How much does a quality silk neck tie cost at its point of origin? China, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, etc...
I'll prefix this by saying that after spending some time in Pakistan, I've seen a few parts of the garment industry first hand. I've seen the places where stuff you would buy for $45 is produced for $3 a piece and boxed in containers destined for JC Penney, Sears, The Bay, etc.
However, I never did visit any tie factories, though I bought many very nice ties in Pakistan at retail for about $10 a piece. I'm wondering what the real point of origin cost of a tie is. While shopping for a few gifts on Alibaba's version of eBay (AliExpress) I came across this necktie seller
and another place that seems like the same idea
selling ties very similar to the ones I bought in Lahore. My questions are:
a) Are these really the same quality of ties you see selling for $65-75 a piece in US shopping malls?
b) I know people have bought things from sites like DealExtreme that ship direct from China, but what's the success rate really like buying direct from China using random AliExpress sellers? Everything seems to be a gold supplier / verified status seller, etc, something that looks like a rubber stamp every vendor gets to encourage trust. I trust it a bit less than eBay and Paypal's payment system...