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Old 12-04-2017, 06:23 PM
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I have to believe it is at the margin. Selling a replacement item to a repeat customer sounds good. But, if you are replacing a product that has failed, I'm not sure how likely you are to go with the same brand.

I think a good quality product is more likely to result in a consumer increasing the "share of closet" to that brand. Which probably pressures such companies to keep increasing SKUs. Which adds complexity and other issues to operating the business.

So, maybe you're right. If you are selling a high quality infrequent purchase product, you need to really think about where growth is going to come from. Same product to more (new) customers or new products to same customers.

This is where brand can become really important. A brand built around one product may not translate when you try to grow the SKUs.
This is all true. For me, I could never offer a product that didn't meet my standards even it is costing me some repeat sales.

Extending SKU is expensive. So is pushing your brand and pushing into new markets. It's just damn hard to establish the brand, even with the best quality, superior products.

I'm trying though. And I can definitely empathize with Ibex's plight and issues.

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Old 12-04-2017, 10:54 PM
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Shak Hoodoo Hoody

Anyone have a Shak Hoodoo Hoody?
Does the sizing run big?
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:25 AM
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Anyone have a Shak Hoodoo Hoody?
Does the sizing run big?
I'd say it's a normal American fit. They call it Semi-Fit

I am 5' 11" 160 slim and I wear a M

In much of their Reg fit things like T-shirts I wear S
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:20 AM
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This is indeed somber. On a related note, the LBS in Montpelier, Onion River Sports, is closing. The article said that being unable to get stock from a key supplier- Ibex- was a factor.
Hearing that Onion River Sports is more shocking to me than Ibex closing. But news of both of them closing really makes me sad. I wear Ibex practically daily, and stopping at ORS is practically the only reason I even go to Montpelier.

Serious bummers...
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:26 PM
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This is a local company to me, so this is definitely disappointing.
I didn't know that they were based in WRJ - if I had I would have made more of an effort to check them out when I needed stuff. That's a shame.
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:43 PM
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I placed an order a few days ago. I have not received a shipping notification, or anything other than a order confirmation. Anyone else in this boat? (I’m used to already having stuff delivered...thanks a lot Amazon!)
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:02 PM
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I placed an order a few days ago. I have not received a shipping notification, or anything other than a order confirmation. Anyone else in this boat? (I’m used to already having stuff delivered...thanks a lot Amazon!)
Yes me too.

I'm giving them a break as they are probably a bit overwhelmed.

I'm confident it will come in due time.

Haha Thanks Amazon!
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:30 PM
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Maybe they’ll get so many orders they can stay in business.
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:46 AM
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Companies like Pendleton, Filson, and Ibex make or used to make high quality clothing from expensive natural materials right here in the USA. Once they started listening to the fancy MBA boys, they outsourced stuff to China and Sri Lanka and many consumers saw a drop off in quality. I think Filson learned their lesson and stuff is now made back in the USA entirely.

$400 or $500 jackets or $200 shirts have a limited market especially in our Walmart disposable society. Some still value quality and have the means. My 40 year old Mackinaw double cruiser got too big for me and I sold it for $225 on Fleebay. I have baggy Ibex merino wool jersey that is great for casual rides and I expect to have it till I die.

I just bought some more Ibex and will be sad to see them go.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:17 AM
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I placed an order a few days ago. I have not received a shipping notification, or anything other than a order confirmation. Anyone else in this boat? (I’m used to already having stuff delivered...thanks a lot Amazon!)
I placed an order on Saturday night. Got a notice of shipment yesterday PM. It's all good. I believe I read that they had fewer employees on hand to push everything out the door.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:05 AM
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Did anybody notice that this Ibex wool jacket on sale

http://www.mountaingear.com/webstore...ad=93106471335

is very similar to the pricey Rapha jacket featured in this thread?

https://forums.thepaceline.net/showt...t=rapha+jacket

Maybe it's not, but close enough for me, so I got one anyway.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:30 AM
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Did anybody notice that this Ibex wool jacket on sale

http://www.mountaingear.com/webstore...ad=93106471335

is very similar to the pricey Rapha jacket featured in this thread?

https://forums.thepaceline.net/showt...t=rapha+jacket

Maybe it's not, but close enough for me, so I got one anyway.
Not very similar. No suede shoulder patch, no offset zipper.

Seriously, that Ibex jacket is a great deal, and shipping is free.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:21 AM
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I placed an order a few days ago. I have not received a shipping notification, or anything other than a order confirmation. Anyone else in this boat? (I’m used to already having stuff delivered...thanks a lot Amazon!)


I emailed them about my order. They replied quickly and said they're currently 5-6 days behind on shipping.


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Old 12-07-2017, 11:34 AM
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All good.

Still sad
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:41 AM
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hasn't their stuff been made overseas for a long long time now? like a decade-15 years or so?

edit: also, why are they closing? the end of the trail letter on the site gave no details...
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