questionswould you buy a used bathing suit? like on ebay…

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I don't think they make enough bleach for me to buy used swimwear.

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No buying anything used that spent time directly on someone else's junk.

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I wouldn't. I also would never buy a used mattress, but I seem to have no issues sleeping on the beds in a hotel.

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I haven't personally purchased any used swimwear but I think it would depend on the seller/marketplace. If it's eBay and a random seller, you can't really know where it's been, if it's been washed before they send it to you, etc. (ew!). If it's being sold by a larger, more trusted seller then I'd probably feel a little better about it, but who knows? To me, swimwear is something I have to try on before I'll purchase so I'll probably never find myself in this situation. If you do end up buying, just make sure to wash anything thoroughly!

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@capguncowboy: I have an issue with sleeping in a hotel bed; but I still need a place to sleep. Compromise must be made. I can currently say that there is no reason for me to need to purchase used junk-touching garments. I'm overly grateful for that, now that I think on it.

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Who needs swimwear? Go natural... lol

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If it came from a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show I might consider it! ;-)

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I don't want my boys hanging around some other man's boys. His boys should stay in his neighborhood!

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I've bought some vintage used clothing at Goodwill and at several upscale consignment stores, but I doubt I'd buy any kind of intimate apparel that way and definitely not from ebay or a flea market.

While we're talking about such things, here is a totally shameless plug for a worthwhile group: http://www.dignityuwear.org/ . Its mission is to provide new clothing to people in need, and I'm especially fond of it because its founder got his financial start in Cocoa Beach, not too far from where I grew up. http://www.dignityuwear.org/index.php/about-us/founders-story/

Each year The Spouse and I try to match our holiday charitable giving to what we spend for ourselves and our family. Dignity U Wear gets a sizable chunk of our ongoing donations.

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Eeeeww . . . absolutely not.

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@dealseekerdude: On that note:
Japanese Government Banning Used School Girl Pantie Vending Machines
http://www.inquisitr.com/10689/japanese-government-banning-used-school-girl-pantie-vending-machines/
The commercial looks to be hilarious but I am at work so I didn't view it.

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So no one will buy a used pair but girls have no problems trying on swim suits in store?! I cringe at the thought of it.

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@zapp brannigan: I keep my undies on when trying on a swimsuit in a store. You don't try on a swimsuit before you buy it? How do you know the one you are buying wasn't purchased and returned? Truth is, if you don't make it yourself you really don't know where it's been.

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@moondrake: I'm a guy I don't need to try on suits. If it's my waist size and length is what I like then I buy it. I wash everything before I wear it, pants, shirts, anything.

Do you think everyone keeps them on? I would bet not plus there are some nasty people out there even with undies on, and some wear none.

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@zapp brannigan: Unfortunately women's clothes are not so simple. I could try on 100 swimsuits and not find one that fits properly. I understand that maybe not everyone is sanitary when trying on clothes, but that's true for all clothes, isn't it? Who knows if the jeans you are trying on were tried on by a guy going "commando" five minutes ago? The more crowded and impersonal things get, the more we end up rubbing up against each other, often in ways we would very much rather not. I just try to remember Nietzche's useful maxim, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

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@moondrake: I understand but like I said I don't try on any clothes. I know my waist size and pant length size. If women would get over themselves and just buy clothes that have a waist and length measurement you wouldn't have that issue as much.

I wash everything before it's worn so if it was a commando person no big deal it's clean now.

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@zapp brannigan: it is a general practice to keep your undies on while trying on swimwear. There is also a 'hygeine strip' - a piece of paper stickied onto that area. You remove it when you purchase and wash the swimsuit before you wear it.

Like I said, there are sone things that cannot be avoided, so we suck it up. Others, well, if there is a choice, I will err on the side of unworn undergarments.

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@thumperchick: Didn't know about that sticker which makes it a bit better.

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@zapp brannigan: How old are you? Under 22? If you've ever had a close relationship with a woman you'd be much less cavalier about suggesting women should "just buy clothes that have a waist and length measurement..."

Most women's wear isn't sized that way. What is sized that way has no standardization in sizing. What? You think that every woman with a 32" waist can automatically fit into any pair of pants with a 32" waist?

Cute, but hilariously naive.

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@magic cave: I'm 33 and been married for 8 years now. Why? I know butts are different but if it works on guys then it should work fine for girls. Maybe make another size for larger junk in the trunk and some for more "normal" sized trunks.

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@zapp brannigan: If you haven't noticed the differences between boy hips and butts and girl hips and butts by now, I'm not even going to try to explain it.

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@zapp brannigan: I wish you could walk a mile in my pumps. There are a number of flaws to your premise. Chief among them is that women's clothing is designed to fit more closely to their bodies than are men's. I'm not talking about skin tight clothing, just regular non-stretch stuff. A shirt tailored to fit nicely over size D cups will look baggy on a size A lady, and a woman with a very narrow waist would be "wasted" in clothing styled to fit the average woman. Setting fashion aside, if your clothes don't fit in a lot of different dimensions they can be very uncomfortable. I bought some famous maker bras online recently in my correct size that I can't wear because they give me back and shoulder pain by the end of the work day due to some kind of tragic engineering flaw. The fact is that women are more shapey than men, and unlike men are expected to wear clothes to flatter that shape. Both factors contribute to making it much more difficult for us to find clothing that fits.

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@zapp brannigan: I find it seriously hard to believe you never try on clothes before purchasing. If that's really true, I think you might be in a very small minority. Any guys wanna weigh in on this? Do most of you not try things on before buying? Couldn't agree more with @moondrake and @magic cave, we pretty much have to try things on to make sure they fit our bodies the specific way want them to. Can you imagine a world where women just bought clothes willy-nilly without making sure they look good in them first? We'd be surrounded by a lot of baggy or too tight-clothed ladies, and no one really likes that now do they? Shoes on the other hand, that's another story! I'll buy shoes without trying them on all day.

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@magic cave: So is that why you only have size 1,2,3, etc? Then a size 5 at one place is not a size 5 somewhere else? Girls clothing is about making the girls feel good and not letting them know their true measurements.

I already said butts were different depending on the person so why not have 3 measurements for pants?

@dows I haven't, there's no need. 34x30 is the same no matter what brand I buy. Shirts are usually a bit harder but then you just have to hold them up to see if the lengths are right.

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@zapp brannigan: Correct. A size 1 from one brand isn't necessarily a 1 in another brand. In fact, a 1 in one style of shirt from a brand may not even be a 1 in another style of shirt in the same brand and that's due to who and where the garments were made.

As for men's jeans, shirts, suits, there are many different types of cuts so it's a bit more complicated than just waist and inseam or collar and sleeve length. I'm a guy, btw.

And to this point "I know butts are different but if it works on guys then it should work fine for girls. Maybe make another size for larger junk in the trunk and some for more "normal" sized trunks."

As you know, butts are different for both men and women. The reason there are more iterations in women's pants are because they care more than men do and hence the market. Because you don't, doesn't mean other don't.

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All my friends are guys. I frequently shop with them, and they all try on clothes (including swimtrunks) and shoes before buying them. It's a very strange position to suggest even men's clothing are all the same from style to style and brand to brand. I see a huge difference even in t-shirts, which one would think would be pretty standard.

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@zapp brannigan: I'm a guy and I have a heck of a time buying jeans. I'm a 31x32 in Levi's and 30x32 in Carharts. Sizes are not standard and most companies have poor quality control. I have tried on some Levi's that are 31x32 that are too big, some too small, and some that fit. It's not just a girl thing. Clothes suck!

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@zapp brannigan: It's not that a size 5 in another place will be different; sizes vary by brand and even within brands depending on style. A size 12 blouse in brand A may be 2" or more different in bust size, shoulder to shoulder seam, and/or sleeve length than Brand B.

Here's a fun thought for you. When you buy a dress shirt, you check the collar size and sleeve length. When I buy a shirt, to get a good fit I have to consider shoulder/shoulder seam width, sleeve length, bust size, and often hip size. And what options do I have? A size. Period. Size 12, say, or size 14. And each manufacturer just assumes that all four of those body measuring-points will fit me just just fine if I wear, say, a size 12.

I can go into any any El Cheapo store, buy The Spouse an $8 shirt by collar size and sleeve length, and be almost certain it will fit him just fine. I can't go into any store, spend $100 on a dress blouse, and have any expectation it will fit me at all.

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As I've aged, I've become apple-shaped. A blouse that fits my shoulders and bust will be too tight across the abdomen. One that accomodates my middle will have shoulder seams that fall 3" below my shoulders.

I have longish arms, so I spent most of my life wearing blouses with sleeves that ended an inch above my wrist bones. To get longer sleeves, I'd have had to go up two sizes or more, and then none of the other measurements would have fit.

" why not have 3 measurements for pants?" Great idea. You'd think some smart company would do that, wouldn't you? Instead, we get ranges of sizes: Liz Claiborne jeans, size 12 = waist 31-32", hips 41.5 - 42.5." Oh, and all the "misses" sizes from 6 to 14 have the same 29" inseam.

I don't mean this unkindly, zapp, really I don't, but I'm genuinely mildly amazed that you haven't noticed this before.

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This reminds me of the story of how they auctioned off Glenn Close's negligee from the Broadway show Sunset Boulevard for charity and after the bidding was over, she quipped that she would have it dry cleaned and sent to the auction winner, who very loudly replied, "Don't you DARE!" He wanted it just the way it was, with her sweat and pheromones and DNA on it! ;-) So, unless you're buying celebrity swimwear on eBay, you might want to think twice about that.

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@zapp brannigan: There is also this: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/pants-size-chart-090710
different companies pants are different for guys to even though the measurements are the same. I'm shocked you've never gotten home and found your clothes didn't fit.

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@chellemonkey: In regard to that graph, let me just add that Old Navy sizing is ridiculously inconsistent. You can buy two pairs of pants in the same size and style, and one will be dramatically larger (say 2-3 inches) than the other. I chalk that up to cheap labor and poor quality control, but with the low prices, you get what you pay for.

Although men's sizes don't vary nearly as much as women's, yes, men's sizes DO vary quite a bit.

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I wouldn't but then I've been at yard sales where I've seen people buy used underwear which is worse in my opinion.

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@moondrake: I was in Japan mainly Tokyo for a couple months back 2008 may - July. Never saw this anywhere. Would so have bought some. Not because I want them but so I could of filmed it and showed them to all my friends lol.

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Depends on who's bathing suit it was. David Hasselhoff's from Bay Watch? No! Someone else from Bay Watch? ; ) Yes

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No, no and no. Just pay the extra money. Some things are worth it.

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It would be way too unhygienic for me. just saying.

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I haven't personally purchased any used bathing suit.