WIW: new Theyskens biker jacket!

My first real WIWs! 

First, I found a biker jacket! I returned both the Theory options and instead bought a Theyskens Theory jacket off ebay. It's less classic and masculine than I'd been looking for, but I fell in love with it. It fits almost like a blazer and it has an interesting waist line. I'm wearing it with my new boyfriend jeans (AG, thrifted) and my favorite LD Tuttle shoes that I'm trying to wear more often. I realize the turtleneck makes it hard to see the jacket but I'm excited that it's finally cold enough for turtlenecks. Oh, and my hair is soaking wet - it's usually a lot poofier and brighter!

Second, from a few days earlier, a solution to a funny clothing situation: I was down at my old apartment for a few days to do the final cleaning and pack up my last few items. I forgot to bring a change of clothes, but I'd just picked up a pile of drycleaning down there, so this was what came out of the drycleaning pile. Theory shorts (made from a pair of dress slacks), BR shirt (I don't love the tied front but it's sort of interesting), and the only shoes I had, my Madewell combat boots that I wear most days.

And a question: the Theyskens jacket was described as "new without tags" on ebay (always a risk) but I discovered that it was a second / reject / overstock / whatever when I received it. The label is marked through with a black line (not mentioned in the post), there's a big but unnoticeable rip in the sleeve lining, one of the leather seams has a tiny imperceptible tear, and a snap is slightly broken. I want to keep it regardless, but should I ask the seller (a small volume individual seller) for a partial refund or discount? I've never bought clothing on ebay before.

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  • catgirl replied 10 years ago

    What what?  This is fantastic - I drool over Theysken's!  Your stance and look reminds me a lot of Ceit - I see some inspiration forthcoming. 


    Oh and the shorts outfit is KILLING it.  I may have to copy tomorrow, although I'm not sure I can be adjusted at the chiropractor in tights?

  • AJ replied 10 years ago

    Luv your drycleaning outfit! The new jacket looks FAB! I haven't purchased anything from eBay but it does seem that the jacket was misrepresented. Hopefully others can advise you.

  • CocoLion replied 10 years ago

    Congratulations on your new jacket!  It looks amazing.  As for eBay, did the seller note all of these defects in the listing?  If not, you could return the item or propose a partial refund.  Doesn't hurt to ask.  I have purchased items with the label marked off eBay and had a terrible experience, eBay stood by the seller not me even though the measurements the seller listed were completely wrong, by around 3 " in the waist.  But it was a high volume seller so I think that's why.

    Or, if you really love the jacket and most important -- the fit is not defective -- you can just live with it.  Especially if the seller listed the item "as is" and reflected the defects in the price (even without listing them all).

    There are individuals who are far more experience with eBay than I am so you might ask them (Rae, Mo come to mind).

    Love your second outfit too, totally envious how you rock the color black.  You look like a model!

  • LoveSarahDub replied 10 years ago

    Love!!!! You look awesome!

    As far as ebay, look carefully under the seller's return policy (I know you don't want to return it but...) It may state what their policies are when it comes to misrepresented items. Or just ask the seller directly. I've never heard of anyone successfully getting a discount, but its worth a try!

  • Caro in Oz replied 10 years ago

    Love your dry cleaning outfit :) The jacket is amazing. Yes the seller should list every fault but sometimes people do miss things, worth contacting them to see.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 10 years ago

    I love both your outfits. Your new jacket is stunning on you! And I would like to have those BF jeans. And shoes! No eBay advice to offer here. Although I'd say if you're happy with the price you got the jacket for, at least you can be content if you don't manage to get a discount.

  • Deborah replied 10 years ago

    Stunning jacket! I would contact seller and request a partial refund:). And I simply adore your dry cleaning outfit! Brilliant.

  • unfrumped replied 10 years ago

    The jacket looks fantastic on you. Great find.

  • replied 10 years ago

    Ha, you know I was shouting YES! As I looked at your outfits. I want to copy your dry cleaning outfit! I am going to be keeping an eye on you for sure.

    Love the moto, too bad about the flaws though.

  • kkards replied 10 years ago

    love the moto! fab.

  • Karie replied 10 years ago

    Gorgeous outfits! I would contact the e-bay seller and upload pics of the imperfections. Hopefully they will do something in your favor.

  • Jaime replied 10 years ago

    First of all I love the jacket. And the shoes. And your dry cleaning outfit. 

    Secondly, in terms of ebay, if you would have paid the same price if you had known about the defects, it may not be worth the hassle. It is more likely you will be offered a full return than a discount unless the seller happens to be particularly nice. On the other hand, I don't think you have anything to lose by asking. 

  • gryffin replied 10 years ago

    Wonderful jacket!!  It can't hurt to ask for the adjustment but it looks amazing on you.  Love all your outfits!!

  • amiable replied 10 years ago

    Wow -  You rock the jacket and the drycleaning outfit!  

  • ironkurtin replied 10 years ago

    I'm really surprised at Cocolion's experience - usually eBay backs the buyer automatically.

    I would file a "not as described" claim via the "resolve a problem" link on your auction. Then honestly fill out the rest and say what you want to fix it. Good luck!

  • Neel replied 10 years ago

    The jacket is fantastic on you.  But you could always ask for a partial refund because I think its downright cheating to not mention any of the defects while selling it.  If you don't ask you don't get :)

  • Janet replied 10 years ago

    Fantastic outfits! I love that you pulled the second one together out of the drycleaning.

    I agree that it's worth writing a note to the seller to make them aware of the flaw and ask for a discount, but check on their policy. It would not be cool of them to list something as NWOT without disclosing any flaws in the item, but it's possible they didn't notice the tear. (I doubt it, but I try to give benefit of the doubt.)

    eBay seems to be backing me up as a seller, but my situation was different. I had a recent experience with a buyer who bought a skirt from me -- they asked no questions ahead of time, and my policies clearly state no returns/no refunds. After the purchase, they contacted me and said the skirt didn't fit -- could they return it for a refund? I politely responded, no, that the listing indicated no returns. I even suggested that they might resell it, since it seemed to be fairly popular and got a number of bids. A week later, the skirt arrived in my mailbox with a note that they wanted a refund! I ended up filing a report with eBay in case they try to force me into a refund by giving me negative feedback, and I've heard nothing more from them. Sigh. Such a shame that there are bad sellers and bad buyers on eBay who can sometimes make it an unpleasant experience. I hope your seller does right by you.

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    Fabulous outfits and what an amazing jacket! No wonder you want to keep it. I have no experience with ebay so will simply learn along with you. I'm glad the defects don't stop you from loving the jacket!

  • AviaMariah replied 10 years ago

    I looked at your pics before reading the description and LOVED the second outfit; your drycleaning outfit.  I am not an ebay buyer so don't have any info for you in that area.

  • Greyscale replied 10 years ago

    Thanks for all the great comments, everyone!

    The drycleaning outfit is a good reminder that I should look deeper in my closet for the dressier things I don't wear as often. I wear the same jeans and washable tops all the time, but I have a lot more clothing that I avoid because it's too "nice".

  • Parsley replied 10 years ago

    Wow, I love that jacket on you!
    No eBay advice here, but you NEED to keep that fabulous jacket.
    Your dry cleaning outfit is cute and fun, too!

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