I have benefitted from buying pieces from an uninformed seller. That being said, I love when I am looking for something specific whether vintage clothing or other items, when I can be told the provenance of an item. That helps me to know a little more about the dates as long as the seller is honest. Where and from whom the item was acquired can be helpful. I laughed when you mentioned people asking the price the seller paid--hard to believe but true that it happens! The pix you posted with this informative piece are fabulous. Great advice for us vintofiles!
I pick up vintage when I'm thrifting and use it as everydaywear or special occasion wear, depending on the style- thanks so much for the link to the label resource! I have never bought anything online, probably b/c I don't want to measure myself, but also sometimes things look good in pictures but as soon as you feel the fabric you know it isn't for you. That being said, you've got some great tips here, maybe I will dip my toe into the pool! It sure would give me an easier (albeit more expensive) way to fill my closet with clothes I like!
Mod Betty, I hate to be a "bad" influence, but I can tell by looking at those great labels that you have already been doing a bit of buying!
As for benefitting from an uninformed sell, I did consider mentioning that in my post, but decided to focus in keeping yourself from being taken. But the truth is an experienced eye can get some dandy deals on ebay and other sites. My favorite story involves a "mod 1960s" dress that I felt sure was 1920s. It was - an expertly hand embroidered linen frock with Egyptian inspired motifs! I got it for $10.