1. Thread galleries are live! Please let us know what you think of them in the thread in the Observation Bar.

New Thedi styles

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Guppy, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Carlos840

    Carlos840 One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,683
    Location:
    London
    It's not really done in a lot of Europe and is often considered quite rude, be careful how you do it and who you do it to.
    My brother has a Bass guitar online shop and is always complaining about Americans thinking the sticker price doesn't apply to them. Over here if you want something, you pay the asking price, in the USA it's all about "getting a deal".
    (unless you are talking cars, houses, etc, or maybe bulk buying, but no one here would try to negotiate on a new jacket! That is seen as an American thing to do.)
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018
  2. JMax

    JMax Practically Family

    Messages:
    859
    Yes, it does depend on who and where and on what item. My wife, from Poland, negotiates everything. And I mean everything, except meals at a restaurant but I am not sure what she does when I am not around lol. To the point that even I feel a bit unsettled. She enjoys it and never takes it personally if she is told to bugger off. True believer in the "it never hurts to ask" and "its not what I spent rather what I saved" maxims.

    I always negotiate if I am making custom changes, especially a bunch of them. I do not usually negotiate on the sticker price of these jackets. Though sometimes I hem and haw until the seller offers up a discount on their own. I have also found that when I inquire about the costs of a jacket the seller/maker sometimes immediately offers up a small discount to hook me. Sadly I am weak and it usually works so I try not to ask.
     
    Lebowski, Alz, ton312 and 1 other person like this.
  3. Guppy

    Guppy One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,937
    Location:
    Cleveland, OH
    I didn't "negotiate" as in haggle. But when I ordered my 3 Thedi jackets last year, I told him what I was interested in and asked what his price would be. I was happy with what he came back with, which was a good price. No haggling needed.

    We talked a lot more about linings, zippers, leather options, and fit. The good stuff. He responded reasonably quickly, except when he was recovering from a motorcycle accident, which was completely understandable, and always in good English. A pleasure to work with such a fine artisan and gentleman as Theodoros.
     
    ProteinNerd, Lebowski, ton312 and 3 others like this.
  4. JMax

    JMax Practically Family

    Messages:
    859
    Yes, negotiating is different from haggling. Haggling is annoying.
     
  5. Jejupe

    Jejupe A-List Customer

    Messages:
    409
    Location:
    Finland
    This is also my experience of dealing with Theodoros. A true gentleman.

    I was initially little bit put off by the fact that Thedi Leathers doesn't have prices at their website. When I first contacted Theodoros, I asked a price for one jacket and then after a while I added a second jacket to my inquiry. He gave me a package price, which I accepted.

    Now its been two months since my order and I should receive my jackets within couple of weeks. Its interesting to see the outcome, as Theodoros said that they will have to make a new pattern for me, because none of their existing patterns (sizes) would be large enough for me (I have 49" chest).
     
    ProteinNerd and Guppy like this.
  6. Alz

    Alz One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    112
    Mate: I am Italian! It's always been a tradition to negotiate the price in all the southern Europe countries and it's still like that in many places. It was only with the big Malls opening that this "fixed price" stuff started.
     
    Lebowski and Guppy like this.
  7. Carlos840

    Carlos840 One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,683
    Location:
    London
    I didn't say it was like that everywhere in Europe, what i meant is that it's not something that is done everywhere and it can be taken badly if it isn't traditionally done in that area.
    No idea what it is like in Greece, but i suppose they are pretty easy going with that.
     
  8. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    5,325
    Location:
    Australia
    Bargaining over price is not something I do often. It wasn't part of Australian culture when I grew up but it is more common these days. I think EBay changed people's thinking about buying and selling- so did immigration.
     
    Benny Holiday likes this.
  9. Mich486

    Mich486 A-List Customer

    Messages:
    306
    I’m Italian too and to be honest I’ve never done it. I can see asking for a discount at the local shop when you buy lots of stuff and I see why the shop owner would do it (to have you come back) but these days i think my generation doesn’t even think about asking.

    I would say it’s more a thing of the past. Well if you commission three leather jackets at once like Guppy did I can see why asking for a little shave off the full price.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    ton312 likes this.
  10. JMax

    JMax Practically Family

    Messages:
    859
    Theodoros responded to my inquiry about the denim/goatskin d pocket. The man is a gentleman. Looks like my end of year gift to myself is set. I “need” another lighter weight jacket for riding in the hotter months.
     
    ton312 and Harris HTM like this.
  11. Alz

    Alz One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    112
    You said exactly what I said too. Your generation doesn’t even think about asking 'cause big malls made the shopping experience an impersonal stuff: you step in the shop, grab what you want, pay for it and step out. There was a time, when small shops were everywhere, when the owner was a counselor too and when at the end you always asked for a small discount. And the owner was happy to give it 'cause it was already calculated in his final price. I am talking of twenty, thirty years ago not of the XIX century. The market deeply changed our society.
     
    Lebowski, navetsea, Guppy and 3 others like this.
  12. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,926
    Location:
    SoCal
    The newest canvas/ leather Thedi jacket RAWKS!
    IMG_5215.jpg IMG_5216.jpg IMG_5217.jpg
     
    Alz, ton312, Phil Silv3rs and 9 others like this.
  13. barnabus

    barnabus A-List Customer

    Messages:
    388
    Location:
    london
    Good grief that's fantastic! I'd want that if it was even just canvas - there's something Thedi does to get a finish on canvas that's unlike any I've seen elsewhere.

    Phenomenal stuff!
     
    handymike likes this.
  14. TheGuitarFairy

    TheGuitarFairy Familiar Face

    Messages:
    77
    Location:
    Just West of Boston
    i see a Thedi in my future ; ) Beautiful jackets ...

    as far as used goods go, i negotiate <always>
     
  15. Guppy

    Guppy One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,937
    Location:
    Cleveland, OH
    That's basically a shawl collar, but with a different collar. Interesting look. Almost like he crossed the Levis Type III trucker with a shawl collar.
     
  16. Guppy

    Guppy One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,937
    Location:
    Cleveland, OH
    Here's another new style that I just noticed on Thedi's web site:

    MTC-1279318
    [​IMG]

    Has a bit of a 70's vibe with that collar, and a bit western, a bit Levi's Type III trucker. I like it.

    And this cream-colored deerskin A-1 inspired jacket with a different collar. I think it looks like something my grandpa might have worn in the 40's or 50's.

    MTCD-127208
    [​IMG]
     
  17. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    Messages:
    18,745
    Location:
    London, UK
    It's interesting; when I've bought music gear online (outside of eBay), I've always just paid the price offered at the best mix of website I trust x lowest price. Guitars I've bought in person from a retail shop - new ones - my UK experience has always been there's a level of wiggle room, at least in smaller stores, though with the bigger chains it's more limited. Given I always do a lot of research first anyhow, I tend to ask if they can match a priced from elsewhere; otherwise, it's mostly down to 'does that include a case?' / what deal would you do with a case?' Never had a problem, but I know when to not push it...

    Certainly never seen haggling in England at the level of what seems quite normal in many places in Beijing (though as more and more foreign custom arrives there from the US, it seems to be getting harder to avoid the tourist tax than it used to be; the increase in tipping expectation, which was alien to China at one time, at least in my experience, is also very noticeable).

    If you've had a lot of Chinese and other SE Asian immigration, that would follow.
     
    Alz likes this.
  18. Colin G

    Colin G One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    131
    Location:
    Regina SK, Canada
    I want one of these in tan horse hide.

    Badly.
     
    hondurasdave47 likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.