I’ve been very curious about the ebay seller “yogathrifter” who has a huge inventory of new with tag lululemon items that don’t at all look like knock-offs according to several purchasers. I’ve almost purchased an older Apres Yoga jacket from Yogathrifter but had second thoughts and felt guilty and unsure. I do like a good deal and I also really like finding older style lululemon prints that you can no longer find in stores but I don’t feel entirely comfortable purchasing from someone who is not a personal seller that just had buyers remorse or is closet cleaning. It really cheapens the product to have items like these sold online at a huge undercut and also it also diverts company profits that would otherwise be going to the design team, seamstresses, and factory workers. I’m not sure what this sellers (or other sellers) sources are, perhaps the factory that produces the garments for Lululemon also produces extras on the side that they can later sell, maybe they are failed quality check items, maybe it’s inventory shrinkage. Who knows, maybe they are completely legitimate items purchased in “we made too much” or the Factory Outlet. It is a little suspect though that this seller has an alleged warehouse that several people have visited for shopping. When I first almost purchased the jacket I was told I could come check out the other sizes to see which fit best. I wish I would have gone because when I later made a request to go for a visit and see what was in stock for a cash purchase my request was ignored.
On the other hand, there are also the price gougers online that purchase items and wait for the perfect opportunity to repost them at a hugely marked up price. Like the Art Series Hoodies that are currently listed at $150 even though Lulu sells them for $98. This is why I much prefer buying and selling on the lulu exchange page. Even though there is no protection and it’s just a group it is such a small group that for the most part there is no crazy price gauging and unethical activity going on.
So what are your views on buying on ebay from these types of sellers? Have you bought any of these marked up or marked down items? If you have any insight as to how these sellers come to have there inventory do share.