They say that the clothes make the man, and in business negotiations, that can certainly be the case. The better you dress, the better the results you can expect, so before heading to a meeting, negotiation, or even a job interview, it pays to find a nice, professional business wardrobe. There’s a problem though–nice things cost a lot of money. Luckily, that’s what the Internet is for.
Here’s a look at a few great business wardrobe items that you can find for cheap on websites like eBay.
1. Allen Edmonds Shoes – These handmade, leather shoes are an amazing addition to any business wardrobe, but if you buy them new, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200-300 (more for select models). Many shoe fanatics find them to be worth every penny, but if you don’t mind pre-worn shoes, hit up eBay to find a pair of these for anywhere from $20-60. Most Allen Edmonds are extremely well taken care of, partially because they’re so expensive new, and even if you need to have some minor work done, you’re saving a bundle. Be sure to bid on a black pair and a brown pair–at that price, it’s worth having options.
2. London Fog (And Other Brands) Coats – If you’re partial to expensive coats, hit eBay before heading to the department store. Great brands like London Fog sell for cheap online, especially if you don’t mind them used–top coats that are a few hundred bucks in stores go for under $20 on eBay! Due to eBay’s regulations, all of these items will be dry cleaned before being shipped to you, so if you find a good, high quality coat, it should arrive in condition to match. Search eBay for a specific brand and your size for the best savings.
3. Ties – You can find some great ties for cheap on eBay, but exercises some caution–it’s fairly easy to get burned on some low quality ties, and your initial impulse will be to buy every $2 tie that you see. Look for two-ply ties from major brands, and make sure that they’re 100% silk. The best business ties on eBay show the tie from a few well lit angles, so you can ensure that there aren’t any stains (if they’re pre-worn) and that the colors come out right. Remember that ties come in different lengths and widths, and be sure to read the auction guidelines carefully.
You can find a whole lot more on websites like eBay, including two-ply shirts from designers like Ralph Lauren, but remember to go for lesser known (but still high quality) brands whenever possible for the best deals.
What great deals on business wardrobe items have you found on eBay? Post in the comments section below.