July 24, 2013 8:31 pm at 8:31 pm #610155
why is it ok that women’s jewish clothing brands charge an insane amount of money for junk? I usually buy my clothes at the mall or online but sometimes I have to buy a skirt at a Jewish store which is easily 3 times the price of what I could have paid for it in the mall.July 24, 2013 9:24 pm at 9:24 pm #967906
Shabbos Robes (especially for children) are the BIGGEST ripoff ever!!!July 24, 2013 9:34 pm at 9:34 pm #967907
it’s not just Shabbos robes, it’s skirts, outfits, dresses etc. made by frum companies who think they can charge ridiculous amounts of money because they have a monolopy.July 24, 2013 9:40 pm at 9:40 pm #967908
🐵 ⌨ GamanitParticipant
If you really believe strongly in this, use capitalism to change this. Open a competition.July 24, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm #967910
there’s already a bunch of frum brands. they’re all expensive. I just bought a skirt today for $65. I don’t think that’s normalJuly 24, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm #967911
Prices are high because the production costs are (most of these clothing is NOT made in China) and because they have a much smaller market share than say Walmart. These companies are not all raking it in. Just saying.July 24, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm #967912
Prices are high because the production costs are (most of these clothing is NOT made in China) and because they have a much smaller market share than say Walmart. These companies are not all raking it in. Just saying.July 25, 2013 1:22 am at 1:22 am #967913
If a product is made by a Jewish company, almost solely for the frum market, they have no economies of scale. Specialty items always cost more than items that are mass produced.July 25, 2013 3:28 pm at 3:28 pm #967914
My humble opinion: Why do you need to go to special lengths to get a 3/4 sleeve top or a knee-length skirt? Plenty of non-Jewish women wear this type of stuff.July 25, 2013 5:18 pm at 5:18 pm #967915
rebdoniel, you’ve clearly never tried shopping for a frum woman! The BIGGEST issue is with necklines. Non-Jewish women wear long sleeved shirts, and shirts with high necklines, but “never the twain shall meet” (well, rarely the twain shall meet). It is so hard to find tznius shirts. The ones that do exist tend to be form-fitting, and if you try the next size up the sleeves and hem will be too long. (The same can be true of skirts). It is so annoying to have to wear a shell underneath everything, especially in the summer (and you can’t find shells outside of the frum world, and have to pay a premium). It is almost easier to wear a high-necked sleeveless shirt with a cardigan sweater, but I try not to do that in the hot season because of the temptation to remove the sweater.
The best places to find tznius clothing outside of the frum world are companies that market to older women, like Christopher & Banks and Newport News. It is hard to wear their clothing without instantly adding 15 years to your appearance.July 25, 2013 5:27 pm at 5:27 pm #967916
That last line is a classic, I must hand it to you. After breaking things off with someone who turned out to be a mental case, dealing with a father with the yeneh machla, and a widowed aunt, that brought me a laugh.July 25, 2013 5:29 pm at 5:29 pm #967917
🐵 ⌨ GamanitParticipant
I’ve bought decent clothing online, but I did have to get the shells in jewish stores.July 25, 2013 6:32 pm at 6:32 pm #967918
How about a “Dickey”?
(Learned term from Ittisa)July 25, 2013 6:44 pm at 6:44 pm #967919
omg i mamesh know, right?July 25, 2013 6:50 pm at 6:50 pm #967920
rebdoniel, I don’t know what was so funny about what I wrote, but I am so sorry to hear about your father! What is his name, so we can daven for him?
gavra_at_work, I don’t like dickeys– I just think they’re weird. They probably would be convenient if I could get over that, though.July 25, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm #967921
My father’s name is Shlomo ben Shoshana.July 25, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm #967922
☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
Rd, refuah sheleimah.
I have to say, your line, “Why do you need to go to special lengths to get a 3/4 sleeve top or a knee-length skirt?” was also pretty good.July 25, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm #967923
Simple, Economies of Scale. If Walmart was targeting a specific demographic and didn’t mass produce an item, it would also be more expensive.July 26, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am #967924
Thank you. That was a totally unintentional pun.July 26, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am #967925
All women’s clothing is overpriced.
Compare the price of the fabric and trimmings to the prices in Macy’s, Banana Republic, Gap, or any non-Jewish store, and it’s easy to figure this out.
Nothing to do with being frum. I don’t get how you can sell something that has little more fabric than a bathing suit, and charge the same prices as a full skirt and top that actually covers something.July 26, 2013 1:08 am at 1:08 am #967926
Torah- Because the amount of fabric has very little to do with the price of individual garments. The design, marketing, transport, retail location, sales staff, etc. all cost money.
And the fact that people are willing to spend that amount helps.July 26, 2013 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm #967927
My family works in manufacturing and wholesale of fabric. Boro Park is notorious for charging ridiculous mark ups. They buy trimming for $2.00/yd and sell it easily for $13.00/yd. In terms of “frum” clothing, I’m sure there are stores that charge more than they have to, but I wonder if it’s the manufacturer that’s really “raking it in.”
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