15+ years of working with every brand of clothing I have come to a conclusion, that YES there is a difference. This morning as I was getting ready to list this fabulous Ralph Lauren shirt I noticed the extra details in the workmanship from re-enforced button holes to the embroidered Logo on the front. The feel of the fabric and the fact that this may possibly be a 70's shirt shows very little wear.
So you may pay a little more but your dollar goes so much further, that is unless you want something new every month and it fits the budget. Today I think it is all about where we can cut our expenses and make our dollars go further.
In conclusion, shop wise, shop smart, shop eBay for the very best deals.