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Old January 19th, 2008, 10:34 AM
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I heard that it is much cheaper to buy a tuxedo online than rent. I enjoy wearing formal wear and I am SICK of renting! I wanted to know if anyone has ordered a tuxedo online, and if they can recommend any online websites. **commercial deleted*** I wanted to know if anyone else had recommendations. Thanks.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 11:39 AM
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I bought a tux for d/h a few years back from this seller on eBay. I found the man to be a super nice guy. He shipped it quickly and I loved the tux, it was good quality and you cannot beat the price. The other thing I loved about it is that a portion of the proceeds of the sale are donated to cancer research. Here is a link to one of his tuxes he has for sale.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Mason-Elks-SPECI...QQcmdZViewItem

Once it arrives you will need a tailor to hem the slacks and sleeves. I was very happy with my purchase. He also send you a great CD featuring his music and many well known artists who joined him in his fight against cancer.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 11:57 AM
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I'm a big advocate of buying a lot of things online, but clothing, not so much. If you shop the sales you should easily be able to get a tux for the $200 "come-on" price shown on the website you mentioned.

I'd much prefer to compare brands, fabrics and cuts in person, and (theoretically at least) with the help of somebody who knows the merchandise, who can measure you properly and who can take care of the alterations for you.

I haven't bought a tux in 20 years, because a good one holds up really well if you only wear it a few times a year. But if I had to buy another I'm pretty sure I'd just go shopping the old fashioned way.

The real question isn't whether it's better to rent or buy online, but simply whether it's better to rent or own. The rule of thumb is that three rentals justify a purchase, and that's a reasonable guideline for decisionmaking. In my case I got into a situation where I was going to black tie events overseas (not cruises) which required me to have a tux with me for up to two weeks just to wear on one night. That situation sent me straight to the store, and of course I've paid for the tux many times over as compared to rentals.
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.............I haven't bought a tux in 20 years, because a good one holds up really well.............
..........Provided the body it's supposed to fit remains the same!!!

My hat's off to you if you are still the same size as you were 20 years ago. I am green with envy!

Someone once sang, YOU WEAR IT WELL, I think it was Rod Stewart and I think it was more than 20 yars ago!

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I also agree that purchasing via a regular store is the way to go. The prices are not much better than what you will receive online and you will be able to have it altered and fitted for you. Stores like, Men's Warehouse, KG Mens Store, Macy's and J.C. Penny are some places that you can purchase an affordable tuxedo.

One disadvantage to purchasing online is that "many" of them are rentals that have come to the end of their rental cycle. There is probably nothing wrong with them but I prefer to have a new one if I'm going to shell out the money.

Having said that, I've gone over to "The Dark Side" and now just wear a dark suit for formal nights. It's more versatile and now that I don't wear suits so often it lasts for a long time. Each of the two current "dark" suits I own are more expensive than my last tuxedo but I get more use out of them.

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.............I haven't bought a tux in 20 years, because a good one holds up really well.............
..........Provided the body it's supposed to fit remains the same!!!

My hat's off to you if you are still the same size as you were 20 years ago. I am green with envy!

Someone once sang, YOU WEAR IT WELL, I think it was Rod Stewart and I think it was more than 20 yars ago!

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Since you brought it up, I cannot tell a lie: I did have to have it altered a couple years ago when I lost 55 pounds. I had to have it taken in. Unfortunately I've put 15 back on, but I'm working on that now.
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Mike is right about the rental returns that can be bought online. I will clarify the one I bought was brand new.
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Burlington Coat Factory (I don't if this chain of stores is in your locations)
bought DH complete tux for $110. last year.
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Men's Wearhouse - they have plenty in stock you can try out, and if you need tailoring (as i always do) they can have it done overnight, even for a Sunday pickup.

Price was not the cheapest, but it sure was easy.
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I bought a tux, shirt, cufflinks, buttons, vest, cumberbun(sp), pl shoes, tie, and extra vest for $55 at our local tux rental store(Walkers Formal Wear)

They take stuff out of service as they replace and sell dirt cheap. They alter it for free if small alterations or major for a small fee.

I couldn't tell from the new stuff on the rack.

My guess is the formal wear places in most cities do this. At that price, you just can't beat buying.
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I heard that it is much cheaper to buy a tuxedo online than rent. I enjoy wearing formal wear and I am SICK of renting! I wanted to know if anyone has ordered a tuxedo online, and if they can recommend any online websites. **commercial deleted*** I wanted to know if anyone else had recommendations. Thanks.
Yes, you can order tuxedos on line, but....

>> www.jcpenney.com]J. C. Penney[/url] charges exactly the same price ($99 for jacket and pants) in their stores as on line, and you don't have to pay shipping if you buy it in their stores -- and they really do look great! (BTW, the sizes of their Stafford brand seem to run small so you might need a size larger than normal.) They also carry sets of accessories at very reasonable prices.

>> Most tuxedo rental ships sell formalwear at phenomenal discounts after only a few rentals. Fundamentally, wedding parties and other groups that require several suits that match exactly in color and style represent a majority of their business, so they have to replace anything that has faded very slightly from a few dry cleanings. If you hit them right, you can get suit with a LOT of useful life for a third of the price of a new suit.

>> Finally, there are many discount liquidators like Building #19 in Massachusetts and Railroad Salvage in Connecticut that frequently get racks of brand new tuxedos from insurance salvage, manufacturers' overruns, etc., and sell them at phenomenal discounts.

Many stores that specialize in men's clothing, including Men's Wearhouse and Milton's, do sell tuxedos now, but you'll pay full price -- in fact, more than for a new outfit in many tuxedo shops -- if you buy a in those stores.

Happy shopping!

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