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Whats the deal with 'sample' North Face items on eBay?

post #1 of 7
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I've been poking around for a few North Face items, and have found a couple of sellers on eBay selling 'sample' or 'outlet' items at significantly reduced items. I understand that there would be no warranty on these items, but aside from that should I be wary?

 

This is an example of one of the sellers: http://stores.ebay.com/Explore-The-Outdoors-Worldwide?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

 

Many positive feedbacks, located in Maine (not offshore), etc. Everything seems legitimate. What do you think?

post #2 of 7

i think it sounds legit.  

 

Every clothing has a product chain for their legitimate products that flows from retail->outlet->off-price discounters->...other liquidator->tax writeoff.

post #3 of 7

I bought some North Face Thunder pants from that seller last year. I, too, was hesitant. I emailed pics of the logo and labels, etc. to a North Face retailer and they said they looked legit. I did ski in them last year and they sure seem legit from that standpoint! Certainly not junk. There is a website out there that helps you identify counterfeit stuff. I'm sorry I didn't save the link or I'd share it. Google it and you should get enough information.

post #4 of 7

There's a NF outlet store in Freeport, ME. The sellers location. At one time I sold golf caps to an outlet store there. They bought them from me for $2.50,  marked them with a "regular" price of $24 marked down to $12. They were nice hats though. 

post #5 of 7

TNF sample items are sold at events taken place at TNF Outlet stores.  The sizes are almost always "Medium."  The items, like everything in the outlet stores, don't carry the warranty (the label has a line through it).  In the past, there were incredible deals on salesman samples.  Lately, the deals have been no better than the outlet pricing for most items, at least in the Berkeley store.  This is not to be confused with the many TNF knock-offs on ebay.  I purchased a lot of TNF stuff at the outlet stores, first in SF (now closed) and then in Berkeley.  I may not be the most stylish person on the hill or when camping, but the clothing and other items lasts and lasts and lasts.


Edited by quant2325 - 12/3/12 at 11:19am
post #6 of 7

I used to hit the sales at the Berkley NF outlet and sell a bunch of it on eBay. When they bought A5 back in the day they had a huge box of porta ledge flys for $5 each, I bought the whole thing and sold them on eBay for $100 a pop....

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Originally Posted by sfotex View Post

I used to hit the sales at the Berkley NF outlet and sell a bunch of it on eBay. When they bought A5 back in the day they had a huge box of porta ledge flys for $5 each, I bought the whole thing and sold them on eBay for $100 a pop....

I think I once paid $90 for an Agency jacket and can still sell it used for  $200. Same thing for a tent that went for 80% off.   I went earlier this year and all those ridiculous salesman sample deals were gone, priced like most other things in the store.. Maybe they will bring those deals back someday.   There are still goods deals at the outlet, but not like what you and I once found at the salesman sample sales.

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