Mad Hatter wrote:The key at the Rack is to find the stuff that actually came from Nordstrom. If something is stacked, it didn't come from Nordstrom. If it's a random label that you keep seeing over and over in the store (like Bugatchi) then it didn't come from Nordstrom. I've actually never even seen Bugatchi outside The Rack. The key is to find the rare shirt (or, more likely, shoes) that's a return from Nordstrom.
They got Bugatchi Uomo stuff at regular Nordstroms too. The Rack doesn't actually get returns; it's mostly stuff from past seasons or that has been fucked up somehow in the stores and either refurbished through some mysterious means or just sent over if it's not that bad. All Nordstrom returns are either put back on the rack if unquestionably unused with all tags, or they're shipped to the basement of a half-empty mall in Phoenix where they're sold off at firesale prices. If you think the Rack is a shitshow, Nordstrom Last Chance is like Black Friday every day of the year (link to a video of the daily warnings
). I've literally seen ladies being hit with batons by rent-a-cops while wrestling over returned Kate Spade bags and the like for 90+% off.
With that in mind, there's a whole group of people in Phoenix whose job is to go to Last Chance every morning, fight their way to some primo shit, and then sell it on eBay. Accordingly, its a pretty safe bet that everything you see on eBay that is available at Nordstrom probably came from Last Chance, especially if the seller is in Arizona. You can easily identify Last Chance shoes in particular because they have two roundish holes drilled into their soles so that you can't return them to a Nordstrom (which has amazing return policies) for full price after paying $50 for a pair of used AEs (it took me less than half a minute to find an example on eBay—note the two holes on the sole of the shoe to the left in the fourth picture
Be very wary of that stuff. With Nordstrom's amazing return policies, Last Chance is full of vomit-crusted, destroyed, and otherwise horrifying returns. Torn Zegna ties covered with ink? They got 30 of them for $5. Unwashed expensive women's panties? Last Chance has a fucking bin full (usually with some creepy ass motherfuckers digging through it). It surely takes some balls to return some of that stuff, but apparently lots of rich white people got some.
At the same time, let's say you have the Nordstrom house tailor tailor your new $1,200 Hickey Freeman suit to you. You go back the next week and the tailor cut the pants irretrievably too short for your long 34.5 inch inseam. You get a new suit, and Nordstrom writes off the other one and sends it to Phoenix where I'm lurking with my fabric tape measure to discover that three inches too short for you is about perfect for me. Thus, I get a NWOT $1,200 suit for $50 in need of only a little tailoring.
That's the draw of Last Chance, but you cannot possibly guess at whether that suit on eBay was the in-house tailor fuckup, or the one where the guy shat himself and then had the balls to return the uncleaned suit to Nordstrom. If you're on eBay and you see shoes with the two holes in them, or a suit with the brand crossed out in permanent marker, be really wary, especially if the seller is from Arizona.