the same amount you would drop in-store at places like J.Crew or Club Monaco, but be wearing designer brands like Paul Smith and Helmut Lang. All it takes is a little more effort, strategy, and patience.

Go Vintage: Some Items Look Better Used

Not everything on eBay is used, but we all know that some products/brands look better with age. Distressed raw denim like APCs, broken-in waxed jackets like Barbours, worn canvas luggage like Filsons, etc. Ebay is a fantastic place to buy broken-in vintage gear. There’s an endless selection, especially if you’re more concerned with the product itself rather than the heavily-searched brand name. 

Get To Know Your Favorite Sellers

Check their other items for sale and save their future listings for email notifications. You never know who these people might be, or what connections they might have. One of my favorite dealers back in the day was the “cousin” of a celebrity stylist who was in charge of selling designer gear that was only worn for one event by A-list clients. I made a ton of money off that “cousin” and even bought several of her items directly through email communication (saving her listing fees and allowing me to be the first to bring the item to market).

Poor Pictures + Good Information = Great Deals

If the pictures are poor but the description sounds great (and the seller seems reliable), you may have hit the jacket. Low quality pictures will scare off most buyers, allowing you to squeeze out a good deal. I made a living on this in college; buying poorly listed items and re-listing them with better pictures, more compelling descriptions, accurate measurements, etc.

Avoid Stock Images

Make sure you’re looking at images of the actual item for sale. Some sellers will use stock images, which tells you nothing about the current condition, distressing, coloring, etc. Sometimes the design details aren’t even the same and the seller didn’t notice subtle differences.

Make Sure It’s Authentic

There’s knock-off everything. From Nikes and Timbs to Ralph Lauren and Versace. If it has market value, someone is willing to knock it off. Get to know what the real tags/packaging looks like, and beware of the country of origin (not so much where the item was manufactured, but where it’s being shipped from). If the package is coming from somewhere like China or Vietnam, I would be cautious and ask for a money-back guaranteed regarding authenticity.

Be Patient. Never Settle

If you’re not 100% about an item, forget about it! The eBay cycle never stops and there will always be other chances to buy something for an equally good deal. The market equilibrium is actually quite surprising.

 

Lastly, what’s a TSB Post without some images for inspiration?

Here are some of my favorite scores from eBay that I’ve held onto over the years:

 

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 Barker Black Spectator Wingtips (purchased brand new on eBay for $220, retail $900+)

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Cashmere Henley by John Varvatos (purchased on eBay for $58, retail $398). Montblanc Timewalker Automatic watch was also purchased on eBay. 

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Vintage Ralph Lauren Southwestern Polo Shirt (purchased on eBay for roughly $65, no longer available in stores). Bass loafers were also purchased on eBay. 

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Burberry Prorsum lightweight cotton trench (purchase on eBay for $250, retail $1,200). Pants are also from a Hugo Boss suit I bought new on eBay for roughly $200, then had tailored. 

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Vintage Shearling B3 Bomber Jacket (purchased on eBay for $200, not available in stores)

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Vintage suede & knit sweater/bomber jacket (no brand, purchased on eBay for $15.99). Vintage tie was also purchased on eBay for $0.99!

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Olive wool toggle coat by Club Monaco (purchased on eBay for $85, retail $350)

 

 

Got any eBay buying tips from your experience? Please share in the comments below! 

I hope this helps you save some money, or at least invest in some higher quality menswear. Our next post dedicated to eBay will be how to sell menswear and make money while trading-up your wardrobe.

Stay tuned – great content coming up!

 

 

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

TSBmen

 

Photography by Alex Crawford. 

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  • Sez B

    I love everything about this site. I love the clothes and your style. I don’t really now a lot of these brands but I am obsessed with eBay. Would it be possible to share your saved eBay searches? Or please provide a list of brands I should be searching for so I can create my own search. Thank you in advance and keep up the strong work!

  • Ron

    Ebay is my go-to for vintage Brooks Brothers. It’s an always reliable
    fitting brand. Also, much of the time I’ll wear these shirts with the
    sleeves rolled up, so I don’t mind buying an odd sleeve length or a
    shirt with a monogrammed cuff. This allows me to buy shirts many others
    pass up. I’ve bought so many nice looking shirts for basically a
    shipping charge, it’s ridiculous. And don’t underestimate the random
    personalization. One blue OCBD I bought had ‘cain’ embroidered on the
    collar. Just like that, ‘cain’ all lower case. I was the only bid for
    $0.01. That shirt has gotten so many comments, and I can’t believe how
    many women I’ve met because of it. It’s a conversation piece for sure.
    I’m sure it wouldn’t be the same if it was ‘roger’ or ‘christopher’ but
    if I ever meet cain, I’m buying him an expensive scotch.

  • Jason W.

    As an avid eBayer for the past 6 years, I’m a little upset by this post, solely because there will now be more people with good taste on eBay to bid up my bargains. But as far as advice goes, you guys really nailed it.

    As stated, measurements are by far the most important thing to keep in mind. I typically search for one size up and two down, because often times sellers will list items with what size they think it fits like rather than what’s on the tag. I find this all of the time, especially with brands that fit slim. They think they are doing you a favor, and they are, if you’re persistent enough to sift through several items that don’t fit, you’ll find you have very little competition. Side note: Always keep your tailor’s charges in mind and don’t be afraid to bid on a great deal if it’s slightly off.

    In the same vein with sizing, if you’re looking for blazers, search for the EU size as well. For example, I wear a 38-40 blazer depending on the brand so I will always search “(blazer, sport coat, jacket, suit) (38, 40, 48, 50).” You’ll get some that are a US 48 and 50 but you can easily tell they’re oversized in the picture. Also, chances are, you’ll find a lot of higher-quality blazers that have simply been mis-listed by uneducated sellers. The other little gem in the previous example is the parentheses meaning ‘any’ —so if the listing title uses one of those words within a parenthesized list, it will display in your results. That’s a great way to get around searching too broadly by categories. Also if something keeps coming up that you aren’t looking for (i.e. brands that don’t fit you, or a style you don’t like) put a minus sign in front of the search term to eliminate those results. — “Ralph Lauren Sweater -Polo”

    I’m a power seller, listing 10-20 quality menswear items a week so I can safely say (unfortunately from much experience) that eBay is 99% on the side of the buyers. They want to make eBay a place where buyers feel comfortable and they’re willing to stiff the seller to do so. Regardless of the seller’s return policy, if an item you receive doesn’t fit (or whatever the issue may be), try to work it out with the seller. If they don’t want to work with you, open a case against them and eBay will almost always side with you. I’ve sold many items with clear measurements, a “returns only accepted if item is grossly misrepresented” policy and have been repeatedly forced to take back returns from buyers that didn’t check them before bidding. I now have a “returns accepted even if you just aren’t feelin’ it” policy” because it helps me sleep better at night.

    If you have any issues you feel the seller wasn’t completely up front about or end up with a melted tube of chapstick in the pocket, don’t be afraid to send them a message and ask for a partial refund for cleaning costs or just to make it worth your purchase. Us sellers will work with you to avoid taking a return and having to eat the shipping cost if we feel there was a genuine oversight.

    Hope some of this helps and good luck out there,
    Jason

  • http://undefined Mike J.

    I have Ebay to thank for my most drastic wardrobe transformation items of 2013:

    Tailored fit italian navy wool suit – $160
    Express (I know, I know) grey wool 3-piece suit – $110
    AE McTavish (2 prs.) in grey and black – $60 each
    AE Franciscan monk straps (2 prs.) in walnut and black – $70 each
    AE fifth ave – $50 shipped
    AE Strand – bought for $29, polished, and re-sold for $130
    AE delray – $35
    AE Elgin – $90

    I LOVE Ebay.

  • Mr E

    The one caution I have about eBay that I’m not seeing mentioned in your list is buyer beware of knockoffs.

    That site is fraught with cheap knockoffs produced in China and offered by sellers who think the average consumer won’t notice the difference.

    I’ve had a few headaches fighting back for my money through PayPal over this very issue. It isn’t something I’d be inclined to sign up for again.

    Bottom line: if the price is too good to be true, it almost always is the case.

    Caveat emptor.

    • TO

      Good point Mr E, something that is in need of constant reminding I think. I am just starting to use EBay and I see how it could start to take the deals for granted and lose sight of other people’s shadiness.

      There was actually a section above in the article that discussed knockoffs too.

      • Mr E

        I searched the article high and low when I made that comment and could swear there was no mention of knockoffs.

        Either my page didn’t load properly (it happens on this site sometimes) or the knockoff point was added after my comment was approved.

        It matters not, as long as the warning is issued for the buyer to beware.

  • Harrison

    I would also recommend finding a few brands that you know work well for you. If you have a harder body type, spending a bit of time in a good department store will then let you search for those brands with a bit more confidence. For example, a Zegna 46L happens to fit me nearly perfectly off the rack. Takes a bit of the guessing game out of the equation.

    Also when buying older suits, watch out for double or even triple pleats in pants. There were some wacky pant styles in the early 90s.

    Thanks for the great post

  • kleankut

    my tip would be to always ebay shop out of season for better deals(shop for winter clothes in summer, visa versa) right now everyone is looking for winter stuff, so its in demand and have higher starting prices. Many aren’t thinking about spring/summer/fall items, so demand/starting prices are lower.

    I bought over half my winter wardrobe via ebay last summer for fraction of price i would have paid for trying to shop in season

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      GREAT TIP!!! Excellent advice, I should have added that!

  • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

    This is a bad post….not because of the material….but because this makes me want to spend money on eBay that I don’t have lol. Plus your outfits (finds) at the end of the post make me say, “Well damn, lemmie see if I can find something similiar for cheap.” I recently scored $30 horsebit Cole Haan loafers that my gf said were ugly….she’s currently sleeping on the couch :)

    Great tips Dan, I’m definitely the one that waits til the last minute to bid, works just about 90% of the time.

    • http://undefined TimL

      “I recently scored $30 horsebit Cole Haan loafers that my gf said were ugly….she’s currently sleeping on the couch :)”

      **** Best post so far! Hahaha…

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Hahaha. Those must be some REALLY nice loafers.

  • scott

    Great tips, but making deals outside of ebay is pretty lame. Why not ask the seller to set up a buy it now for you to win? Cheating ebay from their fees when you’re making “2-3K a month” on their platform?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      eBay owns Paypal, so either way they get the last laugh. They also make their insertion fees, of course. That move is admittedly shady, but I’m out to help the consumer not the corporation.

  • http://undefined Ishandev

    Dan, I just logged onto ebay at work. I.must.shop.now. Damn you tsbmen! Guess I’ll just bill a client. Oh well.

    • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

      This is EXACTLY what how I reacted after read this post!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Haha. I know you got that lawyer money Ishan…

  • Alvin

    Buy It Now is your friend. Search by “newly listed” and you’ll be surprised how many people dont know much about what they are listing and post stupidly low Buy It Now prices. A huge part of getting the best deals on eBay is making the most of other people’s naivety.

    • Olerud_4_Life

      True but some dont. Even when the item is on sale at more than 50% of the original price.

  • Juan

    Great post as always, Dan!

    Unfortunately, living in Italy has made eBay hustling a living hell, though. Between shipping, VAT and custom charges, bidding on US items has become really expensive, and europeans aren’t as enthusiastic when it comes to vintage/used/second-hand clothing, so selection is scarce.

    I have been able to score an awesome worn-in Levi’s trucker on eBay UK though!

  • Ben

    Great post Dan,

    Since the controversial “dying trends” post I feel you guys have really gotten back to what I loved about the site in the first place. Solid advice with great examples of looks from old posts. I guess there is sometimes the urge to be more and more fashion oriented, but I think your greatest strength is when you’re quite conservative, as you invariably make classic looks look better and more flattering than most other “classic menswear” bloggers/forum posters.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Ben!

    • Alex

      Gotta agree with this. I loved this post.

  • Jerico

    I agree with the sniping!! I’ve lost so many auctions by not knowing it or got into a bidding war and paid more than I wanted to. Then I learned about the art of the snipe! 5 seconds left and bam enter your bid, about 95% of the time you win! Though I have to recommend to snipe with your maximum price you want to pay, just in case there are automatic bids set up.

    • Cleveland

      why bother with sniping? Just set the max price you are willing to bid and walk away. If I get outbid, it was more than I wanted to pay. But more often than not, I end up winning. I know what “market value” is on things before I bid and I am the first one to have that bid in. I have snipers come in and drive my price up, but it is still under my max value.

      • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

        Why not just set max price instead of Sniping? Because it’s all about the strategy. If you set your price way before the end date of an item, it can raise awareness to other bidders to start bidding and you will be out of the bid war very quickly. Would you rather walk into a clear field shouting “HELLOOOOOO, I’M HERE!” or lay low in the bushes and pick your targets off?

        • Jerico

          EXACTLY!! I use to just max bid, but when somebody outbids you by say $1.00 it gets on your nerves after awhile. I know how much I want to pay and if it’s above what I want to pay no need to snipe. But most of the time everybody wants something as low as they can. So if they think there are no other bidders, they tend not to max bid.

      • Anonymous

        Because if you put your max bid in the last second, rather than early, there isn’t time to drive the price up, so you come out ahead.

  • Alex

    Great post Dan! I was wondering if you(or anyone else for that matter) has any tips for sizing in shoes. I own anywhere from a US Mens 9 to a 10.5 depending on the brand/shoemaker, and obviously its’ hard to tell how the shoe will fit since the measurements provided aren’t as in depth as shirts and jackets.

    Thanks, as always!

    • Adam E

      If you have the option go to a store and try on a bunch of shoes from different brands to get a good idea on what fits you from them, do that, and then go and mine eBay for deals…
      Worst case if they don’t fit, you can always re-sell them.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Measure a shoe that fits you well and has an average sized sole. The two measurements you need are:

      1. Length of the shoe (toe to heel along the bottom of the sole)
      2. Width of the shoe (across the sole at the widest part)

      Ask sellers for these two measurements to double-check sizing.

      Cheers.

      • Selfmade Gentleman

        Depending on your feet (some are a bit more “problematic”) and the lasts of the shoes you will also need some information about the instep height.

        High quality manufacturers of shoes often use the same last for many different styles and also give information about the last beeing used for a particular pair of shoes. So if you know shoes from brand A in size B that were made on a particular last C fit you well, you can find additional well-fitting pairs easily.

        Of course doing it like this will greatly limit the amount of pairs you can select from…

  • http://workingtodeath.tumblr.com Jess

    The best tip I can give if you live in Canada is to make friends with someone who lives in the US that you can trust who is willing to let you ship stuff to them. Quite often I see things I want to buy but the seller has to charge $30-$40 for shipping with tracking to avoid being scammed through Paypal, but they offer free or extremely low shipping within the United States. Get your friend to mail it to you using the cheapest shipping option available and you will save tons of money right there.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Great point. Growing up near the border, I have a handful of friends who do this on a regular basis as well. Thanks Jess.

  • Brandon

    I pretty much have to use ebay frequently due living in Japan and being larger than the average size. I have no other choice but to use ebay for buying shoes because I wear a US 14. As such here are somethings I learned if you are abroad and thus the shipping is expensive:

    -I avoid any auctions that use the new ebay Global Shipping Program. They charge this ridiculous import fee ON TOP of the already expensive shoes.*

    -If you do have big feet (US13+) you have one particular edge over people with smaller feet. Typically the shoes you want won’t get purchased. There is less of a need to rush when it comes to shoes of that size. They aren’t as high in demand and will typically be re-listed. You may even be able to talk down a seller’s price because of this fact.

    *If you have a proxy this eases the shipping costs. My parents are my proxy. I can send it to them which greatly lowers the shipping price and then they send it to me on their own dime. The only problem with this is because they are paying for the shipping it may take 6 months to a year for me to get it. But I can’t really complain.

    -Ask a friend to be your proxy. Send it to them and then paypal them the shipping costs after the find out what it will be. With a friend that you trust you know they aren’t going to try and scam you with shipping costs, charging you more than it really is AND your friend can repackage your item in an effort to make it weigh less and thus cost less. Plus your friend may be able to use cheaper shipping methods.

    • Brandon

      Some other points:

      -Definitely try the UK ebay site. I’ve noticed that they tend to have more reasonable international shipping. Probably due to the fact that they are more likely to have to ship abroad unlike American ebayers who have the luxury of having so many potential buyers in their home country.

      -I typically avoid ANY ebayers from Korea,China, HK and Taiwan. Just something about those listings just always rubbed me the wrong way.

      -Also wanted to add…Put This On’s saved searches for excellent suits, good suits and shoes is a great resource. I customized that search even further and created separate searches for shirts, coats, pants, blazers, etc. Also stylegf’s ebay post had some good stuff as well…

      http://stylegirlfriend.com/search-ebay-like-pro/

  • Jackson

    Love this post. As a high school kid (I’m 16), I rely on ebay for clothes that I wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. In particular I check ebay first for shoes and outerwear because I find those are the two areas that consistently have the most and/or best deals. I’ve purchased 2 pairs of unworn Allen Edmonds oxfords ($40 each), a pair of Allen Edmonds loafers ($35), a pair of relatively unworn (maybe worn once or twice) Gucci boots ($125) and, most recently, a BNWT gray suede John Varvatos leather jacket for $150.

    Totally agree with your suggestions (particularly using broad search terms and going back to good sellers), and I think that ebay can be an incredibly helpful and $$ saving tool for those interested in building their wardrobe.

  • Cody

    Thank you Dan! I’m a broke high school student and I have a limited budget.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      No prob Cody. This is a great place to start!

  • Steve

    Ha don’t give away all the secrets…but no ebay had slowly helped me build my closet. Good suggestions.

  • http://undefined Jeff

    Most recent eBay score was a pair of black Allen Edmonds Grayson loafers. $36. Shoes look to be in great condition. Can’t wait until they come in the mail! I’m like a kid on Christmas

  • John

    Here’s a specific eBay tip concerning the J.Crew Ludlow suit. On the website you can find the standard italian wool Ludlow going for $425 for the jacket and $225 for the pants costing a grand total of $650 before taxes. Not bad for a well-cut and (to me) high quality construction suit that has gotten major recommendations from magazines like esquire and GQ. Towni has even worn his on this site a few times I think.

    But if you look specifically for the Ludlow suit on eBay, you can definitely get it for a steal WAY under the MSRP. I recently bought two suit pants separates for $79.99 and a jacket for $249 which brought the total to less than 50% of its MSRP. They were both Buy It Now options too so there wasn’t any stress in bidding.

    I honestly don’t know how these sellers can afford to sell these items so cheaply. I checked the tags and they look real and they even come with the Loro Piana textile maker tag. I would say make sure you can see both those tags in pictures before buying to ensure its authenticity. Other than that, the suit fits great, needed little altering and I’m super happy I saved a bunch of money on a great first suit.

    Other that, my only other eBay tip is to not get caught up in all the discounted, used stuff. For me it’s happened where I’ll see something I wasn’t originally looking for, reason that I’d probably wear it and then end up wasting my money since it wasn’t my original intent. But anyway, hope this helped for anyone looking for a pretty dope suit.

  • Chris

    Great post. Because of this site, I have scored some serious gems on eBay – my most recent being a 100% London Fog wool top coat that I purchased for $100. After a $60 tailoring, my total spend is less than $200. I have found it is extremely rare to find top coats with 100% wool nowadays. And I’m in Toronto so this jacket has kept me very warm during our deep freeze happening right now.

    Tweed was really huge in the 70s – I don’t know why more suit makers include this material in their line up (maybe they do, but after cruising the malls, it’s definitely not noticeable). Anyway, you can find great tweed suits on eBay. After a tailoring and dry clean, you have a suit that’ll keep you warm in the winter months.

    Finally – has anyone ever checked out the deals at Lands End? I scored a 3 piece flannel suit for $100…cost me about $70 to tailor, but wow. A 3 piece flannel suit for under $200? Can’t go wrong.

    • TO

      Hey Chris! It sounds like you are pretty into finding quality menswear (like me!). I also live in Toronto, but am pretty new to the city. If you think we could share some insights add me on FB- fb.com/tim.ohearn7

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      • Chris

        No facebook TO – not really into social media. Sorry chap.

        C

        • TO

          Meh me neither really. Just is the most convenient thing sometime. timohearn@gmail.com if that works for ya!

  • Tom

    Time when selling is also important to get the right price. I think they recommend Thursday night EST is best because buyers are most active then.